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Oswego Expeditions
Oswego Expeditions
Canal Corporation of NY State

Recreation along the Erie Canal

 Twitter, 4/1/2022:  If you’re looking for a legendary place to kayak this summer, look no further than the NYS Canalway Water Trail ! @WorldNomads included these 524 miles of waterway stretching across the state in their list of ⭐5 OF THE BEST PLACES TO KAYAK AROUND THE US ⭐ Learn MORE about the Erie Canalway Water Trail HERE. 


How Cool is this ?! In addition to sightseeing & transportation, the 200 year old Erie Canal  has been reimagined to also become a Recreational Haven  for Hikers, Bikers, Campers, Kayakers and small craft Boaters - and all parts of the canalway connect with the NEW Empire State Trail  which is one of the longest recreational trails in the Country The historical ambiance, fascinating locks, varied terrains, and proximity to exciting towns, campgrounds, restaurants and wildlife create a unique landscape found nowhere else.

Many Local trails  are groomed for hiking and biking, and the gently flowing currents of the Erie Canal and its tributaries are ideal for kayaking, canoeing, and boating. You can rent bikes, kayaks and canoes or bring your own - and an interactive online New York State Canal Map  shows you the amenities.

Attention - Hikers & Bikers

Take the NEW 750 mile  Empire State Trail  

along the Erie Canal and all the way from NYC to Canada !




The complimentary  NY State Canalway Guidebook includes maps, a mile-by-mile description of launch sites, paddler-friendly facilities and amenities, and places of interest for over 450 miles of the NYS Canal System, including the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego and Champlain canals. 

Order a FREE paper copy (pay a shipping and handling fee) or download online  at: eriecanalway.org/watertrail

For both beginners and seasoned paddlers, “This guidebook is an invitation to paddlers to discover the history, beauty, and adventure of paddling the canals.” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

“Paddlers will navigate century old locks, pass stunning stone aqueducts, and experience narrow flatwater stretches and wide river segments.”

>> READ ABOUT the Canalway Challenge of 2022 ..


> NEW for 2022 ! Seven multiday itineraries along the Erie Canal & Canalway Trail.

These 3-4 day itineraries make it easy to Plan a Trip.

5.0 ★ Vacation made easy! Discover some of the best communities, food, attractions, and hidden gems along New York’s extraordinary canals. Choose from Erie Canal Samplers in greater Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany; a Village-to-Village tour of canal towns; and multiday cycling, paddling, and sightseeing trips.

> Take The Erie Canalway Challenge and start a Recreational Adventure !

Learn More @ www.canalwaychallenge.org.

5.0 ★ For People of all Ages and Fitness levels - The Erie Canalway Challenge invites you to trace history while tracking miles walking, running, cycling or paddling on the NY State Canal System & Canalway Trail. The full range of mileage awards -15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles - can be logged at different times and locations.
5.0 ★ Take in the amazing history and scenic terrain as you cycle along much of the 365 miles on the Erie Canalway between Albany and Buffalo. Easy access to services in nearby communities and the freedom to choose any of the SIX trail divisions combine to create some of the finest Cycling experiences in the Eastern U.S.

> Join a 4 day Excursion with Classic Adventures Biking Tours

Ride the Erie Canalway complete with bike, meals, guide, parties and lodging.

It's easy to relive the Erie Canal's rich history on a 4 day Classic Adventures biking tour which includes touring bike, 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners & 2 wine & cheese receptions/socials, lodging, Rochester transfer to cycling starting point near Buffalo and moderate daily distances with much of the riding on safe canal paths separate from road traffic..

> Go Biking a full 11 days with the Great American Bike Tours

Show your passion for biking along the Erie Canal and Empire State Trail, from Canada to NYC

With over 363 miles of cycling, this 11 day/10 night tour is packed with beautiful scenery, remarkable US history, and the incredible aqueducts, locks, lift bridges and canal parks of the historic Erie Canal. On this journey you'll cycle from Buffalo to Albany passing through more than 200 colorful communities along the way.

