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New York State Canal Corporation


Erie Canal – Rotterdam to Fort Plain

October 21, 2021

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that the annual lowering of water levels within the Erie Canal and Mohawk River between Lock E-8 (Rotterdam) and E-15 (Fort Plain) is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 25, 2021. To accomplish this, Canal Corporation crews will be lifting the movable dams out of the water over a period of several days.  

Residents are encouraged to take appropriate actions regarding any vessels, docks, or other seasonal structures in these areas which may be impacted or damaged by the lowering of the canal and river to winter water levels.

Charts showing the affected areas can be found at through

Features along the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at

The Canal Corporation urges all users to register to receive updates through the "Notice to Mariners" notification program at

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