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

  • Canal Clean Sweep 2018

    Canal Clean Sweep 2018

    Each year to correspond with Earth Day, communities and organizations up and down the Canal organize to clean the banks of the Canal  This year 38 separate events are scheduled.   This event now in it’s 8th. year continues to grow in size. To learn more about all the events along the Canal visit the https://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep
  • Barge Canal Centennial Celebrations Planned For Rochester

    Barge Canal Centennial Celebrations Planned For Rochester

    We currently travel on the third generation of the Erie Canal, commonly referred to as the “Barge Canal” 2018 celebrates the centennial of the opening of this version of the Canal system. The fact that we travel today on infrastructure designed and built 100 years ago is a great testament to the engineers and builders […]
  • Schenectady County Erie Canal History Events Set

    Schenectady County Erie Canal History Events Set

    New York State is celebrating the bicentennial of the Erie Canal’s creation this year with a campaign to “Reimagine the Canal.” A series of conversations focused on economic and environmental sustainability of the historical Mohawk river towns will be held in Schenectady County beginning March 8th. These events will kick-off with a presentation by some […]
  • Plans announced to close gap in Erie Canalway Trail in Onondaga County

    Plans announced to close gap in Erie Canalway Trail in Onondaga County

      New York state has released a concept plan that closes the gap in the Erie Canalway Trail System between Camillus and DeWitt. It would extend the recreation trail through an urban area. From the start, bridging the 14-mile gap has been the most challenging part of creating a seamless trail that closely follows the […]
  • Buy A Brick Program Baldwinsville

    Buy A Brick Program Baldwinsville

      The development of the southwest trail, as part of the Canal Corridor Initiative, will include a walk of engraved bricks. This is an important project for our community and we need your help! There is a contribution of $100.00 per brick for a corporation, $50.00 for an individual. With an engraved brick, you can […]
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