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Schaefer's Canal House

Chesapeake City, Maryland - MD, United States

Great Eats and Relaxation at Schaefer's Canal House

Please provide your ETA, if you will be needing fuel, and direction of approach in the Notes section at checkout. Note that the marina has both fixed and floating docks on site, however the floating docks do not offer shore power.

Please note fuel dock is being renovating and will not be available until May.

Schaefer's Canal House is a hidden gem along the Northern Shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Located in Chesapeake City, MD, the deep-water marina is nestled on Back Creek, which branches off of the Elk River. The facility has undergone some fantastic rehabilitations to both the dock area as well as the main house. Boaters are able to dock at either the fixed dock when booking with shore power, or the floating docks if power is not needed. The marina offers 30amp and 50amp shore power. While visiting, boaters will have access to great amenities including restrooms and a full provisioned Ships Store.

While Schaefer's Canal House is an awesome marina, they also have an amazing bar and restaurant attached to it that second to none. During the season, you will find live music and events at The Lighthouse Bar on site. Additionally, the restaurant has beautiful deck seating that overlooks the water, with both indoor and outdoor dining options available. The menu is to die for! Filled with a wide variety of seafood specialties and casual bites, there is a taste here that will please any pallet. The restaurant does have special menus for holidays, as well as an amazing event space, perfect for hosting your next big shindig. The beautiful veranda that overlooks the creek gives guests a quiet spot to catch up on some serious R&R.

A trip to Schaefer's Canal House is one cruise that you should mark on your list this season! Book your boat slip on Snag-A-Slip today!

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Amenities

  • Restrooms
  • Ship Store
  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice
  • Bars/Clubs On-Site
  • Event Space
  • Provisions
  • WiFi
  • Floating Docks
  • Pet Friendly
  • Parking
  • Hotel/Lodging Nearby
  • Charters On-Site
  • Post Office Within 1 Mile
  • Town Nearby
  • Retail Nearby
  • Tiki Bar
  • Bikes
  • Superyacht Slips
  • Fuel

Location

39.530292 / -75.812768

4.7
Schaefer's Canal House

Chesapeake City, Maryland - MD, United States

$1.00 - $2.50/ft

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Cancellation Policy: Schaefer's Canal House has a 72-hour cancellation policy. Please contact Snag-A-Slip 72 hours prior to your arrival date in order to receive a full refund. In the event that you need to cancel within the 72-hour window, you may be eligible for a credit for a future stay, at the discretion of the dockmaster on site

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Thomas on November 27th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Redemption Powerboat 50 ft 5 ft
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Ryan on October 27th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Liberte Powerboat 50 ft 3 ft

Dock master gave me his personal cell, and came back to dock after hours to help me tie up as I was running a 50'er solo. Above and beyond.

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Alex on October 27th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sweet Lady Powerboat 55 ft 5 ft
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Anonymous on October 21st, 2023:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 58 ft 6 ft

No complaints. It’s not a full service marina but you know that going in. The dock hand was great, docks are in good shape. Just plan on managing the tide cycle when it comes to getting on/off the boat

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John on October 19th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
SalesmanShip Powerboat 62 ft 5 ft

The dockmaster Ateve and Tom were excellent!!!!

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Tom on October 17th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Reliance Power 42 ft 5.0 ft

Free docks on opposite shore were silted in. Came here. One is exposed to canal but very little canal traffic. No wake issues. Tied-up just east of bridge but never noticed bridge noise above our heater-fans noise. Dock guy, Steve, carefully made sure we were tied with long spring lines to handle the tide. Great Restaurant.

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Anonymous on October 16th, 2023:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 59 ft 5 ft

Stayed one night. On our way from Cape May to Baltimore. Liked it so much we stayed a second night. Quaint town and very nice restaurant.

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Michael on October 7th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Miss Kyle Powerboat 55 ft 6 ft

Convenient spot to stop with a restaurant at your door. There are no shower facilities and the bathrooms are serviceable.

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Randy on October 7th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Luv n life Powerboat 47 ft 4 ft
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Keira on September 20th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Élan Sailboat 40 ft 6 ft

We had a really good experience here. The staff was super friendly and helpful and really went out of their way for us. The restaurant was great and you are a short dinghy ride to town on the other side of the canal. Because it is a fixed dock, it can be tricky getting on and off the boat at low tide but the staff really does go out of their way to make it as easy as possible. No showers, laundry or grocery nearby.

