Details for Fairport Canal Harbor
Name

Fairport Canal Harbor
Position

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 45 reviews

Address Village of Fairport 31 South Main Street
Fairport, NY 14450

Phone585-223-0313

After hours contact



Facility type

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

Notes

The south wall is quieter and nearer the bathroom/showers. The north wall is the very busy side with many strollers, runners walkers partiers, etc. also closer to the train but closer to most of the bars, etc.
Canal Fest celebration in 2015 is June 5th through the 7th.

VHF channel



Web sitewww.village.fairport.ny.us

Email contact

vof@fairportny.com

Owner, manager



Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info



Payment discounts

None

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Seasonal

Additional info:

Approach

Right on Erie Canal/very easy and deep.

Reported LNM Week 19/2013: Mariners are advised, rip-rap has been placed in the navigation channel, adjacent to selected walls to provide temporary stabilization, in the following location:

Village of Fairport - north wall, immdiately west of the Parker Street Bridge (marked with red lateral aids to navigation).

Mariners should stay clear and not attempt to moor in these locations. For updates and information, please call 1800-4CANAL4 or visit www.canals.ny.gov.

Tide

0

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 13
Transient dockage: 11.5
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Low concrete wall both sides with electric, water, tie-up posts on the east side of the lift bridge and lots of room. Fixed wood dock on the north side west of the lift bridge and less room. There are additional docks on the east side of Parker St fixed bridge opened 2014, with high walls suited to large boats.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 30
Total: 30
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $5 per day for 16 fet or less.
$7 per day for 16-30 feet.
$9 per day for 30-40 feet.
$11 per day for greater than 40 feet.
Includes power, water, shower, and pump-out.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Also have 20 amp on the posts. No 50 amp available. The most posts have twin out of phase 30 amp and 20 amp circuits. With Smart Y can make 240 volt 30 amp or 20 amp.

Pricing info: Included in docking fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - Broadcast available.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Two hose bibs on the power posts.

Dinghy access



Liveaboard info

Yes - North side is for extended stays;. South side is for up to 14 days, per published policy.

FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane

Yes - Country Max
897 Turk Hill Rd,
Fairport, NY 14450
585-388-1030
countrymax.com

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Easy on / off boat with lots of grassy areas, and extended walking areas.

Disability access



Launch service

No - There is a tour boat on site.

Pump out

Yes - Just east of the Parker Street Bridge on the south wall is free pump out.

Ice



Trash

Yes - Trash cans are all along the wall.

Showers

Yes - South side of canal at the east end near Parker St Bridge, in a grey building across the parking lot.

Heads

Yes - On the south side of thecanal at East End near the Parker Street Bridge in a grey building across the parking lot.

Laundry

Yes - Laundromat located about 3 blocks south on Bridge Street.

Grocery

Yes - As of July 2012, the Red Bird Market (http://redbirdmarket.com) is located in the Fairport Village Landing. It is not a supermarket, but a nice hometown style market with ample selection of essentials, along with a variety locally produced specialty items. Also in Fairport Landing is Skip's Meat Market, with an extensive selection of meat, poultry, and pork, and a wide variety of sausage.

Wegmans Supermarket and Target discount retailer are 1.8 miles north on North Main St. Bus service from the lift bridge is available, $1 standard fare as of 11/14. Schedule is online (search Fairport RTS, click the pdf link).

Hardware



Restaurants

Yes - Many very nearby.

Compane Brick Oven has pizza: http://www.yelp.com/biz/compane-brick-oven-bistro-fairport

Bars

Yes - Lots

Hotels or motels

Yes

Repair capabilities

No

Haul out capabilities

No

Storage facilities

No

Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities

Yes - Canoe, Kayak and Pontoon Boats for rent just west of the Liftbridge.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. Reported in July 2012 to have a strong and reliable WiFi signal via access password from the dockmaster.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - There's a hand-launch only ramp, adjacent to the lift bridge on the west side, north bank, at the canoe/kayak shack.

