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.

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Eastern Erie News & Articles

  • EERIE HALLOWEEN! At The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

    EERIE HALLOWEEN! At The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

    While the Erie Canal has closed for the season the events keep coming and at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Museum October is full of events starting with pumpkin carving on Oct. 19th. & 20th.                   Thursday Oct. 19th. 5pm-7pm                 Friday Oct. 20th. 5pm-7pm   Deadlines to attend for free is Oct. […]
  • The Erie Canal

    The Erie Canal

    The Erie Canal About: The Erie Canal, often referred to the NYS Barge Canal includes 524 miles of navigable waterways throughout NYS. The Canals that make up the Erie Canal System include the Cayuga / Seneca, The Champlain, The Oswego and the Erie itself. These 4 Canals allow for travel from inland NY to anywhere […]
  • Locktoberfest on the Erie Canal

    Locktoberfest on the Erie Canal

    Locktoberfest Locktoberfest is a NYS Canal Corporation sponsored series of events located throughout the Erie Canal corridor. This year is no different with events located in five communities on all 4 sections of the Canal Lockport located on the western section of the Erie Canal. Locktoberfest in Lockport is scheduled for Sept. 30th from the […]
  • Tour Cayuga County

    Tour Cayuga County

    Tour Cayuga County The Ultimate Finger Lakes Wine and Dine Tour Road Trip Day 1 Set in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga County is no exception to the presence of wine and great culinary bounty. Enjoy a day of experience quality wines made by quality people who you’re sure to meet along the […]
  • 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. […]
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