Details for Pirate's Cove Marina

Pirate's Cove Marina

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Average rating 4.9 stars from 24 reviews

Address 9170 Horseshoe Island Rd
Clay, NY 13041-9607


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Pirates Cove Marina is situated in the town of Clay on the Oneida River, 1.5 miles E of the Three Rivers junction. A well seasoned, full service marina and repair facility with a restaurant on the premises. The marina offers a park-like setting, complete with new restrooms, shower facilities and laundry.

Transient slips are available for short or long term layovers, with 20 minute access to Syracuse International Airport. We strive to meet all of your boating needs with in-house services and access to additional nearby services. Courtesy car available for provisioning. Public launch site, 25 ton Travelift, dockage, storage, brokerage, gas, and pump out.

We offer all types of repair, installation, fabrication and restoration with fiberglass, wood, steel & aluminum construction, service of gas and diesel engines, drive systems, power plants, electronics & underwater gear. With a USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master Captain on staff, we offer yacht delivery, towing and vessel recovery. Our staff services also include certified scuba divers for any below waterline needs.

PLEASE NOTE! On-site Dock's Restaurant is undergoing renovations and will reopen November 2016.

Stop by and spend some time with us, enjoy our services. Relax on the deck by the pool, savor the friendship, and visit us on the web.

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Paul and Patti White



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Although most of the equipment and the boats sit idle during the winter months, the yard and offices are open and the staff continues making repairs and restorations.


Water depths 6 - 8 feet.





Tide & current additional info

Non-tidal area with a mild current.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 5

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Outer docks 'sing' with a breeze.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 8
Total: 100
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2016-10-25)

Other price info: Comfortable docking up to 85 feet.

Reduced weekly and monthly rates avaliable for layovers or crew changes.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings are available.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included with dockage rate.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Municipal water available dockside.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - Park-like neighborhood atmosphere. Well-lit, paved, and nicely maintained lawns, gardens, driveways and parking lot.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Non-ethanol, 91 octane.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are requested to be on leashes for safety reasons. There are large grassy areas for animal exercise and relief. Bags are provided with nearby dumpsters for disposal. There is a launch ramp that is great for those pets that like to swim.

Disability access

Yes - Access is available. Any special needs should be directed to the office who do their best to accomodate all requests.

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - State of the art equipment, high speed service. There is a $5.00 fee for the pump out which is token operated. The staff is always willing to assist if requested.


Yes - Cubes are available.


Yes - Dumpsters are available shoreside.


Yes - Both ladies and mens showers and changing rooms are clean and well appointed.


Yes - Both ladies and mens heads are clean and well appointed.


Yes - Coin operated machines are available on site.


Yes - Nearby shopping available via courtesy transportation.


Yes - Nearby shopping available via courtesy transportation. Home Depot and Lowes are 10 minutes away.


Yes - Note: The on-site Dox Restaurant is undergoing a management change and will be closed for renovations starting in September 2016.
Other restaurants nearby are conveniently located just 3 miles away and accessible by delivery or marina courtesy car.


No - Note: The on-site Dox Restaurant is undergoing a management change and will be closed for renovations starting in September 2016.

Other restaurants nearby are conveniently located just 3 miles away and accessible by delivery or marina courtesy car.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Close by accomodations are available via courtesy transporation.

Repair capabilities

Yes - They are staffed to perform all types of repair, installation, fabrication and restoration with fiberglass, wood, steel and aluminum construction. Service of gas and diesel engines, drive systems, power plants, electronics and underwater gear. They also offer towing, recovery and certified scuba diving service. USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master Captain on staff.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Hauling, launching, and repairing - 25 ton Travelift service - 40 years of experience.

Storage facilities

Yes - Inside: shed storage, hauling and launching included. Outside: hauling and launching included. In-house shrink wrap service. Full winterizing and maintenance programs available.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Limited selection available.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi is available dockside. Celluar signals strength is good.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Concrete ramp with a 20 foot floating aluminum dock. Ramp will accomodate comfortably up to 35 feet boats. Additional parking and trailer storage available.


Yes - Local transportation to and from a variety of destinations can be provided. The staff will assist in meeting transportation needs. Car rentals nearby.

Other services

In-ground pool with surrounding deck, play area, paved parking lot, and grassy areas for pet relief


All within a ten minute drive: Banking, golf, shopping, movie theater, Barnes & Nobles, and Walmart. Department stores, grocery stores, amazing fresh donut store, drug stores, Laundromat, pet store... whatever you need!

