Lakes to Locks Passage: Waterways of War

  • Start: Schenectady, NY
  • End: New York, United States of America
  • Last Modified: 2012-01-25 18:07:28
  • Total Mileage: 240 Miles
  • Number of stops: 9


As you travel along Lakes to Locks Passage in upstate New York, you will follow the waterway that the super-powers of the 18th century -- France and Great Britain -- sought to control for the empire of North America. A strategic triangle of waterways provided a vital link from the French trading centers in Montreal and Quebec to the British centers in Albany, New York City, and the interior. By the 1730s, forts protected the water gateways of the St. Lawrence on the Atlantic Ocean to the north; the Mohawk River and Great Lakes to the west; and Lake Champlain, Lake George and the Hudson River to the south. As frontier tensions erupted into open warfare in the mid-1750s, old forts were strengthened and new outposts were built along these waterways. This was a World War. For many soliders this was their first experience in the wilderness of the New World, and foreshadowed the American Revolution.

The following itinerary was adapted from Waterways of War: A Traveler Guide to the French and Indian War Forts and Battlefields along America’s Byways in New York and Pennsylvania. The full text of this itinerary, related videos and interactive map-guide, are available at, or you can purchase the guidebook and PBS video The Forgotten War, at

Stop #1:

Schenectady Stockade Historic District
Schenectady, NY

Stop #2:

Crailo State Historic Site
Rensselaer, NY

Stop #3:

Fort Edward/Rogers Island
Fort Edward, NY

Stop #4:

Cooper's Cave
Glens Falls, NY

Stop #5:

Lake George Battlefield Park
Lake George, NY

Stop #6:

Bloody Pond
Lake George, NY

Stop #7:

Fort William Henry
Lake George, NY

Stop #8:

Fort Carillion/Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga, NY

Stop #9:

Crown Point State Historic Site
New York, United States of America

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