NYS Canalway Water Trail interactive website launched from Rome to Waterford

Aug 3, 2017

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is pleased to announce the launch of a new online 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.

"Many people don't realize that the canal isn't just for power boats. Kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, and stand up paddle boards are all welcome. The interactive map makes it easy for paddlers to get on the water for an afternoon or several days," said Brian Yates, Project Manager for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Paddling presents a unique way to follow in history's wake and discover the waterway's many treasures. 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.

The website also includes information on paddling safety and how to go through a lock.

Expansion Plans Underway
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.

Find the new interactive website at www.eriecanalway.org/watertrail.

For more information on the water trail, or to find out how you can be part of the project, contact Brian Yates, Program Manager at brian_yates@partner.nps.gov or (518) 237-7000, Ext. 220.