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 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 2021. 

The hours of operation for the 2021 season are as follows:

  • Standard hours of operation until navigation season closing date, October 13: 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. until September 15:

  • Lock C-1, Halfmoon
  • Lock E-7, Niskayuna
  • Lock E-8, Rotterdam
  • Lock E-23, Brewerton
  • Lock O-1, Phoenix
  • Lock O-2, Fulton
  • Lock O-3, Fulton
  • Lock O-8, Oswego
  • Lock E-24, Baldwinsville
  • 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 will operate on demand from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until September 15:

  • Lock E-25, Mays 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 21 to September 15.  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 operations, some delays may be experienced during certain periods in the Waterford Flight. 

 

Vessels will be admitted through structures if arriving prior to scheduled closing.  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.

 

 

Comments

  1. Ralph M Bohm

    This is on my bucket list. I’m going to do some research on transiting the entire length in 2025.

  2. Jennifer L Cook

    How long would a trip from Pirates Cove Marina near Clay to Fort Edward take? We just purchased a boat & are trying to get the logistics semi down. Also, from Fort Edward to its slip in Port Henry? Thanks.

    1. Bill Drage

      Jennifer:
      Congratulations on your new boat purchase, Pirates Cove is at Mile Marker 158 on the Erie and Fort Edward is about 36 miles up the Champlain. How long the trip will take you is completely up to you, but I would say that at the absolute minimum would be 3 days on the Erie and another to get you home on the Champlain. I would take my time and enjoy the trip. Unfortunately the Canal Corp no longer publishes their Canal directory but the Skipper Bob series of guides does a Canal Guide that you might look into.
      Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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