Black Rock Lock Holiday Locking Times

Published Nov. 6, 2013

Black Rock Lock Operations.  -The Black Rock Lock hours and dates for the 2013 navigation season are as follows:


 2 January-10 February 2013

8:00am- 4:00pm Monday- Friday

11 February- 01 March

 Closed for Maintenance

2 March -20 April 2013

 8:00am- 4:00pm Monday -Friday

21 April-18 May 2013

 8:00am- 4:00pm 7 Days a week

19 May- 21 September ( Extended Hours)

 7:00am -11:OOpm Monday- Friday

11:OOam - 11:OOpm Saturday & Sunday

22 September- 2 November 2013

8:00am- 4:00pm 7 Days a week

3 November- 31 December 2013

8:00am- 4:00pm Monday- Friday

Closed the following Federal Holidays, 11 November, 28 November, 25 December.  Commercial traffic will be accommodated on a 24-hour basis with prior notification.


Questions on lock operations  may be directed to the Black Rock Lock during scheduled  operating hours  by calling  (716)  879-4403  or  to  the New  York/Pennsylvania  Operations  and  Maintenance Office between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 4:30p.m. at (716) 879-4293, Fax (716) 879-4356.   The Lock may also be contacted on marine radio channell6 (working Channell2).


Tug and  Barge  Operators are  reminded that  Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)  are  required for all Barge personnel during the approach and while transiting the Lock and  are recommended for all vessel crew members and  passengers.


The Black Rock Lock Channel extends from Buffalo Harbor to the Black Rock Lock.  It is tln·ee and one-half miles in length.  The Federal navigation channel has a minimum width of 200 feet. Pleasure crafts are required to yield the right-of-way to commercial vessels due to the confined waters of the channel.


The Black Rock Lock and the Black Rock Channel provide safe passage for vessels to travel between Buffalo Harbor and Tonawanda Harbor around the reefs, rapids and fast currents that exist in the upstream portion of the Niagara River.


In combination with the New York Erie Canal, Black Rock Lock and Black Rock Channel provide an inland water route between Lake Erie and the Atlantic Ocean.  Branch canals in the New York State canal system provide vessels access to Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.


Charts:  14832 -Upper Niagara River, New York

14833- Buffalo Harbor, New York





Edward F. Gawarecki

Chief, NY/PA O&M Office

Brcue I. Sanders

Release no. 13-005