Details for Burlington Community Boathouse

Burlington Community Boathouse

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 35 reviews

Address 0 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Burlington


Nina Safavi


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


BreakWater. Approach from the North End or South End.





Tide & current additional info

No tide/current.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.25/ft (2016-11-02)

Other price info: Hourly docking is first hour free, $5.00 per hour thereafter, all on a first come, first served basis.

Reservation are required about 3 weeks in advance.


Transient: 40
Total: 40
Transient price: $1.00 (2013-06-24)

Other price info: Mooring is first come first serve with no reservations except for July 3rd. The boathouse has a dinghy dock a short distance from the mooring field that gives access to all of downtown.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Only a few 50 amp, the rest are single 30 amp.

Pricing info: Included with the slip fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets must be on a leash.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - $11.00 for pumpout


Yes - Ice for sale by therestaurant, not the marina. If you plan to leave early morning, buy ice the day before as the restaurant does not open until 11 am.




Yes - Coin operated, $0.50 for 5 minutes.




Yes - Closest is on King St, about 8 blocks away.


Yes - City Market at Winooski and Buell is closest. Take the free shuttle bus from the Boathouse up College St to W. St.


Yes - West Marine is about a $10 cab ride away.


Yes - Onsite and within walking distance.

The Skinny Pancake, a block from the docks, has a unique menu of crepes and live music. Many many choices nearby.


Yes - Onsite and within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - 1/4 mile walk.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi, BurlingtonTelecomGuest, no password.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - There is a free shuttle bus into the shopping and restaurant area from the waterfront. Bus terminal at Church and Cherry. A two block walk from the free shuttle bus stop. Senior rate is $0.60, bus runs every 30 minutes to Shelburne Museum.

Other services


Waterfront park with science museum immediately adjacent.

Reviews for Burlington Community Boathouse
Beauttiful spot, 2017-08-09
Captain: , Milton, VT (30)

Although not a lot of slips for boats over 40' they did accomodate our 50' Defever. Capable and helpful dockhands, fantastic location in Burlington (restaurants onsite and many within walking distacne). Watching the sunset from hear - priceless.

Burlington is great, 2017-07-26
Captain: , Fredericksburg, VA (151)

Look for the red roof with 2 cupolas on the north end of the harbor. The boat house has transient space on dock and on mooring field - south end but still behind break-water. Slips for shallow draft boats north side of floating building, deeper boats on south end. Slip space was $90 for a 40 ft boat. The staff is great, helped us get in and out. Have showers, restaurant on site and many in walking distance. Walking distance to grocery store and they have carts to transport down to the dock. Right on a walking trail that goes for miles.

Great stop, 2017-07-11
Captain: , New Buffalo, Michigan (780)

Great location to town. Free shuttle bus right at marina. Bike paths are very enjoyable and busy. Try a maple/raspberry creamee. Only negatives are a charge for showers, and $11 for pump outs are wrong. Otherwise, nice place.

Great Place, 2017-06-29
Captain: , montauk ny (150)

Whats not to like. Great, friendly dock staff. Location to whole town, bike paths are all right there.

great place, 2017-05-14
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (1323)

Mooring balls first come, first serve. $1/ft. 2 dingy docks. Friendly people. Great town.

A great place to stay, 2016-08-16
Captain: , Montreal (52)

A nice location, the main street of Burlington only 5 minutes away with a free shuttle.
Staff is very nice and help you to dock itch always a warm welcome.
Only one complaint, the Internet access is very bad. Even if it is free it should be strong and reliable. Instead it is weak and you lose connection all the time. I would rather pay for a good service than having a free bad connection.

Good stop to visit Burlington, 2016-06-12
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

Must make non-refundable reservation unless 48 hour notice of cancellation. Very friendly and helpful staff. Electric and water but poor WiFi with external antenna. This is a good stop to visit the city, many restaruants and shops. Free bus from battery drive to downtown or walk, city bus $1.25 to Walmart.