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Glenn on September 6th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Tsalta Powerboat 130 ft 7 ft
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Tia on August 28th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Child of the Sun Powerboat 47 ft 4 ft

The dock hands were excellent. Got tied up quickly and efficiently in the current. The onsite restaurant was very good. Live music was enjoyable without being too loud. Enjoyed our dinner so much we decided to go back for Sunday brunch.

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Margaret on August 25th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Blew Bayou Sailboat 37 ft 5 ft
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Richard on August 21st, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Eagles Nest Powerboat 80 ft 6 ft
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William on August 21st, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Ellie B Sailboat 41 ft 6 ft
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Michelle on August 6th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Summerfolk Powerboat 28 ft 4 ft
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Richard on July 25th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Eagles Nest Powerboat 80 ft 6 ft
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Michael on July 20th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
No Excuses Powerboat 60 ft 5 ft
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John on July 20th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Gingah Powerboat 31 ft 4 ft

Great place for a stopover transit. Easy in, easy out. Great service! Great restaurant! Will be back!!

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Bob on July 17th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Excalibur Powerboat 60 ft 6 ft

Great crew

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Robert on July 10th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Joelyn Powerboat 50 ft 5 ft

The marina staff were excellent in all phases, approach and tie up was easy, and everyone respected the no wake zone so there was minimal rocking. Will definitely come back.

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Bob on July 9th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Excalibur Powerboat 60 ft 6 ft

Tom and crew are best on the canal

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John on July 3rd, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Gingah Powerboat 31 ft 4 ft

Great stop! Dock hands were very helpful, even got me ice! Very friendly! Restaurant was awesome too, with a good band! Just gotta deal with that expected current! Lol

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Queen on July 3rd, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
SIERRA CHARLIE Sail 41 ft 12.8 ft

Excellent harbormaster Tom and dockhand Aubrey helped us tie up along bulkhead. Diesel is reasonably priced and EZ in-out at fuel dock.

Only downside is tidal change. Had to jump down from the dock onto the deck about 5' at low tide.

Tom and Audrey checked and adjusted everyines dock lines before they left in the evening. They are awesome!

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Ed on June 27th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Incommunicado Sailboat 36 ft 6 ft

Dockmaster was very helpful in getting us set-up at the dock and providing information on currents and departure times for the rest of the journey back through the Chesapeake Bay. Nice location with the restaurant and the dockmaster hours were very convenient for our 5p arrival. Only suggestion is to add showers to the facility.

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Susan on June 19th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Jagger Powerboat 40 ft 4 ft

The high outside dock in front of the restaurant prohibited us from getting on and off of the boat at low tide. The boat traffic both large and small, rocked us all night long. There is no bath house, so that is certainly a “con”. The restaurant was the only real bright spot for this location.

A Note from the Marina:

The marina has floating docks and a fixed pier on site, however customers needing power are placed on the fixed pier, as the floating docks do not have power. If a floating dock is preferred, the marina will accommodate. The available amenities of the docks, which are located outside of a restaurant and bar, are noted on the Snag-A-Slip profile. The marina does offer restrooms, but a bath house is not an available amenity.

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Julian on June 10th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Hummingbird Powerboat 70 ft 5 ft
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Anonymous on June 10th, 2023:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 43 ft 5 ft

Nice restaurant. My only negative remark I have is that the low tide made getting off and on our boat a little more difficult. Nice trails to walk nearby

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Larry on May 26th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Helvetica Sailboat 35 ft 6 ft

Much enjoyed the large bar/restaurant - good food and service. This is a restaurant with a dock that accepts transients, not a true marina. The only section of the bulkhead (in front of the restaurant) that has power and water is quite high up, and the tide significant, which can make getting on/off the boat a challenge. Only docking for sailboats is along the canal bulkhead, but wake from passing boats was less than feared, since Chesapeake City is a "no wake" zone. Note that they have fuel (gas and diesel), but no other amenities for transients (no pump-out/showers/laundry/after-hours toilets etc.). Those would be welcome additions that could lead to longer stays.

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Wesley on May 22nd, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Smithsonian Powerboat 65 ft 5 ft
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Lucinda on May 20th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Hearken Powerboat 36 ft 4 ft
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Lucinda on May 18th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Hearken Powerboat 36 ft 4 ft

Outstanding dock master. Lively place with live music over the weekend. Great restaurant.