Reviews for Pirate's Cove Marina
Top notch, excellent service and great facilities, 2016-10-06
Captain: , Ontario (20)

The unfortunate part was I had my boat break down.
Left her in the capable hands of Paul at Pirate's Cove.
Every email I sent was answered quickly and he took care of my
boat even asking if it arrived safely when transported to my home port in St Catharine's Ontario

Hospitality Galore!, 2016-09-28
Captain: , League City, Texas (252)

Great little marina. Made to feel very welcome at this stop! Used the courtesy car to catch a movie and do a quick grocery run. Highly recommend this Marina.

Stopped Again on Return Trip, 2016-08-09
Captain: , Seneca Lake NY (313)

Staff and seasonals were very friendly and helpful.
Pool and restaurant were a pleasant addition.
Docks are old but renovations are underway and partially complete.
We've stopped here several times and will be back.

Stopped again on the return...stayed 2 days and anjoyed ourselves.
Girls took advantage of the courtesy car to do some local shopping.
Paul & Patti are great...seasonals treated us like we were part of their family

Pirate's Cove is a great place to stay, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Attica (10)

We have stayed at Pirate's Cove twice and Paul and Patti are wonderful hosts - as a matter of fact, they could hold a seminar on how to treat people right! The courtsey car and pool are a definate benefit to this marina. I highly recommend Pirate's Cove

weekend at pirates cove marina, 2016-07-25
Captain: , verona beach ny (10)

Paul and Patti were great hosts and just a pleasure to be around. We will be back.

Great Staff and Management, very family friendly, 2016-07-24
Captain: , Sylvan Beach, NY (20)

Came here with 2 other boats and Patti & Capt. Paul could not have been more helpful and service oriented. They made arrangements for our 3 boats to be close together.
Pool is great, pump-out fantastic and the WiFi works great. Rates are reasonable water & power included. A Must stop for 1 or more nights, when on the Oneida River traveling.

Best place ever, 2016-07-23
Captain: , Plattsburg Ny (10)

Thank you Patti and Paul,
this is the best Marina ,heartwarming welcome from the owners right on the dock , it`s very clean and they lend you a car if you need...
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Thank you Patti and Paul

A Must Stop, 2016-07-18
Captain: , Waukegan IL (10)

Patti and Paul couldn't be more gracious and helpful hosts. They run a well maintained facility and go far beyond any reasonable expections to insure you have a wonderful visit. Mechanical services by competent technicians are available if needed. A nice pool, nice courtesy car and on-site restaurant are a plus. You won't be disappointed if you stay overnight or longer.

Awesome place to stay, 2016-07-17
Captain: , Waterloo, NY (10)

We have stopped there over the years and every year it keeps getting better and better. We recently stopped there for a few days and had a great time. We have two younger children and it's clean and child friendly. The kids had a great time in the in ground pool, on the swing set and riding their bikes in the parking lot. Live music at the restaurant and an overall great atmosphere made our trip up the canal so enjoyable. This place is highly recommended....

Great place to leave your boat, 2016-07-06
Captain: , Southwest Harbor, Maine (10)

We left our Grand Banks 36 here for almost a month in June 2016 while we returned home to catch up. Paul and Patti could not have been more helpful and friendly, plus very competent. When we returned 3 weeks later, they had turned our refridgeration on, and clearly kept lines on boat adjusted. Clean and neat yard, on site restaurant that while not fancy, had good food and suited us well. I would be hard to recommend a place and people more highly.

6/9/16 Launch Leave rig for 10 days, 2016-06-21
Captain: , Fairhaven MA (446)

We trailed the 25 Whaler out from MA, launched and left the rig while crusing the Canal West to Tonawanda. They coulldn't have been more helpful along with the on site DOX restaurant. Great food and country music. On our return got great advise on boat retreival (wet the bunks first and get the trailer level). Overall great marina to start, overnight or re-fuel on an Erie Canal cruise.

Perfect in every way!, 2016-06-21
Captain: , Sandy Pond (10)

This is a great place to bring your boat and stay for the night, or indefinitely! It is a great location and close to so many things. The owners are so welcoming and friendly. They have always taken great care in repairing our boat when it has issues. I would highly recommend Pirates Cove to anyone!

Keeps getting better, 2016-06-11
Captain: , Cleveland (2062)

We have returned to Pirate's Cove Marina annually for many years. We highly recommend staying here, getting work done and/or storing your boat here. Paul and Taylor are knowledgeable mechanics who will help you work on your own projects if you want to do some work yourself. Thanks to Paul, Patti and Taylor we usually end up staying longer than planned. The marina has a great feel to it, old home friendly attitudes. They are continuously making improvements to the docks and facilities. It is relatively quiet,friendly and family oriented. It has an on-site restaurant, swimming pool and children's play area. The grounds are very well kept.

