Canal Corp. to Inspect 524 Miles of New York Inland Waterways

August 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—The navigable 524-mile inland waterway of the New York Canal System will undergo its annual inspection this week. 

The system runs throughout upstate New York, and connects the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, and Lake Erie via the Niagara River. 

Inspection of the Canal System is a key part of its maintenance and includes inspecting locks, bridges, and other structures. 

The inspection will kick off on Tuesday, Aug. 13 with a bevy of state agencies and officials at Erie Canal Harbor. 

Led by the Canal Corp., a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority, the first part of the inspection will take place between Erie Canal Harbor in Buffalo and Lockport. 

The Canal System runs through 25 counties and near about 200 villages, hamlets and towns. It includes Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals and Lake Oneida, Onondaga, Cross, Cayuga, and Seneca. 

It also includes a number of canalized natural waterways, short canal sections, and feeder reservoirs.