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Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation

Erie Canal Boat Tours in Pittsford, NY and
Genesee River Boat Tours in Rochester, NY


Come and Hop On Board!


Corn Hill Navigation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit operator of the Sam Patch and Riverie Tour Boats. Public cruises and chartered events help to underwrite our efforts to provide field studies on the Erie Canal to thousands of students annually. Our vision is to improve and sustain the Erie Canal and adjoining Genesee River for current and future generations through awareness, education, conservation, and enjoyment.

Our cruises provide unparalleled opportunities to experience history and enjoy a relaxing getaway that showcases the beauty and ingenuity of America’s celebrated Erie Canal.

The Sam Patch & Riverie offer public and student cruises, and private charters tailored to family, friends, and co-workers daily throughout the season. Consider chartering a boat for your private corporate meeting, employee incentive, retreat, or celebration.

In continuous operation for more than 30 years, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, have experienced the Canal from our decks. Join us for an authentic Canal experience shared by people from all over the world.

A boatful of excitement awaits!

Experience a historic marvel

The Erie Canal is a true engineering marvel, and a trip on this little replica packet boat is a great way to see it in action. But Evan, our guide, made this a top-notch experience. He cheerfully helped everyone settle in, setting us up with drinks and snacks, as we cruised quietly toward Lock 32 -- then took the mic for a fascinating and funny narration of the canal's mechanisms, history, construction, and impact. We even had time to double back and check out the famous Great Embankment, where Evan busted out a ukulele and led us in singing the Erie Canal Song. Low bridge, everybody down!

– OuterBoroMom, Tripadvisor
Great way to spend an afternoon with family

We were in town visiting family. As the weather was very nice, we decided to visit the Erie Canal on the Sam Patch tour. We effortlessly booked our tickets online with a couple of days' notice. No issue. We did notice the other tours that they provide, namely the wine tasting tour and the sunset tour. Both of those appealed to us but they were booked or only ran on the weekend when we would not be available.

– runner24, Tripadvisor
A really nice time!

We had a really lovely time on the Sam Patch Tour Boat! The crew was really nice, accommodating and knowledgeable. The boat was small but spacious (I’d recommend sitting up near the bow so you can easily see some of the fun) and the snacks and drink options were good (loved the local beer selections). By far, the best part was going through the Lock! This is something that I never though I’d do, or want to do, but so awesome to be a part of! For the money this tour is totally worth it! I also recommend saving room for gelato after the tour at the spot right where you dock 😎

– Amanda M, Tripadvisor

If you’re looking for the perfect experience for a family trip, this is it. 90 minute cruise that I and my 8 and 10 year old grandchildren loved. The crew directed everyone to the front/bow and to the rear/stern at appropriate times so that they did not miss any of the action on the trip-especially in the lock itself which, they said, was the highlight.

– CharlieMeyer2020, Tripadvisor