The island that Hudson Crossing Park is centered on is created by the Hudson River and Champlain Canal. As you enter the park you drive past Champlain Canal Lock 5, where, if you’re lucky enough to see it in use, boats are lifted 19 feet up to the elevation of the Hudson River in an artificial channel. This is also the site of a historic junction lock, which, while no longer in operation, is still a very interesting peek into the history of the Champlain Canal.
Just north of the lock on the west side of the channel are floating docks which give access to Hudson Crossing, and long distance boaters are invited to dock for up to 48 hours and explore the park as well as our local communities. For those who are on a shorter journey, take advantage of the dock to get off the water and stretch your legs a bit by exploring the trail that leads along the canal to Eagle Point, or simply explore the many amenities that Hudson Crossing Park has to offer.
The Champlain Canal is used today by recreational and commercial boaters, both motorized and paddlers. For more information on how to travel the canal system and Lock 5, visit The New York State Canals website. The lock master can be reached on VHF channel 13 or via phone at (518) 695-3919. Lock C6 is located 4 miles to the north.