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New York State Canal Corporation

Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal – Waterford

May 13, 2015


Mariners are advised that the Waterford Flight (Locks E2-E6 and Guard Gates 1 & 2) has reopened.  The entire New York State Canal System is open to navigation.

Mariners are advised that Guard Gate #2 on the Waterford Flight has been secured in the full up position. It is currently inoperable and so will not be operated on-demand for vessel traffic until further notice.

Guard Gate #1 (0.25 miles east), which is a backup guard gate typically left open during the navigation season, will be opened for vessel traffic on-demand until further notice.

Guard Gate #1 will be notified by Lock E-6 of any westbound vessel traffic and will be opened automatically. Eastbound vessel traffic should contact Guard Gate #1 on approach via channel 13 VHF or at (518) 237-0833.


The operational status of all guard gates can be found at

Chart 14786 E-40 covering the affected area can be found at

Features along the eastern portion of the Erie Canal can be found at

For updates and information, please call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit