New York State Barge Canal

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New York State Barge Canal:

see New York State Canal SystemNew York State Canal System,
waterway system, 524 mi (843 km) long, traversing New York state and connecting the Great Lakes with the Finger Lakes, the Hudson River, and Lake Champlain.
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New York State Barge Canal


a system of canalized waterways in the northeastern USA, located in the state of New York. The system, approximately 835 km in length, consists of the Erie Canal (540 km in length), which extends from Lake Erie at Buffalo to the Hudson River at Cohoes and thus links the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean, and a number of branch waterways. These include the Oswego Canal, which connects the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario; the Champlain Canal, which joins the Hudson River with Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River; and the Cayuga and Seneca Canal, which links the Erie Canal with Lake Cayuga and Lake Seneca.

Constructed in the 19th century, the New York State Barge Canal played an important role in the US economy but is now gradually losing its importance. The annual volume of goods conveyed is around 4 million tons, made up chiefly of construction materials, petroleum products, and grain.

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New York State Barge Canal

a system of inland waterways in New York State, connecting the Hudson River with Lakes Erie and Ontario and, via Lake Champlain, with the St Lawrence. Length: 845 km (525 miles)
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