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Anonymous on May 17th, 2023:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 58 ft 5 ft

Nice stop. Tom was expert on getting us secured in swift currents. On site restaurant very convenient.

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Christian on May 11th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Synergy Sail 43 ft 5.5 ft

Fantastic service! We came through in the evening hours from the Chesapeake Bay. This was our first time through the C&D Canal and could not have been more pleased with the warm welcome from Steven Connell. Steve took extra care in helping us get tied up for the night and explained the C&D Tide & Currents. Thanks so much!!

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Jonathan on May 3rd, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Perserverance Power 49 ft 3.5 ft

This place is awesome! The owner and his son were polite and the facility was a perfect stopover. Very good prices at the dock and restaurant.

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Gregory on May 2nd, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Quinella Power 30 ft 11.0 ft

Excellent service and facilities. Fuel was reasonably priced as were dinner and drinks! I have to give a shout out to Steve (DockMaster) who was incredibly kind, helpful and taught this Old Salt a few new sailing tricks. Great place, worth the stop & visit!

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Carl on October 26th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Endless Summer Powerboat 60 ft 5 ft

Great help from Dockmaster and dockhand. The Army Corp had actually closed the C&D Canal due to fog. I contacted the Dockmaster and he called me when the Canal was open to traffic. My only complaint has nothing to do with the marina. The restaurant has gone downhill. My guess is they have a new chef. First order was returned. It was prime rib ordered medium rare and arrived medium well. returned it. Then got chicken parmigiana. That was less than good. Didn't finish it. Didn't want to complain. Always awkward if seen as a complainer. Just paid and left. Won't eat here again.

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David on October 24th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
First Date Sailboat 30 ft 4 ft

Quick Stopover. Easy In And Out. Tom the Dockmaster was very friendly and helpful. He guided us in to our spot over the radio and took our lines on arrival.

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Kim on October 15th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Salute Powerboat 58 ft 4 ft

Great location. Very helpful tie up assistance. Steve was wonderful. Restaurant was very good. Love to stay again.

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Robin on October 8th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Robbie Jo ll Powerboat 52 ft 4 ft
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Kathryn on September 26th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Luck to Yours Powerboat 42 ft 5 ft
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Nick on September 20th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Happy Moments Powerboat 28 ft 2 ft
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Jennie on September 9th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Dawg House Powerboat 40 ft 5 ft
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Elaine on August 26th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Miscellaneous Powerboat 70 ft 6 ft
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Anonymous on August 22nd, 2022:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 36 ft 4 ft

Nice folks running the docks (inc their staff). However not a marina - mainly dockage for restaurant & bar (which we found convenient). Therefore, no dock restrooms or showers (bathrooms at restaurant). No stores of any kind nearby, although Steve offered to have staff give us a ride to a grocery store. We rented a car.

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Anonymous on August 22nd, 2022:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sailboat 50 ft 6 ft

Great dock staff and location. Extremely professional, accommodating and courteous. Looking forward to our return trip

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Terri on August 13th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Not In Kansaa Sailboat 38 ft 5 ft

The marina’s description on Snag a Slip is plain misrepresentation. This excludes the dock master and staff: they were professional and attentive. The Marina advertised floating docks, which are critical when the tide rises and falls over 4 feet. But transients are placed on a very high fixed dock that at low tide was 5 feet above our deck. There were no ladders. We were told to wait for the tide to rise in order to simply get off the boat. We finally had to wait several hours, and stand on a yeti cooler to heave ourselves onto the dock, a few feet away from amused restaurant diners. The advertised floating docks are not used because they lack electric. If there were Marina facilities we never saw them and we used the restaurant/bar bathrooms when we could finally get off our boat. Do not stay here. And Snag A Slip needs to force the Marina to rewrite its description to something approaching reality.

