The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announce the launch of a new online NYS Canalway Water Trail map to help paddlers enjoy the Mohawk River/Erie Canal. The interactive map covers 128-miles from Rome to Waterford and includes launch sites, canoe/kayak rental facilities, camp sites, amenities, and attractions. Plans are underway to expand to the entire NYS Canal System within two years.
The website also includes information on paddling safety and how to go through a lock.
Paddlers can find traces of the past everywhere along the route, from Native American heritage to Revolutionary War sites to places that fueled the Industrial Revolution to engineering feats of canal construction.
A grant from Market NY through I LOVE NY, as a part of the State’s Regional Economic Development Council awards, is being used to develop and produce a printed water trail guide book, navigational maps, and website that will include the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Waterford, as well as the Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain Canals.
When complete, the NYS Canalway Water Trail will link seamlessly with the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, offering 780 miles for paddlers to enjoy.
Erie Canalway NHC is developing the NYS Canalway Water Trail in partnership with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and the NYS Canal Corporation.
The NYS Canal Corporation reported nearly 8,000 non-motorized vessel lockings last year, a 52-percent increase over the previous year.
Find the new interactive website here.
The NYS Canal System is a National Historic Landmark that includes the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning more than 500 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities.
For more information about the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor visit their website.
Photo: Paddler on the Erie Canal/Mohawk River near Utica, provided.