Enjoy Onondaga Creek

The Onondaga Creek is the main tributary to Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York. It begins 26 miles to our south in Tully, NY and runs northward through the Onondaga Nation before winding through downtown Syracuse’s Armory Square and Franklin Square districts, passing below the old bridge that once carried the Erie Canal.

Canoe or Kayak

Onondaga creek offers interesting canoeing and kayaking right through the heart of Syracuse. We’ve assembled a map of key reference points [PNG] for a trip from Dorwin Ave to Franklin Square, as well as other useful information [PNG] to help plan your journey. If you’d like a waterproof, printed copy of our guide, just ask!

Spoiler Alert: if you’d like a sneak-peek of the creek prior to grabbing a paddle and life-jacket, check out our 2018 trip down the creek:

The following resources are also helpful for monitoring creek flow, especially around times of significant rainfall:

Dorwin Avenue Data
Spencer Street Data

Walk, Run, or Roll

2.6 miles of paved Creekwalk trail through downtown Syracuse also provides opportunity to enjoy the creek from shore. Work is currently underway in 2019-20 to extend the trail through the Southside of Syracuse to Kirk Park.

Image: creek at Franklin Square