2018 New York State Boater's Guide - 57
ways, the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals
travel throughout New York's heartland, gliding past lush farmland,
famous historic battlefields, scenic port towns and thriving wildlife
preserves. There are 57 locks and almost 300 additional miles
of accessible lakes and rivers stretching across the entire state.
Many large dams have navigation locks designed to raise and
lower boats from one water level to another, allowing vessels to
travel up and down stream. These locks were built, along with a
series of dams, to bypass rapids, waterfalls, and otherwise unnavigable areas.
When locking through with any large vessel be particularly
cautious of prop turbulence and vessel wake. Many commercial
vessels are designed to occupy the entire space within a lock,
never try to squeeze into a lock chamber with a larger vessel unless directed to by the lock operator. The operator will determine
the order in which boats enter a lock in order to maximize the lock
The lock operator controls all boat traffic through the lock by
light signals or horn devices. All canal locks and lift bridges monitor
VHF channel 13 as well as cellular phones.