Sam Patch Erie Canal Packet Boat Rochester NY

15 Miles on the Erie Canal near Rochester

In May 2016, I picked up a copy of the Erie Canalway Map & Guide. Number 5 on the Top 10 Ways to Enjoy the Canal is my favorite; “Pick Your Own Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal to Explore.” This sounds like a great challenge and a perfect day trip!

Map of Locks and Points of Interest Along the Erie Canal


With several canal towns within a 30-60 minute drive of Rochester, the toughest part is figuring out which 15 miles to focus on! I once read that of the Erie Canal’s “Best 100 Miles”, 85 of them are between Lockport and Palmyra. In addition to hiking, biking and boating, here are a few ideas to help you explore the Erie Canal.

Lockport Caves Underground Boat Ride in Lockport NY
Google Satellite view of Lockport

Lockport

Only Tunnel Under the Erie Canal Culvert Road in Medina NY
Google Street view of the only tunnel under the Erie Canal on Culvert Road in Medina

Medina

 

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Main St Bridge over the Erie Canal in Brockport

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Union St Bridge over the Erie Canal in Spencerport

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Erie Canal Lock 29 in Palmyra
Erie Canal Lock 29 in Palmyra

Palmyra

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Lyons

Clyde/Savannah

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Did you know?

  • In 2017, and again in 2018, boating on the Erie Canal is free in celebration of its bicentennial.
  • You can rent a houseboat along the canal at Mid-Lakes Navigation in Macedon. Take a look at the brochure for some great information.
  • You can pass through any lock in a kayak (or any non-motorized vessel) for free, without permits. Learn more about paddling through on the Canal Corporation website. Check out this video capturing 10 kayakers as they “lock-through” Lockport Locks 34 & 35.
Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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