Friends of the Chemung River Watershed
Grove Street Launch
Welcome to the Grove Street Boat Launch, the most popular launch on the 45-mile Chemung River, which runs from Painted Post to Athens, Pa. where it empties into the Susquehanna River.
Downstream, below the Walnut Street Bridge, is the Chase-Hibbard Dam, built by the Elmira Water Board to maintain high enough river levels to draw more than 50% of the public’s drinking water. Upstream are four yellow metal posts in the water that protect a large grate on the river bottom used to pump water out of the river.
The consistent high water levels provide excellent conditions for fishing and for canoes, kayaks, sailboats and paddle boards. The launch is also used by birders, nature photographers and folks who want to get back in touch with nature.The wooded area, just upstream from the boat launch, was the site of a 30-acre Civil War Prison Camp that operated from July 1864 until July 1865 and incarcerated more than 12,000 Confederate Soldiers.This area of the river was once a home and source of food and transportation for the Native Americans who settled along the waterway.The public picnic pavilion and solar-powered weather station and recycling bin were built by Chemung River Friends.The fall foliage and sunsets on the water make for scenic natural beauty and a reminder of the role we play in protecting our natural resources.
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