Details for Medina Canal Basin Park

Medina Canal Basin Park

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 39 reviews

Address Erie Canal Basin
Medina, NY 14103


After hours contact

Police Emergency call 911.

Facility type

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

VHF channel

Contact Medina Bridgemaster on channel 13 for the restroom codes.


Email contact;

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 11
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Free


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

Additional info: 5 power posts with dual 30 amps. Separate phases so with a Smart "Y" 240 volts 30 amps is available. Power is very good.

Pricing info: Free

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

Disability access


Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Free pump out.


Yes - Quick Mart in town.




Yes - Boater showers available, code available through the bridge tender.


Yes - Separate man and womans bathrooms with showers. Second to the last building west ,on the south side of wall just east of Main St. bridge. Green doors labeled men, women. Key pad access obtain code from the Bridge tender.


Yes - Laundry services located south of railrorad tracks on Route 63.


Yes - Short walk northwest of the marina on the corner of Pearl Street and West Avenue. Only one block away.

Liquor store on Main street just off the docks.


Yes - NAPA store next to the docks.


Yes - Many. Zambristo, Rudy's, Captain Kidz, Shirt Factory Cafe, and Country Club Restaurant, all within walking distance.


Yes - VFW and American Legion if you are a member. O'Breins and The Medina Theatre Company are within a short walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - There is a motel south of town and two B&B's are also nearby. Check the website for information.

Above the Shirt Factory Cafe is the Hart House with lodging available.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Multiple open access points with external antenna.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Local taxi services.

Other services

Check the website for information.


The Railroad Museum is a must-see absolutely delightful, closed on Sunday and Monday.
Medina Railroad Museum
530 West Ave
Medina, NY 14103
Go to the visitors Center at 600 Main Street just north of the railroad tracks, easy walking distance. Open Monday - Friday from the first Monday in June until Labor Day.

There are several very nice Italianate Homes on West Center Street. Also some magnificant Medina stone old churches. Main Street is restoring all the old building fronts and the old opera house interior. This villiage is being rapidly revitalized bringing in many new small businesses and special events.

Reviews for Medina Canal Basin Park
Working hard for boaters, 2017-07-05
Captain: , Pittsburgh (146)

Clean restrooms and showers. Bridge tender very friendly and like the other review said suggested we call ahead when we were ready to depart and the next bridge was all set for us. Quaint town. Police patrol came by in the morning and asked if everything was OK and advised on a great 2 mile dog walk around the canal, with a view of the falls that goes under the canal. Worthwhile stop.

The people makes the place, 2016-09-26
Captain: , Dunkirk NY (62)

The dock wall at Medina is nice ( I much prefer the wood to concrete) water, electric and bathrooms were all very good. But the friendliness of the bridge master was awesome. He gave us his card with his number and told us if we wanted to leave early he'd stop at the Medina bridge first thing in the morning ( rather than his normal station at the neighboring bridge). Town was nice too. We had bent one of our boat hooks and were trying to find a way to fix it temporarily.
We went to the local hardware store Medina Lumber and Hardware. Not only did we find something to fix the pole but the owner/ manager repaired it for us with his own tools.
The Erie Canal trip is beautiful but the people we met really made it special.

Nice Main street, 2016-09-19
Captain: , Catawba Island Ohio (530)

If you like old buildings, you will enjoy Main st. There are a few blocks of 2 and 3 story masonry 19th century buildings. Most of them seem to house viable businesses, didn't see many empties. Lucky for them no big box stores yet. 1 to 2 mile bike ride out to the highway you will find some dollar stores, fast food and a tractor supply. The wall is wood covering concrete about 3' high. the electric boxes look locked but the outlets are on the bottom. Get bath code from bridge tender. Bathroom/showers are OK.

Beautiful Town, 2016-09-15
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

Free overnight; power, clean restrooms and showers. (Hot water was not working) Della's Chocolates has the best milk chocolate I have had. The town architecture is worth the walk. The bridge operators are fantastic!

