Queen City Bucket List: Hoyt Lake rowboats
blog by Erin Daetsch • August 08, 2013 @ 8:45am
It’s not the most majestic body of water Buffalo has to offer, or even the most expansive, but that did not disqualify Hoyt Lake from making the bucket list cut.
Perhaps I just wanted to give the underdog some attention, since the highly acclaimed Canalside has received an abundance of TLC this summer due to the addition of water biking.
After all, my previous encounters with this lagoon have been nothing short of extraordinary, leaving me confident and optimistic about the outing.
From high school cross-country practices when I would contemplate jumping into the murky waters for kicks and gigs, to more recently, the backdrop for my picnic at the Buffalo Food Truck Rodeo (which happens to be coming up again in two weeks), the small body of water has seemingly followed me around.
For those of you questioning my use of the word “lagoon” in the previous sentence, I challenge you to take these rowboats for a cruise on the water and then get back to me.
This time around, however, I wasn’t looking to stare out into the Hoyt Lake abyss as I shoveled a spicy Buffalo chicken panino from Hot Off The Press into my mouth. I wanted to take advantage of the 76 degree weather and use my free afternoon to coast along the water with friends who also had never been on the rowboats.
Once we were secured in our rowboat, anything within the vicinity of Delaware Avenue to beyond the Buffalo History Museum was fair game. With one summer of crew camp under my belt, I immediately felt at ease on the water. However, the same could not be said for my friend Grace, who fell victim to the seaweed monster. Luckily I was there to assist or we could have been stuck in the middle of the lake, or worse, floating in the water after capsizing.
For the next half hour we soaked up the sun and the gorgeous panoramic view of Delaware Park and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, before reluctantly heading back to land.
The rowboats are available for rent in Delaware Park at the bottom of the steps behind Marcy Casino and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Hours of operation are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Each boat holds between two to five people and costs $10 per half hour. The rowboats can also be reserved for special events, including weddings.
For more information you can check out Hoyt Lake Rowboat’s website.