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

  • 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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