Beautiful Architecture city - Clean and Hospitable, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Willsboro Bay Marina (2412)

We enjoyed our stay in Medina. It has most of the commodities you need. We fully agree with previous reviews. Zambistro is quite a treat. We bought the parmesan herb ans spice olive oil and balsamic and prune vinegar bottles. Free docking with free electricity is quite appreciated.

pretty town, 2016-06-24
Captain: , Fort Myers (700)

free wall, room for dozens, 30a service, nice bathroom and showers, easy tie up. napa right in the waterfront. went to the restaurant everyone races about and it was awesome with plates around $22 and up. captain kid restaurant overlooks the marina, and locals said we should have gone there for food and value. Decent downtown and a nice walk on the far side to see the waterfall. Model train museum will make your eyes fall out as there is so much to see - it goes on and on in a cool way, but bring your glasses.

Nice Stop Near Downtown, 2015-11-04
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale FL (124)

MidOctober is not the best time to be cruising the Erie. We stayed 1 night and the electricity had already been turned off & locked up for the season. Zambistro a definite treat.

More interesting place, 2015-09-26
Captain: , Costa Mesa, CA (10)

At first appearance, Medina is not as attractive as some of the other towns nearby. But we stayed two nights and the place had grown on us. We were surprised to find a very nice restaurant in sight of the marina - Zambistro. It is a nice small town suitable for walking around. There is a power station that appears to take water from the canal and discharge it into a creek which then flows under the canal to a falls on the North side. The bridge operator made sure we had the code for the bathrooms and was very attentive to us boaters. He drove down to the marina to see that everyone was doing ok.

Nice stop, quiet night, 2015-09-17
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1521)

update 9/9/15 - upgraded my rating from a 4 to a 5 because there is more going on in town. We came back to Medina so we could see the Railroad Museum - great museum! Worth the time and $8 entrance fee. Also made purchases at the Bread Basket Bakery at 513 main street, a very good boule, and outstanding scones. Cute little cookie shop, too. And while we didn't eat there, we heard from local friends that Zambistro Restaurant was very good. Upon arrival the bridge master came down to check on us, wanted to make sure we had everything we needed. Very nice little town, great wall with free power and electricty. Nice stop, we'll be back - again!

Original review: We spent a nice quiet night on the wall here; free dock and electricity. The bridge tender came down to say hello and answer any questions we might have - he clearly wanted to make sure we were going to be happy here. It was a Sunday night, all was quiet in town - not much going on but that suited us OK because we were both tired and needed some down time. Would've liked to see the railroad museum, but it's closed on Sunday/Monday - bad timing on our part.

great place to stay a couple days, 2015-09-10
Captain: , lockport. ny (50)

wall tie, power, water, nice HOT showers. several good restaurants. can get a bit rolly when people don't slow to no wake speed like the signs remind them to.... but otherwise a pleasant place to stay

Nice Stop-Clean shower and restroom with water and electric, 2015-08-30
Captain: , Florida (235)

Free Dock and a great little stop. Had power, water and clean restrooms. You need code rom Bridge tender. We ate at Avanti's Italian resturant and it was very good. Took some time, but food fresh and delicious. ALso enjoyed ice cream from little Parlor (Meggie Moos )not far from boat. I would stop here again without any hestitaion.

Nice stop, great RR museum, 2015-08-09
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

The wall here has room for 6-8 boats, with power and water. Stay limit is 48 hours, perhaps loosely enforced. This dock is somewhat more remote from the town center than other Erie Canal town stops. Restaurats and shoppes are a block up on main street. The main local resource is the RR museum, which is a MUST SEE! What seemed to be homeless persons were in the gazebo at the head of the dock, but there were no problems of any kind while we were there.

Can't add a thing...., 2015-06-30
Captain: , Illinois (2471)

except endorse what Pogo Bob has said....what a great stop!
The town bus stops every hour outside the Candle Nook a short walk from the docks. It will take you to Tops grocery or other places. You can also ride bikes there. The walk would be a bit far. June 2011

The Candle Nook has closed. No welcoming businessman this visit.
Quiet night, friendly people.
The showers were clean and people friendly.

