The Erie Canalway NHC and its non-profit affiliate Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. seek creative proposals from a qualified writer/author to develop and author content for a printed Water Trail Guide Book and Navigational Map Set, and organize and prepare content for an existing online water trail interactive web site for the New York State Canalway Water Trail (including the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain Canals). The project will expand upon work by the New York State Canal Corporation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program, the NPS Northeast Regional Office, and a U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative in the New York Finger Lakes Region.

The primary objectives of this project include:

  • Produce a Water Trail Guide and Navigational Map Set
    Conduct research, acquire data, develop and author content for a printed Water Trail Guide (+/- 290-340 pages @ 7” x 9”) and Navigational Map Set (+/- 8 maps 2-sided; estimated 1:63,000 Scale @ 19” x 36”) for the Erie Canal.
  • Expand the Range of Online Water Trail for the Erie Canal
    Content will also be used to expand and enhance the existing online water trail interactive web site (, which presently covers Rome to Waterford.
  • Dovetail with Hudson River Water Trail
    Final products must be complimentary in content, organization, presentation, style, functionality and overall appearance to the recently published (2015) 7th edition of The Hudson River Water Trail Guide (The Hudson River Watertrail Association) and the accompanying Hudson River Greenway Water Trail 4-Map Set ( This will enable fluid integration for users of the two water trails.

If interested in this opportunity, please see the formal Request for Proposals and Exhibits documents.

Proposals and supporting documents can be submitted to:

Brian Yates
Program Manager, ECHNHC