Debris Being Cleared From Final 18-mile Section

For Immediate Release: 07/07/17

The last remaining closed section of the New York State Canal System is projected to re-open at 7 a.m. Sunday, July 9, bringing the entire canal back into operation following last week’s high water, excessive current and heavy debris caused by heavy rains.

Restoration work is continuing in the 18-mile section of the Erie Canal from Canajoharie to Little Falls, including Locks E-14 (Palatine Bridge), E-15 (Fort Plain), E-16 (St. Johnsville) and E-17 (Little Falls). After remaining debris is cleared, water control gates will be set back into place so navigation can be restored. Until the work is completed, water levels may be significantly lower than normal in these areas. Water levels are expected to return to normal by early Sunday morning.

Other affected sections -- including from Waterford (Lock 2) to Whitesboro (Lock 20), the Oswego Canal, and the Champlain Canal --- re-opened earlier this week

Boaters in and around the closed areas should stay safely moored until the re-opening is complete. It’s recommended that boaters check the re-opening schedules posted in Notices to Mariners at, on Facebook, and on Twitter before traveling on the canal system

The Canal Corporation urges everyone to boat safely and strongly recommends mariners always check conditions prior to navigating on sections of the Canal System that are open, utilize navigation guides and other appropriate resources, and visit for updates and information.

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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Steven Gosset
Media Relations
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