Great Service - Nice People, 2015-11-04
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale FL (124)

We were looking for someplace open during our end of season transit of the Erie. Luckily, we stopped here. The got us tied up quickly and plugged in so we stayed warm.

The restaurant was open with friendly people (like Patty and her crew at the marina). We certainly enjoyed our stay.

Anyone with a pirate statue in the Marina Office can't be all bad, I always say.

Valued life saverrs, 2015-09-19
Captain: , Meredith, NH (638)

Stopped 7/21 - 7/24 with battery trouble. They were happy to solve a long time problem we have had with our batteies. They rewired them & replaced 2 8D's with 4 6D's while we visited an old college friend. They could not have been more helpful.

Paul still believes in people, 2015-08-01
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1340)

And that expression spealks volumes. Pirates Cove is the Olversons of the Erire -- for all the same reasons -- exceptional service. We used his central location as a base for our trailerable trawler. We went to Tanawanda and back, east and north to Burlignton and back while he stored our truck & trailer under roof. He did an expert job color matching a gelcoat ding, serviced the engine and re-applied antifoulng.

Great Marina, 2015-06-12
Captain: , Lumberton MS (40)

This place may be small, but Paul the manager made up for it. He went out of his way to take our friends to the airport early one morning, and let us use his courtesy car with no time limits as long as no one else needed to borrow it. Would definitely go back for this type of hospitality.

We will be back., 2015-06-10
Captain: , Illinois (2422)

We love the Erie Canal and plan to return many times. We hope to center our next tour from this marina. Paul and Patty are great people.
Very clean showers and grounds and a picturesque Marina setting.
We appreciate the loan of tools and transportation.

Wonderful in all aspects, 2015-02-21
Captain: , Summerlin, NV (350)

We stayed there for 5 days in mid-August and have only praise for the facility and it's owners. Delightful marina, relaxed and very clean. Restroom and showers also nice and very clean. There is a pool on the grounds that makes for a nice relaxing afternoon, and their small store includes the boater necessities. Nice single lane launch ramp with room to store your vehicle/trailer. Our crusing of the Canal had to stop there becuase of our timeframe, but we still wanted to see Niagara Falls. Enterprise rental car will pick you up there so we rented a car and enjoyed an intervening 2-day trip to the Falls. The marina owner/family are extremely nice and very helpful the moment you might have a question. We really enjoyed our stay!

Truly a great spot, 2014-10-07
Captain: , Key Largo (5304)

docked there for three days, left my trailer and truck there while cruising the Erie, for three weeks.

Great folks, Not overpriced. Reasonalbe prices for dockage, clean showers, and restrooms, laundry, good place to store the boat, either on the hard or in the water.

Highly Recommended!, 2014-09-10
Captain: , Cobourg, Ontario (10)

We stayed one night on our way home to Toronto from Long Island. The owners, Paul and Patti, greeted us at the dock with a warm smile and helped us tie up. Paul offered us a car to go to town for supplies which was an enexpected treat when you've been on the water for days. We definitely took him up on that offer! The marina is easily accessed and very scenic. It was so nice to stay at Pirates Cove and I would recommend it to anyone. "A home away from home".

Thank you Paul and Patti for your hospitality!

David and Jane

Great Place to "Nest" - Quiet and Comfortable, 2014-09-09
Captain: , San Juan Capistrano, CA (90)

Stayed a month while we explored local area via boat and rental car. Clean restroom, shower, laundry and pool. Reasonable rates with friendly and helpful staff. (can arrange for loaner car). Note restaurant (DOX) has limited food service hours and reduced open days after Labor Day. We're planning on returning next spring on our way to Canada.

Excellent Marina, 2013-11-23
Captain: , Bronte Outer Harbour Marina (70)

We were at Pirate's Cove for 2 weeks due to a lock closure on the Erie Canal. We were treated like family.....and the facilities were excellent. We couldn't have been 'stranded' at a better place. Would go out of our way to stay there again.

How Lucky was I? Summer 2007, 2011-03-31
Captain: , Rochester,new york (20)

I was cruising from lake erie,thru erie canal,to Lake Ontario,when I blew a voltage regulater,approaching Lock 1 on the Oswego river(headed north to the lake)I was directed from that lock to Pirates Cove(back about 1.5 miles)When I docked,Capt Paul assesed my problem,1st mate Taylor helped with the fix.The folks there were so nice,I spent several weeks.I enjoyed their pool,resturant,and fellow boater's.You really get a bird's eye view,of all sorts of cruiser's,as they pass right by in front of you.The neat thing is there are 3 old sunken barge's in front of the marina,they not only attract wildlife,but act as a breakwall from any wake,really neat!Thank's Captain Paul!

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