[mah-DYN-ah] is a worthwhile stop., 2015-06-15
Captain: , Lake Norman, NC (191)

After raising his bridge, the lift bridge operator at Albion asked how far I was going. I replied %u201CTo [meh-DEEN-ah]%u201D. I understood his reply as, %u201CJust asking because I operate %u2018My Diner%u2019 also.%u201D He also gave me the shower room codes. I thought it odd that he would put in a plug for his restaurant on channel 13, but thanked him for his help. It was not until sometime after I arrived in town that I realized that he was correcting my North Carolina pronunciation and advising me that he was the bridge tender for two lift bridges.
The Medina Railroad Museum costs $8 for adults, but is amazing, even if you are not a RR buff. The founder and manager was there and sharing lots of stories. He is quite a character.
Tie up on the North wall for a few minutes on your way in or out, or even passing through, to see the watercourse that flows under the canal and then spills over a natural waterfall to an even lower elevation. Awesome!
The architectural styles of the many old downtown buildings were especially varied.
Ice is available at a convenience store 2 short blocks west, at the corner of Pearl St. and West Av.

Great RR museum, 2014-11-05
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

If your direct tv sat is not working here on the erie (trees and hills in the way) there is a video store in town that sells and rents dvd.s.
The RR museum is definaltly a must see. Very neat! well worth the stop.
VFW and Ameican legion in town, there is a 7-11 and a grocery store walkable
inexpensive restuarants,
nice stop
Walk the walkway around the basin, there is a hidden water way and falls.

Medina Town Dock, 2014-08-21
Captain: , Calgary (291)

Great little town marina. Power, water and a pump out available. Small but spotless washrooms in great shape. Nice little town to explore and a good wine store on the main street

Just another quiet place to tie up, 2014-07-23
Captain: , Houston, Texas (970)

July 21, 2014
Not much to this town, lots of vacant space in downtown. Unfortunately, another casualty of the shifting population.

The south wall of the basin has electric and water, wooden posts to tie up to, clean restrooms and showers. Bridge tender has combo for the lock.

The north wall of the basin, east of the Pleasant Street Bridge has rings to tie up to, but no services. West of the bridge there are cleats to tie up t.

Just west of the Medina Guard Gate, you can tie up to the wall on the north side of the canal. Picnic table, BBQ grill and shade trees but no other services.

Historic Town a Delightful Experience, 2014-07-10
Captain: , Annapolis MD (258)

This stop has nice docks, electric, water, and showers. As you walk the streets, there are historical plaques. Take a look at the church in the middle of the street (Ripleys), waterfall, and do not miss the Train Museum!!! It is much more than model trains.

A GREAT meal can be had at Zambistros. For delicious chocolate, stop in at Della's Chocolates.

This place should be placed high on your list of stops.

Stopped in during strong winds. nice stop, 2014-07-03
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1997)

We utilized this stop due to some strong winds on the Erie.
The town was an unexpected great stop we toured the miniature train museum, shopped at some of the local shops and had dinner at Zambistro's which was excellent.
My wife also like the Sparrow and Lily store and bought some nice gifts.
NAPA is right there and well stocked.
The pump out worked well and there was plenty of depth along the whole dock and we draw 5'7"

Nice Town, Sturdy Docks, 2013-08-07
Captain: , St. Catharines (498)

We stayed for one night. Free dock with power and water. Used the self serve pump out. It worked well.
Don't miss the train museum. It's excelllent. We had dinner a Rudy's on West Center Street. It's within east walking distance. The food is excellent, huge portions, and the service was great.
The bridge tender who looks after the lift bridge also looks after the next two (westbound) lift bridges. You may be in for a wait if he is not at the bridge. He may be in his car traveling back and forth. He's nice and helpful, but we had a 45 minutes wait.

