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New York State Canal Corporation


Erie Canal – Scotia to Saint Johnsville

October 19, 2023


The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that the annual lowering of water levels within the Erie Canal and Mohawk River between Erie Canal Lock E-8 in Scotia and Lock E-16 in St. Johnsville is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 23, 2023. 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 system closed to navigation at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

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.