Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Discover a Boater's Paradise along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Canal Concert Series
Gateway Harbor Park in North Tonawanda frequently features free concerts along the canal - an especially fun experience when coming via boat

Olcott Beach Marina
Olcott Beach - one of the many fine harbors found along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Harborfest
Harborfest is held the last weekend of July in Oswego, NY and is very popular with boaters

Thousand Islands Boating
Grab a chart and slip through the narrow island passageways found in the Thousand Islands

Miss Thousand Islands
Don't have your own boat? Take a ride on a classic wooden boat at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. Boat tours are also available at many locations along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail including Erie, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, the Erie Canal, and the Thousand Islands.

Few regions offer better boating than the waters along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, and for those who prefer a day on the water to one on land, you may just have found paradise. Whether trailering your boat or traveling on it, there are limitless opportunities to enjoy the Great Lakes Seaway Trail region from the water.

Part of the fun in boating is enjoying the scenery as you glide across the water – and the waters along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail offer plenty of spectacular scenery.

Lake Erie has miles of sandy beaches, and the beaches of Presque Isle are a major attraction to visitors from near and far. At other locations, high cliffs line the lake shore. Due to the sheer size of this Great Lake, windy weather can stir up sizable waves. Presque Isle Bay is a good place to seek calmer water and enjoy the views of the city of Erie on one side and Presque Isle State Park on the other. Cruise into Barcelona Harbor in Westfield to view the lighthouse, stop at Dunkirk Harbor to walk the waterfront and do some shopping, or enjoy the sandy beaches at Sunset Bay in Silver Creek.

Take in the city skyline from the Buffalo Harbor before making your way to the Upper Niagara River. Gateway Harbor Park in Tonawanda, located where the Erie Canal meets the Niagara River, is popular with boaters and features free concerts throughout the summer and a variety of festivals. If traveling by boat, you’ll need to go through the Welland Canal which extends from Port Colborne, Ontario on Lake Erie to Port Weller, Ontario on Lake Ontario in order to avoid Niagara Falls. The lower Niagara River features approximately 7 miles of navigable waters downriver from Niagara Falls. Stop at Youngstown and take a stroll through this quaint, historic village, or view Old Fort Niagara from the water at the mouth of the Niagara River.

The south shore of Lake Ontario features many harbors that provide a great base for a day of boating or quiet waters if the lake gets too choppy. Grab a bite to eat in Wilson or head onshore at Olcott to enjoy the vintage kiddie amusement park. Oak Orchard Harbor features boat launches, public parks, and a recently completed, historically accurate reconstruction of the Oak Orchard Harbor Lighthouse. Near Rochester, enjoy Braddock Bay which is a popular spot for birdwatching, cruise down the Genesee River at the Port of Rochester or get out and walk the boardwalk and pier at Ontario Beach Park, or enjoy some water sports on Irondequoit Bay.

Pultneyville, located at the mouth of the Salmon Creek, offers opportunities for shopping and dining, or just strolling through this quaint waterfront town. Sodus Bay is the largest protected bay on Lake Ontario and is often called “The Crown Jewel of Lake Ontario” with opportunities for fishing, swimming, and water sports, or shopping and dining onshore. East of Sodus Bay, take in the spectacular sites of Chimney Bluffs’ large clay rock formations at the water’s edge. Fair Haven, located on Little Sodus Bay, is a peaceful community offering small town hospitality, shopping, dining, and nearby attractions such as Fair Haven Beach State Park.

Oswego is rich in maritime history and is a great spot to enjoy boating on Lake Ontario or the Oswego River (which connects to the Erie Canal). Learn a little maritime history at the H. Lee White Marine Museum, relive American history at Fort Ontario, or plan your visit to coincide with Harborfest which is held the last weekend of July.

