Discussion in 'Marinas & Waypoints' started by Rodger, Dec 14, 2018.
Proposed new opening dates for Erie Canal
Going from our experience, this schedule would have removed 2 weeks for 2019 and 2020 and nearly 3 weeks for 2021. As a looper, we weren't impacted by the ending date, but I'm sure others are. When looping, I just want to get started on the Erie as soon as possible.
There are also many towns that plan events and will lose time for tourist activity.
The Erie Canal will open this Friday May 17/19 at 7 am.
You better slow down if you are heading for the Erie Canal as it will only partially open due high water caused by the amount of rain we have had this spring.
Lake Erie is at record levels now, and Lake Ontario is near record level should be there in a few weeks. They have closed the dam in Cornwall on the St Lawrence River because of the flooding in Montreal causing Lake Ontario to back up as it did in 2017. The attached picture is small boat dock Welland Canal, another 13" it will be over the wall in a few weeks as it was in 2017.
The Trent Canal was due to open this Friday to but has also been delayed due to high water.
Notice to Mariners
NYS Canal System Opening Update
May 14, 2019
Mariners are advised that about half of the Canal System will open on May 17 at 7 a.m., including the Erie Canal, from Locks E-2 in Waterford to E-7 in Niskayuna, and from Lock 28A in Lyons to Lock 35 in Lockport, as well as the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.
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 due to heavy rains and snow melt.
Boaters will still be able to access the western end of Oneida Lake from Erie Canal Lock E-23 in Brewerton.
Boaters intending to travel past 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 http://www.canals.ny.gov/wwwapps/boating/marinas.aspx.
I've read that they don't expect parts of the Erie to peak until mid June.