New York’s canal system has been in continuous operation since 1825, longer than any other constructed transportation system on the North American continent.
Over the years, it has been enlarged three times to accommodate larger boats and more traffic. Today, pleasure boats, kayaks and canoes, and commercial vessels share the waterway. The NYS Canal System includes:
The NYS Canal System links the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie via the Niagara River, allowing boaters to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes.
It takes about 15 minutes to go through a lock, but you can experience it here in one minute.
THE NEW YORK STATE CANAL CORPORATIONThe New York State Canal System is operated by the New York State Canal Corporation. We recommend visiting the website for up-to-date Notices to Mariners.