Navigate the Erie Canal for Free


Dear Fellow New Yorker,


We invite you to cruise the Erie Canal for FREE all season long!


Join us for another great boating season as we continue to commemorate 200 years of Erie Canal history by marking the 100th anniversary of the current 524-mile
Canal System’s opening in 1918. As part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to reimagine New York State’s canals, the State is once again waiving tolls for recreational vessels all season long.



From the Great Lakes to the majestic Hudson River, New York’s Canal System begs to be explored. Today’s canal system hums with watercraft of every kind. Travel
by canoe or kayak, pontoon or packet boat. Marinas can outfit any adventure, or launch your own craft from our many access points.


You can also enjoy the

Canalway Trail;
a 360 mile multi-use trail—much of it along the canal’s former towpath—that is ideal for cycling, walking, jogging and other seasonal trail activities. And don’t forget to explore all the quaint villages
and farms that line the canal’s western shores as well as take in canal-side and downtown shopping and dining.


There’s never been a better time to experience a vital piece of New York’s heritage, visit unique destinations and be a part of a history that is still being written
every day.


Have a great boating season.


NYS Canal Corp