Thanks to all in the creek community who made 2022 our best year on the creek yet. You enjoyed a paddle with us, hauled trash out of the water, weeded and trimmed up the shoreline, or even shared an encouraging note. It all makes the work of revitalizing our creek possible, and we were glad to have you in 2022!

Here’s a recap of our 2022 just-for-fun paddle, and stay tuned in early 2023 for next season’s calendar of events.

2022 Events and Projects


Saturday, Sept 24th: Just for Fun Fall Float

Join us for this float trip down Onondaga Creek, just to have fun and enjoy fall in Syracuse as viewed from the water. This year’s float is scheduled for Sat, Sept 24th, 2PM. We’ll have rides arranged to get everyone back to the launch site after a cider and doughnut fall snack. This trip is perfect for people who are new to paddling as the water is slow and shallow this time of year (plus we’ve had a season of doing creek cleanups to remove obstacles!).

To help with planning, please send us a note if you’re interested in attending. Let us know if you’ll be needing a canoe or kayak, and also if you’d prefer we match you with an experienced paddler.

Saturday, Oct 1st: Onondaga Creekwalk’s “The Mile Marketplace”

Join Syracuse Parks & Recreation for a family-friendly day to showcase and celebrate unique offerings thriving in the South Side Creekwalk community. There will be urban farm stands, local chefs, local artisans, local musicians, professionals, and environmental educators. Parks & Rec will also be sharing information about improvement projects underway.

Make sure to drop by the Creek Rats table to say “hi!”

Past Events

Our events typically repeat annually. If you see something that sounded fun and you missed it this year, mark your calendar to check back for next year’s date and time, or reach out to be added to our email loop.

Saturday Aug 27th: Annual In-creek and Shoreline Cleanup

Come help us clean up Onondaga Creek! Our 21st annual in-creek/shoreline cleanup will take place Saturday, August 27th. Volunteers should arrive by 9:30 AM.

  • Where: Midland Avenue @ Creekwalk
  • When: Saturday Aug 27th, 2022 from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM (ish)
  • Wear: Good, solid footwear that will stay secure on your feet while walking through the creek water and protect you from metal/glass on the creek bottom. Plus clothes that can get wet and muddy.

Given how low the creek water is right now, most volunteers will walk with us in the creek to collect an assortment of bikes, shopping carts, and other surprises and load them into canoes. A dumpster will be on-site to unload the canoes.

Plan to have fun and get muddy! Light snacks will be provided. Consider a towel and dry socks/shoes for when the work is done, and reach out if you have any questions.

Saturday, July 30th: Merry Ferry & Scouting Paddle

Join us for a Merry Ferry to paddle the creek, cut back some overgrowth, and do a scouting in preparation for our major August cleanup.

Sunday, Jun 12th: Ollie’s Point Revegetation Project Spring Maintenance Day

Work to stabilize the shoreline and control invasive Japanese Knotweed at Ollie’s Point in Franklin Square has been underway since 2019. Join us for our annual spring workday. Tasks include pruning willows, pulling out knotweed, weed whacking, raking, and some willow planting to replace what didn’t survive the winter.

Saturday, April 23rd: Earth Day Cleanup

Join Iroquois Trout Unlimited, Living Waters Church, and Creek Rats as we celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the creek shoreline in the Hovey/Huron Street area!

Learn more about this yearly cleanup event or more information on enjoying the creek