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Old 14-02-2014, 11:53   #16
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Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Going later so you arrive in the Great Lakes in June would be best. It would be a great trip. Just note, June tends to be the fog month, especially on the upper Lakes. But that's better than ice and bitter cold.

Valhalla360 covers all the possible routes well. My understanding is that the Trent Severn Canal's maximum draft allowance if 5'. If you're deeper than that then you've got to take the Welland Canal to L. Erie. I believe they require at least three crew on the Welland Canal if you're up-bound (down-bound two is the minimum).

As I say, it would be a great trip if you have the time. We're planning a similar trip, but in reverse. Maybe we'll cross paths .
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Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

I would not go out of the Erie Canal into Lake Ontario. If you do this you miss the best part of the Erie Canal.

The Erie Canal is pretty mundane between the Hudson River and Oswego because it follows rhe Mohawk River. It gets better and better as you head west from the Oswego cutoff because it follows an older, more quaint and interesting route.

The towns along the western part of the welcome cruisers with free dockage, and sometime free electricity, Internet, showers and laundry too!

The Skipper Bobs guide is indispensable.
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