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Canal Notices and Alerts

Sign up for Canal Notices and Alerts

By signing up for Canal Notices and Alerts, boaters can receive the latest information about Canal openings/closures, water levels, construction and other elements affecting navigation on the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Residents, businesses, and other stakeholders around and downstream of Hinckley Reservoir can also be notified when changes to discharge rates from the reservoir, or into the Nine Mile Feeder, occur.

Please review the Canal Corporation's Notices and Alerts Disclaimer and Privacy Policy This link opens a new window  before signing up for this service.

A valid email address is required.  Fill out the required information and submit the form below.  After you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please follow the instructions in that email to confirm and activate your subscription.  You will not receive any email alerts until your subscription has been activated.

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Step 1: Enter Name and Email Address:

How to enter a cell phone/pager email address This link opens a new window 

Step 2: * Select Message Length:

Notices and Alerts can be sent to any device capable of receiving email or text messages, including personal computers and mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, PDAs and text pagers).

Note: Email messages from this service may exceed 160 characters. Before using this service with your cell phone or other mobile device please read and understand how this service will format and send messagesThis link opens a new window 

  • Standard email: Select this format if you will be retrieving your emails on a smartphone or personal computer.  Messages will contain more than 160 characters per email.  This is the recommended way to receive alerts as it is the easiest way to manage your account.

  • Short message: Select this format if you will be retrieving your email on a basic mobile device (simple cell phone, pager, etc.) that is typically limited to 160 characters or less.

Step 3: * Select Message Type:

  • All Notices and Alerts: Provides information on canal closures and delays, weather-related warnings, navigation restrictions and advisories which will impact travel as well as water level fluctuations, marine events, scheduled maintenance, and other information which may be useful to travelers.  
  • Alerts Only: Provides information on emergency situations and severe weather-related warnings that may cause prolonged canal closures or navigation restrictions.

Step 4: * Select Months to be Alerted:


Step 5: * Select Canal Section(s):

Step 6: * Agree to Terms and Subscribe:


NOTICE: Effective November 1, 2009, New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1225-d prohibits the operator of a motor vehicle from using any portable electronic device while such vehicle is in motion. In this regard, portable electronic device includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, personal digital assistants, handheld devices with mobile data access, laptop computers, pagers, broadband personal communication devices and other portable computing devices. This prohibition applies to viewing, taking or transmitting images, and to composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving email, text messages or other electronic data.

Hold Feature: The Canal Corporation offers a "Hold" feature that will allow you to place your subscription on hold.  Notices and Alerts will not be sent to your email address while in hold status. This option may be useful if you are going on vacation and do not want to receive emails during that time. 

After you submit your information and activate your subscription, you will be able to use the "Hold" feature by simply updating your profile information and checking the "Hold" option.

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The New York State Canal Corporation does not use email addresses or other information provided for any purposes other than their original intended use. For more information, please see our Privacy PolicyThis link opens a new window 

Canal Notices and Alerts Disclaimer

The New York State Canal Corporation (Canal Corporation) provides these Notices and Alerts as a public service planning tool. The Canal Corporation endeavors to publish the most accurate, up-to-date information available. However, because canal conditions change rapidly, the Canal Corporation cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. There are often delays between the time an incident occurs and the time it is reported to the Canal Corporation and posted to the Canal Notices and Alerts information system. Also, incidents may exist that have not yet been reported to the Canal Corporation. Therefore, these Notices and Alerts are intended for general information purposes and the Canal Corporation advises all receivers of these Notices and Alerts that they should not be relied upon without independent verification.

The Canal Corporation, its officers, employees and agents, shall not be liable for, and recipients of these Notices and Alerts expressly agree not to make any charges or claims for, damages or losses of any kind arising out of receipt or inability to receive these emails, the use or reliance on these Notices and Alerts or their content, or any computer or software problems experienced in association with these Notices and Alerts. The Canal Corporation will not provide any technical support for receivers of these Notices and Alerts.

The information in these Notices and Alerts is the property of the Canal Corporation. Receivers of these Notices and Alerts shall not sell, use in any process for value added product, or otherwise distribute for profit in any form, any portion of these Notices and Alerts or the information contained therein without the express written permission of the Canal Corporation.

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