July 7, 2017
Upstate New York and the Great Lakes have had tons of rain this spring and summer and they are having a hard time keeping the canal open. We were able to stay at the free dock in Waterford Visitor Center because the lock there, which is the first on the Waterford Flight, a series of 5 locks right together which raise boats 200 feet above the Hudson River, had just opened after being closed for a few days. The locks close when the water is too high, or the debris gets so bad that the lock gates get stuck. We knew that the canal was still closed further up but we decided to get started anyway. After navigating the Waterford flight we feel like pros! And my fender set up is working great.
|Lock 7 on the left and the dam on the Mohawk on the right which creates the upper pool.