Details for Summit North Marina

Summit North Marina

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Average rating 2.9 stars from 91 reviews

Address 3000 Summit Harbour Place
Bear, DE 19701-2609

Phone302-836-1800 (Fax: 302-836-3647)

After hours contact

Same as above.

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Chris Lloyd


Breanna Sarver


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

$0.05 discount for 100 gallons or more.
$0.05 discount for slip holders.
$0.05 discount for Summit North Yacht Club members.
$0.23 Delaware tax rebate for gasoline.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Make a hard right 270 degree turn if approaching from the Delaware Bay end of the canal. Pay attention to the markers and you will be fine. Stay in the middle of the channel closest to the docks on the port side - that is where you will find the most depth. The fuel dock is all the way at the back of the marina and there is a large basin back there where you can turn around.





Tide & current additional info

Typical Tide range is from 2 - 4 feet, depending on weather.


Approach: 5
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info: Follow the green and red markers at the approach, stay about 20 feet off of the main docks on your port side.

Reported March 2014 that most slips are 4-5 feet at low tide.

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

Additional info: New floating docks installed summer 2012.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 225
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: There is a long face dock along the perimeter of the marina where larger boats can be docked.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 400
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2016-07-06)

Other price info:


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: $0.00 (0000-00-00)

Other price info: No moorings available.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $5 for 30 amp
$10 for double 30 amp
$10 for 50 amp
$20 for double 50 amp

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: 89 octane gasoline. Off-road diesel.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: With a $0.23 rebate from the State of Delaware. $0.05 discount for 100 gallons or more.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: $0.05 discount for 100 gallons or more.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out



Yes - Available at office Open 24 hours.


Yes - There are bins at each dock. Recycling, single stream, in the dumpster in the parking lot.




Yes - Available and clean.




Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby


No - Aqua Sol Restaurant and Bar closed September 2016.



Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Yes - 50 ton travel lift.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability



Yes - Taxis and rental cars are available.

Other services

Swimming Pool


Reviews for Summit North Marina
Not as advertised, 2016-10-07
Captain: , Kingston (219)

For value, this is one of the worst marinas I have stayed at. The restaurant was closed, along with the laundry and closest washrooms to the main docks. Since we were here mainly for laundry and to grab a meal we didn't have to prepare the stop was unproductive. The wifi is paid. The docks themselves are in need of repair with many, many punky boards. A slip holder told us the marina is battling with the state over who should replace the docks as the marina is in a state park and the docks are sometimes used by the public.

When we phoned in for our slip assignment we were assigned a slip that proved to be occupied on our arrival (10 minutes later). Although a dockhand was supposed to assist none was dispatched. We dealt with one older dock assistant who was decent at this job, but the young man and woman we dealt with were compleltely indifferent to their jobs and barely competent in them.

If you have a deeper draft boat (over 6') this may not be a viable option unless you are comfortable bumping bottom on the way in. You are better staying at one of the Chesapeake City options a little further along the canal.

Rudest place I've ever been, 2016-09-28
Captain: , Tempe, AZ (210)

Staff are literally unresponsive to questions . when I wanted to pay, the person was more concerned about listening on his headphones and did not respond. the next day, I couldn't pump out because the lady refused to leave her office. No class and no manners.

nice walking trails, 2016-09-14
Captain: , Wickford, RI (411)

Update 9/14/16: Restaurant recently closed due to nonpayment of rent and other management issues. Inquiries have already been received from other parties interested in re-opening.
Once again, call on phone not radio. Prompt dockhand assist.
6/16 review:
Nice floating docks, lots of dock repair has been accomplished and continues. Prompt answer to phone call and told to call back when 15 minutes away and dockhand would meet us, which he did. They don't appear to be answering the radio.
Excellent restaurant, Aqua Sol, on premises at yacht club. Good music and 1.5-2 hour wait on a Friday night.
Great place to walk or walk the dog. Trail goes around and then along the canal. Good for bikes too.
Channel in gets shallow to starboard. We draw 5.5' and sat on the ground at low tide on a T head.
Didn't use their facilities.
Great protection in a blow.