A Note from the Marina:

Snag-A-Slip reached out to the marina for additional feedback on this review and to ask that they confirm available amenities and marina details on their profile. The marina provided the following response: "We are sorry to read this review, as the customer did not make our team aware that they were dissatisfied with their stay or dockage assignment while on site. We have both floating docks and a fixed pier on site, however our floating docks do not have power. As they mentioned, this customer booked with shore power, so they were placed on the fixed pier. Had they asked to move to the floating pier and not use shore power, we would have gladly accommodated. Our docks are located outside of a bar and restaurant, which is stated on our Snag-A-Slip page and website. Our staff would have moved the customer further away from the building had we been made aware of their discontent with their slip placement. Our team works hard to go above and beyond for each customer, and we are disappointed we did not have the opportunity to improve their stay before they chose to write this review."

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David on August 9th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Days of Miracle and Wonder Sailboat 35 ft 7 ft

This is a really nice joint. Good food & drink, with easy access. We docked right along-side parallel to the canal. Easy access to water hose and electric hookup. The only draw-back is that there are no showers. Even a cold water outside rinse off shower would have been nice.

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Baard on August 9th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Cuvee Sail Catamaran 49 ft 4 ft
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Gwen on August 4th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Davali Sailboat 45 ft 6 ft

No issues, enjoyed dinner. Nice for a quick stop especially with the shoaling at the entrance to the Anchorage across the canal.

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Anonymous on July 22nd, 2022:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sailboat 36 ft 5 ft

The staff was incredibly helpful when docking and getting advice on transiting the canal and out the the Delaware Bay. The restaurant is very good and the area is clean and well maintained. The current can be strong going into the fuel dock, so make sure when docking you approach against the current and have staff help grab your lines.

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Anonymous on July 13th, 2022:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 35 ft 4 ft

Great service, helpful dock staff and fun times during this stay!

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Jim on July 12th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Argonaut Power 59 ft 5.0 ft

Stopped by on our way to Cape May from Annapolis and spent the night. Steve met us at the dock and was meticulous tying us up to handle the ebb and flood currents which reach three knots. We had a very nice dinner at Schaefer's Canal House. When we returned to our boat Steve was there making some fine adjustments to our lines and fenders. He is clearly somebody who knows what he is doing and loves his job. We will definitely be back!

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Anonymous on July 8th, 2022:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 38 ft 3 ft

A very convenient stop along the way. The person that helped us dock was excellent! Tied up quickly and securely. Good time.

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Scott on July 2nd, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Scottfree Powerboat 42 ft 3 ft
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Bob on June 30th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Excalibur Powerboat 60 ft 6 ft
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Jim on June 28th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Salt Sail 38 ft 3.5 ft

Steven the Dock Master was amazing. He's very knowledgeable and even washed the water marks and filled our fenders when we got fuel. Passed out leaflets with all kind of info. When we tied up on the fixed doc he was super helpful making sure we could set up our ramp to get our golden off the boat and took extra time setting up all the lines and fenders. And cracking jokes the whole time. we never encountered such a helpful friendly and funny dockside assistance Restaurant was very good along with the staff. And fun watching all the canal traffic. Definitely would come back.

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Brian on June 25th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Land’s Zen Sail 35 ft 2.5 ft

Very helpful Marina staff. Restaurant is good and convenient. Currents not a significant issue when taken bow first. Marina staff is very knowledgeable on currents and did a great job of securing the boat for an overnight stay. Will be using the Marina on my return trip.

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June 24th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Zulu Power 64 ft 7.0 ft

Good spot for waiting on the current and getting a great meal at the restaurant. Dock hands were great and very helpful. Also a great walking and bike path if you're looking for a place to stretch your legs.

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Franz on June 21st, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Rhino Power 75 ft 7.5 ft

A 2-3 knot current with an easy approach. Dock hands are very helpful. We overnighted on the face dock which are fixed-3 foot tide. Good basic marina with a really good restaurant. If you are picky the noise from vehicles on the bridge might bother you. I had a cold beer and thought of the sounds as a funky reggae beat. Great location midpoint on the C&D canal.

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Anonymous on June 14th, 2022:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 43 ft 4 ft

Nice stop. Great watching canal traffic. Be aware there are no showers or local stores. Restaurant was great. Current runs strong up to 2.5 knots.

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Thomas on June 13th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Last Pairing Powerboat 34 ft 4 ft

Nice people and the dock hands do a great job. I recommend using this marina when passing thru the C & D Canal.

