Details for Schaefer's Canal House

Schaefer's Canal House

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 42 reviews

Address 208 Bank St.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915


After hours contact

Tom Connell, 302-379-2657.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: The restaurant, deck bar, and transient docks are now open. Sunday-Thursday 9 am to 8 pm Friday-Saturday 9 am to 9 pm

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

John Giordano



Tom Connell

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Accept all major credit cards and cash.

Payment discounts

$0.05 off Sea Tow and Boat US discounts for 499 gallons and below
$0.10 off per gallon of fuel for volumes over 500 gallons.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: The docks will be open from March-November with December-February being open with limited hours.


Extremely strong currents. Come in against the current only.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 25
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 15

Other depth info: Plenty of water for vessels over 100 feet. Vessels 80 foot and above should call or email the marine staff to reserve dockage space in front of the restaurant. From the bridge pier east is approximately 28-32 feet on MLW.

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

Additional info: The pilings have fendering attached to them. The deckhands can help you with fenderboards and/or bumpers.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2015-09-07)

Other price info: Transit dock space is free to boaters having lunch or dinner, not staying overnight. Be sure to call or email with your reservation requests.

In Season: April 1st to October 31st
Weekdays are $2.00 per foot.
Weekends are $2.50 per foot.

Out of Seaon: Novemeber 1st to March 31st
Weekdays are $1.00 per foot.
Weekends are $1.50 per foot.

Weekly Rates:
Weekdays are $1.50 per foot.
Weekends are $1.75 per foot.

In Season Holiday Rates are $3.00 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 50 amp coverage is located in front of the restaurant.
30 amp coverage is located on the west end of th fuel dock.

Pricing info: $8 per plug for 30 amp service.
$18 per plug for 50 amp service.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Upon request water is available for $10. One of the deckhands will be able to help you out.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: 93 Octane gas and diesel available.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: $0.05 off Sea Tow and Boat US discounts for 499 gallons and below.
$0.10 off per gallon of fuel for volumes over 500 gallons.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: $0.05 off Sea Tow and Boat US discounts for 499 gallons and below.
$0.10 off per gallon of fuel for volumes over 500 gallons.



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: They have a special area for pets on shore. Let one of the dockhands know and they can direct you to the pet area.

Disability access

Yes - Passenger loading and off loading to a floating pier a with ramp is located on the far east end of the marina, in front of the restaurant.

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - $2 for a 10lb bag. Check with the marine store for other dock and boat related products.


Yes - Bagged trash only. No hazardous material. Recycling preferred.


No - Reported to be coming soon, 2013.


Yes - Restrooms available by the Lighthouse Bar. Eventually they will have shower and laundry service available.


Yes - Need to take a taxi to Chesapeake City, a $12 taxi ride.



Yes - Check with the marine store. Steven Connell, manager. The marine store and ecommerce site is available for your dock and boat related products.


Yes - Schaefer's restaurant is located on the top level of the east building and will be featuring seafood dishes. The newly renovated restaurant has some of the feel of the original Schaefer's but will be introducing a range of seafood dishes. Call 410-885-7200 for further details about the menu, reservations, and banquet information.


Yes - They have two bars at the facility. The upstairs bar, located in the restaurant, is perfect for dining with family. It has a nautical look and feel along with unparalleled views of the C&D Canal.

The lighthouse bar is located on the outside patio and will feature reggae/island music and an upclose view of yachts, sailboats, and the range of ships that pass through the canal everyday.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - M/V Bay Breeze boat cruises which is independently owned and operated by Tom and Steven Connell handles tours, booze cruises, private, and corporate events. More details at

Internet access

Yes - Router: Canal House Free
Password: sch free

(All lower case with a space between sch and free)

Boat ramp availability


Yes - M/V Bay Breeze Boat Cruises

Other services


19 mile trail starts at Scheafer's and ends in St. Georges, DE.

M/V Bay Breeze boat cruises.

Reviews for Schaefer's Canal House
Nice place to stop for the evening., 2016-07-29
Captain: , Wickford, RI (330)

The current is strong here, so dock into the current, and have a long spring line ready. There are huge ropes attached to the pilings to lean on, so fenders can be deployed after you are tied up. The dock master was friendly and helpful, and knew the routine in assisting in a strong current. The boat traffic honored the no wake zone for the most part. But fenders are required for the occassional wake. Food was excellent.