Great City for a Weather Day, 2015-10-20
Captain: , Fairhaven MA (446)

On our Champlain cruise this Oct. we put in for a couple days to wait out rain and wind. Burlington Community Boathouse could not have been a better place to fetch up. Amy the Harbormaster and her able lady assistants could not have been more helpful .The sunset view from the second floor is to die for and reminded us of Key West as the locals collect there at sunset for the view out over the Aderondacks.

Very Helpful and a nice marina, 2015-09-11
Captain: , Baltimore (529)

We had plans to go into the Burlington Boathouse with a reservation for the next day. We damaged our boat while anchoring in weather and needed an emergency dock. Burlington Boathouse was full, but when we called, they found an available slip from one of their annual slip holders who would be away for the night. The next day they moved us to our reserved slip. THANK YOU

The marina is a short walk to the downtown of Burlington with many resturants, shopping (including a mall) and most every service.

Same nice place to stop, 2015-09-01
Captain: , North Hero (303)

It is always good to stop here, you can enjoy Burlington by taking the free shuttle up to Church Street, one street higher gets you to City Market. On your down south or north you can take a break and enjoy life outside your boat.

Great place, 2015-08-08
Captain: , Hallowell, Maine (240)

We were in and out of the Burlington Community Boat House Marina over a period of several weeks. We found the staff to be always available and very helpful in docking, and the location is wonderful. Its not that big, so reservations are a good idea especially on weekends. It is not well that well protected from winds so it can be bumpy. We were always able to find a mooring when slips weren't available. Wi fi is just okay, as in so many places. There is no laundry on site, but we used a City Market cart to to walk to a laundromat on King St. which wasn't far. . It's worth exploring resturants off the water front and off Church Street (the pedestrian mall). There are lots of choices and many good ones. Free shuttle bus up and down the hill, easy to shop at the City Market and take the bus or walk down the hill with one of their carts, ask for one.They pick them up at the Boathouse. Burlington is a wonderful city.

HANDICAP NEEDS/Splash not friendly, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Lake George, NY (40)

The Marina is accessible. Although the Bathrooms are a bit tight. The splash restaurant had nice food. FishTacos were yummy. The manager on duty (blonde middle age woman) was less than friendly. We asked for a to go dinner because I am in a wheelchair and the back and forth on the boat is tricky and you would have thought I asked for her first born. She ended up allowing it but was very cranky about it.

Well located for city visit, 2015-07-27
Captain: , Lacolle, QC (263)

Outstanding location, minutes walking distance from all the action and we rented some bikes to explore further. Superb view specially the sun sets.

Top stop on Champlain, 2015-06-22
Captain: , Palm Coast (63)

The Burlington Boat house Marina has made it pleasant and convenient to visit the city of Burlington and to enjoy all that it has to offer. Whether you want shopping, dining, festivals, biking or water sports, it's hard to beat Burlington. The Boat house has modern docks, good power and water plus a friendly and accomodating staff. It is definitely a five star establishment.

Wonderfull place, 2014-08-11
Captain: , Montreal (329)

Back from Atlantic City and of course I stoped at my best place, shops, market, parks, everything is close. I would like to say bathrooms have been redone and WOW what a difference. Shower is 50 cents for a (good) 5 minutes +... call for slips and reserve, can get full fast...last little negative spiders everywhere on the sealing so ladies don't look up when taking a shower :-)

Adirondacks on one side Green Mountains on the other., 2014-06-15
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (241)

Beautiful location, central to the town with a wide assortment of shopping, pubs and restaurants nearby. We arrived on Saturday the moorings were full and they had only no transient slips available. Reservations are a good idea on the weekend. Marina staff was very helpful - two dockhands helped us tie up. The restrooms were clean and showers were still $0.25 each 5 minutes. The Splash restaurant has entertainment on the weekend which we happened to enjoy, they knock off at 11:00 PM. There is a free bus shuttle which runs up College St to the Hospital and back.