> Noble Invention Bike Touring offers both 4 and 5 day trips

For an Unforgettable Experience, Go with Noble Invention Bike Touring

Noble Invention offers both 4- and 5-day tours complete with guides, lodging, breakfasts and optional dining plans that focus on the longest contiguous sections of the Canalway system. The four-day tour runs the western portion from Buffalo to Newark while the five-day journey starts in Lockport and runs to Newark.

> Experience 4 days of Biking Fun with Wilderness Voyageurs

Everything about this trip is unique including the limestone towpath and cool surroundings

Experience a fun 4 days, including guide, lodgings and meals in one of the most beautiful and historically significant areas of the U.S. as you pedal by historic cities that date from the 1800's, explore canal locks, and ride 100 miles of the Erie Canalway on the mostly limestone trails of the Erie Canal towpath.

> Rent Bikes & Kayaks by the Great Lake in Oswego

Contact the 'Oswego Expeditions' Recreation Center

5.0 ★ Their motto "Education through Exploration" says it all. Oswego Expeditions Rents Bikes and Kayaks at the East side Marina north of lock 8. Go Kayaking in Oswego Harbor (Map) next to the exciting international Port of Oswego, and ride on biking and walking trails that course through the grounds of Historic Fort Ontario.

> Get on the Water with Upstate Kayak Rentals

Hit the waterways paddling with Upstate Kayak Rentals

Offering unique rental opportunities for your paddling adventure, this traveling kayak rental company features staffed walk-up locations and several self-serving rental sites. Their Waterford Boat Launch invites paddlers to explore where the Erie Canal meets the Hudson River to admire the beautiful waterfalls.

> Explore the Canal with Erie Canal Adventures

Discover the Canal with Erie Canal Adventures

Kayak Rentals are beginning in the Spring of 2021 - Besides renting full craft and pontoon boats, there is no better way to explore the Erie Canal region than kayaking ! Erie Canal Adventures offers one- and two-person kayak rentals as well as selected guided Kayaking Excursions.

> Take the Entire Family to the Genesee Waterways Center

Kayak the Erie Canal and Waterways around Rochester

Enjoy a day of scenic adventure on the Genesee River and the Erie Canal with a user-friendly kayak that includes boat, paddle and personal flotation devices. Rentals include a safety briefing and paddling training, and our rental packages come with everything you need to enjoy a day on Rochester's rivers and creeks.

> BOOK NOW Rent Bikes & Kayaks in the Town of Fairport starting at $21

at the 'Erie Canal Boat Company'

5.0 ★ You can Rent Bikes and Kayaks online or go directly to the Water's edge (Map) within a minute's walk from downtown Fairport. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are available for those with little or no paddling experience. Stop by charming pubs & restaurants, and enjoy local festivities from early spring to late fall.

> BOOK NOW Rent Adaptive Bikes & Paddling Equipment (Seniors & Disabled) $16

at the 'Erie Canal Boat Company'

5.0 ★ The leader in adaptive paddling, peddling, pontoon, and special needs boating, the Erie Canal Boat Company has rental equipment for all ages and abilities at the Fairport location (Map), and offers special assistance with kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards (SUP's) as well as adaptive 3-wheeled bicycles. Learn More

> Find Camping & Rv'ing by the Erie Canalway Trail in Macedon

Go Camping or RVing at the 'Twilight on the Erie RV Resort'

4.8 ★ Twilight on the Erie RV & Camping Resort (Map) in the Finger Lakes features large sites for both tents and RVs along with cabin and RV rentals and seasonal sites. Located by the Erie Canalway Trail, the campground features an inground pool, small boat rental facility and nearby dock, clubhouse with arcade, showers & more.

> Camp for FREE at Select Campsites along the Erie Canalway Trail

Visit to the 'Canal Corporation' website for details

5.0 ★ The New York State Canal System offers (seven) 48 hour-stay Biker-Hiker-Boater Campsites along the Canalway Trail, with grills, picnic tables, potable water (at some sites), and toilets. The campsites, mostly at canal lock locations, make traveling along the Canalway Trail and Canal System easier for trail users and boaters.

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