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New York State Canals

Hours of Operation

2014 Navigation Season

Picture of Boats on the Canal
  • May 5 to May 21:  7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • May 22 to September 10:  8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • September 11 to November 19:  7:00 am to 5:00 pm

In addition to the schedule listed above, the following locks and lift bridges will operate on demand from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm from May 22 to September 10:

  • Lock C-1, Halfmoon
  • Lock E-7, Niskayuna
  • Lock E-23, Brewerton
  • Lock O-1, Phoenix
  • 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
  • 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 structures listed above, the following lift bridges will operate on demand from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and on a scheduled basis from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm from May 22 to September 10:

  • Medina Lift Bridge - 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm
  • Middleport Lift Bridge - 7:00 pm, 8:45 pm
  • Gasport Lift Bridge - 7:45 pm, 8:15 pm

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 at the Waterford Flight from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through the entire Flight.

24-hour service is available to commercial vessels such as tour boats, tugboats, charter boats, cruise ships, and hire-boats operating on the Canal System. Registered commercial operators should call (518) 471-5014 during regular business hours and (518) 461-0942 after hours to make arrangements for lock and lift bridges.

The New York State Canal System operates from early May to early November. Operation of Canal System segments is subject to the latest water and weather conditions. The hours of operation for locks and lift bridges are set in conjunction with Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

For notification of major incidents and emergencies that may affect navigation on the New York State Canal System sign up for Canal Notices and Alerts.

For the latest information about Canal openings/closures, water levels, construction and other elements affecting navigation on the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals view Notice to Mariners and for the most up-to-date information on the Canal water conditions, please call 1-800-4CANAL4 and press option 3.

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