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Lock E21

Lock E21

Lock E21 between Rome and Sylvan Beach.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Rome
Phone Number: (315) 336-8229
Lift: 25 feet
Upstream Elev.: 420.4 feet
Downstream Elev.: 395.4 feet
NYS guide: Page E-43
Lock east: Lock E20 (18 miles)
Lock west: Lock E22 (1 miles)
How to Lock Through


Erie Canal Lock 21 is located on the western end of the high point of the canal, just west of Rome.

Lock Sign.
Lock Sign.  
The spot where the old Erie Canal crosses the newer canal.  There is the remains of an old lock.
The spot where the old Erie Canal crosses the newer canal. There is the remains of an old lock.  

Lock E22

Lock E22

A tug heading eastbound through Lock E22.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Rome
Phone Number: (315) 336-4329
Lift: 25.3 feet
Upstream Elev.: 395.4 feet
Downstream Elev.: 370.1 feet
NYS guide: Page E-42
Lock east: Lock E21 (1 miles)
Lock west: Lock E23 (29 miles)
How to Lock Through


Erie Canal Lock 22 is the last stop for westbound travelers before reaching Sylvan Beach and the open waters of Oneida Lake.

Lock E22 Sign
Lock E22 Sign  
Work boat ready to do maintenance.
Work boat ready to do maintenance.  
The Governor Roosevelt atop Lock 22 on is way east after crossing Oneida Lake.
The Governor Roosevelt atop Lock 22 on is way east after crossing Oneida Lake.  

Lock E23

Erie Canal Locks 3

Lock E22 Machinery
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Brewerton
Phone Number: (315) 676-4171
Lift: 7.1 feet
Upstream Elev.: 370.1 feet
Downstream Elev.: 363 feet
NYS guide: Page E-36
Lock east: Lock E22 (29 miles)
Lock west: Lock E24 (19 miles)
Lock north: Lock O1 (9 miles)
How to Lock Through

Erie Canal Lock 23 is the busiest lock along the entire canal system due to is prime location between Oneida Lake and Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. It is also one of the more unusual locks because it has an integrated guard gate on its upstream (east) side. Furthermore it is one of three sites in the state still generating power using its original powerhouse.

The lock is located about three miles west of Oneida Lake on an artificial cut. There is plenty of docking available for west-bound canallers arriving late on one of the few public wooden piers along the canal system. There is also a nice park with tables and grills and the area makes for a nice spot to fish.

The guard gate on the upstream side of the lock.
The guard gate on the upstream side of the lock.  
The park offers something for non-boaters too.
The park offers something for non-boaters too.  
A yacht approaching the lock from the east.
A yacht approaching the lock from the east.  
The pier on the upstream side of the lock (looking west).
The pier on the upstream side of the lock (looking west).  

Lock E24

Lock E24

Tour Boat entering Lock E24 at Baldwinsville.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Baldwinsville
Phone Number: (315) 635-3101
Lift: 11 feet
Upstream Elev.: 374 feet
Downstream Elev.: 363 feet
Lock east: Lock E23 (19 miles)
Lock west: Lock E25 (30.75 miles)
How to Lock Through
Erie Canal Lock 24 is located in the center of Baldwinsville adjacent to the popular Paper Mill Island. This is a nice town with many things to do and see, including many concerts at the bandstand nearby. There also is a terminal wall on the west side of the lock with power and water.

Lock 24 is unique in that it was the first lock along the modern Erie Canal opened. First opened on May 9, 1910, the lock predated the completion of the barge canal system by over 8 years.


  • Wall just west of Lock E24 now with power and water
  • Small park
  • Walking Trail
  • Restrooms
  • Numerous entertainment throughout the summer
The sign at Lock E24.
The sign at Lock E24.  
A sign welcoming boaters approaching from the west.
A sign welcoming boaters approaching from the west.  
A vessel going up the Lock.
A vessel going up the Lock.  
The eastern side of the Lock.
The eastern side of the Lock.  
The wall adjacent to the upper side of the Lock.
The wall adjacent to the upper side of the Lock.  
The western side of the lock, notice the guard gate above.
The western side of the lock, notice the guard gate above.  
The Red Mill Inn adjacent to the lock.
The Red Mill Inn adjacent to the lock.  
The power generation house at the Baldwinsville Dam.
The power generation house at the Baldwinsville Dam.  
The stone dam in Baldwinsville.
The stone dam in Baldwinsville.  
The southern end of the stone dam in Baldwinsville.
The southern end of the stone dam in Baldwinsville.  
Approaching Lock E24 from the east.
Approaching Lock E24 from the east.  
The view east from inside Lock E24.
The view east from inside Lock E24.  

Lock E25

Lock E25

Approaching Lock E25 from the east.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Mays Point
Phone Number: (315) 365-3241
Lift: 6 feet
Upstream Elev.: 380 feet
Downstream Elev.: 374 feet
NYS guide: Page E-26
Lock east: Lock E24 (30.75 miles)
Lock west: Lock E26 (5.5 miles)
How to Lock Through


Erie Canal Lock 25 is located in the rural town of Mays Point. There is a nice park adjacent to the park and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge a long walk or bike ride away.

The sign at Lock E25.
The sign at Lock E25.  
Inside the chamber looking west.  The overhead structure brings power from one side of the lock to the other.
Inside the chamber looking west. The overhead structure brings power from one side of the lock to the other.  

Lock E26

Lock E26

Approaching Lock E26 from the east.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Clyde
Phone Number: (315) 923-9720
Lift: 6 feet
Upstream Elev.: 386 feet
Downstream Elev.: 380 feet
NYS guide: Page E-24 / E-25
Lock east: Lock E25 (5.5 miles)
Lock west: Lock E27 (12 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 26 on the Erie Canal is located in Clyde.