Transportation

Yes - Rochester Transit bus stop is at Village Hall and the police station, adjacent to the lift bridge.

Other services



Attractions

Canal Fest - usually first weekend in June. Very limited dockage during this popular event.
Canal Fest 2015, June 5th through the 7th.

Reviews for Fairport Canal Harbor
Popular Stop on the Canal, 2016-09-17
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (627)

Harbormaster super helpful. Many boats/people with two bands playing on a Friday night. Everything quiet by 10:30. Clean restrooms and showers.




Tourist friendly and very good restaurants, 2016-08-06
Captain: , Willsboro Bay Marina (2401)

We enjoyed staying two days on the South Walll just East of the Dockmaster. Dockmasters are very friendly and helpful. Very popular place to visit.



Excellent Canal Town - Cater's to Boaters, 2016-06-17
Captain: , Oshkosh, WI (212)

Excellent place to stop on the Erie Canal. Canal friendly town with great facilities for boaters. Dock on the South side to be near the pristine shower facilities OR dock on the North side to be close to restaurants and main street shopping.

Laundrymat is a short walk a few blocks north on Main Street (change machine available so you don't need to carry a lot of quarters.)

Many restaurants and ice cream shops. Interpretive signs about the history of the town and canal. Definately worth a stop.



Another great place to spend the night or just visit for the day., 2016-06-12
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (503)

We stayed on the south wall. Great shopping and activities. The 102 year old lift bridge is very unusual with angles not associated with normal bridges. Some say it was featured in Riply's Believe It or Not.

The only reason for not having a 5 star is that hear the tires on the steel grate everytime a vehicle goes over the bridge. And there is a very busy train tracks just to the north.



Enjoyable Town, 2015-11-04
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale FL (124)

at $11 a night almost free. We enjoyed our stay but the cold rain messed with our plans to see the town. Late in season about a week or 2 before the end.



Nice place to stay, 2015-09-19
Captain: , Phoenix, NY (50)

Very nice place, lots of shopping and places to eat.



Nice Canal Town with Character, 2015-09-17
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1476)

Update 9/15/15 - stayed four nights over Labor Day Weekend, then another single night a week later. Cost for 34 foot boat was $9/night. Still an outstanding place to stop, very welcoming. Fantastic farmers market on Saturday mornings, not to be missed. Had breakfast three times at Riki's Family Restaurant at 25 North Main Street. Good diner food at very reasonable prices. Fairport's free pump-out is the best one we found on the Erie. Located east of town on a small stand-alone dock (right in the middle of the new condos being built on the south shore). Self serve, no water at dock due to construction going on around it, but it's a great pumpout with lots of suction.

We stopped for a night at this cute little canal town. This is a gem on the Erie and worth the stop. The town's been redeveloped with new buildings, restaurants, shops, etc. Lots of people in the evening walking along the walls, enjoying the evening, the boats and the live music. It's not a quiet stop (people, trains, music) but its well worth it for the experience. Great place. Cost for our 34 foot boat was $9 for dock, electricity and water.



This is an excellent stop, 2015-08-09
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

Both sides of the "Harbor" have power pedestals with water. The south wall pedestals have all 30A outlets. The peddestals on the north wall have two 30A and two 20A outlets. Plan accordingly. There is a very reasonable daily charge for electric. There is no limit on length of stay. Buildings on the south wall block satellite TV reception. This is a very public location, and there is pedestrian and bicycle traffic all day. Expect to have people peer into your boat. Noise quiets down by 22h00 on weekdays, 23h00 Fridays and Saturday. There is train noise from nearby CSX tracks. Near the liftbridge, there is also road noise. The town has many restaurant choices, shoppes and a nearby mini-mart (Red Bird Market) for groceries.



Dockmaster very helpful., 2015-07-20
Captain: , Illinois (2444)

We were there during canal days. Lots of fun, clean restrooms and showers. Another must stop for cruisers. Eat good cheap food at Riki's just north of the lift bridge.

