Cycle The Erie Canal 2022

Hello Cycle the Erie Canal riders, past, present and future!

We are excited to announce that registration for Cycle the Erie Canal 2022 officially opens today, Wednesday, January 5, at noon.

Our traditional eight-day adventure is returning for a 24th year in 2022. Riders will leave Buffalo July 10 and reach Albany on July 17.

This year, we are happily returning to our usual registration cap of 650 riders. 




We understand that riders will have many questions. You can find the answers to many of these questions on our Cycle the Erie Canal FAQ page. If you have questions that aren’t covered, please email us at [email protected] and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail! 

The Parks & Trails New York
Cycle the Erie Canal Planning Team


2022 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal opening day

We are excited to announce that the NYS Canal Corporation has announced the opening date for the Canal system for 2022.

Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open Friday, May 20, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. for the 2022 navigation season.  This proposed schedule of operations could be impacted by the COVID pandemic and/or the need to repair critical infrastructure.  The public will be notified accordingly through the Notice to Mariners system if this occurs. There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal system in 2022.

The Canal Corporation urges all users to register to receive updates through the “Notice to Mariners” notification program at

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2020 Navigation Schedule on the Erie Canal System

The hours of operation for the 2020 season are as follows:
• May 15 to October 14: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In addition to the schedule listed above, the following locks and lift bridges will operate on demand from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from May 15 to September 16:
• Lock C-1, Waterford
• Lock E-7, Vischer Ferry
• Lock E-8, Scotia
• Lock E-23, Brewerton
• Lock O-1, Phoenix
• Lock O-2, Fulton
• Lock O-3, Fulton
• Lock O-8, Oswego
• Lock E-24, Baldwinsville                                            

A view from the bridge!

• Main Street Lift Bridge, Fairport
• Lock E-32, Pittsford
• Lock E-33, Henrietta
• Spencerport Lift Bridge
• Adams Basin Lift Bridge
• Park Avenue Lift Bridge, Brockport
• Main Street Lift Bridge, Brockport
• Holley Lift Bridge
• Hulberton Lift Bridge
• Ingersoll Street Lift Bridge, Albion
• Main Street Lift Bridge, Albion
• Eagle Harbor Lift Bridge
• Knowlesville Lift Bridge
• Medina Lift Bridge
• Middleport Lift Bridge
• Gasport Lift Bridge
• Exchange Street Lift Bridge, Lockport
• Lock E-34/35, Lockport
• Lock CS-1, Cayuga
• Lock CS-2/3, Seneca Falls
• Lock CS-4, Waterloo
In addition to the schedule listed above, the following locks and lift bridges will operate on demand from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from May 15 to September 16:
• Lock E-25, May’s Point
• Lock E-26, Clyde
• Lock E-27, Lyons
• Lock E-28A, Lyons
• Lock E-28B, Newark
• Lock E-29, Palmyra
• Lock E-30, Macedon
In addition to the structures listed above, Locks E-2 through E-6 and Guard Gate #2 in the Waterford Flight as well as Locks E-21 and E-22 will operate on demand from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Thursday through Monday from May 15 to September 16. During the same period, the hours of operation for the Waterford Flight will be 7:00 am to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Due to roving operators, some delays may be experienced during certain periods in the Waterford Flight.
Vessels arriving at the Waterford Flight from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through the entire Flight.
Vessels arriving at Lock CS-2/3 in Seneca Falls or Lock E-34/35 in Lockport from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both chambers. Vessels arriving westbound at Lock E-21 in New London or arriving eastbound at Lock E-22 in Verona prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both locks. Vessels arriving southbound at Lock C-4 in Stillwater or arriving northbound at Lock C-3 in Mechanicville prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both locks. Vessels arriving at the Waterford Flight from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through the entire Flight

Locktoberfest Seneca Falls 2018

Join in on the fun as Seneca Falls celebrates their second annual Locktoberfest. It’s an awesome autumn celebration of our local heritage, farms, craft-beverages, food and cuisine, Artisans, crafters, boaters, families and community all along the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor along the “wall”
The party kicks off first thing Sat. morning Oct. 6th. as the Seneca Falls Rotary Club sponsors a Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes will be flipping at the Seneca Falls Community Center.
Proceeds will help the club support many local projects which include the United Way backpack programs, literacy volunteers, reading in the schools, the House of Concern Thanksgiving Dinners, Camp Onseyawa, educational scholarships, Project Graduation, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls Children’s Committee and many others.
The pancake breakfast goes from 7am. – 11am. $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 12 and under.
Take a Hayride down the Ludovico Sculpture Trail.
Hayrides will take you from the Locktoberfest location on the North Side of the Canal to the South side and down the beautiful Ludovico Trail. The Ludovico Sculpture Trails is a trail that parallels the south shore of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca Falls. It will eventually be part of the Erie Canalway Trail that reaches across New York State.
This trail is special in that it is a sculpture garden as well as a trail. The first sculpture that was installed along the trail is called, “The Status of Women” and commemorates six important points in women’s history. You will also find statues of Amelia Bloomer and Mary Baker Eddy, two prominent women in women’s suffrage.
After a day of family fun, live music and food, help us create an unforgettable night by lighting up the Canal Harbor with your personalized Floating Lantern. Floating Lanterns will be available for decorating and personalization throughout the day during Locktoberfest. Once the sun has set, the lanterns will be launched.
Music starts at 12:00 and runs all day through 10:00 when the festival concludes. For more information visit the Locktoberfest  website 