Medina Bus Service, 2013-07-20
Captain: , Erie, PA (587)

There is bus service, but only on weekdays. No real grocery stores nearby but the bus is rumored to go to Tops Market.

If yiu need any information, Mark at The Candle Nook, just around the corner from the boat basin knows everthing and everybody in Medina. He says that during Super Cruise, traditionally the third weekend in August, 70,000 people decend on Medina and the boats are rafted eight deep. Don't pass up the Railroad Museum.

Medina Canal Basin, 2013-06-10
Captain: , ellicottville n.y. (259)

Stayed one night and enjoyed going out for dinner at the Zambistro and went to the American Legion for drinks after. The restaurant was great and the legion welcomes boaters with open arms.

New Extension to Wall, 2013-05-18
Captain: , Rochester, NY (69)

The wall has been extended to the west with substantial cleats. The new wall is concrete, but it is smooth. Echoing the comments of other cruisers, Zambistro, just a short walk from the docks is an excellent restaurant. The Medina Railroad Museum is fascinating. The bridge operator was very helpful, stopping by to see if we needed anything.

Excellent stopover, 2012-09-09
Captain: , Louisville, KY (347)

Spent 4 nights here, and never more than 5 boats, generally 3. On a couple of days there weren't even any boats passing through. Everything previous posters have said is true. If you want to eat at Zambistro, which I highly recommend, you may need reservations, particularly on weekend nights. Well worth the stop....except Sunday when the model train museum is closed, lol.

Very nice place to spend the night, 2012-09-09
Captain: , Rochester NY (310)

A quiet place to stop with free 30amp power. Highly recommend Zambistro for dinner.

Spent many nights here, never any problems, 2012-07-26
Captain: , Grand Island, NY (651)

This is an overlooked gem, most cruisers pass right through. We have rarely docked with more than 2 other boats. The wide basin can make for some reverberating wakes, make sure to fender up. Zambistro is a must try, fantastic food in an intimate setting with reasonable prices. Make sure you go over to the other side of the basin and view the waterfalls!

Just Wonderful!, 2012-05-31
Captain: , Oneida, TN (415)

Medina Canal Port is a great example of local businesses "taking the bull by the horns" and investing in the town's future! Let's see.... Free tie-up, Free 30A, Free water, Free pumpout, Free rest rooms and showers (nice), local businesses that don't try to gouge the tourists (prices VERY reasonable, from gifts to restaurants). The downtown area is delightful and a block away. What more could you ask for? This is a nice little town who is pleased to welcome you. Be sure to stop!

A Very Good Stop, 2011-08-14
Captain: , Sandusky, OH (294)

Canal Days were going on so we spent a extra day. The railroad museum was incredible. Dining at Zambistro's was an unexpected treat. Couldn't believe the cusine was so imaginative and delicious. And the check did not break our budget. The town has seen better days but the people are as vibrant and welcoming as you could ask for.

An excellent free dock stop with nice stores downtown and Waterfall, 2011-08-05
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

To repeat Capt. Sterling we will be back. All in all a great visit. The Railroad museum was absolutely delightful and had us grining ear to ear. Fantastic. Good restuarants and small retail stores. The restoring of the Main Street Building fronts lends a very charming atmosphere to walking down Main St., complete with tastefull music pipe all along the downtown Main Street. Ate at Zambistro which was an excellent 4 star meal. The Shirt Cafe is excellent. Power is clean and spot on. The Farmer's market (Thursdays) had great local produce and even a local vineyard tasting tent :)! With very nice wines. It would be 5 stars if there a small mom and pop grocery, deli near by. (Tops 1.4 miles away) Bathrooms were nice however shower needed a good cleaning and sewer gas smell came out of floor drains when showering. The laundry is one block. As far as wakes the basin seems to amplify the very slight wakes from even slow boats and bounce back and forth against the walls. Absolutely no issue at nights and I only saw a couple of boats come through. We saw no evidence of gangs or potential problems. The new mayor is evidently very aggressively improving Medina and it shows. The water falls are worth a walk or a pause by boat. They are located on the north side of the canal just west of the State St Bridge. they are best viewed from the north wall where the wall is smooth and the yellow railing is higher then either side of the smooth wall.
there is one short rope to hang on (has a ring mount in the concrete) to if stopping by boat to view, but you'll need to tie another line to a rail post if any wind or to the steel cable that runs along the wall a foot below the edge.