Great service, 2016-07-11
Captain: , Hampton, Va (210)

The dock staff were very well trained in handling boats. Considering the strong currents in the canal, they offer great advice and assistance. Only negative is that there is no water on the docks. The pilings on the docks are well padded. Food at restaurant is very good.

Great place to stay-very professional, 2016-06-26
Captain: , Racine Wisconsin (161)

The water is 20 feet deep. One long dock so very easy to tie up.
You are right on the canal.
Beautiful restaurant and tiki bar on premises.
Your harbor master Tom is a super nice guy and he knows his business well. Follow his advice when he tells you which side to tie up to to deal with the current.

better than at anchor, 2016-05-15
Captain: , Buffalo (832)

We came through heading north and we thought a nice meal would have been nice. They had a very friendly young man who handled our lines and helped us. A little pricey for a restaurant, but it was the better option than anchoring since we wanted to catch the tide out on rhe Delaware Bay. It was too late for us to enjoy the restaurant. Wifi is good, but dockage was $2.50 per foot, plus electric.

strong Current, 2015-11-04
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale FL (124)

Nice dockage late season so not much activity. Good restaurant. A little pricey for the facilities provided.

nice stop, 2015-10-26
Captain: , Newport, RI (60)

after sailing overnight and then up the Delaware Bay and transitiing the C&D we wanted to spend the night and have a proper meal. Arrived about 5PM after phoning ahead. Very helpful and friendly dock hands.
We docked on the canal side in front of the restaurant. No Showers though we where told they are working on it. We where the only boat there yet off season rates don't start until Nov 1. Charged us $2.50 a foot which included electric and water which we did not need.
Restaurant was good. We would stop here again.

Helpful staff and sturdy docks, 2015-10-07
Captain: , United States (2386)

We needed a place to tie up for a nor'easter, with a possible tropical storm (Joaquin) right behind it. This location mid-canal is well protected from winds in all directions, and it was flat calm here for our whole stay despite four-footers on the bays. Dockmaster Tom was extremely helpful and made us a deal on our four-day stay post-season.

The docks are very sturdy with heavy pilings, ideal for our 55-ton boat. Nothing is walkable from here save for their own restaurant, but Enterprise Car Rental in Elkton picked us up and we were able to get provisions and some errands done while we were here.

The restaurant is also good; we'd eaten here before and it did not disappoint this time, at least for dinner. Sunday brunch needs work. All the restaurants here in Chesapeake City, Schaefer's included, charge a premium for the waterfront location. If you have wheels, Baker's Restaurant just a few miles north has excellent food at back-country prices.

This place can be noisy on summer weekends, but on a rainy weekend in October all we could hear was the occasional ship passing by on the canal.

Very busy and loud, 2015-09-18
Captain: , Baltimore (389)

We stopped at Schaefer's Canal House after cruising from Cape May and the Delaware River. The free dock across the river was full, so we came over to Schaefers. Fortunately we had made a reservation the day before as the dock was full tonight.
Docking can be tricky due to the fast current and boats in canal. For a resturant dock, the per foot charge is expensive. The wifi does not work too well. The resturant food was very good.
There is about a 3.5' tide change at the dock so fenders need to be planned accordingly. When securing to the dock, there are not any cleats, just tall pilings to tie to. Use long spring lines to help with large ship wakes.

Only For Fuel, 2015-09-16
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (909)

We only stopped here for fuel - but the attendant was very helpful and competent. Very strong currents (attendant said max 5kts) but come up current and you will be fine. Whole dock lined with vertical pilings - so hopefully you have rubstrakes and/or deploy fenders after docking.

Excellent..., 2015-07-07
Captain: , Philadelphia, PA (141)

Great place to eat. Decently priced and the food never disappoints. The ouside seating is really nice with kind of an upscale vibe. The docks look to be in great shape if you want to go by boat. My wife and I eat here most Tuesday's for "Date Night". After living in Philly, this area is something of a food desert. Everything seems over priced and underwhelming - this place delivers. I highly recommend.

great fuel and lunch stop , 2015-07-07
Captain: , Deltaville, va (101)

Pleasant and attentive staff made getting fuel and lunch a pleasure. Impressive current but good dock and dock hands made it manageable. Would come back again !