We visited here again during canal days 2015. Once again, we had a wonderful good time. This is simply a must stop while cruising the Eire Canal.



Over rated, 2015-07-03
Captain: , ellicottville n.y. (209)

Sorry to disagree,but we pulled in to the docks on 7-2-15 after staying at Pittsford. What a differance . Fairport was not as nice and had a lot of road traffic. Seemed like a tourist trap to me



Friendly, fun and %u201Chappening%u201D place., 2015-06-15
Captain: , Lake Norman, NC (191)

The dock master greeted us via VHF as we arrived, and met us personally as we tied up. A personable gent, he gave us a %u201Cgoody%u201D bag with a used paperback book, an LED penlight, and lots of information. On the North wall, the restaurants, an ice cream shop and pubs are near, and it has a lot of local pedestrian traffic. There were more boats and people than all of the 3 towns we had visited combined. Once again, everyone was friendly. As an NC resident, I can say %u201Csouthern hospitality%u201D could take lessons from these New Yorkers.
A small shopping center is south and west, has a small market (with ice), butcher shop and a unique used tool store operated by a non-profit. It has limited days and hours, but was packed when open.
Showers were spotless, and set up in an unusual arrangement. The cipher lock put you into a hall that had 5 lockable unisex privacy toilet rooms (with a toilet and lavatory). Three of them had showers in them.




Put this stop on your list, 2014-10-26
Captain: , Westerville (70)

A great place to stop and spend the night or even longer. Good facilities, good restaurants.



Nice place to stop, 2014-09-21
Captain: , Catawba Island, OH (523)

Nice restroom facilities with showers. Plenty of dining options nearby. Easy to dock there. Pump out is east of docks.



Prettiest Town on the Canal System, 2014-08-11
Captain: , Highland Yacht Club (60)

A definite must on the list of stops. We unfortunately only had time to stay for 1 night. A very pretty town, great ice cream place and several restaurants within easy walking right down by the canal. Has a nice butcher shop and an upscale market within easy walking. Market has lots of different types of food items in it, but no grocery store other than that. Has a tour boat on the south side, but that doesn't pose any problem as far as noise or wake. Has a free pump-out, although when we were there there wasn't enough water depth for us to be able to use it. Touched bottom just before we could dock the boat. We draw 5 feet with a wing keel and so when we begin to touch we have to back off or risk really getting stuck.



Dockmaster should be an Ambassador for the Village . . ., 2014-08-01
Captain: , Houston, Texas (970)

July 16, 2014
After 4 tries to catch the dockmaster to pay our fee, twice when the sign said OPEN but the door was locked and the office empty, I finally caught him there, sitting on the steps of his office, reading a paperback book. He said he usually works early in the morning to empty the trash cans so they won't run over. He wasn't assisting boaters in docking, nor was he encouraging boaters to shorten the gaps between boats to allow room for more boats on the crowded dock. When I asked if he had a map of the village or a list of merchants, he said no. After I asked for the location and access code for the restrooms and showers, he remembered that he had some new packets of information that he was supposed to give boaters.

Wifi not working. Red Bird Market is way overpriced. The same cans of spices and soups are half the price in the same center at Dollar Tree. Ship's Meat Market in the same center is another better place to shop.




Great Stop, 2014-07-24
Captain: , St. Clair, Michigan (456)

We stayed here 2 nights on the 21st and 22nd of July and really enjoyed it.

Nice town with everything close to the docks so the walk is not to far. If you stay on the south side it is a little more convenient to the showers. They were having an issue with the with on the south side but that should be fixed before long.

If you are on the north side there is a lot of spectator traffic in the late afternoon and evening. The ice cream store does a bonaza business and the families come out to sit by the canl and eat their ice cream.

If you are cloase to the lift bridge the tire hum of the cars on the bridge is somewhat noticeable but did not keep us up at night. This is really a must stop along the canal.



