Erie Canal Locks

Erie Canal Locks and Transit Table

For those boaters and cruisers making the entire passage on the Erie Canal from Albany, NY to Buffalo, NY, Lake Erie, or beyond; there are a total of 36 locks that you will have to negotiate. The Federal Lock at Troy, NY operated by the USACE, 34 locks (E2 thru E35) on the Erie Canal operated by the New York State Canal System, and the Black Rock Lock also operated by the USACE.

NOTE: There is no Lock E1 or Lock E31 on the Erie Canal.

For those bound for Lake Ontario, you will have 23 locks; the federal lock at Troy, NY and Locks E2 thru E23 (NYSCS) before arriving at Three Rivers Junction and turning northbound for the Oswego Canal.

When westbound, these locks will raise you a little more than 563 feet, from the Hudson River on the eastern end to the Niagara River on the western end.

The highest single lift found on the canal is Lock #E17 in Little Falls, NY with a lift of 40.5 feet. The smallest lift is found on the western end of the canal at locks #E25 near the junction with the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and lock #E26 near Clyde, NY, with a total lift of only 6.0 feet each.

The highest combined lift on the Erie Canal is the "Waterford Flight" which is comprised of Locks #E-2 through #E-6. These five locks raise you a total of just over 169 feet over a distance of a little more than 1.5 SM.


Communications with the locks is done on VHF Channel 13 (156.650 MHz). While we have listed the phone numbers for each lock, the cell phone should not be considered a primary means of communications with the lockmasters and only used when all other methods have failed to get a response.

Erie Canal Locks Table

The table below lists the locks on the Erie Canal and its approaches: from the Troy Lock, just south of the Erie Canal Junction, the Erie Canal itself, and the Black Rock Lock on the Niagara River. It provides the lifts for each lock, the distance to the next lock, and the estimated time enroute between locks. It does not include lockage time for each lock.

Erie Canal Locks
Lock # Mile Marker (SM) Location Lift Next Lock Distance (SM) Transit Time @ 10 MPH Lockmaster
Troy Lock 154.0 Troy, NY 14.2’(NBUp Arrow SBDown Arrow) E-2 3.43 00:21 518 272-6442
E-2 0.63 Waterford 33.6’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-3 0.46 00:03 518-237-0810
E-3 1.09 Waterford 34.5’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-4 0.51 00:03 518-237-0812
E-4 1.60 Waterford 34.5’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-5 0.27 00:02 518-237-0818
E-5 1.87 Waterford 33.3’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-6 0.28 00:02 518-237-0821
E-6 2.15 Crescent 33.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-7 10.92 01:06 518-237-4014
E-7 13.07 Vischer Ferry 27.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-8 10.97 01:06 518-374-7912
E-8 24.04 Scotia 14.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-9 5.03 00:30 518-346-3382
E-9 29.07 Rotterdam 15.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-10 5.95 00:36 518-887-2401
E-10 35.02 Cranesville 15.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-11 4.27 00:26 518-887-5450
E-11 39.29 Amsterdam 12.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-12 6.23 00:37 518-843-2120
E-12 45.52 Tribes Hill 11.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-13 7.60 00:46 518-829-7331
E-13 53.12 Yosts 8.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-14 7.83 00:47 518-922-6173
E-14 60.95 Canajoharie 8.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-15 3.35 00:20 518-673-3314
E-15 64.30 Fort Plain 8.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-16 6.72 00:40 518-993-4161
E-16 71.02 St Johnsville 20.5’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-17 7.97 00:48 518-568-2636
E-17 78.99 Little Falls, NY 40.5’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-18 4.20 00:25 315-823-0650
E-18 83.19 Jacksonburg 20.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-19 11.85 01:11 315-823-2419
E-19 95.04 Frankfort 21.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-20 10.28 01:02 315-733-5041
E-20 105.32 Whitesboro 16.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-21 18.10 01:49 315-736-4617
E-21 123.42 New London 25.0’(WBDown Arrow EBUp Arrow) E-22 1.32 00:08 315-336-8229
E-22 124.74 New London 25.1’(WBDown Arrow EBUp Arrow) E-23 28.91 02:53 315-336-4329
E-23 153.65 Brewerton 6.9’(WBDown Arrow EBUp Arrow) E-24 18.77 01:53 315-676-4171
Oswego Canal Jct. 160.45 From Lock E23 6.80 00:41  
E-24 172.42 Baldwinsville 11.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-25 30.69 03:04 315-635-3101
Cayuga-Seneca Canal Jct. 201.51 From Lock E24 29.09 02:55  
E-25 172.42 May's Point 6.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-26 5.83 00:35 315-365-3241
E-26 208.94 Clyde 6.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-27 12.05 01:12 315-923-9720
E-27 220.99 Lyons 12.5’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-28A 1.28 00:08 315-946-4062
E-28A 222.27 Lyons 19.5’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-28B 3.98 00:24 315-946-4410
E-28B 226.25 Newark 12.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-29 9.79 00:59 315-331-3296
E-29 236.04 Palmyra 16.0’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-30 2.98 00:18 315-597-4691
E-30 239.02 Macedon 16.4’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-32 16.12 01:37 315-986-5631
E-32 255.14 Pittsford 25.1’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-33 1.26 00:08 585-586-1837
E-33 256.40 Rochester 25.1’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-34 64.28 06:26 585-244-2150
E-34 320.68 Lockport 24.6’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) E-35 0.07 00:00 716-434-3140
E-35 320.75 Lockport 24.5’(WBUp Arrow EBDown Arrow) Black Rock Lock 25.90 02:35 716-434-3140
*No Lock E1 or Lock E31 on the Erie Canal
Troy Lock and Black Rock Lock are not part of the Erie Canal System. They are operated by the USACE.

