Urban kayaking is popular in many major cities because you can experience nature and see the city in a different light. There are moments kayaking in Amsterdam that you forget that you are within city limits. The locks on the Erie Canal control the flow of water, making the Mohawk River slower and more navigable, like a series of lakes. Kayaking on the Mohawk River in Amsterdam is a great way to learn about the exciting history of the Erie Canal, check out the recent upgrades along the river, and envision the future. Being on the water is an incredible way to experience Amsterdam. Visit Site >
Lock, fishing, rest area, bike-hike trail access and picnic area.
Upstate Kayak Rentals offers hourly kayak rentals, traveling adventures, and now self serving Kayak Rental Hubs throughout the Capital District. We want you to explore all the various beautiful waterways the Capital District has to offer in the most convenient way possible. Visit different locations and excursions throughout the summer and fall for a different paddling experience. Visit Site >
Start your visit to Waterford and the Waterford Flight of locks here. Services for boaters include water, showers, electric, and pump-out. Merchandise, phone/computer, free wifi, and information at the dockside Visitor Center. Boat launch. Kayak rentals nearby. Visit Site >
Amenities include showers, restrooms, picnic facilities, and camping for tents only. Trails to playground, fishing, and waterfall. Short walk to village shops and restaurants.
Boater-Biker-Hiker facilities at Lock 30 include: potable water, toilets, picnic facilities, camping, boat ramp and kayak launching dock, which makes this a favorite location for kayaking and canoeing. Butterfly Nature Trail and Community Concert Series in summer. Visit Site >
The park and visitor center on the Erie Canal features a series of four stunning murals depicting scenes of Erie Canal history. Self-guided walking tours and boater facilities available. Easily accessed from the Erie Canalway Trail. Visit Site >
The port is a lovely canal park with six lighted slips with electric hookups and pumping stations, showers and restrooms, and a pavilion with picnic tables. Volunteer Harbor Hosts greet and help orient visitors to local services. A village boat launch is located at the foot of Park Drive, easily accessed from East Main Street/ NYS route 21/31. It's an easy walk to shops, restaurants, and museums in Palmyra from the marina. Visit Site >
The historic hamlet of Bushnell's Basin features canalside shops and restaurants, amenities for boaters and cyclists, and trail access. This site received a Heritage Award-Honorable Mention from Erie Canalway in 2013 for excellence in planning and development that showcases the hamlet's historic character and connection to the canal. Visit Site >
Located off Terminal Street between Lock 2 and Lock 3, the site offers a canoe and kayak launch and boater facilities.
Includes a picnic area, observation platform at the lock, a canoe launch, and 1.5 mile nature trail. Shale bluffs overlook the Hoosic River as it passes over a series of rapids before entering the Hudson.
The Bridge House at Lock 1 offers a variety of boater services and is home of the Bridge House Brats, local teens who connect boaters to downtown retail stores and other sites of interest. Housed in a historic canal structure built in 1917, the bridge house still contains original levers and controls once used to operate a nearby drawbridge. Also displays Canal artifacts. Visit Site >
Local park at Lock 1 provides access for paddlers to the Oswego Canal/River. A boat ramp and low dock are at the northern (downstream) tip of the island. Parking for 20 cars. Overnight parking allowed.