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I continued past numerous rental boat slips and water's edge houses. Many of these houses feature boat garages in the rear that going right into the creek. Few are still in use and have fallen into disrepair. After about 45 minutes, I entered the Erie Canal in the City of Tonawanda. Here the water became a little less befouled.
Shortly after entering the canal, I found several clear signs indication the route to Lake Erie and Buffalo. I followed these signs and paddled out onto a short watercourse leading into the Niagara River. As soon as I paddled out away from the shelter of the canal and out toward the River, I was hit by much cooler breezes.
As I entered the Niagara River, the water became clearer and I could see to a fair depth through the green water. I paddled along the shore, against a mild current, and at the 1 hour and 20 minute mark put out at the Niawanda Park boat ramps.
After a brief break, I got back into the river and headed toward the south Grand Island bridge. Just before reaching it I turned back to meet a friend for lunch in Niawanda Park. All I had to do is stop paddling and let the current turn me back.
After lunch, I followed the same route back to my vehicle at Ellicott Creek Park.
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