Paddling along the NYS Canal System became easier and more accessible in 2017, thanks to continued water trail planning coordinated by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation. Paddlers can now find more than 100 access points and amenities on the new NYS Canalway Water Trail website, which includes sites from Rome to Waterford along the eastern Erie Canal. Expansion of the website and creation of a guidebook and map set covering the entire NYS Canal System is in the works with anticipated completion in December 2018.
Paddling has become increasingly popular on the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. The relatively calm waters combined with the unique experience of going through locks and visiting canal communities makes the canal an attractive place for paddling adventures. The ability to be on the water for just a few hours or for multiple days presents options for beginners to advanced paddlers.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor launched a new Facebook group this fall for anyone interested in paddling the NYS Canalway Water Trail. The open group is a place to ask questions, share information, and meet those who share a passion for paddling the canals. Sign up: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYSCanalwayWaterTrail
For more information on the NYS Canalway Water Trail, contact project manager Brian Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 237-7000, ext. 220.