I drive under the upper Eisenhower Lock as a huge ocean-going ship is entering the lock. Well, OK, that was in my imagination. In reality, it is a construction barge because the locks are closed for the season and they are improving the upper gate before the freezing weather sets in. Also in reality, these locks are part of the Saint Laurence Seaway and are large enough to raise ocean going ships on their way to Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, and Duluth. It is worth you and your kids’ time to watch the locks in operation during the season.
On the north side of the locks is Robert Moses State Park which has a boat ramp, picnicking and back-in sites. And a little further is St. Lawrence State Park, which has boat ramp, picnicking and turkeys. That’s where I shot a dozen wild turkeys, a cock and hen and 10 youngsters. Shot with my camera, that is..
HOW TO GET THERE from I-81 take Exit 50 (NY-12N) toward Alexandria Bay. Go 28 miles then merge onto NY-37E. Go 40 miles then turn left onto NY-131W. Go 11 miles to end of road turn left onto Barnhart Isle Road. Go 1/2 mile, (44.977852 : -74.866611) then EITHER, keep right to view lock operations and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitor Center, OR keep left to go under Canal and to the State Parks, OR BOTH, but not at the same time.
HOW TO GET THERE from I-87 take Exit 41 (BY-191) toward Chazy/Scoita. Go 11 miles to end of road, then turn left onto Devil’s Den Road. Go 2 1/4 miles to end of road, turn right onto Military Turnpike (NY-190). Go 8 3/4 miles, turn left onto US-11 S. Go 19 miles then turn right onto NY-122 W. Go 10 miles, then turn left onto NY-37 W. Go 25 miles, then turn right onto NY-131E. Go 1 1/2 mile (Don’t turn left when NY-131 does), (44.977852 : -74.866611)then EITHER, keep right to view lock operations and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitor Center, OR keep left to go under Canal and to the State Parks, OR BOTH, but not at the same time.
From the island, I also shot the Long Sault Dam. It is one of two dams and three sets of locks that control the water level in the river at this island and generate power for Canada and up-state New York and beyond thru the Intertie Grid. The photo shows the 18 bays with hydro-electric generators and the 2 gantries that service them parked over the additional spillways. Another part of the Seaway is the Welland Canal in Canada just west of Niagara Falls. They lift the roadway to let the ships pass. And the stairstep locks at the north end of the canal are truly impressive engineering. But that was another trip.
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