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Frank on June 9th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
FIVE-0 Power 45 ft 4.0 ft

This is a good location to stop in preparation to head down the C&D canal, and Delaware River. I believe this is the only marina in Chesapeake City that has fuel. As the price of diesel is steadily heading up theirs was $5.85 plus they give BOATUS and AGLCA discounts.
There is a current, but what areas around here don't don't have a current? Since the main dockage is along a fixed dock it's fairly easy to pull up and the dockmaster is very helpful and friendly.
I ate at the restaurant (nothing else around) the food is good. There aren't any showers, but I didn't find that to be an issue.

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Robin on June 3rd, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Hydrotherapy Powerboat 56 ft 5 ft
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Teri on May 29th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Buona Fortuna Powerboat 40 ft 4 ft

Tom the dock master was so helpful and accommodating with getting us a slip after we had to cancel cause of bad weather. The girls at the fuel dock were awesome and also very helpful. The restaurant delivered food right to our boat and we ate on flybridge and enjoyed the live music. Peel ‘em and eat shrimp was excellent!!

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Bill on May 28th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Destiny Power 40 ft 3.5 ft

Fixed dock, strong current, 3.5' tide.
Fuel, but no showers or pump-out.
The restaurant is what makes this place worth stopping for.

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Gary on May 22nd, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Gratitude Powerboat 43 ft 5 ft
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Peter on May 15th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
ARIES Powerboat 64 ft 5 ft

Excellent stopover! Tom & Robert met us and gave us good information on the current. Dinner was very nice. Dock was easy on east off. We will be back!

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Kate on May 15th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sadie Belle Powerboat 37 ft 3 ft

Schaefers was great!! We really enjoyed the bar and restaurant. I would definitely stay there again.

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Davis on May 10th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
SHARDANA Sailboat 42 ft 5 ft

Very friendly and competent Dock Master, Steve, guided us right into fuel dock and then around to out spot on the bulkhead. Despite passing ships, there was very little rocking from wakes. Restaurant was good and steps from the boat.

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Peter on May 7th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Stella Maris Sail 39 ft 5.0 ft

05/04/2022. Pulled in because the spots at the City dock across the canal were taken. Docked at the inside West end floating dock for 1 $/ft/night, no shore power. Significant current - plan ahead, which side to tie up .

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Anonymous on May 4th, 2022:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 49 ft 6 ft

Very friendly and helpful.

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Teri on December 10th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Buona Fortiuna Powerboat 41 ft 4 ft
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John on November 9th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
MandoBella Powerboat 53 ft 4 ft
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Dave on November 4th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Tortuga Powerboat 37 ft 5 ft

Very helpful marina staff.

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Kierston on October 25th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Kindness Powerboat 49 ft 6 ft
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Gary on October 10th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lady Barbara Power 76 ft 5.0 ft

Great stop, terrific help and a great restaurant, lots of water at dock, good power and good fresh water. Many times at this Marina and continue because of service and restaurant. Current is fast and an issue, bow into the current seems to negate issue.

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john on October 4th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Endeavor Powerboat 47 ft 4 ft

Staff was great - and knowledgeable of local conditions and setting lines for the 3+ foot tide swings. Restaurant next to dock was excellent. Not sure if there was a 'go fast' boat convention in town, but the exhaust noise from noon 'til dark was really ridiculous.

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Shelley on October 1st, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Fishcamp Powerboat 65 ft 6 ft

Quiet night on the dock. Steve, the Dockmaster, went out of his way to make sure we had a great stay. We will definitely stop here again.

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Chris on September 24th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Oceanaire Sailboat 52 ft 6 ft

Great spot with friendly and helpful staff. Tom the dock master and Rob were excellent. Fees were in line including the diesel price. The only draw back is the fixed docks on the face, vs floating. Restaurant was very good and reasonable. Good happy hour at 430

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Michel on September 13th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Making Memories Powerboat 54 ft 4 ft
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Jon on September 10th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Joy Sail Catamaran 40 ft 4 ft

Easy in and out, good stop on the C&D while passing through.

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John on September 10th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Hydrophilic Power 39 ft 3.7 ft

Nice stop between the Cheasapeake and Cape May. In the past, we have stopped at Delaware City but this is more convenient. Very good diesel prices. We were docked at a long fixed dock alongside the canal and the restaurant. Wakes from passing boats were not bad even on a weekend. A little noisier than most places due to the bridge traffic and the restaurant but not bad. Good and pleasant dock help (Olivia). Sturdy docks.

