Champlain Canal

Originally built as a feeder line for “Clinton’s Ditch,” the Champlain Canal played a significant role in the growth of the Industrial Revolution in New York and America. The communities that dot the landscape between Waterford (Lock 1) and Whitehall (Lock 12) are rooted in the economic opportunities that the natural and manmade waterways made available to them. As you boat up the Hudson River and Champlain Canal to Lake Champlain and Quebec, you will discover that many of these communities have not changed much since the boom days of the mid-nineteenth century. Remnants of the turbulent military battles of early American history, factory row houses and high Victorian manors, rolling hills and calm waters, bells of canal boats and soothing chirp of crickets all await mariners on America’s first “superhighway.”

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Lock C-1
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-1 is located in the Town of Halfmoon, five miles north of the Troy Federal Lock when heading up the Hudson River, and 3 miles north of Lock E-2 and the beginning of the Erie Canal.  The Lockmaster can be reached by VHF Radio channel 13 or…

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Lock C-2
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-2 on the modern Champlain Canal is located in the Town of Halfmoon, 4 miles north of Lock C-1. This lock is located on an island in the middle of the river. On the east side of the island is a dam and spillway for excess water; on the west…

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Lock C-3
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-3 on the Champlain Canal is located in the town of Mechanicville, just north of the heart of the city and terminal wall. It is 2.5 miles north of Lock C-2. This lock lifts and lowers boats 19.5 feet (from 48 to 67.5 feet above sea level). …

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Mechanicville City Dock
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Mechanicville City Dock
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water
  • Free Terminal Wall.
  • Free power, water, and pump-out.
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Lock C-4
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-4 is located just north of the town of Mechanicville and Lock C-3 (1.83 miles), where the canal diverges from the Hudson River for a short while creating an artificial island.  This lock lifts boats up 16 feet from the river (elevation:  67.…

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Lock C-5
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-5 is just north of Schuylerville on the Hudson River and 14.3 miles from Lock C-4. This lock is interesting as it is actually the site of two locks, the current Champlain Canal Lock 5 (Hudson River) and a junction lock that once connected…

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Lock C-6
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C6 is located in the town of Fort Miller and is the northern most lock on the Hudson River. The lock has a lift of 16.5 feet, lifting boats from 102.5 feet above sea level to 119 feet above sea level. Lock 6 is located north of Lock C5 by 4…

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Lock C-7
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-7 marks the end of the mighty Hudson River and beginning of the calm artificial channel towards Whitehall. The lock is located 7 miles north of Lock C-6 and just south of the Fort Edward Yacht Basin (the free terminal wall). The lock lifts…

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Fort Edward Yacht Basin
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Located behind the Glens Falls National Bank in the center of Fort Edward, the Yacht Basin offers free water and electrical hook-ups for boaters. The Yacht Basin has recently been revitalized and is the home to our Heritage Days activities.…

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Lock C-8
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-8 is located in the outskirts of the town of Fort Edward, two miles from Lock C-7. The first of three scenic locks (Locks C-8-C-11) for northbound boaters, the lower side of this lock makes a good place to stop and have lunch. On the upper…

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Lock C-9
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-9 on the Champlain Canal is located in the town of Smith's Basin, six miles from Lock C-8. It is very similar to the other locks on this stretch of the canal; it is in the quiet country side which makes it a nice place to stop and enjoy…

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Fort Ann Floating Dock
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

No services, short walk to town.

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Lock C-11
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-11 on the Champlain Canal is located in the town of Comstock, nine miles north of Lock C-9. This scenic lock lowers boats 12 feet, from an elevation of 124 feet to 112 feet above sea level. The Lockmaster can be reached by VHF Radio…

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Lock C-12
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Lock C-12 is located right in the heart of old Whitehall, seven miles from Lock C-11. This unique lock is in the center of the historic part of town and makes for a nice place to walk to. There is a bridge crossing the canal/river over the lock…

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Skenesborough Museum and Heritage Area Visitor Center
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Skenesborough Museum and Heritage Area Visitor Center
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Museums and Attractions

Nestled in a valley at the head of Lake Champlain is Whitehall, Birthplace of the US Navy.  The Heritage Area Visitor Center is situated in a 1917 canal terminal building that has been used as Skenesborough Museum since 1959.  It is designed to…

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South Bay
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South Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This large bay is located to the west of Whitehall and has a fixed railroad bridge spanning its entrance. The bay is a popular boating area and offers ideal opportunities for wildlife viewing, including osprey and turtles.

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The Elbow
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The Elbow
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This location is where the lake sharply bends to the west, near the confluence of the Poultney and Mettawee Rivers. This was a well-known challenge for navigators through most of the first century of commercial navigation on the lake.

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1 Lock C-1
2 Lock C-2
3 Lock C-3
4 Mechanicville City Dock
5 Lock C-4
6 Lock C-5
7 Lock C-6
8 Lock C-7
9 Fort Edward Yacht Basin
10 Lock C-8
11 Lock C-9
12 Fort Ann Floating Dock
13 Lock C-11
14 Lock C-12
15 Skenesborough Museum and Heritage Area Visitor Center
16 South Bay
17 The Elbow