Another great Stop on the Erie Canal, 2014-07-16
Captain: , Key Largo (5330)

$9 used twin 30 amp, each pedistal has two 20 amp and 2 30 amp service. Shops don't open to 12 on sunday and are closed on Monday. Wifi was not working when we where there.
Good clean showers and bathrooms.
Check out Shorts Bar, cheap good drinks, good folks.



Interesting stop with several unique shops, 2014-07-07
Captain: , Annapolis MD (258)

We stayed here a couple of nights taking advantage of new docks, good electric, convenient water, very nice rest rooms with showers, at an attractive price.

It's easy to walk around Fairport. There are a number of unique shops. Our first encounter was a place where people come to make wine. Additionally, there is a upscale grocery, used tools, and fabric store. Regular stores include a Dollar Store and Skip's Meat Market.

If you come, be sure to check out Ice Cream Factory. You won't be disappointed.



Great overnight, 2014-07-02
Captain: , Sandusky, Ohio (392)

Busy port on a Wednesday. North and south banks east of the lift bridge full up at 1430. East of Parker Street bridge the South wall has 6 30 amp outlets and water. Entry code toilet and showers near by. Much quieter than right down town. Max charge is $11.00 per night. The official N.Y. state canal system cruising guide has a note that the lift bridge only opens on the half hour. Skipper Bob says it opens on the hour and half hour. The bridge tender says he will open whenever you ask. I believe him. A good stop with lots of food and shopping.



Great stop, 2014-06-30
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1897)

Explored the town which unfortunately was pretty closed up as it was a Sunday.
The docks were good and our reverse y for 50amp to two 30's worked as promised which is not always the case.
The Irish pub is not to be missed for good well priced food and a cold beer.
The ice cream store right beside the north dock had an excellent selection to choose from.



Don't miss this town, 2013-08-10
Captain: , Castine, Maine (2997)

Fairport is definitely a not to be missed stop. It retains that small town feel yet has some of the bustle of the city excitement. There's a wide choice of restaurants and shops of all sorts. The streets are lined with beautiful homes and churches and interesting architecture. The north wall is alongside a popular walking and biking trail with benches and picnic tables that fill up each evening with folks enjoying ice cream or gelato or just people watching. The dogs enjoyed all the attention of the crowds. If you want a quieter experience, tie up to the south wall.

The Red Bird Market is a very interesting and unusual market. They punch a card every time a boater spends $10 or more in their shop and then give every 5th boater $2 off their bill. Our welcome packet also included numerous discount coupons for local businesses including one for the market so make sure you stop in.

We were there for the final summer concert. The square filled with young and old. There are lots of young families and children in this community. It makes the community feel very alive.

We found the folks very friendly and welcoming to boaters. There's so much to do that we couldn't do it all in 3 days. We know we'll be back.



Our annual visit to Fairport, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Baldwinsville, NY (10)

As always we are here and enjoying the village of Fairport and the many places to eat and drink. The Saturday farmer's market is still on and we'll be there. A pleasure to visit except that "as usual" the Villageoffairport" dock WIFI still does not work! We'll be back again.



It feels like a canal themed theme park :), 2013-07-30
Captain: , St. Catharines (498)

This place is really beautiful and boater friendly. There are too many restaurnats to mention. They have excellent geltao on main street, next to the old trolley station.




A Great Stop, 2013-07-25
Captain: , Britt, Ontario (691)

South wall is new with power and water - very clean washrooms with showers. Also some nice restaurants and lovely landscaping.



South Wall Under Construction, 2013-05-18
Captain: , Rochester, NY (69)

The south wall is under construction at this time. Boaters cannot stop there at this time. The north wall is a good dock but is a very popular walking and biking trail; it gets a lot of traffic right by the boats. Royal Cafe has gelato; Moonlight Creamery has great ice cream. Both are within easy walking distance. If you need or just like old tools, check out the shop next to the Red Bird Market on main street. They accept donations and sell the old tools at low prices.