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Paul on September 7th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Irish Eyes Powerboat 70 ft 6 ft

Short stay, but good time and very helpful dock master.

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George on September 5th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Curious George Sailboat 37 ft 5 ft

Current and pilings made for a rough night. The restaurant was lively and the food was good. As to the accommodations there is a substantial amount of current through the marina and the tidal change is roughly 3’. With the marina only offering pilings that makes it tough to position bumpers for cushioning as the shifting current bounces the boat around. Lots of knocking throughout the night. If you’re looking for a fun spot to grab a bite and drink this is the place. If looking for a quiet night of sleep it’s not the best.

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Dave on August 24th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Slip Away Powerboat 46 ft 5 ft
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Scott on August 2nd, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Next Chapter Powerboat 70 ft 6 ft

Great stay at Schaefer's marina. Stopped at the fuel dock and took on 750 gallons of fuel. Dual pumps made fueling easy and fast. Nice discount for large quantity of fuel. Great line handling from the dock hands. Moved tp the bulkhead for the overnight stay. Again, great docking support. The restaurant had a live band and the food was excellent. Very pleasant stay and great stop between Cape May and Annapolis.

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Doug on August 1st, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
None Powerboat 24 ft 3 ft
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Peter on July 27th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Creative Edge Powerboat 72 ft 6 ft
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Baard on July 24th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Cuvee Sail Catamaran 50 ft 5 ft
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Steve on July 21st, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Hello World Power 60 ft 6.0 ft

Dealing with the currents in the canal and the huge concrete Chesapeake City Bridge support in the middle of the dock can be quite a challenge. And many a loud speed boat takes advantage of the good fuel prices here. But the people are friendly and the area peaceful, with the restaurant offering decent food and beverage options. Overall a nice one night stop. Be prepared and time your canal transit and docking based on tides. Check AIS for commercial traffic before departing the dock. Note that the dock has no cleats to which you can tie, you'll need to throw a clove hitch or something around the pilings. The dock hands are quite good about helping with line handling.

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Guy on July 10th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Talamod Sailboat 48 ft 7 ft

Very helpful dock staff!

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Anonymous on July 9th, 2021:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 70 ft 6 ft

No pump out, rest rooms were not clean.

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Snag-A-Slip reached out to the marina manager for further comment but did not hear back regarding this review.

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Anonymous on July 4th, 2021:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 50 ft 6 ft

Power was only 200 volts.

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Steve on June 27th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Blue moon Powerboat 58 ft 5 ft

Dock hands were very helpful ,especially with their current and friendly.

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Captain on June 19th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Burnt Out Power 50 ft 4.5 ft

Nice location and great staff. The restaurant was good and reasonably priced. Strong currents can be expected.

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Vicky on June 15th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
CarRUISIN' Power 41 ft 3.3 ft

Great (and easy!) overnight stop along the C&D Canal! After being delayed at a previous marina waiting for a part, we were traveling down the C&D Canal on the way to Cape May and decided to stop last minute at Schaefer's Canal House for the night since the late afternoon weather looked a little threatening. What an unexpected pleasure! The super long side-tie fuel dock paralleling the canal, and the EXCELLENT dockmaster Steve and dockhand Lauren, made tying up for fuel (and then a slip) super easy...in what I thought might be challenging current. Come in against the current & do whatever these dockhands tell you - they know their stuff! The restaurant too was fabulous! Superb view & great food...and when a big ship came past, it went slow and sounded its horn, to the cheers of all the diners. We will be back!

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Brian on June 13th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Vno Powerboat 52 ft 4 ft

Staff was excellent from the time I hit the Fuel dock, until I was down the pier at my slip. Dockhands were knowledgeable and knew how to secure boat to fixed pier. Fun being on the edge of the restaurant and people eating who wanted to be more informed about boats. Great experience on the C and D canal.

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Anonymous on June 12th, 2021:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 40 ft 5 ft

No showers. Toilets subpar and not clean.

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Jeffrey on June 10th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Burnt Out Powerboat 50 ft 5 ft

Steve and his team provide an excellent experience. The location is great and we got to see the swapping of pilots on a vehicle carrier ship right from our boat.

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CRAIG on June 5th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Kopasetic Powerboat 50 ft 6 ft

Helpful dock hands and great food at restaurant. Only negative: could only get 102 volts from dock pedestal. Tried two of them.

