Watch our volunteer Lock Tenders operate the historic Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks. The Lockport community, with the support of the New York State Canal Corporation, is pursuing a strategy to rehabilitate the Erie Canal Flight of Five Locks and return them to operating condition. Rehabilitation of Locks 69 & 70 was completed in 2014, and rehabilitation of Lock 68 was completed in 2019. Demonstrations of the reconstructed Flight of Five, including locking through our Durham-style vessel, the “Erie Traveler", are offered free of charge to the public every Saturday, beginning July 2 from 11 am - 1 pm thru October 1.
Register for the Flight of Five Lock Tender Tour, Monday through Friday, July 1 thru September 16. Be a Lockport Lock Tender for a day and push the replica wooden balance beams into position, just as our 19th Century Lock Tenders toiled to manually open the five-ton wooden lock gates. Our knowledgeable volunteer Lock Tenders will be glad to show you how!