Locktoberfest Seneca Falls is sponsored by the Seneca Falls Business Association  

SUNY / Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum


Downtown Revitalization Along the Canal:
The D.R.I. Program and Waterfront Redevelopment


September 27, 2018
SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY
Marano Campus Center
Auditorium Room 132


Welcome and Introduction of Keynote: SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley
Keynote Address: John Maggiore, Director of Policy, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Comments on the D.R.I. Program and Canal-Front Redevelopment:
Kisha Santiago-Martinez, Deputy Secretary of State for Planning, Development & Community Infrastructure, NYS Department of State
Overview of Panels / Itinerary:
Brian U. Stratton, Director, NYS Canal Corporation and SUNY Oswego Alumnus ‘79

Downtown Revitalization and Waterfront Redevelopment—
The Mayors’ Perspective on the D.R.I. Program

Moderator: SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley


Hon. William J. Barlow, Jr.—Mayor, City of Oswego
Sage Gerling—City Manager, City of Geneva (on behalf of Mayor Ronald L. Alcock)

Matthew J. Andrews— Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Rome
(on behalf of Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo)
Laurie DeNardo— Village Trustee / D.R.I. Co-Chair, Village of Watkins Glen
(on behalf of Mayor Samuel Schimizzi)



Revitalization Projects and Themes in D.R.I. Canal Communities

Moderator: Robert M. Simpson, President and CEO, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (introduced by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley)


Paul Stewart / Oswego—President, Oswego Renaissance Association (Downtown Housing; partnership with Geneva)

Ryan Wallace/Geneva—Qwiksolar/Solar Home Factory (Lake Tunnel Solar Village)

Judy McKinney-Cherry / Watkins Glen—D.R.I. Co-Chair (FLX Works—mixed-use projects, with apartments for young professionals and an incubator kitchen for food related start-ups)

Kiva VanDerGeest /Rome—Community and Economic Development Planner, City of Rome

Student Perspective: Following the panel presentations, SUNY Oswego students will ask questions of the panelists relative to their age cohort’s housing and community preferences. Students may also address SUNY Oswego’s Fresh Water for All inter-disciplinary curriculum.

Concluding Comments:

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley

Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton




Riverlink Summer Concert Concert Series Schedule for 2018

We’re excited to announce the full Riverlink Summer Concert Series schedule for 2018!

Enjoy great FREE music every Saturday evening during July and August.

Enjoy food and drink at River’s Edge @Riverlink or stroll the MVGO and wine & dine on Amsterdam’s historic South Side.

See details and performer bios here:
….and video samples here:

Saturday, July 7 @7pm – Mark Doyle and the Maniacs
Saturday, July 14 @ 7pm – Orquesta Akokan
Saturday, July 21 @7pm – Frank Vignola Trio
Saturday, July 28 @7pm – The Big Takeover
Saturday, August 4 @8pm – Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Saturday, August 11 @7pm – Robbie Fulks
 Elrod & Mother Judge open @6
Saturday, August 18 @7pm – Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble
Saturday, August 25 @7pm – Sweetback Sisters

1.5 Billion Dollars Generated Annually Through Events Along The Erie Canal

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor just released a study which shows that an estimated 1.5 billion dollars is generated annually by events such as boat tours, bicycle and paddle-sport rentals and historic site and museum tours along the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Events and tours drew more than 3.3 million visitors in 2017
Erie Canalway commissioned this study in part to determine the impacts of tourism throughout the Canal Corridor. The analysis was conducted by Level 7 Market Research  and supported by a grant from Market New York through I Love NY.
Over the last 10 years, the number of events along the Canal system has increased dramatically to include concerts, art festivals, cycling and paddling events as well as celebrations of local foods and beverages and events that focus on history and heritage. The NYS Canal Corporation website calendar listed more than 470 events.
The Erie Canal from Waterford to Brewerton is scheduled to open on May 15th. weather permitting with the entire canal system scheduled to open on May 18th.
In 2018 events include the 20th. Anniversary of Cycle The Erie Canal Bike Tour organized by Parks & Trails New York and the cross-canal journey of the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge, traveling with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Canal Schooner Lois McClure
For the full Canal Event Analysis and Visitor Research Study, click here.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, encompassing the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities.  Read the entire report

