The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing waterfront access and education to the public. Our headquarters are on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn but our Activity Committee programs also provide free paddling on the shorelines of Long Island City, Red Hook, Staten Island and our winter pool training program in Riverbank State Park.

Prior to becoming a 501(c)3, we were a group of volunteers dedicated to continue the restoration effort of the waterfront revival soon after the flushing pump station was reactivated in 1999.  At the time, government officials were congratulating the effort as a job well done but some felt the improvement could include a reduction to Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and beleived that by direct contact and receational use of the waterway, our government would be encouraged to fund further remediations efforts.

After an extensive search, one Not-For-Profit in the City of New York was courageous enough to support our efforts as a fiscal conduit to help finance our programs.  Today, the organization, New Yorkers For Parks, continues to do great work after The Gowanus Dredgers became a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, where contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Our activities are free (donations encouraged) and our calendar is updated as more events are scheduled. Our facilities are available to the general public to launch canoes, kayaks and rowboats or for rent for your special event or film/photo shoot.