Cayuga-Seneca Canal Locks

The locks along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal have changed many times over the years. The modern locks give access to the waters Cayuga and Seneca Lake and the thriving towns of Seneca Falls, Waterloo, Geneva, Ithaca and Watkins Glen. Lock one connects the Erie Canal to Cayuga Lake. From the Cayuga Lake level one can continue on to Seneca Lake by three more locks. Lock two and three are unique in that are a combined lock.

Lock 1

Lock CS1 is located in Cayuga one mile south of the junction with the Erie Canal. The lock lifts and lowers boats about 9 feet. The lock master can be reached on VHF channel 13 or by phone at (315) 253-7523.

Lock 2 and 3

Lock 2 and Lock 3 in Seneca Falls on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal are very unique in that they are combined together without a pool of water between them. The only modern lock like this on the canal system are Locks E34 and E35 on the Erie Canal. The two locks lift and lower boats a combined 49 feet from 430.5 feet above sea level to 381.5 feet. The lock master can be reached on VHF channel 13 or by phone at (315) 568-5797.

The floating dock at the topside of the lock.
The floating dock at the topside of the lock.  
The guard gate at the top of the lock protects the lock and permits maintenance.
The guard gate at the top of the lock protects the lock and permits maintenance.  
The sign covering both locks.
The sign covering both locks.  
The east side of the upper doors leaking.
The east side of the upper doors leaking.  
The lower chamber on a foggy morning.
The lower chamber on a foggy morning.  
The lower chamber on a foggy morning.
The lower chamber on a foggy morning.  

Lock 4

Lock CS4 is located in Waterloo, five miles west/south of Lock CS2/3 and Seneca Falls. The lock raises and lowers boats 14.5 feet. The lock master can be reached on VHF channel 13 or by phone at (315) 343-5232. It is four miles to Seneca Lake and Geneva.

The sign at Lock 4.
The sign at Lock 4.  
The guard gate at the top of the lock protects the lock and permits maintenance.
The guard gate at the top of the lock protects the lock and permits maintenance.  
The lock chamber looking west.
The lock chamber looking west.  
The hydro-electric station at Lock 4.
The hydro-electric station at Lock 4.  
The east doors of Lock 4.
The east doors of Lock 4.  
The large movable gates at Lock 4.
The large movable gates at Lock 4.  
Looking west from Lock 4.
Looking west from Lock 4.  
A sunrise over Lock 4 on a foggy morning.
A sunrise over Lock 4 on a foggy morning.  
Cayuga-Seneca Canal
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