Good stop on the C & D, 2015-05-04
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1836)

Tom & Steve have done an excellent job on refurbishing this icon of the waterway. Some things redone are better than the original and this is one. Tom & Steve were very cordial and made us feel very welcome and they have more plans for the place in the future. Plenty of water, beware of current and follow Tom's advise on approach as he has many years at sea. Good power, used 2 x 50, diesel was posted on the pump at 4.099 on 10-7-13.

Stayed again night of 9-28-14, weather was warm and restaurant was very busy, fod was good, power was good and 20 feet of water at slip. Easy in & out, good people.

5-3-15 Stopped here for three hours to check on some issues. Very cordial no charge. Wake was very tolerable, not the issue that others have talked about. Very deep water at the docks.

First stop after leaving Atlantic Ocean!, 2015-01-20
Captain: , delaware city, DE (80)

BIL gave us this location and we are so glad for it. Beautiful, quiet broadside location. Another nighttime landing and glad the tide was high for ease of tie-up. Nothing like playing beat the clock with mother nature!! We are pleased to say that we won and achieved our goal before the weather turned on us!!

worst experience ever!, 2014-12-07
Captain: , Buzzards Bay (381)

At the face dock under the bridge with one other boat on 10/25/2014 paying $2.50 a foot high season weekend rate!!!! water is $10.00 more and even more $$$ for electric... The bridge is kind of loud But the boarded up for the winter Tiki bar is very quiet!

Wow I Hate this dock! I just got knocked out of bed and boat is slamming against the dock at 11:30pm The current has changed and is pushing the boat against the dock and I was hit by a HUGE WAKE !!!
I had to telephone the dock master in the AM to leave as the current was now pushing my boat about 6 or 7 feet away from the dock. Even with his help we could not pull my boat close enough to disembark.... So $2.50 a foot with no water no Electric with HUGE wakes and could not even get off the boat use the dockside bathroom or go for a walk. Dock master was pleasant and said he can't control the current or wakes... This might be a fun dock and dine place at slack tide. But Do Not try to sleep here!!

Awesome Staff, Great Food, 2014-10-26
Captain: , Hampton VA (140)

Stopped off here after pounding up Delaware Bay on delivery from LI to Hampton Va to avoid noreaster on 10/22/14. Had no problems tieing up, they helped us get a taxi to get some clothes dried and had an awesome dinner upstairs. Wind from north was holding us off pier and we had no problems with wakes. Tie up heading into the current, plenty of water, but it is a stretch to get off boat (36 ft sailboat), they do have ladders built into bulkhead. Staff even took our jerry can to pump some diesel into it in the middle of driving rain. Noise from bridge didnt keep us awake at all.

Trip to Maine, 2014-07-26
Captain: , Horsham, PA (110)

Looks like it has been recently renovated and not yet complete. Has a long T- dock which can be very tricky in max flood or ebb. Good restuarant. Much better than some co the other marinas on the C&D Canal.

Almost there, 2014-07-23
Captain: , Chesapeake City, MD (32)

The owners have done a fantastic job of restoring this facility and finally the restaurant service matches the appearance. Entire facility is clean with a friendly atmosphere. As mentioned by others, the water in the canal runs fast and can be quite choppy due to rude passing boaters who do not respect the unenforced no wake zone. Not the best facility for docking small boats at the fixed docks. Dockmaster Tom is real pro, friendly and accommodating. Facility lacks a pump out, a big negative for this very busy waypoint facility.

Dinner and an overnight, 2014-07-14
Captain: , Glenwood, MD (385)

Stopped here after 142 mile trek from NJ. We were moored on the bulkhead in front of the Restaurant. Live music, big crowd, great food. We had some trouble getting water run to our boat, but the dock hands were finally able to oblidge.... I will come back again...

