The Old Erie Canal Boat Float: A Paddler's Perspective of the 8th Wonder of the World

Saturday June 17, 2017   

It’s the Canal’s 200th Birthday! On Saturday June 17th, 101 people celebrated by loading their canoes, kayaks and paddle boards into the Old Erie Canal and paddled to the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. Paddlers launched from one of four locations- Cedar Bay, Manlius Center, Pool's Brook, and Chittenango. 

Many paddlers remarked that they had never known that paddling the Old Erie Canal was possible, or that it would be so fun! 

Participants used a draft guide to navigate the Erie Canal. They left comments on the draft which will be used to develop a final Old Erie Canal Paddle Guide. When complete, the Guide will be available on this website- stay tuned! 

Curious about paddling the Old Erie Canal? Check out photos and videos from the Boat Float below.

 

Launch Location Details:

Cedar Bay,  DeWitt

Follow Cedar Bay Road to the parking lot for Cedar Bay Park. Turn right into the parking lot. The the short trail at the east end of the parking lot to the boat launch.

 
Cedar Bay Boat Launch

Cedar Bay Boat Launch

 

Manlius Center,  Manlius

 
manlius center boat launch

manlius center boat launch

 

Pool's Brook, Kirkville

From Route 5 turn north on to 290/Green Lakes Road. After about 1 mile take a right onto Kinderhook Road. After about 3/4 mile turn right onto Poolsbrook Road. After about 1/2 mile turn right onto Andrus Rd. Take the first left into the driveway for Pool's Brook Park. Follow signs for the canoe launch. 

 
pool's brook boat launch

pool's brook boat launch

 

Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango

Launch is 1/3 of a mile east of the Museum, located just past the 'dead end' sign at the end of Legion Drive in Community Recognition Park. 

 
chittenango landing canal boat museum Boat Launch

chittenango landing canal boat museum Boat Launch