Here’s a popular spot for kids during hot weather and high creek water in Oatka Creek at Canawaugus Park. Oatka Creek is generally shallow enough to wade but directly under the bridge deeper. When creek water depth is 8 or 9 feet deep it is safe to jump from George Bridge into the waterhole. Another attraction is a rope for swinging into the waterhole.
Canawaugus Park is an unassuming little park in Scottsville NY with park benches, picnic tables, parking and a view of Oatka Creek. The park is complimented by’ George Bridge’. Once a Pennsylvania railroad bridge George Bridge is next to the Genesee River, its use now as a pedestrian bridge. The bridge is alongside Scottsville’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Oatka Creek is the 3rd largest tributary of the Genesee River of Western New York. It flows 58 miles to the Genesee River at Scottsville. Oatka a native Indian name means ‘leaving the highlands”.
Oatka Creek is known for its varied species of sports fish. The stream warms from Le Roy to Warsaw supporting bass, bullheads, crappies, pike and sunfish. The lower section of Oatka has a large population of stocked and wild brown trout. Fishermen find the 2-mile section in Oatka Creek Park most productive but must follow special regulations to conserve the wild trout population. The posted section has a designation as no kill fishing with artificial lure only, year round.
Canawaugus Park is on route 251 on the banks of Oatka Creek with views across the creek of the scant remaining historical canal structures. Scottsville was built on the Seneca Indian village of Ganowages. The Scottsville name was from an Indian term for “malodorous waters.”
Scottsville is a village of 2,001 in southwestern Monroe County at 537’ elevation. It is located one mile west of the junction of Genesee River and Oatka Creek. In 1790 the village was named after early settler Isaac Scott. His original log house is at the southwest corner of Main and Rochester Streets in the village. Most residents work near the city of Rochester, just a ten-minute drive.
Genesee Valley Greenway Trail is a green corridor lined trail extending 84 miles south from Rochester, through Scottsville, Avon, Geneseo, Mount Morris and Portageville. It uses rail beds of historic Genesee Valley Canal and Railway, with old canal lock ruins along the route.
Along the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail it passes Erie Canal trail, Erie River Trail, and Lehigh Valley Trail. Hikers may link any of these trails to create your own hikes.
Canawaugus Park is a 22 minute drive of 16 miles from Rochester NY. Drive route 15 south until passing over I-90 Thruway taking a quick right onto route 253 west. After crossing over Genesee River then drive route 283 south and route 251 south finding Canawaugus Park is on the right.
With hot summer days one can visualize refreshing water cooling down your thoughts. Here one that’s waiting and ready for a visit.