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Oswego River Canal Public Access Area

  • We are happy to announce that we have secured a $12,000 grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. This funding will aid with the Oswego River Public Access Area Project. You can view the press release here
  • Thank you to everyone who came out to our public visioning session on March 5th! We received a lot of positive feedback and suggestions. The project team will review all public input and develop a 'final' draft concept plan. We will continue to post updates to this website. You can find all materials from the event below.
March 5 public meeting

Photo: Citizens attending the March 5th public visioning session hosted by the County.

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism, and Planning has been awarded grant funding from the New York Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) to plan, design, and construct an ADA-accessible trail to the Oswego River.

The project site, 380-404 East River Road in the City of Oswego (Tax ID: 146.59-01-01), is a nearly 8 acre parcel that is largely undeveloped. The goal is to construct an ADA accessible trail traversing the slope down to the riverside of the Oswego River/Canal between Locks 5 and 6.  The County Highway Department, a key partner in this project, will design and construct a parking area at-grade with State Route 481. Cartop boats, such as canoes and kayaks, will be encouraged to enter/exit the river at this area. We foresee this project acting as a catalyst to spur additional trail development along this stretch of the Oswego Canal. 

The project team is primarily made up of staff from the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism, and Planning. Officials from the Oswego County Legislature, the Oswego County Highway Department, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Oswego, Oswego Yakkers Club, NY Canal Corporation, NY Department of Transportation, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, and the US Army Corps of Engineers have provided input throughout the process and have acted as a project advisory board.

The County has contracted with GYMO Architecture, Engineering, & Land Surveying and their subcontractors, Laird Recreation and Land Planning and Green 2 Green Consulting, for architectural/engineering services and construction management.

Karen Noyes, Planner, is managing this project. Please email Karen with any questions or comments.


This waterfront revitalization project is being undertaken with funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
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Funding also provided by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor  through the IMPACT grant program

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