The Erie Canal Locks Table above can be downloaded for your personal and private use. The file contains the table in SM’s, NM’s and KM’s/meters. The file is in Zipped Adobe (.pdf) format.

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Lock Chamber Waypoints

The table below list the latitude and longitude for the approximate center of each lock chamber for those who wish to use them as waypoints.

Erie Canal Lock Chamber Waypoints
Troy Lock 42°45.087’ N 73°41.124' W Lock E19 43°04.426' N 75°06.830' W
Lock E2 42°47.347’ N 73°40.908’ W Lock E20 43°08.565' N 75°17.471' W
Lock E3 42°47.691’ N 73°41.168’ W Lock E21 43°12.526' N 75°37.114' W
Lock E4 42°48.047’ N 73°41.485’ W Lock E22 43°12.570' N 75°38.695' W
Lock E5 42°48.129’ N 73°41.777’ W Lock E23 43°14.327' N 76°11.780' W
Lock E6 42°48.171' N 73°42.104' W Lock E24 43°09.350' N 76°19.968' W
Lock E7 42°48.194' N 73°50.824' W Lock E25 42°59.927' N 76°45.707' W
Lock E8 42°49.760' N 73°59.483' W Lock E26 43°03.543' N 76°50.291' W
Lock E9 42°52.720' N 74°02.474' W Lock E27 43°03.734' N 76°59.767' W
Lock E10 42°55.025' N 74°08.447' W Lock E28A 43°03.749' N 77°01.190' W
Lock E11 42°56.797' N 74°12.606' W Lock E28B 43°02.818' N 77°05.080' W
Lock E12 42°56.735' N 74°17.315' W Lock E29 43°03.916' N 77°14.923' W
Lock E13 42°55.063' N 74°26.734' W Lock E30 43°04.400' N 77°18.113' W
Lock E14 42°54.564' N 74°34.663' W Lock E32 43°05.472' N 77°32.694' W
Lock E15 42°56.318' N 74°37.323' W Lock E33 43°05.756' N 77°34.165' W
Lock E16 42°59.535' N 74°42.515' W Lock E34 43°10.262'N 78°41.560'W
Lock E17 43°02.301' N 74°50.802' W Lock E35 43°10.220'N 78°41.611'W
Lock E18 43°00.971' N 74°55.015' W Black Rock Lock 42°56.072'N 78°54.376'W
These waypoints are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The author assumes no liability for damages arising from the use of these waypoints.

The Erie Canal Lock Chamber Waypoint’s Table can be downloaded for your personal and private use. The file is in Zipped Adobe (.pdf) format.

Erie Canal Lock Chamber Waypoints - Download

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