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getting out of Lake George

I was wondering if you can take a 30 foot sailboat with 5 foot draft from Lake George to the Barge Canal or the up to the St Laurence River and does the mast have to come down. Thanks
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When you say barge canal are you referring to the Erie Canal? If so, you have to unstep the mast and inquire as to the canal levels, they’re generally higher in the spring, and will decrease in depth as the season progresses.

I think the NY Thruway authority is the managing entity to contact.
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I didn't think Lake George had any connections to a navigable waterway. In other words, I believe you have to move your boat via truck to Champlain or some other connected waterway to reach the Erie Canal, the Richlieux River or the St. Lawrence.
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Quoting from Wikipedia:
"Lake George drains into Lake Champlain to its north through a short stream (La Chute River) with many falls and rapids, dropping about 230 feet (70 m) in its 3Ĺ-mile (6 km) course. Ultimately the water flows into the St. Lawrence River and then into the Atlantic Ocean."

Doesn't sound like a trip to make in a sailboat.
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I know the ST Lawrence is navigable in A 90' sailboat with over a 100' mast in the up position. Don't know about getting out of Lake George though.
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Yep - the St. Lawrence is navigable for huge cargo ships and deep draft vessels. The Erie Canal is navigable for decent draft vessels and has height restrictions (you have to pull your mast down). You can't get to either from Lake George.
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