Champlain Canal Lock 5

Lock 5
Phone Number: (518) 695-3919
Lift: 19 feet
GPS Coordinates: N 43° 06' 45"
W 73° 34' 40"
How to Lock Through

Lock C5 is just north of Schuylerville on the Hudson River and 14.3 miles from Lock C4. This lock is interesting as it is actually the site of two locks, the current Champlain Canal Lock 5 (Hudson River) and a junction lock that once connected the modern Champlain Canal and the former Champlain Canal which ran through the heart of Schuylerville. The junction lock no longer operates, but is worth a look if your are interested in the canal's history.

On the adjacent island formed by the lock is the developing Hudson Crossing Park. Currently there are many trails, gazebo, and playground area. Eventually there will be more added here including an educational center. Just north of the lock on the west side of the channel are floating docks which give access to the park, and hense also the two locks. This area make a good stop to stretch your legs and for young ones to get off the boat and play a bit.

The modern lock 5 lifts boats 19 feet up the Hudson River into an artificial channel. The downstream elevation is 83.5 feet and the upstream elevation is 102.5 feet. The lock master can be reached on VHF channel 13 or via phone at (518) 695-3919. Lock C6 is located 4 miles to the north.

Directions: Following State Route 4 north out of Schuylerville, the lock is on the right side, 0.8 miles from the main intersection in town (Rts 28 & 4). Those traveling south down State Route 4, the lock is on your left, one mile after the Hudson River Dam comes into view.

Northern Side of Lock C5.
Northern Side of Lock C5.  
Two boats moored on the upper side of Lock C5.
Two boats moored on the upper side of Lock C5.  
General view of the Junction Lock.
General view of the Junction Lock.  
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