For Immediate Release: 09/09/2016

The 17th annual Waterford Tugboat Roundup begins today, Friday, September 9 with the Albany to Waterford Tugboat Parade led by the Canal Corporation’s flagship Tug URGER – the premier vessel of the New York State Fleet.

Friday, September 9
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Waterford Harbor Visitors Center
1 Tugboat Alley
Waterford, NY 12188

The annual Waterford Tugboat Roundup is a family-friendly festival celebrating the heritage of the Erie Canal in Waterford and is filled with tugboat viewing and tours, music, food, children’s activities, vendors, boat rides and fireworks. There is no charge for admission. For more information and the entire schedule of events, please visit


New York’s Canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning more than 500 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities. The Erie Canalway Trail is a multi-use trail, designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers. More than three-quarters of the 365-mile Canalway Trail from Albany to Buffalo is now a dedicated off-road trail, much of it along the canal’s former towpath. Together the canals and trail create a world-class recreationway that is a vibrant, scenic and unique New York resource.

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Shane Mahar
Office of Media Relations and Communications
(518) 471-5300