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

Saturday June 17, 2017   FREE

Bring your kayak or canoe (and PFD of course) and explore the Erie Canal! Self-select mileage- meet at 1 of 4 locations (see maps and details below). At each location you will be greeted by a Canal Ambassador who will also paddle to Chittenango. 

It’s the Canal’s 200th Birthday! To commemorate the Erie Canal’s Bicentennial (1817-2017), help us fill the canal with colorful kayaks and canoes.

All participants receive a Draft Paddle Guide. Feedback from the event will be used to finalize this Guide. All boats meet at 2 pm at the Chittenango Boat Museum for a photo of the canal filled with boats, to be used as the cover image for the finalized Paddle Guide.

Your participation will help inform opportunities to reconnect to this waterfront and will help Canal caretakers unlock the potential of this special waterway. 

The Erie Canal is a relaxing paddle- perfect for site seeing and wildlife viewing along the way. All participants end at 2 pm at Chittenango Canal Boat Museum’s “Bicentennial Bash”. Food truck, music, blacksmith demonstrations, activities, and more!

This event is FREE and signing up is not required, but we would love to know if you plan to attend so that we can be ready for you. Click here to sign up. Thanks!

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.

  • Longest Distance
  • total distance- 9.4 miles
  • estimated time: 5 hours
  • start time: 8 am
  • end time: 2pm

Manlius Center,  Fayetteville

  • Medium Distance
  • total distance- 7.21 miles
  • estimated time: 3.5 hours
  • start time: 10am
  • end time: 2pm

Pools Brook, Manlius

  • Short Distance
  • total distance- 3.2 miles
  • estimated time: 1.5 hours
  • start time 12 pm
  • end time 2 pm

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. 

  • Set your own distance
  • this is an out-and-back paddle starting and ending at the Boat Museum
  • estimated time: 1.5 hours
  • start time: 12 pm
  • end time: 2 pm

Event Flyer:


Questions? call 315-366-2376

Check out these videos for a preview of paddling the Old Erie Canal.

Cedar Bay Boat Launch

Cedar Bay Boat Launch

manlius center boat launch

manlius center boat launch

pools brook boat launch

pools brook boat launch

chittenango landing canal boat museum Boat Launch

chittenango landing canal boat museum Boat Launch