Due to recent rainfall totals the New York State Canal Corporation is warning boaters of closed sections of the canal due to extreme water levels.

Sections of the canal system are still closed as a result of elevated water levels. The high water level is not the only concern. Excessive currents, heavy debris and displaced navigational aids are other factors impacting safety.

The New York State Canal Corporation closed the following sections of the canal system on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2, as they are temporarily unsafe for navigation:

- The Erie Canal, from Waterford to Oneida Lake, including Little Falls
- The Oswego Canal, except southbound traffic on Lock 8
- The Champlain Canal

Boaters who are docked securely at facilities should remain moored until these sections are re-opened. The Canal Corporation is discouraging car-top put-ins or launch ramps in sections of the canal system that are currently closed.

You can keep up to date with the status on these sections of the canal at www.canals.ny.gov, or by visiting their social media sites.

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