Augusta Canal

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area includes a three-level canal constructed in 1845-46 and enlarged in 1874-77.  The first level reaches 8.5 miles from head gate structures in Columbia County into downtown Augusta.  The second and third levels take several paths through the Downtown and the Laney-Walker Districts prior to returning to the Savannah River, for a total length of approximately 13.5 miles.

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Lawmakers push canal funding

ATLANTA - Members of the Augusta legislative delegation introduced a resolution to urge Congress to extend federal funding for the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area.
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

New restrooms set to open at canal

The Augusta Canal's newest amenity makes its debut this week, offering visitors a chance to enjoy the sweet smell of solar-powered pottys.
By Rob Pavey | Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sibley Mill cleanup awarded grant

A $200,000 grant awarded to the Augusta Canal Authority will help continual cleanup efforts to decontaminate the former Sibley Mill.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Augusta Canal signs installed

Navigating the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is getting easier in part because of new, unified signs to direct visitors to trails, access points and parks.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Access to canal area being evaluated

Safety buoys placed in the Savannah River above the Augusta Canal headgates are part of a plan to restore canoe and kayak access to a scenic area otherwise bounded by private land.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Augusta Canal trail near King, Sibley mills to be extended 700 feet

A new trail taking shape between the Augusta Canal and Savannah River could be extended more than 700 feet, pending final approval for a state grant.
By Rob Pavey | Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Sibley Mill mysteries include 8-foot fossil

One of Sibley Mill's oldest mysteries - a prehistoric fossil nearly eight feet long - is stored in a dusty boiler room building.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Solar project to be moved after property confusion

A solar power demonstration project planned within the King/Sibley Mill complex on the Augusta Canal might instead be built on nearby vacant property owned by the city of Augusta.
By Rob Pavey | Thursday, June 6, 2013

EPA gives Augusta Canal $200,000 for cleanup

The Augusta Canal Authority has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help fund Sibley Mill environmental cleanup.
Friday, May 10, 2013

Tailrace bridge installed along canal

After months of construction, workers hoisted the first of two new bridges into place Thursday along a new Augusta Canal trail spur that accesses the tailraces of two historic textile mills along ...
By Rob Pavey | Thursday, April 25, 2013

Canal center celebrates 10 years and 150,000 visitors

The Augusta Canal visitors center at Enterprise Mill got a new name for its 10th birthday, officially becoming the Augusta Canal Discovery Center.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Augusta Canal could support fishery for trout

Even after 168 years, the Augusta Canal is still creating new opportunities for the city it was built to serve.
By Rob Pavey | Saturday, March 30, 2013

Where you live: Grandson visits misplaced grave

EDITOR'S NOTE: Published Wednesday, March 20, in The Augusta Chronicle A tombstone along the Augusta Canal might give the impression someone was buried there in 1928, but officials say there is ...
By Rob Pavey By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Augusta Canal holds array of unusual memorial markers

A tombstone along the Augusta Canal might give the impression someone was buried there in 1928, but officials say there is no one beneath the granite slab.
By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Augusta Canal spur trail opens views of river, mills

Crews building the Augusta Canal Authority's newest trail will use a temporary bridge behind Sibley Mill to access land along the Savannah River.
By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Canal trail spur under construction

Workers mobilized equipment Tuesday to begin a long-awaited expansion of the Augusta Canal trail system that will include new bridges over the tailrace areas behind Sibley and King mills.
By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Historical mill records donated to Augusta Museum

By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Canal Authority elects 2013 officers

The Augusta Canal Authority has elected its 2013 officers.
Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Augusta State University graduate started kayak tour business

By Meg Mirshak | Monday, Sept. 3, 2012

Canal plan must address residents' concerns

A plan to provide new access to the Augusta Canal at Riverlook Drive can likely move forward, but only if attention is given to concerns raised by residents.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Stormwater fee could be delayed

The commission is taking a look at placing the stormwater fee on property tax bills instead of water bills and delaying implementation beyond a planned July start date, City Administrator Janice ...
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