The eastern end of Lake Ontario from Henderson Harbor to the St. Lawrence River is known as the Golden Crescent due to the natural scenic beauty and abundant boating and fishing opportunities. Any of the harbors here – including Henderson Harbor, Sackets Harbor, and Chaumont – provide an excellent setting to enjoy a day on the water or to check out the shopping, dining, and recreation options in town.

The Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River is often referred to as “The Freshwater Boating Capital of the World” due to its popularity here. There are many waterfront parks that are popular with boaters. Due to the rugged underwater terrain, there are numerous shoals, and though most are marked, a chart is a must for boaters who want to get out of the main channel and explore the narrow passageways between the islands. The villages of Cape Vincent, Clayton, and Alexandria Bay all offer public docks, many amenities, and are enjoyable towns to simply stroll the streets and see the sites. While in Clayton, don’t miss the Antique Boat Museum featuring beautifully-preserved examples of great North American watercraft.

Further downriver, visit Morristown or the nearby Jacques Cartier State Park for excellent fishing opportunities. Ogdensburg is the only commercial port on the American side of the St. Lawrence River. The Dobisky Visitor’s Center, located right on the banks of the river, offers services for transient boaters and displays on the history of Ogdensburg. For a truly unique experience, take your boat through the Eisenhower Lock in Massena.

For most people, boating is an activity that takes them away from the stresses of everyday life. There’s open water, fresh air, the sun warming your face, and a sense of freedom and adventure you can’t find elsewhere. One of the greatest joys of boating is spending time with family and friends. Time spent on a boat is quality time - whether fishing, swimming, tubing, skiing, cruising, or anchoring.

For many, life really is better on a boat, and if you’re one of those people, you won’t find a better place to enjoy life than the waters along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

Click on the images below to view full size aerial photos of the major harbors along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.


Major Harbors from West to East: Services:

Erie, PA

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.visiterie.com

Barcelona Harbor, Westfield, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.tourchautauqua.com

Dunkirk, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.tourchautauqua.com

Sunset Bay - Silver Creek, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.tourchautauqua.com

Buffalo NFTA Harbor, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - No
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - No
Lodging - No
Attractions - No
Shopping - No

 

www.visitbuffaloniagara.com

Tonawanda, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - No
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - No
Lodging - No
Attractions - No
Shopping - No

 

www.visitbuffaloniagara.com

Youngstown, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.niagara-usa.com

Wilson, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.niagara-usa.com

Olcott, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - No
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - No
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.niagara-usa.com

Oak Orchard, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.orleanscountytourism.com

Braddock Bay, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - No
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - No
Groceries - No
Lodging - No
Attractions - No
Shopping - No

 

www.visitrochester.com

Rochester, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - No
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.visitrochester.com

Irondequoit Bay, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - No
Repairs - No
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - No
Water - No
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - No
Lodging - No
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - No

 

www.visitrochester.com

Sodus Bay, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.waynecountytourism.com

Fair Haven, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.tourcayuga.com

Oswego, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.visitoswegocounty.com

Henderson Harbor, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - No
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - No
Shopping - No

 

www.visit1000islands.com

Sackets Harbor, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - No
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.visit1000islands.com

Chaumont, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - No
Water - No
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - No
Lodging - No
Attractions - No
Shopping - No

 

www.visit1000islands.com

Cape Vincent, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - No

 

www.visit1000islands.com

Clayton, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.visit1000islands.com

Alexandria Bay, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.visit1000islands.com

Morristown, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.northcountryguide.com

Ogdensburg, NY

Services  Available:
Seasonal Docks - Yes
Transient Docks - Yes
Launch Facilities - Yes
Gas - Yes
Diesel - Yes
Repairs - Yes
Pump-out - Yes
Electric - Yes
Water - Yes
Restaurant - Yes
Groceries - Yes
Lodging - Yes
Attractions - Yes
Shopping - Yes

 

www.northcountryguide.com

All photography © 2011 John Griebsch and Great Lakes Seaway.

All of the aerial harbor photography on this website is copyright protected. Those interested in using the photos should contact the photographer John Griebsch directly at 585-455-3152.