The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has released a New York State Canalway Water Trail Guidebook and Navigational Map Set.
The complimentary guidebook and maps include a mile-by-mile description of launch sites, paddler-friendly facilities and amenities, and places of interest for over 450 miles of the NYS Canal System, which opened Friday, including the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego and Champlain canals.
The guidebook and maps are available to order ($10 shipping and handling fee) or download online.
The guidebook includes features to help beginners to seasoned paddlers plan a trip and enjoy the waterway for a few hours or a paddling vacation. The guidebook includes:
· Best bet paddling day trips with mileage charts
· Step-by-step instructions for locking-through
· How to plan and prepare for a paddling trip
· Maps and descriptions of the more than 140 public access points
· Things to do and see on and off the water
Paddlers are also encouraged to participate in the Canalway Challenge, a new initiative that invites people to trace history while tracking miles walking, running, cycling or paddling on the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail. The free program includes a range of mileage options – 15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles – so that people at all fitness levels can choose a mileage goal that suits their ability and participate. Details and signup are available here.