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New York State Canals

Hours of Operation

2013 Navigation Season

Picture of Boats on the Canal
  • May 1 to May 22:  7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • May 23 to September 11:  8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • September 12 to November 15:  7:00 am to 5:00 pm

In addition to the schedule listed above, the following locks will operate from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm from May 23 to September 11:

  • Lock E-7, Niskayuna
  • Lock E-23, Brewerton
  • Lock E-24, Baldwinsville
  • Lock C-1, Halfmoon
  • Lock CS-2/3, Seneca Falls
  • Lock CS-4, Waterloo
  • Lock O1, Phoenix

Twenty-four 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) 471-5016 during regular business hours and (518) 499-1700 after hours to make arrangements for lock and lift bridge service outside of the Canal's regular operating schedule.

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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