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Lock 7 In Niskayuna, NY Is A Fun Springtime Attraction [AUDIO]

Spring is here in the Capital Region.  Can you think of a nicer place to be than upstate NY during this time of year?  There’s always a ton of things to do around these parts.  But I’m going to add one more to your already overloaded plate-the local Locks comprising of the historic Erie Canal System The one I actually visited was Lock 7 in Niskayuna.  This place is literally in my back yard, and although I’ve been there sporadically over the years, I’ve never realized all the things there are to do there.  But I found a family who visits

williams family
photo by Richie Phillips

alot, and they happened to be walking by as I was surveying the place.  So I did what radio people do best-I interrupted their peace and quiet by sticking my Iphone in your face to record their comments.  (Unfortunately, because of a howling wind coming off of the Mohawk River, the sound quality is awful, and I apologize for that.  But since I promised that they would be part of this blog, I’m including at least the portion of the interview that you could make out!)

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Special thanks to Ever, Derrick, Doreen and Gary for their help.  Poor Gary’s great description of things to do was “gone with the wind”, so I will try to remember what

boat at Lock 7
photo by Richie Phillips

he said.  He mentioned that there was great fishing there if you know where to drop your line, there’s a beautiful bike path, places to have a picnic lunch, throw a ball or frisbee around, and/or drop your boat into the water.   And, of course, the most fun you can have is to watch an actual boat come thru the locks, but that is a hit or miss event.  For a complete description of what to do there, including more shots, you can visit They include directions on how to get there, and some more really great pictures  I’m actually a bit jealous, but I will include a few more of my shots just to get you into the mood.

Lock 7 buoys
Photo by Richie Phillips
photo by Richie Phillips

OK, you’ve seen enough.  Now get off the darn computer and get out there and enjoy!

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