Lock 7 Park

Lock 7 Composite

By Liz Clancy Lerner

There's a lot you can do at the Erie Canal's Lock 7 Park in Niskayuna: watch the water rush over the dam, picnic, walk the bike-hike trail, spot birds, fish. And, of course, come May 1 -- watch the boats go through the locks.

Lock Lock 7 Door

The lock doesn't start raising boats for the season until May 1, but the area is still a sight to take in. Massive "doors" hold in and keep out water, and grates and railings allow you to explore the perimeter of the lock.

Lock Lock 7

If you're interested in how locks work, here's a good explanation. And here's a short photo journal of a tug going through Lock 7.

Lock Falls Afar

Along Lock 7 there are views of the dams that stretch across the Mohawk at Goat Island. The dams are rushing with water this time of year.

There are picnic benches, a dock to walk out on and a boat launch, too (on the west side of the lock).

Lock Hawk CU

During my most recent trip there a hawk seemed to be interested in my dog and followed us around the park.

Lock Heron CU

Then, what I think was a Great Blue Heron (though, birders, does it look more like an egret?) was less interested and more afraid of us. He flew away pretty quickly.

Lock Heron Fly

The east side of the lock always seems to have people fishing there, and from what I understand, it's a good spot for bass.

Lock Fish Wide

Another great asset for Lock 7 is that it's along the mostly paved, thirty-five mile long Mohawk-Hudson bike-hike trail. You can park there and bike, hike or run as far as Albany.

Lock 7

And, this isn't the only lock, of course. There are a whole bunch more to explore.

Earlier on AOA: Tugboats in Waterford

Find It

Lock 7 Park
Lock 7 Rd
Niskayuna, NY 12309

Comments

That boat is not a tug, its just called "tug 44". A tug looks like this: http://www.vu.union.edu/~baldwinn/eriecanal/bargesandtugs/1096.1.1569.JPG

Yes, that's a Great Blue Heron, all right.

Recently, some birders found a Red-Throated Loon in the river near Lock 7. While not rare, this bird is not commonly found in our area; it winters in northern coastal waters and was probably on its way to its breeding grounds in the Arctic.

Lock 7 also has some good hiking trails (on the other side of the bike path) that also make for some decent, albeit no so well maintained, mountain biking trails.

And as for how locks work, I direct you to The Animaniacs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGMBUzFyVl4

Yes that is a blue heron. You do also see egrets (white herons). And cormorants diving to catch fish is a great sight.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (cooler), to county fairs,... (more)

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by bike lanes, breezes and back to school clothes. And of course, by AOA advertisers like the folks at... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + We talked with the creator of the Troy Poem Project. + Cristin offered... (more)

Symbolic change

It's been about two years since a change in New York State law required the more-active disability symbol on new state signage. But for whatever... (more)

Reasons to improve walkability

Not local, but it touches on many of the topics we all end discussing here: An international engineering/design firm recently released an overview -- "Cities... (more)

Recent Comments

... I think a competition would really help to open everyone's eyes to the real potential of the site. Too much time has been spent with typical, antiquated ideas. Let design professionals with new ideas have a crack at the site and you'll be amazed at it's potential.

Tacos at Oaxaquena Triqui

...has 26 comments, most recently from -S

Adapting to the Madison Ave Road Diet

...has 9 comments, most recently from JayK

Madison Ave Road Diet, now lined up

...has 25 comments, most recently from Bill

Today's moment of yarn

...has 2 comments, most recently from Tam

How to move forward at 1 Monument Square?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Reasonably Qualified