Because the Buffalo River flows into Lake Erie, it's important to note that the weather can change significantly along the water. Even on hot and humid days, it's best to be prepared for the cool breeze off the river and have a jacket handy. Springtime can still be cold and windy, so dress appropriately if you and your dog are walking during this season. Because of its proximity to Lake Erie, the Buffalo River can be challenging to walk along during winter. Lake-effect snowstorms and bitterly cold temperatures are prevalent along the river in the wintertime.
Not too far from the marina is The Barkyard, a dog park inside of Lasalle Park. The dog park is 70,000 acres of off-leash fun for dogs. Two fenced-in areas offer separate sections for large and small dogs. Fresh water, seating, and handicap access are available at all times at The Barkyard. Additionally, Wilkeson Pointe in the river's Outer Harbor is a dog-friendly, relaxing place to walk or stop for a break. The nature path at Wilkeson Pointe is highly recommended by local dog owners as are the amazing sunsets you and your dog can watch at the end of a long day.