Corning Glass Barge 2018

Glassmaking innovations in Corning have shaped the modern world, from the first electric light bulbs for Thomas Edison and the invention of optical fiber for telecommunications, to the glass used in modern flat screen displays. That story all began with a voyage on New York State’s waterways.
In 1868 the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning via New York’s waterways. It evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Incorporated. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this pivotal journey, The Corning Museum of Glass will launch the GlassBarge, a 30 x 80 canal barge equipped with Corning’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. The journey begins in Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 17th. 2018 and will then travel north on the Hudson and then begin its trip westward along the Erie Canal before making its way to the Finger Lakes.
Once on the Canal the GlassBarge is scheduled to make stops at Albany, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls and Watkins Glen. A ceremonial last leg of the trip will take place by land concluding in Corning with a community-wide celebration on Sept. 22nd.
In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the GlassBarge tour will emphasize the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture and community. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial The GlassBarge journey will also be celebrated back in Corning with the re-installation of the Crystal City Gallery, which shares the story of how Corning became one of the premier centers for glass cutting in the United States.
June 22nd. Troy -Riverfront Park
June 23 & 24th. Waterford – Waterford Canal Welcome Center
June 27th. Amsterdam – Riverlink Park
June 28th. Canajoharie – Riverfront Park
June 30th – July 1st. Little Falls – Little Falls Marina Rotary Park
July 3rd. Illion – Village of Illion Marina
July 5th. Rome – Bellamy Harbor Park
July 7th & 8th. Sylvan Beach – Dock wall in Sylvan Beach
July 13th – 15th. Baldwinsville – Paper Mill Island
July 18th. Lyons- Canal Wall behind the Fire Department
July 20th – 22nd. Fairport – Packets Landing
July 24th. Holley – Holley Canal Park
July 28th – 29th. Lockport – Upson Park.
July 31st. The Tonawanda’s – Gateway Harbor of the Tonawanda’s
August 3rd – 5th. Buffalo – Canalside
August 8th. Middleport – Middleport Harbor
August 11th – 12th. Medina – Medina Canal Basin
August 17th – 19th. Brockport – Brockport Welcome Center
August 22nd. Spencerport – Spencerport Depos & Canal Museum
August 25th – 26th Pittsford – Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford.
August 28th. Palmyra – Erie Canal Lock 29
September 1st. – 3rd. Seneca Falls – Seneca Falls Canal Harbor
September 14th – 16th Watkins Glen – Seneca Lake Pier
September 22nd. Corning
For more information on the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge click here or e-mail [email protected].
For mor e information, email [email protected]

An Erie Canal Bicentennial Discussion


Arts, Culture and Communities on the Canal

                                 AN ERIE CANAL BICENTENNIAL DISCUSSION


                             Wednesday, May 9, 2018

     Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady NY






Welcome: Brian U. Stratton, Director, NYS Canal Corporation

Welcome from City of Schenectady and Introduction of Keynote Address:

Hon. Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor, City of Schenectady

Keynote Address: Secretary of State Rossana Rosado

Introduction of Principal Address:

Principal Address: David Alan Miller, Albany Symphony Orchestra

Welcome from Schenectady County and Introduction of SCCC President Steady Moono and Panel Discussions: Hon. Anthony Jasenski, Chair, Schenectady County Legislature


PANEL DISCUSSION 1:     Arts and Culture: Essential Economic Drivers



Moderator: SCCC President Steady Moono


Jean Leonard, Chief of Staff – Proctors Theater

Rob Cassetti, Senior Director – Corning Museum of Glass

Suzan Friedlander, Director and Chief Curator – Arkell Museum

Dr. William Meckley, Dean – SCCC School of Music

Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYS Council on the Arts







On the Waterfront: Connecting Arts, Culture and Sustainability


Moderator:  SCCC President Steady Moono


Ray Gillen, Chairman – Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority

Chris Leonard – Schenectady City Historian

Dr. David Brough, Dean, – SCCC School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

Aine Leader-Nagy, Director of Community Engagement – Albany Institute of

History & Art

Kristin Diotte, Director of Development, City of Schenectady







4:00 – 5:30 pm


Site Tour and Presentation by David Buicko, CEO, Galesi Group


[email protected]

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

Canal Clean Sweep Lyons NY 2017