Skipped Canada/Erie Canal instead


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I’ve been really wanting to go to Canada and take the boat to Toronto island. But for some reason, not yet determined why) I have lost my voice. So, even though I’m vax’d and boosted, I didn’t want to take the off chance they might snag me into quarantine. So I decided to navigate a small part of the Erie Canal from Tonawanda to Gasport NY. About 20 miles which takes me through the locks at Lockport. Here are pictures of my trip.

In the canal above Lockport with oncoming traffic. BTW a spectacular day 252C81BF-6C56-4E6A-BC4F-A90B9EC1FEC2.jpeg

Approaching a control gate. Closed during the winter. Tonawanda Creek water on this side and no water on the other side when closed DFFE3197-F0A4-4526-AA6A-2F19543B1226.jpeg

Approaching lock 35&34. 1EB43A22-BF1D-471F-A7BA-39A1AE425C72.jpegCDE88F0C-D8A0-4E68-924D-97E41D807F99.jpeg

Exiting lock 35 into 34D9E9988B-D703-4F8E-8334-3D1C480EA200.jpeg

Exiting 34D9E9988B-D703-4F8E-8334-3D1C480EA200.jpeg

Approaching Gasport. A small little town but a nice restaurant and bar for a short hop. A31ACCA8-6D4E-46A3-BF90-485FA2E95D04.jpeg

My boat ride up.

Return to Lockport and entering the lowest lock, 34.

Look what I found on the way back. It was noticeable earlier. No idea where it came from. Could have been submerged. D0AE7C16-2576-42D1-9B74-D5575203A18D.jpeg

It was a great trip with no problems. A little intimidating when you enter that first chamber with a sizable audience looking down at you. Don’t screw up.


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Sounds like a good trip!

Thats why I like being in salt water. Last year we went to Sag Harbor N.Y. and this year we went to Martha's Vineyard. We also spent a 3 day weekend in Gloucester MA for the schooner fest.


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Looks like a nice quit ride, and a pretty day. If you can't do plan A, plan B always works.:)


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Interesting. Looks like a neat trip.
How much of the trip was no wake?
Did you notice the depths? if so what was the average and what was the deepest?

We lock through the damns on the Ohio once in awhile. Always neat to see the giant doors open to the new section of river. The drop is 25ft for us. What was the drop between sections for you?


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Most of the section I was on was no wake at 10 mph. The problem with my boat is that at 10 mph I generate a large wake. For me 6 mph is maximum speed before the wake builds. I actually generate a smaller wake at 30mph than at 10.

I believe the total lock lift is about 50 feet. The lower lock was something like 34 feet using my fish finder. Next year I’ll make a longer run and try for Brockport, NY.

Have you ever boated down to Evansville where LST325 is docked? I drove down there several years ago and took the tour. Pretty neat.