Good stopover, 2012-08-28
Captain: , Louisville, KY (347)

I agree with all the favorable comments. However, if you must use the wooden dock west of the bridge, you will be somewhat isolated. A short walk to the bridge and all the attractions, but nothing right at the dock, except a kayak rental place. Redbird Market has a little bit of many grocery items, and there is a nice butcher shop in the adjoining building. Tuesday night muscle car gathering along north wall.



Not so impressed, 2012-08-23
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1520)

Then need a little work here. Too many unused boats tied north and south. They allowed us to dock at a spot reserved for canal work boats, it was the only one available. Another boat traveling with us was told he needed to move on the next town as were several others during the day. One of the unused boats has become home to many ducks and we all know the mess they make, it is not being cleaned. Neat town but they need to find and clean their welcome mat.



Best of the Best, 2012-08-08
Captain: , Brewerton, NY (489)

Fairport remains my favorite stopover location on western half of the Erie Canal. Harbor area is kind of a local social hub, which provides for lots of passers-by and boating-centric conversations. Part-time Dock Master Tom is as nice and sociable a gentleman as you could ever meet. Unfortunately, they are letting seasonal dockers take space on the south wall, which is limiting transient spots on the side close to the restroom and shower faciliites.



One of the nicest stops on the canal, 2012-07-26
Captain: , Grand Island, NY (651)

The other reviews have said it all. One thing I do want to mention is that there is no grocery store nearby other than the Yellow Bird which is a small convenient store. Wegmans is about a 3 mile ride and there are some big hills to conquer, so it is not an easy bike ride. As long as you are not looking to re-provision, this is a great stop.



Very Popular Stop, 2012-07-24
Captain: , Michigan City (349)

This is a very popular stop along the canal. The area along the water front has been redeveloped and has many restaurants and shops. There is a nominal fee for docking but includes electric (20 and 30 amp), water and restroom and shower facilities. The South side of the canal East of the bridge is the most popular dockage, since it is close to the showers restaurants. We were told you could stay for up to 14 days along the South wall and unlimited time on the North wall. There is also dockage on the West side of the bridge along the North Wall. Since this is a popular stop, you may need to get there early to secure a spot. We came in rather late and there was only one spot left on the North wall West of the bridge. Our friends following us had to go on to the next stop. There are a lot of trains that go through that blast their horns just as they come through town, making it a bit noisy.



Great stop!, 2012-06-05
Captain: , Oneida, TN (415)

$7 for our 23' sailboat. Dockmasters office is in little trolley stop building, south shore, nearer Parker St. bridge. Four very clean rest rooms (three with showers) in large building slightly southeast at end of parking lot. Dockmaster has code. Fun town to walk around.



Fairport Municipal Dock, 2011-08-21
Captain: , Lake in The Hills, Illinois (542)

$11.00 for a 48' sailboat. The bathrooms are close to the south side. Restaurants and activity mostly on the north side. The dockmasters are very helpful. The town is busy until later when everything closes down. The restrooms and showers were in great shape.



Good inexpensive stop if room, no grocery store nearby anymore, 2011-07-24
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Very busy trendy village with mainly nice little shops and restaurants some high end. The Grocery store next to the Dollar Store has closed (was Tops) and they built a Super Tops 2+ miles away. The town mostly closes down Mondays as well as most store closed on Sunday as well. The walls filled up with mostly day boaters and local cruisers the Sunday we were there. However there is room as long as the boats are tightened up.



One of the nicest stops on the Erie Canal, 2011-06-23
Captain: , Toronto (203)

Delightful - don't miss prime rib at the Inn, foodie heaven at Lombardi's or the charming doll house store. These stops are north of the traintracks on Main Street. The trains are part of the vibe just like ice cream and friendly folks on the dockwall. The facilities and a pretty neighbourhood are on the south side of the canal.



