Getting to the Lock


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The Black Rock Lock and the Black Rock Channel, located where Lake Erie drains into the Niagara River, provide for vessels of all types a protected waterway around the reefs, rapids and fast currents that exist in the upstream portion of the Niagara River. The lock and channel permit pleasure craft and comercial vessels to travel between Buffalo Harbor and Tonawanda Harbor. In combination with the New York Erie Canal, they provide pleasure craft and canal-draft vessels an inland water route between Lake Erie and the Atlantic Ocean. Branch canals in the New York State canal system also provide boaters access to Lake Erie and to the Lake Champlain