Fitness and Recreation

Student kayaks on Lake LaSalle.

Whether you want to take a hike, boat, go to the gym or just hang out with your friends, you’ll enjoy all the ways to have fun indoors and out, right here on campus.

Outdoor Pursuits

Have fun and challenge yourself as you enjoy the natural beauty of UB’s campus and beyond. UB’s abundant green spaces include Lake LaSalle, Bizer Creek and Letchworth Woods — a living forest that is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation.

Gear Loan

As a UB student, you can borrow outdoor gear at no cost. To borrow gear, please visit 142 Student Union.

Gear Return Hours:  Mondays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Gear Loan Hours:  Wednesdays and Thursdays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Available Gear

  • Backpacks
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Cookware
  • Tarps
  • Bear cans
  • Snowshoes
  • Stoves

Boating on Lake LaSalle

Get some exercise, or just relax on the water. You can go boating on scenic Lake LaSalle whether you’re a student, faculty, staff or member of the outside community.

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Free Loaner Watercraft

If you’re a UB student, faculty or staff, you can use your current UB Card to get free loaner kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and paddle boards from the Lake LaSalle boat dock, located between the UB Commons and the Center for the Arts.

Dates and Hours

Lake LaSalle is typically open for boating from April until November, weather permitting.

  • For students, faculty and staff using UB boats:  Daily from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • For those using their own boats: dawn to dusk (approximately 30 minutes before sunset)

Boat Use Rules

First-time paddlers must take part in a short instructional-based session regarding the rules, regulations and safety. Paddling instruction is available to those who do not know how to paddle; student staff will be on site during posted hours of operation – weather permitting)

  • Boating hours are from dawn to dusk
  • Only water crafts with no motors may be used on the lake
  • All boaters must adhere to NYS Boating Regulations
  • Lake usage is at your own risk; when boating you must be 17 years of age or older or accompanied by an adult
  • It is advised that all boaters enter and exit the lake at the boat dock
  • All boaters must wear US Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket which must be properly worn and secured on the water
  • Each boating party must carry a cell phone in a plastic bag for emergencies
  • Do not disturb any wildlife
  • No littering; violators are subject to a maximum fine of $250
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No swimming or wading
  • Rules subject to police enforcement
  • Organized events must be approved by Student Engagement
Cold Water Paddling Advisory

Paddling in Lake LaSalle when water temperature is below 60 degrees requires each paddler to adhere to cold water paddling protocols.

> View cold water protocols on the American Canoe Association’s website

You can find copies of the ACA Cold Water Survival at the Boat Dock and outside the office of Outdoor Pursuits in the Student Union.

Lake LaSalle Events

Recognized clubs and organizations who want to have an event in or on the water, please complete the UBlinked events form through your organization's page.  All other reservations can be made through the Student Union space reservation form.

Disc Golf

Enjoy playing on this open course, conveniently located on North Campus between the Bookstore and Greiner Hall.

Get Outdoors

Camping, backpacking and outdoor trips, learn more: Outdoor Adventure Club.

Outdoor Pursuits

Student Engagement

Student Life

University at Buffalo
142 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 829-6088

Fitness and Recreation

At UB, you’ll find some of the finest recreational facilities available in colleges and universities today.

UB Recreation offers a variety of physical activity classes for academic credit.
UB Aquatics strives to provide safe, comfortable, and professional aquatic programming for the State University of New York at Buffalo students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.
The Bulls Team Shop is located on the first floor of Alumni Arena, directly across from the Fitness Center.
The American Heart Association maintains a training center through a partnership with the University at Buffalo, Recreation Services Department located at Clark Hall, South Campus.
Fuse fitness and fun with quality group fitness classes.
Intramural Sports offers a wide variety of activities for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. We cater to the needs of the competitive spirit in our patrons by providing safe and structured sports leagues. While we do keep track of wins and losses and declare a champion at the end of it all, it is important to keep in mind that the most important aspect we offer is fun!
Open REC times vary week to week, depending on scheduled events.


All of our residence hall complexes are equipped with fitness centers exclusively for students who live on campus. Facilities include:

  • Cardio equipment
  • Free weights
  • Personal training
  • Group fitness classes


Biking is a fun, easy and convenient way to get around campus. You’ll enjoy free winter bike storage, free bike registration, and bike racks on UB Stampede buses. If you don’t have your own bike, you can take advantage of our campus-wide bikeshare program.

Club Sports

You can also participate in club sports. Find your sport through UBLinked.