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Anonymous on June 3rd, 2021:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 58 ft 5 ft

Fun stop! A little crazy on a holiday but the staff is great and works hard. We will definitely add Schaefer's to our 'must return' list.

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John on June 1st, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
YOREL Powerboat 75 ft 6 ft

Dock crew were very accommodating. The docks and power were very new and more than adequate.

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Anonymous on May 27th, 2021:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sailboat 39 ft 7 ft

Marina Staff are great but tug and barge traffic very challenging.

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Richard on May 26th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lucky Star Power 57 ft 4.5 ft

This is a must stop destination for out trips between NJ and FL. The staff is more than accommodating and extremely knowledgeable regarding the currents and always assist with the docking & tie up. The restaurant offers a variety of great food and Happy Hour offers $2 off most popular drinks.

The radio is being passed from father to son as Tom is getting ready to maybe retire and allow Steven to take over the new watch as Dockmaster. We have been stopping here for years and have never been disappointed

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T. on May 26th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Toucan Power 62 ft 5.0 ft

Great staff! Very helpful & professional, well versed in the challenges of their current. Excellent hours for transients if trying to stretch your day. Nice casual restaurant on site. Will definitely return.

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M/V Summer on May 20th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Summer Breeze Cruise Boat Power 48 ft 2.0 ft

We are docked from May1st to Oct31st on the transit floating docks. Our vessel is definately in good hands with Dockmaster Tom & Manager Steven Connell. They are able to run this top notch facility because of the knowledgable & friendly deckhands. (Olivia Marro, Leah Stubbs, Scott Seisler) Schaefer's is without question your #1 way point when transiting the C&D Canal.

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Donald on May 14th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
LemDerfin Powerboat 53 ft 5 ft

Dock hands were great. Very helpful and great conversation

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Gary on May 13th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lady Barbara Power 76 ft 5.0 ft

Excellent staff, good power, good docks, and restaurant is good. Stayed here many years northbound and southbound.

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MV Lauryl on May 11th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lauryl Anne Power 53 ft 5.0 ft

After a long run up the Chesapeake with foul current all day, we arrived at sunset. Steve stayed late to handle our lines for us and could not have been more helpful. The long face dock makes for a convenient stop when transiting the canal. Good dinner at the restaurant.

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Alex on February 22nd, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Boatwright Power 31 ft 3.5 ft

After a strong stern wind and waves all the way from Cape May up the Delaware Bay, the calm waters of the Canal was such a relief - then the welcoming face docks of Schaffer's Canal House. A band was playing, dinner was being served along the docks, and after a quick shower on board, dinner on the dock was fantastic! Crab cakes were awesome! The band continued after we went back on board, and it added to our cocktails on the flybridge. Schaffer's is a desirable destination, not just a great marina and restaurant. Beautiful view of a competitor across the Canal, too.

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Armand on October 25th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Playpen Powerboat 59 ft 4 ft

This is a great place to stay. Tom, Steve, Olivia and staff were great- friendly and professional and the restaurant is also great, it’s on the bike path and water taxi is available to cross over to town. Lively and fun but also quiet and calm at night.

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Randall on October 22nd, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Dynamic Duo Plus Powerboat 55 ft 5 ft

Both Steve and Tom are a wealth of knowledge and helpful. Restaurant is great.

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Anonymous on October 15th, 2020:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 48 ft 5 ft

Great staff and facility!

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Luke on October 14th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Belle of the West Power 53 ft 5.0 ft

Great staff. We arrived late but they stuck around to help us tie up and made suggestions for the best fendering arrangements. Although we were tied on the river face dock we had no wake issues all night. Great food at the restaurant.

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Jacob on September 6th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Free Time Powerboat 37 ft 4 ft

An excellent time!

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John on August 19th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Emilia Powerboat 48 ft 5 ft

Dockmaster and crew were excellent in meeting all our needs. Location much quieter than Chesapeake Inn. Enjoyed the bike trail and restaurant accommodations.

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Suzi on July 5th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
FURY Powerboat 50 ft 4 ft

Fun restaurant and bar

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John on September 4th, 2019:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Mahayana Sail 44 ft 6.0 ft

The on-site restaurant also comes highly rated.

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John on September 4th, 2019:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Mahayana Sail 44 ft 6.0 ft

Very helpful, friendly & courteous staff!

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