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Erie Canal boating season slated to open May 15; tolls are waived

For the second straight year, tolls have been waived for recreational vessels, celebrating the centennial of the New York State Canal System. A season pass runs $25 to $100 depending on vessel size.

The system includes the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain Canals. The state continues to commemorate 200 years of Erie Canal history by marking the 100th anniversary of the current 524-mile canal system’s opening. The current system is the third generation of the iconic Erie Canal, which opened in 1825.

The announcement was made by the New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors, at its meeting with the New York Power Authority. This year’s Erie Canal navigation season will begin May 15 and run through Oct. 10. The Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain canals are expected to be open on May 18.

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