The sign at Lock E26.
The sign at Lock E26.  
Inside the chamber looking west.  The overhead structure brings power from one side of the lock to the other.
Inside the chamber looking west. The overhead structure brings power from one side of the lock to the other.  
Inside the chamber looking east.
Inside the chamber looking east.  
Approaching from the west.
Approaching from the west.  

Lock E27

Lock E27

West side of Lock E27.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Lyons
Lift: 12.5 feet
Upstream Elev.: 398.5 feet
Downstream Elev.: 386 feet
Lock east: Lock E26 (12 miles)
Lock west: Lock E28A (1.25 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 27 on the Erie Canal is located in Lyons.

The sign at Lock E27.
The sign at Lock E27.  
Inside the chamber looking east.
Inside the chamber looking east.  

Lock E28A

Lock E28A

The Lock E28A sign.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Lyons
Lift: 19.5 feet
Upstream Elev.: 418 feet
Downstream Elev.: 398.5 feet
Lock east: Lock E27 (1.25 miles)
Lock west: Lock E28B (4 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 28A on the Erie Canal is located in Lyons. It is also the location of a canal corporation drydock. The dry dock is used to store and repair canal vessels.

Inside the chamber looking east.
Inside the chamber looking east.  
The single gate for entering the dry dock.
The single gate for entering the dry dock.  
The dry dock as seen from inside the lock chamber.
The dry dock as seen from inside the lock chamber.  

Lock E28B

Lock E28B

The Lock E28B sign.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Newark
Lift: 12 feet
Upstream Elev.: 430 feet
Downstream Elev.: 418 feet
Lock east: Lock E28A (4 miles)
Lock west: Lock E29 (9.7 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 28B on the Erie Canal is located in Newark. This lock also generates its own power through the use of its original powerhouse.

Inside the chamber looking east.
Inside the chamber looking east.  

Lock E29

Lock E29

The former Lock E29 powerhouse.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Palmyra
Lift: 16 feet
Upstream Elev.: 446 feet
Downstream Elev.: 430 feet
Lock east: Lock E28B (9.7 miles)
Lock west: Lock E30 (3 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 29 on the Erie Canal is located in Palmyra.

A canal barge entering the lock.
A canal barge entering the lock.  
A canal barge leaving the lock.
A canal barge leaving the lock.  
The east side of the lock.
The east side of the lock.  
The lock sign.
The lock sign.  

Lock E30

Lock E30

The upper side of Lock E30
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Macedon
Lift: 16.4 feet
Upstream Elev.: 462.4 feet
Downstream Elev.: 446 feet
Lock east: Lock E29 (3 miles)
Lock west: Lock E32 (16 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 30 on the Erie Canal is located in Macedon.

The eastern side of the lock.
The eastern side of the lock.  
The lock sign.
The lock sign.  

Lock E31

There is no lock 31 on the modern Erie Canal.

Lock E32

Lock E32

The upper side of the lock.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Pittsford
Lift: 25.1 feet
Upstream Elev.: 487.5 feet
Downstream Elev.: 446 feet
Lock east: Lock E30 (16 miles)
Lock west: Lock E33 (1.3 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 32 on the Erie Canal is located in Pittsford.

The lock is located on the left with a spillway to the right.
The lock is located on the left with a spillway to the right.  

Lock E33

Lock E33

The powerhouse of Lock 32 with a moored tug in front.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Henrietta
Lift: 25.4 feet
Upstream Elev.: 512.9 feet
Downstream Elev.: 486.5 feet
Lock east: Lock E32 (1.3 miles)
Lock west: Lock E34 (64.4 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 33 on the Erie Canal is located in Henrietta.

The lock is located on the right with a spillway to the left.
The lock is located on the right with a spillway to the left.  
Looking into the lock chamber from the west.
Looking into the lock chamber from the west.  
The lock sign.
The lock sign.  

Locks E34 and E35

Lock E34 and E35

The modern Lock E34 and E35 on the left with the 5 old locks to the right.
Location: Erie Canal
Nearest Town: Lockport
Lift: (Combined) 49.1 feet
Upstream Elev.: 564 feet
Downstream Elev.: 514.9 feet
Lock east: Lock E33 (64.2 miles)
Lock west: Black Rock Canal (26 miles)
How to Lock Through

Lock 33 and 34 on the Erie Canal are some of the more unusual and spectacular locks along the current canal system. Located in Lockport, these locks lift boats from the low lying country up to the Niagara Escarpment (think Niagara Falls!). Also in Lockport is a number of unique bridges including a very wide (widest in world at time of construction), an upside down bridge and an aesthetically pleasing arched bridge right over the lock chambers.

Lock E34 and E35 double lift replaced the former stone lock of the Enlarged Erie Canal. The five previous locks, with a lift of about 10 feet each, make up the Flight of Five locks. They are currently under consideration to be restored, though there are complicated issues due to the proximity of the current locks and they are form a real use by acting as a spillway for the current canal. There is even a museum between the new and old locks in the form lockhouse. The flight of five locks was the only set of double locks on the original 1825 Erie Canal. Without double locks, boats traveling west would have to wait until all eastbound boats are out of the locks. This would have created lengthy backups; the double locks allowed one set of locks for each direction.

The upper door on Lock E34 is shared with Lock E35 and towers over the lock.
The upper door on Lock E34 is shared with Lock E35 and towers over the lock.  
Looking into Lock E35 from inside the Lock E34 chamber.
Looking into Lock E35 from inside the Lock E34 chamber.  
Lock E35 has double doors to protect the lower country side in the event of a breach.
Lock E35 has double doors to protect the lower country side in the event of a breach.  
A single sign for both locks.
A single sign for both locks.  
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