Lock 32 Whitewater Park

The Only Man-Made Whitewater Park in New York State

The History of the Park

The park was envisioned in 1996 by several local kayaking enthusiasts. Their goal was to turn Erie Canal spillway at Lock 32 into a white water playground. After four years of hard work, the course opened in 2000. We have been teaching whitewater kayaking ever since!

GWC’s Lock 32 White Water Park provides a controlled environment in which students can learn while still being a challenging place for experienced paddlers to practice. The course features a set of squirt lines, two wave and two holes—and most importantly, a constant source of water every day! Paddlers take advantage of this park’s predictable water flow to learn new moves and tricks, practice their skills, or just to get out and have some fun with friends on a summer evening.
No one under the age of 14 is allowed to use the park unless enrolled in a class or accompanied by an adult. All participants paddling at the whitewater course must have taken a class at the Whitewater Park or must be able to demonstrate a roll or wet exit.

Nice Lock 32 Technique

Cian Payne demonstrates some of what he learned at Lock 32 back in 2013.

Whitewater Flatwater Kayaking Classes at GWC

Dates are pending for many classes and clinics for the summer, but here’s a preview of course content and costs.
Contact us through this form (click here) to register for information updates on whitewater and flat water classes at GWC.

Operation of Lock 32 Whitewater Park is weather dependent. We may be closed on days with thunder storms, heavy rain or because the Canal Corporation needs to hold water back to avoid flooding downstream.

Introduction to Flatwater Kayaking

June, July and August dates are pending.
Dates: Two evenings in one week
Time
: 5:30-8:30pm
Fee: $120
Location: Lock 32 Whitewater Park (2797 Clover Street)

This program is conducted at GWC’s Lock 32 dedicated flat water area on the Erie Canal (above the Whitewater Park).

GWC’s flat water class provides participants (ages 12 and up) experience to confidently enjoy kayaking on lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. This course gives a strong foundation of basic kayaking skills and paddling safety. Our ACA certified instructors will provided you a solid foundation in flatwater skills and knowledge. Course topics covered include entering and exiting a kayak properly, forward and backward paddling strokes, boat control and efficiency. We will also cover necessary safety skills to reduce risk in the water.

During the second class, you will build greater experience with your skills, and explore the 1.5 miles between Lock 32 and Lock 33 and the historic turning basin.

Our low (1:5) instructor to student ratio insures that you will get plenty of personal attention.
All kayaks, paddles and life jackets are provided.

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

June, July and August dates are pending.
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Fee: $120
Location: Lock 32 Whitewater Park (2797 Clover Street)

This program begins on the flat water area of the Erie Canal above GWC’s kayak park, and continues at the Whitewater Park itself. The course presents a strong foundation of basic whitewater kayaking skills and river safety (as it applies to whitewater application).

Our ACA certified instructors will help you gain skill and confidence kayaking strokes, boat control, whitewater maneuvers and wet-exiting (getting out of the boat when upside down). Equipment choices and a discussion about river safety and hazards is an important topic of Day Two of this clinic.

Our low (1:5) instructor to student ratio insures that you will get plenty of personal attention.

All kayaks, helmets, paddles and life jackets are provided. We hope that this foundational class will help inspire you to achieve years of enjoyment paddling the whitewater areas of North American rivers.