Medina- no problrm . . . but, 2011-07-14
Captain: , Huron, OH (176)

After stoppong at Newark, Spencerport, and Fairport, Medina was kind of a let down for us. The canal park is in a kind of industrial area but it is a short walk to main street businesses. The bathrooms/showers were adequate but had a sewer gas smell that was hard to ignore.
The bridge tender stopped by and was very helpful. We had no problem with wakes during the night.

Medina-no problem, 2011-07-01
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

Medina has the reputation of having your lines untied but we had no problem here.
Restaurants and shops but no grocery close.
Music is piped through the villages streets.

Medina Canal Basin Park, 2011-06-14
Captain: , Grand Haven, Mi (2283)

This was one of our best stops on the Erie Canal. There is a lot to see and do in this historic little town. We had no problem with wakes but there were very few boats go past us the day we were here. The bridge tender even came down to just talk with us for about 15 minutes. Very friendly town.

Medina on the Wall, 2010-09-25
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

The lift bridge operator was quite solicitous. Very friendly. Easy walk to restaurants. Nice town. Railroad museum a must to do. The wake action can be very annoying. Boats which exceed thefive kt. limit create a wake which bounces against the north canal wall and the south wall where you tie up. Nice town and quite safe. Police cruise the area frequently. Restrooms locked and clean. The bridge lift operator will give you the combination.

Must-stop for Railroad Museum and Fantastic Food, 2010-07-08
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

I expected to spend an hour at the Railroad Museum and we spent 2.5 hours and both of us loved it. What an amazing place! If you don't stop and see this, you're missing a fantastic attraction.

You'll also want to wander around town and look at the sandstone buildings that were built by master craftsman. You don't see this anywhere else.

To cap things off, you have to visit Zam-bistro's for dinner. We had one of our best dinners of the trip, and we love good food. You'll be amazed at the quality of the food and how inexpensive it is. You can get wonderful dishes for $10. We've easily spent 2+x for a similar meal. Don't miss this!

Oh yeah, free dock, power and nice bathrooms!

Medina Basin, 2009-08-27
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Nice stop with 30amp power. Right in town. No grocery.

Good stop to check out the aquaduct.

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

Medina, like many towns along the Erie Canal is struggling a little, but their marina park is well maintained, free and within walking distance of Zambistro's, a superb little restaurant. As the "sandstone capital" of New York, many buildings in Medina are interesting examples of sandstone construction.

Median Twon Wall, 2009-08-03
Captain: , St Louis (671)

Another great stop along the western Erie Canal. Free dock with power (30amp), water and a free pump out. The Train Museum is a must stop with an unbelievable model train setup (open most days but closed on Mondays). Several restaurants and other shops including NAPA auto parts right next to the canal. One restaurant is exceptional, Zambistro’s, the owner/chef trained at the Culinary Institute Of America – enough said.

Medina, 2009-07-29
Captain: , Plymouth, MA (245)

Good stop for sightseeing. The town has good restaurants and interesting architecture downtown. We had some trouble with neighborhood kids in 2005, but the police were there quickly. I hope that has been taken care of. A good walking town...see the falls on the North side of the basin.

Medina "Gets" it, 2009-05-21
Captain: , Huron,OH - Little River, SC (680)

Great stop along the Erie Canal. This town provides free dockage, water, electric, and pump out in order tp induce boaters to stop and visit the town. The Mayor came down to greet us. It works.
Older town with most of the ammenities you would like.Lift Bridge operator suggested places to eat, and, let me and my dog in the bridge tower to watch the lift bridge operation.
We stayed a couple of days and spent money. Win / win for us and the town

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