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New York State Canal Corporation

 Notice to Mariners

Erie Canal – Scotia

October 6, 2023

Mariners are advised that a marathon row will be occurring on Saturday, October 7th. The event will start at in Alplaus near the Mohawk Valley Marina, pass through Erie Canal Lock E-8 in Scotia, continue to Lock E-9 in Rotterdam and return through the locks to the Mohawk Valley Marina. Approximately 8 rowing shells will participate and be accompanied by five outboard escort boats.

Mariners should reduce speed, stop all forward motion and proceed at a "No Wake" speed when approaching event participants and under no circumstances shall any vessel exceed 5 MPH.

Charts covering the affected area include and 

Features along the Erie Canal are listed by mileage at

The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. All vessel operators should plan their trips to ensure they exit the system by that time.

The Canal Corporation urges all users and stakeholders to register to receive updates through the Notice to Mariners notification program by clicking here.

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In case of emergencies, please call the Canal Corporation’s Emergency Call Center at 833-538-1042.