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CANAL STATISTICS AND LOCK AND LIFT BRIDGE INFORMATION

Length of the Erie Canal -- 338 miles

Navigation season -- early May to mid-November

Permits/tolls -- Check out the New York State Canal System page for current information.

Bridge clearances -- Waterford to Three Rivers -- 20 feet
                               -- Three Rivers to Tonawanda -- 15.5 feet
     For additional information about the 16 lift bridges and 34 locks on the canal see table below.

Channel depths -- Waterford to Three Rivers -- 14 feet
                          -- Three Rivers to Tonawanda -- 12 feet
     However, I noted several spots where the depth was only 9 feet

Maps of the New York State Canal System
Old Erie Canal charts Scroll a bit more than half-way down the page to dates 1917 (Sheet 15), 1922 (Sheet 16), & 1923 (25 different sheets).

Lift Bridges

There are 16 lift bridges spanning the west section of the canal between Lockport and Fairport. Except for Fairport, the bridges lift on request. However, many of the bridge operators are responsible for two bridges and the need to accommodate canallers at both locations sometimes results in a short delay. Because Fairport is so busy, the bridge there lifts only on the hour and half-hour during the day (but on request in the evening). See the following table for details.

Locks

There are 34 locks between Lockport and Waterford, with lifts ranging from 6 to 40.5 feet. The lock walls vary from smooth to extremely rough, with large concavities in some concrete walls. Most of the locks have weighted drop lines; a few have only fixed lines; a good portion have both weighted lines and drop pipes (a rigid vertical rod recessed into the chamber wall). The height of the top of the chamber walls above the full waterline varies. The tops of the chamber walls at Locks 12 to 15 were so low I had to lower my fenders to the point they were touching the water. See the following table for details.

If you believe any of the information in the table is incorrect or have information you think should be added, please email me.

