The Oswego Canal opened in 1829 to connect Lake Ontario to the Erie Canal.  
See images from Special Collections that take you on a journey down the canal from Lock #1 in Phoenix to Lock #8 in Oswego, now on display in the Penfield Library Lobby.
Vintage postcard: "Entrance to Oswego by River and Canal, Oswego, N.Y."
Kathryn Johns-Masten