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Canal Opening and Closing Dates - 2023 Navigation Season
« on: January 26, 2023, 08:36:34 am »
2023 Navigation Season

January 26, 2023

The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open Friday, May 19, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. for the 199th consecutive season of navigation.

There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal system this year.

Additional information about this year’s season, including hours of operation, will be issued in subsequent Notices to Mariners.

The Canal Corporation and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are continuing their collaborative effort to mitigate the potential spread of the round goby, an aquatic invasive species (AIS), to the Lake Champlain Basin. Mariners may learn more about the State’s comprehensive plan and how they may help by visiting here.

The Canal system will close to navigation on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.

The Canal Corporation urges all users and stakeholders to register to receive updates through the Notice to Mariners notification program by clicking here.

For general news, please visit or follow the Canal Corporation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

In case of emergencies, please call the Canal Corporation’s Emergency Call Center at 833-538-1042.

07:58:01AM 1/26/23
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Re: Erie Canal Opening and Closing Dates for 2023
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2023, 11:46:40 am »
Of course these posted dates are always subject to change, especially if the current Canal Embankment Drone Inspection Project finds something REALLY wrong with an earthen embankment somewhere, that causes more repairs to avoid another "impoundment breach" like last May in Macedon

We can all remember a time when it seemed like the Navigation season lasted longer... or we think that's true. But the NYS Canal System has been closed more than it's open for quite a few years now. And the longer embankment maintenance is "on hold" and the longer that routine maintenance of the canal is "under attack" from Facebook groups, the shorter the season will get.

As one astute person has already stated...

NY State Canal Corporation does NOT want the risk of a lawsuit, for a "preventable tragedy", caused by an Erie Canal flood event.

It's about public safety and risk avoidance, that's why INSPECTION & REPAIR of the 100 year old Canal is necessary.

So enjoy the 2023 season, all 3504 hours of it...