The Port of Rochester

The boat harbor at the Port of Rochester opened in 2016. Some of the dirt from this giant hole was used to fill in the inner loop in downtown Rochester.  This area was once the site of a blast furnace that operated from 1868 until 1927.   Trestles were used to deliver coal from railroad cars to the furnace, and to load the iron onto ships.  Remnants of the furnace were found when the boat harbor was dug 90 years later.   

Tour Charlotte and the Port of Rochester

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The Port of Rochester is one of 20 locations you can visit using a free audio-guided tour of the Charlotte area created by the Genesee River Alliance and Tour Blend.  The tour takes you through Ontario Park and then south along the west bank of the Genesee river.  Along the way, you’ll see the oldest remaining lighthouse on Lake Ontario, a historic train station, a restored firehouse, and two large murals.  You’ll also view historic photos, hear how the British landed here during the War of 1812, and see one of the buildings that they occupied.    

iPhone users should download the free Tour Blend iPhone App from the Apple App store and select the “Charlotte and the Port of Rochester” tour.    Other types of devices can download the two-page tour brochure: Independent Walk – Charlotte

The tour includes:

  • Ontario Beach Park history
  • Hojack Swing Bridge Site
  • Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse
  • Bill Davis Overlook
  • Latta-Meech House
  • Harbor Overlook

Charlotte and the Port of Rochester are located at the northern end of the Genesee River Trail, a scenic multi-use trail which runs through Rochester from the Erie Canal to Lake Onario.  It is a designated National Recreational Trail which connects to both the statewide Erie Canal Heritage Trail and the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail, which continues south along the Genesee River.

Tap here for information about the parks and historic districts along the Genesee River Trail from the City of Rochester.