More than 125 paddlers are set to fill the Waterford Flight of locks with colorful kayaks, canoes, and SUPs on Sunday, June 2 from 9 am to noon, to kick off the Canalway Challenge in the Capital Region.
The half-day trip takes participants on an easy 2.7 mile flat water stretch through the towering Erie Canal Locks 2-6, a set of five locks with a lift of 169 feet in just over 1.5 miles.
The Canalway Challenge is a new initiative that invites people to trace history while tracking miles walking, running, cycling or paddling on the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail. The free program includes a range of mileage options – 15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles – so that people at all fitness levels can choose a mileage goal that suits their ability and participate.
Paddlers will begin at Alcathy’s Boat Launch, Flight Lock Road, Waterford, and end at Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has launched the Canalway Challenge to help people discover all they can do along New York’s canals. Signup is open www.canalwaychallenge.org. The organization has also recently published the NYS Canalway Water Trail Guidebook and Navigational Map Set. This comprehensive guidebook unlocks the canal system for paddlers with mile-by-mile descriptions of launch sites, paddler-friendly facilities and amenities, and places of interest along the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals. This event will introduce and showcase NYS Canal System as a recreational asset for paddlers. The public may obtain a complimentary copy ($10 shipping) online.