(WIVB)– The Erie Canal will open this Spring and New York State says the waterway will operate starting in mid-May.
The season will wrap up in October.
There are no changes to the canal’s normal hours of operation.
Meanwhile, several state senators are speaking out against a proposal to rename the canal.
New York State is proposing to market the Erie Canal and the Empire Trail together as the “Empire Line.”
State Senator Sean Ryan said in a statement, “Changing the name of the Erie Canal would damage a brand that has been built for centuries.”