• Oswego Paddlefest - 2018

    In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Barge Canal, the HLWMM presents Oswego Paddlefest. The Fulton launch is geared for experienced paddlers and starts at Indian Point beginning at 8:30 am (LC-Long course*Advanced apprx.13 miles). The Minetto launch starts at 8:00 am (SC-Short course approx. 5.5 mi. ending at the Museum's Boating Center in Oswego, NY on Saturday, August 18th, 2018. This event, in its 5th year, encourages kayakers, canoeists, stand-up paddle boarders to enjoy and appreciate the unique beauty of the historic Oswego Canal/River. Paddlers will experience locking through 4 actual canal locks.


     Registration ends August 11th. Minors are considered 4-13 years of age and must be a passenger of an adult paddle boat. Due to the volume of this event there is a limit of 600 participants. For everyone's safety this event is recommended for ages 14 and older. Life jackets are mandatory, as required by New York State law. Whistles strongly encouraged. Paddle boarders welcome but a leash is mandatory. The total paddle trip can be up to 6 hours or more. Please arrive 30 minutes ahead of your selected launch time for either site. Sorry no pets allowed. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase by Skip's Fish Fry from 12-3pm or we encourage you to visit various downtown restaurants. Registration covers event entry only. Music will be provided by Gibby's Irish Pub starting about 3pm. The kayak raffle drawing takes place at Gibby's at 4pm. Purchase raffle tickets at the Maritime Museum, Coffee Connection, Murdocks and Gibby's. 


    Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 15th, with post-registration offerings available at the launch sites the day of by cash or check only!  


    A shuttle service will be available from Oswego to the two starting points in the morning from 7am till 11 am.


    PRE-CHECK-IN: Pre Check-in will be available on Friday, August 17th from 10-6pm at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, on the West First Street Pier.


    Sponsors: Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Holiday Inn Express, Gibby's Irish Pub and Gateway Liquor & Wine of Fulton and Oswego Expeditions.


    For tickets: the website by clicking here


    A Family Friendly version of Paddlefest is sponsored by Oswego Expeditions through a grant from the National Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor will be offered at 3:30 pm at Lock 8. A fee of $10 per adult family member with kids 4 - 13 years of age are free. Space is limited. Contact Oswego Expeditions at 315.561.0223 or email at