Cayuga-Seneca Canal Locks & Transit Table

There are a total of 4 locks over the length of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. Locks CS1 & CS4 are single locks while CS2 and CS3 is a double lock. All Lock chambers have the same dimensions: 328 feet long and 45 feet wide.

The highest single lift on the canal is found at Locks #CS2/CS3 in Seneca Falls with a lift of 24.5’ each for a total lift of 49.0’. The smallest lift is found at lock #CS1 with a lift of only 7.5’.

When southbound, these locks will raise you approximately 7.5’ from the Erie Canal to the level of Cayuga Lake at Cayuga, NY or when westbound 71’ to Seneca Lake at Geneva, NY.

Communicating with the locks is done on VHF Channel 13. While we have listed the phone numbers for each lock, the cell phone should not be considered a primary means of communication.

Lock Chamber Waypoints

Cayuga - Seneca Canal Lock Chamber Waypoints

Lock # Location Latitude Longitude
Erie Canal Jct. C-S Canal Junction 43° 00.728’ N 76° 43.719 W
CS1 Cayuga, NY 42° 56.879’ N 76° 44.064 W
CS2 Seneca Falls, NY 42° 54.887’ N 76° 47.161 W
CS3 Seneca Falls, NY 42° 54.873’ N 76° 47.236 W
CS4 Waterloo, NY 42° 54.074’ N 76° 51.825 W

The Cayuga-Seneca Canal Lock Chamber Waypoint’s are available for download. The file is Zipped Adobe (.pdf) format.

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Lock Chamber Waypoints - Download

Lock & Transit Table

The table below lists the locks on the canal from CS1 just south of the Erie Canal junction to lock CS4 at Waterloo, NY. It also provides the lifts for each lock, the distance to the next lock, and the estimated time enroute including lockage time between locks.

Cayuga - Seneca Canal Lock and Transit Table

**Transit Time @ 10 Knots (Includes Lock Time)
Lock #     Next Lock
Location Lift Lockmaster Distance **Transit Time
Erie Canal Kipp Island --- --- CS1 - 4.04 SM/3.51 NM 00:23
CS1 Cayuga, NY 8.9’Up Arrow 315-253-7523 CS2 - 3.97 SM/3.45 NM 00:53
CS2 Seneca Falls, NY 25.9’Up Arrow 315-568-5797 CS3 - 0.01 SM/0.01 NM 00:30
CS3 Seneca Falls, NY 24.5’Up Arrow 315-568-5797 CS4 - 4.29 SM/3.73 NM 00:56
CS4 Waterloo, NY 13.0’Up Arrow 315-539-3242 Seneca Lake - 5.01 SM/4.35 NM 01:00

This table can be downloaded for your personal and private use. The file is Zipped Adobe (.pdf) format. The Cayuga-Seneca Canal Locks file contains the tables in SM’s, NM’s and KM’s.

Cayuga-Seneca Canal Locks - Download

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