This area is one of the jewels of the Batavia Park District. The Riverwalk was created as a cooperative effort by the Park District, the City of Batavia, and a dedicated group of community members. Using primarily volunteer labor, donated material, and services, the walk was created over a six-year period. Extending from the entry plaza at Houston St. and going north along the Depot Pond, the path features a boardwalk leading to the North Point Pavilion, providing a grand view of the river. Following the path around to the east, walkers will encounter the Batavia dam as well as the Riverwalk wildflower sanctuary. In the buildings across the river, windmills were produced from the mid-1800s until the 1940s. Many examples of these mills can be found along the Riverwalk. The walk winds along the east side of the City of Batavia Government Center. At the south end of the Government Center pedestrians and bicyclists can cross a walking bridge to the east side of the river. Once there, they can access the eastern leg of the Fox River Bike Trail.
In the summer months, visitors can enjoy a leisurely ride down the scenic Fox River in kayaks. Perfect for date night! The cost is $10 for a 30 minute rental (credit card only please). Participants must be 16+ years old, with a state issued ID, to operate kayaks. With adult supervision (ages 18+), children over the age of 12 will be allowed to operate a single kayak. The adult and child must be near each other in the water. A tandem kayak is also available.
Kayak Rental Hours (starting the week of August 10):
Saturday, Sunday: 1:00-6:00 pm
*open Monday, September 7, 1:00-6:00 pm
Each kayak and life jacket will be sanitized after each use.
Starting July 24, 2020, a few paddleboat rentals will be available during the same hours. The cost is $15 for a 30 minute rental.
During the winter months, when conditions allow, the Depot Pond is open for ice skating. Please note the weather must be below zero for several days to allow enough ice to form. When the green flag is flown, it is safe to skate. When the red flag is flown, skating is not allowed. The Peg Bond Center will be open as a warming house from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Restrooms will be accessible during that time as well. Click button below to learn more about Ice Skating on Depot Pond and daily safe skating conditions.