Will not return, 2013-10-24
Captain: , New Hamburg, NY (140)

The best thing about this dockage was the dock master, Tom. The charge for 50 amps seemed excessive and there was even a charge for water. Got a bad night sleep with truck traffiic on the bridge and commercial boats pushing us on the dock

Grat place to fuel up, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Bristol RI (80)

Real great people this is our 2nd time getting fuel here. We have found the price reasonable and were given a small discount. It's a good idea to follow Tom's advice on the approach, due to the current around the bridge. Could use a store for conveince. We did't stay but the band in the bar sounded great too bad we didn't have more time.

Great place to stop on the C&D Canal, 2013-10-04
Captain: , Newport RI (10)

Rejuvination has served this facility well. Tom and Steve went out of their way to help us feel comfortable. Still a work in progress but VERY comfortable. Restaurant did a very nice job as well. Crab cakes were the best we've had (we've had many!). Dock hands actually helped with docking rather than stand by to just observe. They have a plan to add laundry, wifi and showers.

Good stop, needs small improvements, 2013-09-21
Captain: , Wickford, RI (937)

September 21, 2013
Stopped here again on our way south, so this is a follow up to my last review from April.
The place is looking better and better, and Tom and Steve Connell are definitely trying hard. They are both so nice and friendly. Tom is amazing.
But if they want to bring this marina at a similar level than other good marinas, they need to improve some things:
A) They need to offer Internet for transients. I mean....c'mon, we are in 2013. You must offer transients Internet.
2) They must get on board with some programs offered by MarinaLife or Active Captain and give transients some sort of discount.
Other than these two small items, it's a nice stop.

April 2013
We called ahead of time, to inquire about staying over night on our way to Cape May. The young man who answered the phone (Steve) was extremely polite, friendly and professional. He and his father Tom, (dock master) run the marina part of this newly renovated establishment. We arrived later in the evening, they were both at the dock to greet us and help us with the lines. Both father and son are incredibly warm, they both gave us their cell phone number in case we needed something later in the night. Who does that.. Way beyond the call of duty. We had dinner at the restaurant and the food was excellent. We will definitely stop here again.

Rare Canal Wall Tie-up Oportunity, 2013-09-20
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (970)

This is a fun spot to spend a night while transiting the canal. Very helpful father and son team of Tom and Steve Connell will secure you to the new fixed docks so you can enjoy the outdoor bar or restaurant--or just watch the world float by from your deck.

Strong currents around the bridge can make arrival and departure interesting. Good electrical service is provided, and hopefully water will be available at the pedestals soon. Water was supplied to us via a very long hose from the shore. If you plan on watching satellite TV, request a spot that is not directly under the bridge.

We will return!

Price is an issue!, 2013-08-21
Captain: , Annapolis (11)

They are trying...BUT, if a facility charges $4/foot (July4th special rate) Showers and running water are expected and required at the dock!

Really Good People, 2013-08-13
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1236)

The service at this marina is better than we've received anywhere on the Bay. They did everything they could to make our stay a very good on.
THe current can be strong, but the staff will be there to help you on arrival and when you leave... No matter what time you're leaving.
They made themselves available at daybreak for our departure. Because of weather, we didn't leave until later and called the dockmaster's cell to let him off the hook. He said to call back when we were ready and he'd be there.
They are working hard to make this a 1st class facility. Even check you in with an iPad.
No WiFi yet,but we're sure it will be installed soon. They seem to very interested in making this a very up to date marina.
Bar and Restaurant was crowded on a Monday night. The Bar was excellent, we didn't try the restaurant, but the folks who did seemed to enjoy it.

Nice overnight stop, 2013-08-08
Captain: , Haddonfield, NJ (144)

We made SCH a destination, had drinks at the outside bar, went to dinner, and then more drinks at the bar. A good time was had by all. Same comments as others, showers would have been nice and water was not yet ready so we used a hose from the restaurant. All in all a nice night for us.

Thanks for bringing Schaefer's Canal House back to life!

Glad they are back!, 2013-07-23
Captain: , Atlantic City, NJ (320)

After being closed For a while I am glad to see they ARE BACK OPEN AGAIN! Highly reccommend the sunday brunch.