Great stop on Champlain, 2014-06-09
Captain: , Vandalia, Ohio (170)

Everything was very pleasant at this location. Staff was helpful, security on the grounds at night, clean restroom and showers, best possible location for restaurants and to see this vibrant, safe and clean city.

1/2 Off in Off-Season, 2013-10-17
Captain: , Port Huron (423)


We stayed here for 3 days while getting the boat ready for storage. A strong south wind made the harbor pretty choppy and we rocked at the dock. They were painting the washrooms and they didn't seem too bad. We showered on the boat rather than pay to play. the $1/foot rate soothed whatever faluts we found. All in all a decent stay in a nice college town.

juz lookin 2, 2013-07-28
Captain: , haverstraw ny (40)

Burlington was beautiful, the marina was walking distance do town. i wasn't to happy with the marina. there was a bar at the marina and the marina bathrooms/showers were not locked for marina usa only, everybody from the bar had access. you had to pay .50 for a 5 min shower!! the worst bathrooms i've ever seen. the boats were not gated, anybody was able to walk onto the docks. we had a security guard come by checking boats because kids from the bar were breaking into the boats...i didn't feel very secure leaving my boat when going into town. in town vermont brewery had great food and drinks.

Good location, but poor restrooms showers, 2013-07-25
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Great location for any Burlington area attractions, bus service to Shelburne Museums and free local bus to college area. Small marina, always busy so hard to get in without reservations. Bad restrooms, but they may be controlled by the restaurant. If staying here, try for a mooring instead. Help docking from marina staff, but little help, including local information, after that.

Bathrooms are the Pits, 2013-07-16
Captain: , Monticello, IN (140)

If you like lousy bathrooms, this is the place. Stayed there the night of July 15, and walked in the next morning to find no toilet paper, in the single men%u2019s toilet, and standing water in one of only two showers, for which you have to pay. I would suggest the marina manager should be replaced, or worse, made to use this bathroom. Internet access is near worthless. On the plus side, it does provide great access to Burlington.

A nice but pricey place to stay, 2013-07-14
Captain: , Lake Champlain (226)

They could have a few picnic tables for boaters to use in addition to cleaner showers. At $2/ft it is not a cheap place to stay. Staff is friendly and the area is excellent.

Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

Burlington itself is a great city to visit and the Shelburne Museum is really great. Having said that, the marina is open to wakes and storms that blow in from the lake. For $2.00 a ft you would think you could have a clean bathroom and a shower. The bathrooms were not clean and you have to pay for a shower!!

We stayed one night in the mooring field and one night at the dock, and enjoyed our stay in Burlington, but they could really improve this marina.

Good Shopping, 2013-01-25
Captain: , Edgewater (321)

We took refuge here during a bad lake effect storm. After calling in on the VHF, we were told that there was only one slip available, but no one could help us dock. The storm was so bad that we could barely see the dock and came in bow first, with the help of other boaters we were able to secure the boat. They seemed a bit disorganized when we wen to pay for the slip. We ended ups staying for 3 days and had to go to the restaurant to pay each day which was a bit of an ordeal. That being said, we found it to be a nice marina, although impersonal. There is a pedestrian mall within walking distance that has some of the most interesting and best shops and restaurants that we have found near any marina.

Not worth it, 2012-09-08
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

There is no protection at the docks if the winds kick up. Showers are coin operated. Restrooms are not secured for boaters and the stalls are the size of heads on a boat.

No free parking if you need a rental car.

On the plus side the Shelburne Museum is a true gem and deserves at least two days. Lots of restaurants within walking distance.

We are spending an uncomfortable few days at this marina because of weather and loud noise (some would call it music) at night. We cannot remember such poor protection at a marina in our months and months of cruising over the last two years.

Nice moorings, 2012-07-26
Captain: , San Francisco (171)

Stayed here a few nights. A little rolly despite the seawall. No free parking and no laundry facilities.

