There are at least 13 public fishing access areas managed by local cities and towns, Niagara County, and the state of New York allowing for shoreline fishing or boat access along the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. This region is considered a major destination for sport fishing, with nearby Olcott Beach being named in 2012 World’s Fishing Network “Ultimate Fishing Town”. There are numerous outfitters in Niagara County enabling anglers to charter boats for fishing excursions on the river and lake. Populating the waters of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario include northern pike, perch, bass, lake sturgeon, salmon and trout.
The flow over the American Falls was stopped completely for several months in 1969. The idea was to determine the feasibility of removing the large amount of loose rock from the base of the falls to enhance it's appearance. In the end the final decision was that the expense would be too great.