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Brielle, NJ to Kingston, ON

Great Loop Segment: New York through Lake Ontario

The segment of the Great Loop from Brielle, NJ to Kingston, Ontario is approximately 500 miles with the stops as we have provided in the sample itinerary, which brings you through the Erie and Oswego Canal systems to Lake Ontario.

You have options in this segment that would change the total miles of your cruise, depending on which routes you wish to take.

Your choice of waterways through New York State and into Canada will be dependent on your air draft. If you can clear a 15' bridge, you have the option to take the Erie Canal to its western terminus into Lake Erie.  If you can clear a 17' bridge, you can do the "Triangle Loop" that takes you into Lake Champlain and through the St. Lawrence Seaway into Lake Ontario.  If the lowest you can clear is 19', you'll take the Erie Canal to the Oswego Canal into Lake Ontario.

If you wanted to take the Triangle Loop, at the point where you are approaching the N.Y.S. Canal System Sign, stay on the Hudson River and continue to the Champlain Canal and follow it to the St. Lawrence River. This route allows you to explore Montreal, Quebec and the Rideau Canal on your way back down to Kingston, Ontario.

For the purposes of this sample itinerary, we will be traveling the Erie Canal, to the Oswego Canal, arriving in Oswego, NY before heading across Lake Ontario to Canada. 

The topic of firearms comes up occasionally in the forum. We do not recommend bringing firearms with you on the Loop, and New York is one place with rather strict rules and regulations regarding weapons. You may not carry a weapon on your boat when in state waters without a permit. Be sure firearms do not leave your boat and that you have all the proper paperwork showing ownership. The penalties include fines and jail time, so check with New York to find out what is required before you get there.

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Forum Posts
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New York Anchorages
Has Anyone Made the Passage on Harlem River?
Side Trip to Oyster Bay and Other NY Side Trips
Winter Storage in New York
Where to Stay in Watkins Glen
Looking for Boat Storage in the NY Canal System
Finger Lakes
Bridge Clearances in the Upper Canal System
Rideau Canal and St. Lawrence River/Thousand Islands
Lake Ontario
Triangle Loop Conflicting Height Restrictions
Cayuga Seneca Canal
New York-Great Kills Yacht Club
New York
Travel from NYC to Lake Ontario this October-2019
Statue of Liberty
East River
Harlem River
Rondout Yacht Basin-Kingston, NY
Scotia NY--a Great Stop on the Erie
Waterford and the Erie Canal
East or West on Erie Canal
Erie Canal
NY State Canals
Transiting the Welland Canal
Take a Trip Up the Champlain Canal
Champlain Route Information
Lake Champlain, Montreal, Ottawa and Rideau Canal
Amsterdam Free Dock and Russo’s Grill
Marina Near Syracuse
Leaving Brewerton for Kingston & Port Trent
Oswego Canal
Clayton NY to Montreal ON via the St. Lawrence Seaway
Route Planning. . .St. Lawrence Question
Alexander Bay Area St. Lawrence
Conditions in the Thousand Islands
Thousand Islands 2019
1000 Islands
How Much Time to Cruise to Thousand Islands, Rideau Canal
Rideau Canal—Kingston to Montreal
Rideau Canal Depth Info
Triangle Loop - Rideau, St Lawrence, Richelieu, Ch...
Down East Loop
Toronto Side Trip
Eastern Lake Ontario and Adjacent Canadian Waters
New York State Canals 2019 Season Operating Hours
New York
Half Moon Bay Marina
Liberty Landing Marina, New York City
Marinas for Short Stay Overs
Welcome to New York City
Segment from Norfolk to New York
NYC: Up Hudson or East River. Question for Golden...
Half Moon Bay, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Clayton, NY - Transmission Work
USA mailing address close to Kingston ON
In Need of Prop Work / Services
Oswego to Trenton Direct
Canada Check In
Erie Canal Notice to Mariners / Alerts
Hudson River Valley sites to see
Lake Ontario in May 2018
Where to leave the boat on the upper Hudson?
Winter Storage
Bridge heights on western Erie Canal
Two Great Stops
Service on the Erie Canal
Referral for engine mount work
Favorite Flavors and Where to Find Them on the Loop
Welland Canal

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Captains' Notes
Captains' Notes
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Great Loop Link Articles
Great Loop Link Articles
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Sample Itinerary
Sample Itinerary
All Loopers have their own cruising style and preferences on miles to travel per day, cruising speed, number of nights per week in a marina, etc. This New York through Lake Ontario Itinerary, based on a preferred distance of 50 miles per day, was developed to give you an idea of the types of places and things you will see during your Great Loop adventure.

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