Inland Water Truck Stop, 2013-06-22
Captain: , Barnstable (268)

This was a great place to layover on our trip up the Delaware and transiting to the Chesapeake. It's reminiscent of an old fashion truckstop. It's in the middle of a remodel (June 2013), and the owners are making significant improvements. The restaurant is excellent, and the staff are very friendly. Tom Connell the manager was particularly helpful. The only drawback is that there were no showers. They left the restrooms open overnight for us. In the morning we woke up to see a 900 foot Car Carrier squeezing it's way through the C&D Canal. I recommend this stop to anyone based on convenience and the friendliness.

Like going home again, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Boston (40)

I used to stop here when I was a kid with my dad, so when it reopened I had to stop in. The buildings have all been restored or replaced and the docks were in good condition. We had to stay on the canal side of the dock but with the big fenders it was no problem. The food was good and I am glad we stopped.

nice dock w/ no facilities, 2013-05-16
Captain: , Little River, SC (323)

We stopped here for the nite before. Transiting the CD canal and crossing to Woods Hole. $2.50 per foot seems very high for a marina w/o showers or laundry. Dockmaster and staff very helpful. They ran a long hose from the restaurant so we could take on water. Nice restaurant though fairly expensive.

Excellent facilities and friendly staff, 2013-05-14
Captain: , North East,MD (20)

Opened under new management and offerring great food and dockage. Staff on dock and restaurant very friendly.

Great food, 2013-04-17
Captain: , Worton Creek, MD (290)

I have eaten here once. The food was excellent and the place is very nice, particularly the bar area.

Great first experience, 2013-03-31
Captain: , Kent Narrows, MD. (10)

I didn't get a chance to make it in here last fall when the first opened up and finally got to make the trip with the family from our marina just up the canal on Saturday night. I know they had a few service issue when the first opened from the reviews/rumors, but I can attest to the fact it appears they acknowledged the issues and got it squared away. The service was great, the food was excellent and the facility was great. I look forward to coming back here as the season ramps up to get a chance to spend some time with the outside area that looks just as nice as the inside of the restaraunt.

Nice stop on the way to Annapolis, 2012-10-23
Captain: , Aquebogue, NY (130)

They're still starting up only having been open for a month or so. Nice people, friendly and helpful. Steve, the dockmaster, gave my friend a lift into town to grab a few things. Restaurant and bakery on site looked good. We didn't sample either due to the short overnight stay. Will be a 5 star stop for me when they're completely up and running with showers, heads, wifi, etc.

Remodeled and Re-Opened, 2012-10-20
Captain: , Wilmington (51)

Delightful stop for lunch or dinner but a bit noisy and bouncy to be a really great over-night.

Great lunch stop, 2012-10-20
Captain: , Galena, MD (80)

We took our boat there on 10-18-2012 for lunch. I called the marina on channel 16 and they answered right away. They had 2 people to help tie up the boat and also 2 when we left. The lunch was great. Just know that the current can really run so just be prepared.

Schaffers Dock, 2012-09-29
Captain: , New York (483)

Pulled up around 8PM to stay the night. It was very easy to get to as opposed to going into the small anchorage across the canal. Relatively expensive, $2.00/ft, but after a long day up from Cape May oit was worth it. All new facilities and restaurant.

Great addition, 2012-09-25
Captain: , San Antonio, TX (310)

Good place to tie up or fuel Dinner good Nice protection from a storm Helpful

Open for business, 2012-09-22
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3048)

We have not stayed there yet but a phone call revealed that they have dock attendants and the restaurant is open.

Easy access, good diesel prices, 2012-09-16
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (2982)

Good place to fuel...did not dine here, so can't say.

Stopped both ways, 2012-09-16
Captain: , New Jersey (40)

Just finished a two week cruise, New Jersey to the Chesapeake and back. Was very happy to stop here on both directions. Dock hands were very helpful both times. It could be tricky docking with the current in the canal but it went very smoothly both times. We had to move from the fuel dock down in front of the restaurant to get water as we forgot to bring our own hose. We had lunch and it was OK. Fish tacos were a little plain.

New docks, now open, 2012-09-12
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1459)

Stopped for fuel today, gas was 4.54/gal, 93 octane, and does contain ethenol. Docks look like new and quoted price for overnight was $2/ft.

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