New signs on canal highlight kayak launch sites

Photo by Tom Rivers: This sign in Albion along Albion-Eagle Harbor Road was recently installed to promote the boat and kayak launch. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor also had signs installed in Orleans County at the Canalport Marina in Medina, Medina Bates Road Ramp and Holley Canal Park.

Posted 30 September 2020 at 9:30 am

Press Release, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has recently installed new signs to mark the NYS Canalway Water Trail at more than 140 launch sites along the Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego canals.

The blue and yellow signs are intended to help paddlers identify safe put-in and take-out sites from the water and assist with wayfinding to launch sites from land.

“The NYS Canal System is among the state’s greatest recreational assets. We’re thrilled that these signs will welcome paddlers and make it easier for them to experience the history and beauty of the canals,” said Bob Radliff, Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Water trail signs are designed to work in tandem with the NYS Canalway Water Trail Guidebook and Navigational Map Set and the online  Paddlers can use these resources to plan a day trip, weekend adventure, or multi-day thru-paddle (click here).

This project was prepared with funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, as part of Montgomery County’s Kayak Share Project, and by the NYS Canal Corporation, both as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. In addition, critical support was provided by the National Park Service.

“More and more New Yorkers are bringing their kayaks, paddleboards, water-bikes, and other non-motorized watercrafts to the waters of our Canal System, eager to explore the iconic waterways and natural beauty along the banks,” said Brian U. Stratton, director of New York State Canal Corporation. “These signs will help ensure visitors can access the water safely, and allow them to navigate the canals appropriately from their first paddle.”

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