Boaters will once again find themselves passing through the waters of Whitehall as the New York State Canal Corp. is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2012 navigation season on Tuesday, May 1.
“We’re looking forward to an on-time opening,” said Brian Stratton, director of the Canal Corp.
The opening of the Champlain Canal was delayed by several weeks last year because of record high water levels. But with a relatively dry spring, conditions are in much better shape this year.
Locally, Mike Decsi, manager of Champlain Harbor Marina plans to be open when the canal opens on Tuesday and all services will be offered.
Bill Brina, who bought Lock 12 Marina and Finch and Chubb Restaurant last month, has said the marina will be open as soon as the sale is finalized, which he expects to occur before the canal opens.
The restaurant will not be open when the canal opens, but will open later this spring.
The tentative hours of operation for the 2012 navigation season are as follows: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 1 to May 23; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 24 to Sept. 5; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 to Nov. 15.
Dates and hours of operation are dependent on weather. Boaters attempting to pass through a lock are encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled closing.