Boaters Warned to Stay Clear of Closed Areas, Exercise Extreme Caution as Excessive Currents and High Water Flows Can Cause Dangerous Conditions

For Immediate Release: 07/03/17

ALBANY—Sections of the New York State Canal System remain closed to all boaters due to elevated water levels, excessive current, heavy debris and displaced navigational aids caused by heavy rainfall.

The New York State Canal Corporation closed the following sections of the canal system on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2, as they are temporarily unsafe for navigation:

  • The Erie Canal, from Waterford to Oneida Lake, including Little Falls
  • The Oswego Canal, except southbound traffic on Lock 8
  • The Champlain Canal

Boaters who have docked at secure facilities should remain safely moored until these sections reopen. Boaters should not utilize car-top put-ins or launch ramps in sections of the canal system that are currently closed.

The affected sections of the canal will re-open when operational safety standards are met and the safety of canal patrons can be ensured.

Re-opening schedules will be posted in Notices to Mariners available at, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

About the New York State Canal Corporation

New York’s canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 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. In 2017, New York is celebrating the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal’s construction.

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