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Schaefer's Canal House

Chesapeake City, Maryland - MD, United States

Great Eats and Relaxation at Schaefer's Canal House

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Schaefer's Canal House is a hidden gem along the Northern Shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Located in Chesapeake City, MD, the marina is nestled on Back Creek, which branches off of the Elk River. The facility has a undergone some fantastic rehabilitations to both the dock area as well as the main house. While visiting, boaters will have access to great amenities including restrooms, a courtesy car, and a full provisioned Ships Store. While Schaefer's Canal House is an awesome marina, they have an amazing restaurant attached to it that second to none. The restaurant has beautiful deck seating that overlooks the water, with an option to sit inside as well. 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 menu's 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!

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Amenities

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

Location

39.530292 / -75.812768

4.7
Schaefer's Canal House

Chesapeake City, Maryland - MD, United States

$2.00- $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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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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June 26th, 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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Brian on June 26th, 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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Franz on June 22nd, 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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Bill on May 30th, 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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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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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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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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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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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 22nd, 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.

A Note from the Marina:

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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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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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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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 23rd, 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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Luke on October 15th, 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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Anonymous on October 15th, 2020:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 48 ft 5 ft

Great staff and facility!

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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 5th, 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!