Day 3-4 Little Falls to Amsterdam, Erie Canal.
Further transiting the canal, our usual time table is off the dock between 9 to 10 am, sometime we would make one rest stop for about an hour or so, and ending for the evening any time between 5pm to 6pm.
Little Falls, NY. is a great little rest stop. We stopped here, and walked into town. There is an amazing little bakery called White Rose Bakery, where you can stock up on some fresh bread, pastries, donuts and treats. These make great bed time snacks or easy quick breakfast treats. We even purchased ready made dough – just drop in the oven and bake, for fresh bread, only $1.30 per pound.
Many little things to do in Little Falls, NY. Worth the stop. They now have a long town dock, with power and facilities.
There were many NY State Canal Barges and Dredgers on the way. We got stuck 5 years ago near these spots. They have all been dredged out, and the navigation was much better. The shallowest spot was about 7.5 feet of mud. I suppose an 8 foot fin keel, could push its way through the one spot. I would suggest this year, 7 feet or less draft no problem. There was one barge that got his prop stuck on a log, just in front of us, better him than us! We got stuck in a log 5 years ago too, but eventually made it through. This year the casualties were minor compared to last time. But we did bounce off a couple of logs, and touch bottom a couple of times. Nothing serious, but could probably use another little epoxy touch up in Nyack, NY. Peterson’s Boat Yard, a great place for work if need be done during your navigation down the canal and Hudson river.
Below are some pics of random boats we passed just today in the canal.
Links from our posts from this part of the Erie Canal 5 years ago.