This is the barge canal in Rome, NY. The canal is an upgrade to the Erie Canal which played such an important part of New York State's history. The canal links Lake Erie and Lake Ontario with the Hudson River. From the Hudson River, boats can go out to the Atlantic Ocean. There are a series of locks to go through the canal which will open in May. There are still barges used on the canal today, but many use the canal to bring their yachts to and from Florida and other southern places. They will come back north for the summer months, and head back to warmer climates in the winter months. Unfortunately, last night when I took this is was about 30 degrees and no one was out!!