wnybubba from Bflo/ROC on 03/06/2021 01:07 AM:
David, there are always plenty of options to throw up camp. Most Locks offer an option (not formally) but in general it's not an issue. I'm assuming you are looking at Lock 15 because Fort Plain is a targeted (identified) place, but I had a fine camp at Lock 12 in Fort Hunter/Tribes Hill that you haven't considered because it isn't mentioned anywhere. From Lock 12 I headed into Waterford and camped at Lock 2A, the first lock from the Hudson and finished the next day going into Albany.
If you search through this Forum's previous posts you will find other discussion about options for camping along the trail and how to use Google Maps in street mode to look around for potential camping spots. Admittedly, as you get closer into the Capital Region places to bivouac along the trail diminish, but options can still be found or permissions given.
It's hard giving advise not knowing how much daily mileage you are interested in doing. Fort Plain to Waterford could easily be a day tour for some, but a two day trip for others. Let us know where you would ideally like to find a place and maybe I or others can give you more pointed answers...
Lastly, traveling in May is way before the Canal is officially open for boats. Facilities at locks (like Lock 15) will not be open that early, so please be taking that into consideration in your planning process. Most Locks will not even be attended at that time, and if so, it will be for maintenance purposes. And, one last thought, the best laid plans can change quickly with a break-down or bad weather so make sure you are flexible with your planning as well. I felt the best weapon I had on my tour was the knowledge I gained by studying the Canalway and maps ahead of time and Google Maps as my assistant.
Oh, just look at the recent post below about Lock 7 Park. There's info about using Google Maps and right there at that Lock is certainly an option for setting up camp.