STS61A-33-0044 Mohawk/Hudson River Valleys, New York November 1985 The valleys of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers can be seen in this east-looking view. The Mohawk River, 148 miles (238 km) long enters the scene near Utica (bottom center) and flows east emptying into the Hudson River north of Albany (midway between the center and upper center of the image). The Mohawk River is the Hudson River's largest tributary. The New York State Barge Canal starts at the mouth of the Mohawk River and goes westward to near Rome, New York. This canal links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes. The beautiful and fertile Mohawk River Valley has long been an important transportation route from the cities of the northeast to the west. North (left) of the Mohawk River are the rugged Adirondack Mountains. The Great Sacandaga Lake is visible to the left of the center of the image. To the south (right) of the Mohawk River and covering the center and lower portions of the image are the beautiful, forested Catskill Mountains. Setting in the Albany Plain (former Lake Albany) is the valley of the north-south flowing Hudson River. The Taconic Hills lie to the east of the Hudson River in the upper left quadrant of the image.