The Oswego Canal connects the Erie Canal at Three Rivers to Oswego Harbor at Lake Ontario. Though the Oswego is the canal system’s shortest segment, it has long provided a critical connection to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Oswego River’s bays and back channels are well suited for boating, fishing, birdwatching, canoeing, and kayaking. Visitors from around the world are drawn to Oswego’s active port, renowned for its festivals and exceptional sport fishing.
Adjacent to the canal, the park is comprised of 500 acres owned by the City of Fulton and the 78-acre Town of Volney Park. Contains remains of the Hinsmanville Lock and towpath that were part of the original Oswego Canal. Eight miles of rails for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-county skiing. Visit Site >
The only U.S. maritime museum on Lake Ontario preserves and shares the diverse history of the Oswego River Basin, Oswego Canal & Lake Ontario. Located in the “Historic Maritime District,” it consists of indoor and outdoor exhibits, galleries, gift shop, and a fleet of historic vessels on the West First Street Pier. 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.
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 >