Opening of portions of canal system delayed by high water


The New York State Canal System is beginning operations for the 2019 navigation season this week, though its Rome portions will remain closed due to high water levels, the state said in a release Tuesday.

A portion of the canal system will open on Friday, May 17 at 7 a.m., including the Erie Canal, from Locks E-2 in Waterford to E-8 in Scotia, and from Lock 28A in Lyons to Lock 35 in Lockport, as well as the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, said canal authorities.

The Erie Canal from locks E-8 in Scotia to E-22 in Rome, and from Lock E-24 in Baldwinsville to Lock E-27 in Lyons, as well as the Oswego and Champlain canals, will have their openings postponed indefinitely due to high water from heavy rain and snow melt, officials said.

Boaters will still be able to access the western end of Oneida Lake from Erie Canal Lock E-23 in Brewerton. The lock typically receives the highest volume of boats during the navigation season.

The navigation season will run through Oct. 16.

“Safety is always our top priority on the canals and we need to ensure water conditions do not pose a hazard for boaters as well as for canal empoyees,” said Brian U. Stratton, Canal Corporation director. “We know people are eager to get out on the water and we’ll make sure that happens as conditions allow.

Boats intending to travel past Erie Canal Lock E-7 will be allowed to leave Waterford, but are advised services as well as space at private marinas from Waterford to Scotia is limited. Information on marinas is available at

Boaters can sign up for Notices to Mariners to receive real-time updates on canal conditions at


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