Schenectady and Scotia

Schenectady and Scotia Facts

Scotia Landing on the northern shore of the canal provides dockage to explore the nearby parks and community events.
Location: Erie Canal
NYS guide: Page E-63
Town east: Crescent (17 miles)
Town west: Amsterdam (16 miles)
Lock east: Lock E7 (11 miles)
Lock west: Lock E8 (2 miles)
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Schenectady and Scotia are located on the Erie Canal between Lock E7 and Lock E8. Schenectady is located on the southern side of the canal and Scotia is located on the northern side.



Scotia is a small village of approximately 8000 residents. One of the major draws to Scotia is a boater's proximity to local parks, and Jumpin' Jacks (Local summertime restaurant) and the Glen Sander's Mansion (fancy restaurant and hotel). Scotia Landing, the town's public dock, provides access to the town, just east of the main downtown area. There are numerous restaurants and other local amenities that make this a worth while stop, but one of the best kept secrets of Scotia is the local parks across the street. There are numerous fields including baseball, tennis, basketball and a beach. Bird watchers may also enjoy Collin's Lake. To get there by boat, you have to head up one of the branches of the canal that split near Scotia, deep draft boats should only consider approaching from the easternmost branch.

For local boaters looking for access to the Mohawk River, there is a state boat launch located near Freemans Bridge Road to launch boats.


Free dock for two small boats or one large.
Cans available for small quantities of garbage.
Various small stores in town, but a medium walk.
Walking trails at park across the street.
Park on both sides of the street for numerous activities.
14 Mohawk Avenue Short walk to the library for reading or Internet.
224 Mohawk Ave Its a medium walk to the post office in town.
Jumpin' Jacks Skiing shows.


On the Schenectady side of the river there is the Schenectady County Gateway Landing-Rotary Park, built in 1994, which has a floating dock to tie up to. From here is is a short walk past Schenectady County Community College to Schenectady's Historic Stockade district. This park itself is small, but does provide dock space for small boats, as well as car top boat and fishing access to the river. The canalway trail runs through this park and makes for a good spot to take a walk. There is the heavily traveled Western Gateway Bridge (route 5) above the park, so its not overly quiet, but still is a good stop.


Small public dock (no services)
Picnic area

Driving directions: Take route 5 towards the Mohawk River (west if from Schenectady, east from Scotia). Just before (or after if from west) take the Schenectady County Community College exit and follow the loop around to the park.

Schenectady and Scotia Photos

The Freemans Bridge State Boat Launch.
The Freemans Bridge State Boat Launch.  
The Schenectady Gateway Landing.
The Schenectady Gateway Landing.  
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