Regarding height of the structures on the canal. As posted on many forums, and mentioned here the general height available from Waterford lock 1 all the way to Lockport 23 and out to Oswego is 19'. BUT the rivers feeding the western half of the canal do effect the height (especially around the Cayuga/ Seneca portion) There are also about 200 bridges to be gone under. I believe the number of opening bridges is around 23. Meaning, these 23 MUST be opened to transit. the bridges are all on the western part (from Syracuse west). From 3 rivers junction approx lock 23 to Blackrock there are 15'6" bridges. Not many, (only two that I found close to that) but they are fixed, with no way around them. This is why boats over 15'6" go from the Hudson (via Erie and Oswego), to Lake Ontario.
One part that was vexing to me (AS I had a delivery time schedule). The published 'hours of operation' were NOT honored. Once I realized this, and adjusted to only running from 0800 to 1800 all was fine. The eastern locks from E 24 east did operate longer hours. But, the western half did slow me down on the transit time. Of course, if I had no hurry, I would have spent the 75 bucks on a season pass and stopped at many town and cities. We spent the night at Middleport. Having a burger at a local pub, the waiter tried (really!) to give me his keys to his car when I asked for directions to a place to buy ice. ( apparently it was too far to walk). We drove right past Spencerport Fair. FairPort looked like an awesome place to stop, and the concert at baldwinsville lock sounded awesome. (As it receded in the distance😔
. And many other places I wished I could stop at. Next time! St Johnsonville was a nice stop, buck a foot, included two 30 amp plugs, 5 for a pump out and a walk up the street for dinner. I wish we had stopped at Waterford. It looked amazing. But, trying to beat Hurricane Alberto home, we were in a hurry.
here is some awesome info on the Canal: http://www.pcmarinesurveys.com/Cruis...ie%20Canal.htm