Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the opening of the 2022 navigation season along the 524-mile New York State Canal system, kicking off the 198th consecutive opening of the waterway and celebrating the ongoing bicentennial of the Erie Canal’s construction and completion, which spanned from 1817 to 1825. As part of the kickoff of the new boating season, the New York Power Authority, New York State Canal Corporation, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, joined officials in the Village of Fairport, Monroe County to unveil the completion of recent infrastructure improvement projects along the Erie Canal.

“The Erie Canal is an integral part of New York’s history and, as a longtime boater myself, it is a favorite summertime destination of mine, one that I invite all New Yorkers to experience and enjoy,” Governor Hochul said. “The Canal system is a hub of recreation and tourism in local communities along the canalway and we look forward to another successful summer of economic growth and adventures.”

Mariners are advised of minor locking delays of up to 15 minutes at Erie Canal Lock E-17 in Little Falls due to construction activities. It is anticipated that these activities will continue until June 6, 2022.

The lock operator can be reached at 315 823-0650.

Boaters should plan their itineraries accordingly.

A chart covering the affected area can be found at http://www.canals.ny.gov/navinfo/charts/14786e28.png

The Canal system operates daily today through Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm with some locks and lift bridges operating until 10:00 pm throughout the summer. To view the full schedule and learn more about the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals, please visit the Canal Corporation’s website.