Gowanus Canal

Brooklyn, New York

The Gowanus Canal is an industrial waterway with limited dockage for recreational boats, and some kayaking and canoeing.

ALERT: This site is never safe for swimming or fishing

Hudson Riverkeeper has sampled at this location since 2008 from May through October. Monthly testing is not frequent enough to make a safe swimming determination. Riverkeeper is advocating for high frequency testing and data reporting along the Hudson River wherever the public swims, boats and fishes. To see historic data at this location go to www.riverkeeper.org or directly to http://bit.ly/MHiNfT

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Special health or safety status in effect

  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
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Current Weather
22°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Gowanus Canal is sampled monthly from May 1st to October 31st.

Source Information

Since 2008, Hudson Riverkeeper has sampled many locations along the Hudson River from May through October. Monthly testing is not frequent enough to make a safe swimming determination. Riverkeeper is advocating for high frequency testing and data reporting along the Hudson River wherever the public swims, boats and fishes. To see historic data for all locations, go to http://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/locations/

Water Quality Graph

Gowanus Canal

Brooklyn, New York

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Special health or safety status in effect
  • Special Status
  • This means the affiliate organization managing a beach has set the beach status based on special local knowledge or information. Check the beach description and the Sources section for details.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
22°C
Clear and sunny

The Gowanus Canal is an industrial waterway with limited dockage for recreational boats, and some kayaking and canoeing.

ALERT: This site is never safe for swimming or fishing

Hudson Riverkeeper has sampled at this location since 2008 from May through October. Monthly testing is not frequent enough to make a safe swimming determination. Riverkeeper is advocating for high frequency testing and data reporting along the Hudson River wherever the public swims, boats and fishes. To see historic data at this location go to www.riverkeeper.org or directly to http://bit.ly/MHiNfT

Monitoring Frequency

Gowanus Canal is sampled monthly from May 1st to October 31st.

Source Information

Since 2008, Hudson Riverkeeper has sampled many locations along the Hudson River from May through October. Monthly testing is not frequent enough to make a safe swimming determination. Riverkeeper is advocating for high frequency testing and data reporting along the Hudson River wherever the public swims, boats and fishes. To see historic data for all locations, go to http://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/locations/

Water Quality Graph

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