Eastern Erie Canal

The Eastern section of the Erie combines the rivers, lakes and man-made sections of the Canal.  Starting in Waterford the Canal climbs more than 160’ in less than 2 miles. The greatest rate of climb of any navigable waterway in the world. Your trip continues on the navigable section of the Mohawk River as you pass communities such as Amsterdam, and the smaller villages of Little Falls, and Illion.  The Canal continues west as it passes through Utica, Rome and onto Sylvan Beach.  On the eastern shore of Oneida Lake, Sylvan Beach will remind you of a sea-side town complete with amusement park and sandy beach.  You cross Oneida Lake, and into the Oneida River past the intersection with the Oswego Canal and then the junction with Onondaga Lake and into Syracuse.  The original canal went through the city of Syracuse, but when the use of motorized vessels came into play the modern-day Canal took the route of rivers and lakes and by-passed Syracuse.  The Canal continues west through the bedroom community of Baldwinsville and on to the intersection of the Cayuga / Seneca and points west.

A trip along the Eastern Section of the Canal will offer you the opportunity to visit historical sites such as Fort Stanwix a reproduction of the Revolutionary War fort.  Construction of the Erie Canal began on July 4th. of 1817 in Rome as well where the ceremonial first shovel of dirt was removed.

Communities of the Canal

Eastern Erie News & Articles

  • World Canals Conference 2017 in Syracuse

    World Canals Conference 2017 in Syracuse

    Save the date: September 24-28, 2017! The spotlight will be on the Erie Canal and Central New York for the 2017 World Canals Conference (WCC)!
  • Canal Splash

    Canal Splash

    Canal Splash Celebrate the history, culture, recreational appeal, and beauty of the New York State Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail during the 10 days of Canal Splash! Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 Canal Splash! is a coordinated series of locally organized events and activities, that take place along the Canal System […]
  • Tugboat Roundup  Waterford NY

    Tugboat Roundup Waterford NY

    One of the great events of the season is once again scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 8th – 10th. Held each year the weekend after Labor Day. The Tugboat Roundup is one of the premier events on the Erie Canal each year. 2017 begins the bi-centennial celebration of the ground-breaking for the Erie Canal. […]
  • No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season

    No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season

    No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season The Canal is open and in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal, The New York State Canal Corporation has announced that there will be no fees for recreational boaters this season. Now we […]
  • Amsterdam Sets Concert Schedule For Riverlink

    Amsterdam Sets Concert Schedule For Riverlink

                                                                                                                                                     We’re excited to announce the 2017 Riverlink Summer Concert Series schedule! Enjoy Amsterdam’s waterfront this summer….on the water with Down by the River Kayaks, at one of the great Southside restaurants, on the MVGO or at River’s Edge at Riverlink.  Join us for great music at a great venue!  FREE music at Riverlink Park […]
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