Champlain Canal

Construction started in 1817 and was completed in 1822.  The Canal starts in Waterford at the junction of the Mohawk & Hudson rivers and allows for passage to Lake Champlain and on to Canada through the Richelieu Canal.

Today its path travels a little more than 60 miles to the southern junction with Lake Champlain.  This Canal could best be described as a path through history.  Before our countries independence this waterway played an important role in our countries formation.  The British, French and Americans all traveled north and south through this stretch of the region.  Forts were constructed such as Ticonderoga and Edward.  The battle of Saratoga, George Washington etc.  it’s all here on the Champlain

Before the construction of the Canal, the most widely used route from New York City to Canada was up the Hudson River to Fort Edward then by portage to Lake George, another portage to Lake Champlain and on to Canada.  The completion of the Champlain Canal offered an all water route from New York to Canada and beyond.

No matter how you plan to visit the Champlain, whether by boat, car or bike, discover the communities that make up this part of the NYS Canal System, check out the all the historical sites associated with not just with the Canal, but also those that define the history of the nation.

Communities of the Canal

Champlain Canal News & Articles

  • 2022 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal!

    2022 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal!

    2022 Navigation Season – System Hours April 14, 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. If adjustments to the schedule are necessary, the public will be notified accordingly. There […]
  • Canal Clean Sweep 2022

    Canal Clean Sweep 2022

    Event registration now open for Canal Clean Sweep 2022 Parks & Trails New York, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, is organizing the 17th annual Canal Clean Sweep April 22-24 in celebration of Earth Day and Celebrate Trails Day, and we need your help! How it works: Get a group together: This could be a group of friends or […]
  • Electric Houseboats Cruising the Erie Canal

    Electric Houseboats Cruising the Erie Canal

    The E-Houseboat is being designed and built to be the first all-electric propelled and powered houseboat commercially available within the US. The design team at East Coast Houseboats has been actively working on a completely unique way of building houseboats, and the E-Houseboat will be the first to benefit from this method.  Starting with […]
  • NYS Canal Corporation announces schedule for 2021 Navigational Season

    NYS Canal Corporation announces schedule for 2021 Navigational Season

    The NYS Canal Corporation has announced the navigation schedule for 2021 Season Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Friday, May 21, 2021, at 7:00 a.m. for the 2021 navigation season.  This proposed schedule of operations could be impacted by the COVID pandemic […]
  • 2019 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal

    2019 Navigation Season on the Erie Canal

    The New York State Canal Corporation has announced the operational hours and dates for the 2019 Navigation Season for the entire canal system. Boaters are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. for the 2019 navigation season. There […]
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