New York Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the opening of the 2022 navigation season on the 524-mile New York State Canal System.

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The Erie Canal, which opened on October 26, 1825, is set to kick off its 198th season in New York.  The canal has 34 locks with an overall elevation difference of about 565 feet and took nearly eight years to complete.

As part of the kickoff of the new boating season, several state agencies helped to unveil the completion of recent infrastructure improvement projects along the Erie Canal.

Governor Hochul said via a press release:

The Erie Canal is an integral part of New York's history and, as a longtime boater myself, it is a favorite summertime destination of mine, one that I invite all New Yorkers to experience and enjoy,...The Canal system is a hub of recreation and tourism in local communities along the canalway and we look forward to another successful summer of economic growth and adventures.

Some of the improvements for the 2022 season include new docks and dock utilities, lighting, and a new non-motorized small craft boat launch in the village of Fairport.

If you're looking to get out on the historic waterway this summer, the Canal system operates daily, now through Wednesday, October 12th from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Some of the canal's locks and lift bridges will be operating until 10:00 pm throughout the summer.

For more information on the canal, and to view the full schedule and learn more about the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals, please visit the official Canal Corporation website by CLICKING HERE.

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