Burlington Harbor, 2012-07-09
Captain: , South Hero, VT (21)

After living in the area for years, we picked up a mooring in Burlington for the first time the Friday of July 4th week. There were several open moorings that night - a surprise to us. We love the waterfront with access to restaurants, the bike path and shopping. We spent the evening at Breakwaters. They had a great band, good food and drinks. Be prepared for the music to continue until 10PM. Easy dingy access on shore so a good place to visit with dogs. We didn't use any of the services. Mooring price is still $.75/ft.

We had a light south wind overnight and we're very comfortable. there is quite a lot of boat traffic so this is not a tranquill spot.

very nice marina., 2012-06-27
Captain: , Marlboro Yacht Club, Marlboro NY (515)

we enjoyed our stay while here for a few days. Generally protected due to wall around the harbor, we we treated to a storm coming in from the south that unfortunatly tossed us all night but thats boating.

We would stay here again.

Love Burlington, 2011-08-04
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

Burlington is a must stop for any cruise to Lake Champlain. Burlington Boathouse is an excellent facility. It is well staffed, and has easy access to the city. There is a Farmers market on Saturdays with great produce, arts and crafts. Take the free shuttle bus from the marina if you don't feel like walking. One block further is the pedestrian only street. Many shops and restaurants, street performers.

Stop in the science museum, especially if you have kids. We (kids at heart) enjoyed it too.

Had dinner at the "Ice House" Excellent food and view from the top deck.

(almost) full service marina, 2011-07-20
Captain: , Stuart FL (835)

July 2011
We docked this afternoon at the Boathouse Marina. Was impressed with docking staff. They actually knew how to handle lines and that it is good to get a spring line on first and then piviot on it if necessary. (A small thing perhaps but rarely do I find that dockhands that are knowledgable about line handling).

Facilities very good and electricity included in rate.
The only negative is no laundry; however, there is a laundramat within 3-4 blocks and if you call them before arriving they will come get the laundry and return it the next day!.So the lack of on site facility is certainly mitigated by having the laundramat near by.

The docks are only 40 feet so if you have longer boat you will overhang a bit.

The Spash resturant which is on site is quite good.

Also the City Market for fresh fruits and most groceries you may need is 5-6 blocks (uphill) but when loaded with groceries at least it is a downhill run.

Shopping in the center city is quite nice with lots of shops to choose from.

All in all a quite good marina.

Stephen Starling

Nearly rates 4 stars, however . . ., 2011-01-30
Captain: , Coles Point, VA (788)

. . . facilites are always crowded and have seen their share of hard use. Bathrooms are always crowded and showers have seen some hard use too. The location is awesome, however, and the dock help is great--they deserve good tips for their outstanding service. Lots to see/do here during your stay.

Great place to be on a weekend, 2011-01-27
Captain: , Montreal (383)

A must see. Lots of mooring balls but don't arrive too late on a Saturday. Lots of nice resturants right by the water. Don't miss Church street with it's stores and resturants. Very nice ambiance.

Great location (and update), 2010-11-07
Captain: , East Greenbush, NY (745)

Just an update a few years later... we left the lake and went cruising for a couple of years - down the east coast to the Bahamas and back. Burlington and the Boat House still rate in our top 5 destinations for our entire trip - the city and the location are that good. Now back to my original review - Burlington did a good job with the Boat House. Its located in the heart of downtown within walking distance of the mall, restaurants and a variety of other shopping. There is a science museum adjacent to it and there is free shuttle service via Burlington Mass transit to various locations in the city. We've always had a pleasant experience.

Really Confortable, 2010-07-16
Captain: , Plattsburg,NY (333)

I have taken a mooring here many times. The location is so close to many restaurants and stores. The marina staff is very helpful. The showers are pay,but for a quarter you can have a great hot shower.

Great Place, 2010-01-02
Captain: , Poughkeepsie Yacht Club (137)

I stay here for a week every summer.
Everything imaginable is available at this location.
Great shopping, the best resturants, the bike paths are the best, there's even a great beach within a short dingy ride.
Lots of activity, great people.

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