About the County

No matter where you go in Montgomery County, the river is always there, the backdrop of all activitiesin the Mohawk Valley, the touchstone to which we always return. When you visit, put the future in perspective by thinking about the past, about the history of this region so rich in people, ideas, anddreams. The past, after all, has made our present what it is, its broad commercial and industrial base, out extraordinary architectural legacy, and out deep attachment to the land. In the early 19th century, even when leisure travel was a luxury, the Mohawk Valley was a favourite destination. And so it is today.

Mohawk. British. Dutch. German. Hispanic Irish. Itaian. Polish. The people of Montgomery County are asdistinct as its landscape; its culture have merged into an intricate quilt where there is unity but also individualism and authenticity everywhere we look. We see it in the beautiful limestone architecture of the Palatine German home. We hear it in the red hot rhythms of the annual Centro Civico Cultural Arts Festival. We taste it in the wonderful Polish pierogies handmade by the thousands in church basements.We feel it when we stop by the gift shop of the Kanatsiohareke, traditional Mohawk Tribal Community re-established next to the river. And we experience it, with a slight lilting of the heart, when we happen on an Amish barn raising.

The River

Tho Erio Canal operator for navigation from early May to late November. There are a number if marinas and boat launches in Montgomery County, including the St.Johnville Municipal Marina, Canajoharie Pavillon Landing, Schoharie Crossing, Amsterdam’s South Side boat launch, and Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. There are seven locks on the Montgomery County portion of the Erie Canal, each with a park and picnic area. For more information about travelling by water, contact the New York State CanalCorporation toll-free at 1-800-4CANAL4.

  • Lock 10 Craneville
  • Lock 11 Amsterdam
  • Lock 12 Tribe Hill
  • Lock 13 Randall
  • Lock 14 Canajoharie
  • Lock 15 Fort Plain
  • Lock 16 St. Johnsville

The Canalway Water Trail is geared toward small beaters along the 524-mile New York State Canal System. The Water Trial contains access points (launches and landings), campsites and day use sites (attractions) along the Canal System. The Canalway Water Trail is designed for both the ‘day user’ looking to spend a few hours on the Canal and the long distance traveler who wants to traverse the entire length on the Canal and the long distance traveler who wants to traverse the entire length of the Canal.

The Greater Amsterdam Riverlink Park is the home of an elevated walkway with breathtaking views linking to a riverside plaza area with open-air stage, children’s playground, visitor’s center, gardens and 600 feet of transient boat docking. On site laundry, shower facilities and power hookups are a few of the amenities offered. Also dine at the Riverlink Café serving a light menu.

Schoharie Crossing State marks the confluence of the Mohawk River and the Schoharie Creek; there are remnants of the original Erie Canal(1825) and Enlarged Erie Canal (1841), with its impressive stone aqueduct remains. Dedicated to preservation of the Erie Canal the site gives a real touch of life on the canal with a restored canal store and a historic lock from the 1850s. The Village of St. Johnsville maintains a beautiful municipal park and marina, one of the many in the county. River travelers can stop at the boat launch, fill up, have a picnic; and be treated a summer’s evening concert. If you dock, camping is nearby along with a secluded romantic treasure of bed and breakfast.


The namesake of Montgomery County was Richard Montgomery, a career British Army Officer who switched sides just before the Revolution to become a general for the Colonists. Montgomery was killedin the Battle of Qeubec in 1775.

Irish-born, Sir William Johnson, England’s superintendent of all Indian Affairs in the northern colonies was the most influential figure in the Mohawk Valley Colonial History.

Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656 at Ossemoen.


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