LOCKS AND LIFT BRIDGES ON THE ERIE CANAL
Lock/Lift BridgeDistance to next
lock/bridge W/E
TelephoneAdditional information about locks
Lift Drop lines Condition of chamber
Note: Waterford, which is located at the junction of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River, is the eastern terminus of the Erie Canal. Lock 2 is the first lock in the Erie Canal. Boats continuing south on the Hudson River need to transit the federal lock at Troy. Boats continuing north will encounter the Champlain Canal locks.
Lock 2, Waterford Wbound--.3 mile
Ebound--see note
518-237-0810 33.6' Weighted lines only Poor; very rough walls; some large concavities
Lock 3, Waterford Wbound--.6 mile
Ebound--.3 mile
518-237-0812 34.6' Weighted lines and drop pipes Excellent
Lock 4, Waterford Wbound--.2 mile
Ebound--.6 mile
518-237-0818 34.6' Weighted lines and drop pipes Excellent
Lock 5, Waterford Wbound--.3 mile
Ebound--.2 mile
518-237-0821 33.3' Weighted lines and drop pipes Excellent
Lock 6, Waterford Wbound--.9 miles
Ebound--.3 mile
518-237-4014 33' Weighted lines and drop pipes Poor; very rough walls; some large concavities
Guard Gate 2 Wbound--10 miles
Ebound--.9 miles
518-237-0833
Lock 7, Vischer Ferry Wbound--11 miles
Ebound--10 miles
518-374-7912 27' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 8, Scotia Wbound--5 miles
Ebound--11 miles
518-346-3382 14' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 9, Rotterdam Junction Wbound--6 miles
Ebound--5 miles
518-887-2401 15' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 10, Cranesville Wbound--4 miles
Ebound--6 miles
518-887-5450 15' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 11, Amsterdam Wbound--5 miles
Ebound--4 miles
518-843-2120 12' Weighted lines only Rough walls
Lock 12, Tribes Hill Wbound--10 miles
Ebound--5 miles
518-829-7331 11' Weighted lines and drop pipes Smooth walls but not much height above full waterline
Lock 13, Randall Wbound--8 miles
Ebound--10 miles
518-922-6173 8' Weighted lines and drop pipes Smooth walls but not much height above full waterline
Lock 14, Canajoharie Wbound--4 miles
Ebound--8 miles
518-673-3314 8' Weighted lines and drop pipes Smooth walls but not much height above full waterline
Lock 15, Fort Plain Wbound--7 miles
Ebound--4 miles
518-993-4161 8' Weighted lines only Rough walls and not much height above full waterline
Lock 16, Mindenville Wbound--8 miles
Ebound--7 miles
518-568-2636 20.5' Weighted lines and drop pipes? Excellent
Lock 17, Little Falls Wbound--4 miles
Ebound--8 miles
315-823-0650 40.5' Weighted lines only Excellent; when uplocking must use south wall
Lock 18, Jacksonburg Wbound--12 miles
Ebound--4 miles
315-823-2419 20' Weighted lines and drop pipes Excellent
Lock 19, Frankfort Wbound--10 miles
Ebound--12 miles
315-733-5041 21' Weighted lines and drop pipes Excellent
Lock 20, Whitesboro Wbound--18 miles
Ebound--10 miles
315-736-4617 16' Weighted lines only Rough walls
Lock 21, New London Wbound--1 mile
Ebound--18 miles
315-336-8229 25' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 22, New London Wbound--29 miles
Ebound--1 mile
315-336-4329 25' Weighted lines only Kind of rough walls
Lock 23, Brewerton Wbound--19 miles
Ebound--29 miles
315-676-4171 7.1' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 24, Baldwinsville Wbound--31 miles
Ebound--19 miles
315-635-3101 11' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 25, Mays Point Wbound--6 miles
Ebound--31 miles
315-365-3241 6' Weighted lines only Not quite smooth walls
Lock 26, Clyde Wbound--12 miles
Ebound--6 miles
315-923-9720 6' Weighted lines only Excellent
Lock 27, Lyons Wbound--1 mile
Ebound--12 miles
315-946-4062 12.5' Weighted lines only Rough walls
Lock 28A, Lyons Wbound--4 miles
Ebound--1 mile
315-946-4410 19.5' Weighted lines only Kind of rough walls
Lock 28B, Newark Wbound--10 miles
Ebound--4 miles
315-331-3296 12' Weighted lines only Rough walls
Lock 29, Palmyra Wbound--3 miles
Ebound--10 miles
315-597-4691 16' Weighted lines only Rough walls
Lock 30, Macedon Wbound--8 miles
Ebound--3 miles
315-986-5631 16.4' Weighted lines only Rough walls
Fairport Bridge Wbound--8 miles
Ebound--8 miles
716-223-9412
Lock 32, Pittsford Wbound--1 mile
Ebound--8 miles
716-586-1837 25.1' Fixed lines only Rough N wall
Lock 33, Rochester Wbound--14 miles
Ebound--1 mile
716-244-2150 25.1' Fixed lines only Rough walls
Spencerport Bridge Wbound--3 miles
Ebound--14 miles
716-352-5451
Adams Basin Bridge Wbound--5 miles
Ebound--3 miles
Park Ave. Bridge, Brockport Wbound--.1 mile
Ebound--5 miles
716-637-0460
Main St. Bridge, Brockport Wbound--5 miles
Ebound--.1 mile
716-637-4530
Holley Bridge Wbound--3 miles
Ebound--5 miles
716-638-6456
Hulberton Bridge Wbound--6 miles
Ebound--3 miles
716-638-8183
Ingersoll St. Bridge, Albion Wbound--.1 mile
Ebound--6 miles
716-589-4107
Main St. Bridge,
Albion
Wbound--3 miles
Ebound--.1 mile
716-589-6255
Eagle Harbor Bridge Wbound--3 miles
Ebound--3 miles
716-589-6700
Knowlesville Bridge Wbound--5 miles
Ebound--3 miles
716-798-2050
Medina Bridge Wbound--5 miles
Ebound--5 miles
716-798-0140
Middleport Bridge Wbound--5 miles
Ebound--5 miles
716-735-7250
Gasport Bridge Wbound--6 miles
Ebound--5 miles
716-772-7700
Adams St. Bridge, Lockport Wbound--.1 mile
Ebound--6 miles
716-434-7368
Exchange St. Bridge, Lockport Wbound--.2 mile
Ebound--.1 mile
716-434-7368
Lock 34, Lockport Wbound--0 miles
Ebound--.2 mile
716-434-3140 24.6' Fixed lines only Kind of rough walls
Lock 35, Lockport Wbound--see note
Ebound--0 miles
716-434-3140 24.5' Fixed lines only Kind of rough walls
Note: There are no locks or lift bridges in the 18 mile stretch between Lock 35 and Tonawanda, the western terminus of the Erie Canal. However, boaters continuing south to Buffalo via the Tonawanda Channel and Black Rock Canal will have to transit the Black Rock Lock, a lift bridge, and a swing bridge (in that order). For navigation information go to Black Rock Lock


Copyright 2002
David Guenther

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