Adirondack Waterways

Locks Passage Touring



Whitehall to Rouses Point!  Experience the great Northeast Journey.

(as summarized and suggested tour by America's Byways)


The Locks Passage - 133 mile of waterways that carried travelers for centuries for commerce and travel.  Rich in history of the days of great iron and lumber where the commerce of the day.  If you are a seaman, this tour is a must; but the tour is also a wonderful trip for the entire family.  Below are enjoyable sites to start enjoying!     The New York State canal system was built in 1817-1822 and was a vial commercial waterway in the 19th century to supply commerce between New York City to the St. Lawrence River.  Today, it is a pleasure way for boaters.


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Lock procedures:


Please stay clear of dams in lock areas approaching the locks.  When approaching the lock boaters must stop at a safe distance and follow specific signals.  Boaters must give (3) distinct blasts on the horn, or other signaling devices.  Lock operations will reply with lights in the following manner:  Green:  Lock is ready craft may advance.  Red:   Craft must wait.  Six Flashes of Red or Green:  Remain stopped and await further instructions.  No Lights.  Craft must wait or tie up to approach wall. 


Upon entering the lock chamber, vessels must proceed under control at a safe reduced speed.  All botas must be equipped with adequate mooring lines and fenders.  Lock operations are not required to handle or furnish lines.  In the lock, all vessels shall take their stations against the chamber walls.  Boaters are required to secure their vessels to provide mooring posts by bow and stern lines, or as directed by the Lock Operator.  When exiting the lock water in the lock chamber reaches the proper level, the gates will open.  After the gates are fully opened, boaters shall cast off all lines and proceed at a reduced speed to exit the chamber in the station order.


Lock 1 518-237-8566
Lock 2 518-664-4961
Lock 3 518-664-5171
Lock 4 518-644-5261
Lock 5 518-695-3919
Lock 6 518-695-3751
Lock 7 518-747-4614
Lock 8 518-747-5520
Lock 9 518-747-6021
Lock 11 518-639-8954
Lock 12 518-499-1700
Canal Section Superintendent 518-747-4613

For boating information, contact New York State Canal System, at or call 1-800-4CANAL4.




Locks Sites (Granville to Whitehall) 

Pember Museum

Granville - Natural History & Nature Preserve:  tours, hikes, day camps and special programs.  Open YR


Slate Valley Museum

 Granville - heritage of slate, museum exhibits, programs. Open YR


Whitehall Canal Harbor Park - Whitehall

Includes boat utility, park, launch & recreation area. Walking distance from

Amtrak & town center



Lock Sites (visit Ticonderoga)

Hancock House

Replica of John Hancock's Boston mansion, open Weds - Sat.


Ticonderoga Heritage Museum
Special programs on history of Ticonderoga.


LaChute River Interpretive Trail

A connection between Lake George and Lake Champlain, interpretative trail.



Fort Ticonderoga

18th century fort & 2000 acres, museum and restaurant (a full day adventure) Open May - Oct.518-585-2821



Lock Sites (visit Crown Point)


Penfield Homestead Museum

A walk in history and birthplace of the electrical age.  Open May - Oct.


Crown Point State Historical Site

Historical ruins w/site museum and exhibits.   Open May - Oct.


Champlain Monument & Lighthouse

Classical & French Renaissance, commemorating the Samuel D. Champlain discovery of the lake!


Lock  Sites (visit Port Henry)


The Iron Center

Railroad & Mining Heritage Park, restored Romanesque Revival train station.  Open June-October.





Lock Sites (Visit Westport & Elizabethtown)


Westport Depot

Restored train station, home to Depot Theater with plays and programs. Amtrak Station. Open June - Oct. 518-962-4449

Adirondack History Center & Colonial Gardens

Museum displaying 2 centuries of life.  Open May - Oct. 518-873-6466



Lock Sites (Visit Willsboro)

Adsit Log Cabin

Built by Samuel Adsit in 1778, cabin & artifacts of the pioneer era.




Lock Sites (Visit Keeseville)

Poke-O-Moonshine State Campground

Camping and some of the best rock climbing


Keeseville Historic District Walking Tour
center of iron mfg. with bridges and listed as Nat'l Historical Civil Engineering Landmark,

518-834-9606 for guide book

Ausable Chasms

 Sandstone cliffs form 500 million years ago, geological wonder w/gift & snack bar

Open May - Oct



Lock Sites (Visit Plattsburgh & Chazy)

Clinton Community College on Bluff Point

Best panoramic views of Plattsburgh & Valcour Bays & Islands, 136 Clinton Point Dr, Valcour

Clinton County Historical Museum

Exhibits of area's history.  Open Tue-Friday


Kent-Delord Museum Interprets daily live in the 18th century

Cumberland Ave


Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center

City Hall Place, 2nd floor - models, artifacts and memorabilia


Valcour Island State Park

Accessible by boat, primitive camping, hiking & birding



Point Au Roche State Park Pne of Lake Champlain's finest beaches.


Alice T. Miner Museum Features Americana from the 19th century, a 15 room colonial home, Rt 9, Chazy.  Open Feb-Dec





Lock Sites (visit Rouses Point)

Rouses Point Overlook

Village park & overlook with views of lake & VT.  Open YR





Nearby Marinas



Adirondack Beaches and Parks

Public Beaches along the way

Willsboro Bay


Lake George

Ticonderoga 518-585-6619

Champ Beach Park


Ausable Point State Campground


Normandie Beach Club Westport

Mirror Lake


Bulwagga Bay

Port Henry 518-546-7500

Port Douglas


Noblewood Park




Visit our directory of Waterways




Guide Books & Maps Adirondack North Country Resources

Rules and Regulations

Canoe Map & Topo Trail Maps

Adirondack North Country Trip Planning

Adirondack North Country Booklist

Adirondack Paddlers Map 518-775-2925 Delorme Mapping Co. Maptech Waterproof Charts

Lake Champlain Nautical Charts, 800-638-8975

Fishing Hot Spots Maps

 (Lk. George & Lk. Champlain)

Empire State Marine Trades

Club Nautico Boat Rentals @ Westport Marina,


State-wide Emergency Search & Rescue/Fire Hot Line 518-891-0235 Amtrak 

Adirondack Trailways


Greyhound Bus Lines


New York State Canal Corp

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Relishing Our Resources

guide book 518-873-6466

Lake Champlain Visitors Center




Other Trail Information to Request (FREE)

Lake Champlain Bikeways

Lake Champlain Walkways


Lake Champlain Birding Trail

New York Independence Trail


Lake Champlain's Underwater Historic Preserve


Lake Champlain Paddler's Trail



Champlain Valley Heritage Network


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