Thursday, October 25, 2012

Participants taken on spooky river ride

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host its first Halloween River Tour on Oct. 30, extending the regular tour season.
The non-profit organization, located at 1250 Niagara St., hosts tours all year, but this is the first holiday-oriented tour.
The tour will start at 6 p.m. at Tonawanda creek and participants need to meet at 4 p.m. at the North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens.
Registration is open until 9 a.m. the day of the event. There are a limited number of kayaks available for renting.
Elizabeth Lamont, the volunteer coordinator of the citizen action team at the Riverkeeper, said the tour will be informative.
“A lot of people in Buffalo don’t really get out on the water even though we are a waterfront city,” Lamont said. “People don’t know how to access the water, what they can do, and where it’s safe, so we try to educate people about the water ways around here.”
She said she encourages people to wear their costumes for this holiday festivity.
Chris Murawski, the riverwatch coordinator at the Riverkeeper, said he is looking forward to participating in the event.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to get out on the water even though it’s late in the season,” Murawski said. “Hopefully we can have fun and educate them about the water at the same time.”
Registration is available at or by calling (716) 852-7483. By Crissie Russo and Caitlin Waters