Busy busy Fairport, 2011-06-22
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

Very popular village with lots of bikersr and walkers using the canal trail and enjoying gallons of ice cream. While the bathrooms are clean, they are a far walk unless you tie up to the south side close to the first bridge.



Fairport on the Wall, 2010-09-26
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

The communities on the Western part of the Erie Canal are such a delight and BARGAIN. Nine dollars per night including electricity. Very clean restrooms. Locals find this area a great place to visit as well. Terrific ice cream shop. A great Irish Pub across the parking lot. Fairport is another must stop either west bound or east bound or both. The pump out is marginal at best. The local cruise ship uses it. We found it did not work for us. Use the pump out at Newark. Much better.



Great stop over, 2010-09-01
Captain: , Whitehall, M (228)

As said before dock masters are great. The bridge attendent helped us look up some friends that we had meet eailer and found where they were located. Went beyond and above to help out. Manh nice places to eat. Riki cafe is like home cooking.



Farmers Market, 2010-07-24
Captain: , Westbrook, CT (296)

A large farmers market south of the lift bridge at first stop light on Saturday from 7 to 12. We bought too much and had trouble finding room. Pump operating, but need your own threaded adapter. Lots of restaurants, gelato, ice cream. Small grocery just south of the lift bridge over the large library. Very popular stopping point and some shuffling to get all boats in on both sides of the canal.



Very nice village, 2010-07-07
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

This is clearly a popular stop and it's easy to see why. There's lots of things to see and do, and the dockage is inexpensive. There are lots of stores in the area along with lots of restaurants catering to many different tastes.

We stopped at the classic car rally located on the N side of the river by the lift bridge before heading to dinner. I believe that it's held on on Tuesday nights starting at 6 PM and was impressed by many of the cars. Then we had a quite good dinner at Donnelley's, which is a block E of the the car rally. Their normal menu is pub food, but they have some quite tasty specials.

Note that if you need an auto store, there's one located just to the N of the next bridge to the W of the lift bridge and there's a nice public dock there too.



Dockmasters Make It !, 2010-04-12
Captain: , Lake Livingston, TX (258)

Yes, the facilities are first rate, nice showers, great shopping, and the farmers market - but the folks that do the Dockmaster (and Bridge Tender) job make this a stop not to be missed!



Terrific stop, 2009-08-11
Captain: , Stuart FL Middletown RI (240)

Fairport is a charming, thriving town with a well-maintained waterfront park. The fee to stop there was minor, with really well maintained restroom facilities and good shore power. Plenty of fine restaurants within walking distance, and a couple of good delis/groceries. One of the better stops along the Erie Canal.



thanks, 2009-06-17
Captain: , Brookings (308)

we were traveling with 2 other boats. One had engine problems and they let us stay another night for FREE. The canal was pretty slow because of the dredge sinking.



Mandatory Stop, 2009-05-20
Captain: , Huron,OH - Little River, SC (630)

unlike some of the economically depressed canal towns, Fairport thrives. Very transient friendly, and inexpensive. Met boaters who spend the entire season here. Tie up is alongside, bow to stern, so need to watch out for the many rental canal boats operated by inexperienced captains. Just lend them a hand getting in and everything hould be OK.
Many shopping, eating, drinking establishments, and a farmers market on occassion.
Popular first come, first served location, so plan a short day and get there early



friendly town Marina, 2008-08-25
Captain: , Pensacola (307)

If traveling on the western Erie Canal , plan to stop here for a few days. Docking is on a space available basis along walls that parallel the canal. No reservations are taken, but there is usually room.

One of the five part-time dockmasters will be available from mid afterneen until about 9 pm to collect the dockage and answer any questions about the towm services and resturants.



Cheap convenient Stop, 2007-07-21
Captain: , Kiawah Island, SC (152)

Owned by the Village and they go out ot their way to make you feel welcomed. Very inexpensive to spend the night ($11for 46' boat Erie Canal.

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