Erie Canal

We entered the Erie Canal on October 3rd in Tonawanda, New York after a yummy lunch of Beef on Weck.  Over the next twelve days we would visit some beautiful little towns, enjoy the fall colors and freeze.  Here are some facts and figures of our Erie Canal adventure –

Total miles in the Erie Canal – 362 miles (not nautical)

Total Number of Locks – 36 locks

Biggest “drop” Lock – 40 feet

Steepest Series of Locks – The Waterford Flight where we dropped 169 feet in less than two miles!

Craziest Thing – at one point the Erie Canal goes over a road

We exited the Erie Canal in Waterford, New York and along the way stopped in Brockport, Fairport, Lyons, Canajoharie, Amsterdam just to name a few.  The Eastern portion of the Erie Canal is stunning with the small towns all catering to the boating community.  Many of the towns we stopped in offered free wall space to tie up for the night along with showers, electricity and laundry.  It’s a shame we did not have more time to enjoy the towns but we were on a deadline since the Canal system shuts down Oct 15th.

We made it to the Waterford Flight (last locks) on October 13th just in time.  We were not the last boats to go thru – funny enough we watched a LARGE Catamaran “JAG” from Montréal go thru and we ran into them again at Highborne Cay Marina in the Bahamas.   

Below are some of my favorite pics from the trip thru the canals and if you’re looking for more information on our trip check my page on Facebook where I posted daily.  Next step is to get the mast back up so we can sail!

Up next New York City, ICW and Daytona

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