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New York State Canal Corporation

Notice to Mariners

Eastern Erie Canal – Herkimer and Oneida Counties

September 9, 2022

Mariners are advised of underwater inspections occurring on the Eastern Erie Canal on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 13th – Crane Creek Spillway, west of Erie Canal Lock E-20 (Whitestown)
  • Wednesday, September 14th – Utica Harbor Lock Lift Gate (Utica)
  • Wednesday, September 14th – Guard Gate 5, just east of Mohawk St. Bridge (E-36) over the Erie Canal (Herkimer)
  • Thursday, September 15th – Sterling Creek Retention Dam, west of Erie Canal Lock E-19 (Schuyler)

The inspection areas will be marked by commercial diver’s flags while divers are in the water. Boaters should reduce speed and proceed at a "No Wake" speed when transiting these areas.                                 

Charts showing the affected areas can be found at,, and

Features along the Oswego and Erie Canals are listed by mileage

In case of emergencies, please call the Canal Corporation Emergency Call Center at: (833) 538-1042.

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