Decent Place, 2016-07-18
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Protected basiin and a good stop before going down the Delaware, but Delaware City is much better place. Stayed 7/2016 and it is still a good spot to stop for the night. Very protected and folks are nice, even though they are not geared towards transients. Now that Chesapeake City is silted in, you may want to stay here. The entrance is a little tricky, so make sure you enter slowly and stay away from the shore after you enter.

Dated but trying to rehab -- a great weather hole, watch entrance at low tide, 2016-07-08
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (636)

This is our 4th time there in past 7 years. Minimum staff so plan on managing your own dock lines. Staff is friendly. We did not use the showers or heads since it was an overnight stay. Some folks complain about the long walks but after being on boat for hours, walking was a welcome change.

Aqua Sol restaurant continues to serve good food and drink and the 1/2 portion menu is a plus.

Once Summit North finishes its improvements, a 4-star rating would be in order.

We draw 4.5 ft and exited at low tide showing depth of 7' at exit. If you enter and exit centering between the shoals to north and south should have no problem.

Poor conditon, shallow water, poor electrical, 2016-07-02
Captain: , Dover, DE (40)

Very shallow! Badly needed dredging 2.5ft at the entry to the marina. Poor service. Could not get anyone on radio, needed to use cell phone but no one to help. 50 Amp is not usable. The path to restaurant is closed (In repair). We did not stay since electrical issue could not be resolve. The only Marina we ever encounter electrical issues.

Good Marina - Great Restaurant, 2016-06-25
Captain: , Southport Queensland (300)

Good service from the crew at tie up. Use your cell phone as they don't appear to use VHF. Skinny water on the way in at the second marina finger next to the large steel boat at low tide but we draw 4'10 and had 2 foot to spare. Excellent restaurant with great music but if you make a reservation be specific that you want outside. We booked two dayts in adavance and on arrival were told that they didn't take bookings for less than 6 but nearly of the tables were for four and most of them were reserved. Even a table for two was reserved. When this was pointed out they got a little angry but we persisted and did get a table for four as reserved.

Captain Egon, s/v Aquavit, 2016-06-07
Captain: , Oyster Bay,NY (10)

Stopped here on our way from LI to Rock Hall. Convenient location, easy fuel dock. Staff very helpful. Easy access to t docks and perimeter dock. Bathrooms are horrendous. The marina is extremely well protected, but it is hot and loaded with bugs

Well protected., 2016-04-28
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1876)

Very well protected, good power, good floating docks. Limited food as restaurant is on & off on being open. Thirty minutes by car to Philadelphia. Staff at check in (8PM) did not know much about power and nothing about wifi (could not use as did not know password etc.) Have stayed here numerous time while transiting area.

4-28-16 Rate is $2 a foot, elec. is $10 a plug. Water depthis 9" at low tide, good floating docks, good power.

Poorly Trained Staff, 2016-04-22
Captain: , Warwick, RI (20)

This marina offers good protection, good docks, and a location that is good for slow boats headed for Cape May. The staff, however, assures that I will not return. We were assured over the VHF as we were entering the harbor that a dock hand would be on the dock ready to assist with lines. When we arrived at the assigned dock, no one was present. Fortunately, we had no problems without the assistance. When I went to the office to register, the staff was sitting around reading catalogs. When I asked why no one was at the dock to assist, I got a surly response that they were short staffed and that it was lunch time. When I called the owner to express my dismay, the staff said he was tied up and would call back. He never returned my call. Next time I will make it a longer day and not return to this marina.

good stopover on the canal, 2015-10-11
Captain: , Midway Marina, Port Clinton, OH (729)

Pulled in just as a storm was about to break. As we pulled up to the dock, the storm broke and the two dockhands weathered through it all assisting me in tying up. Extremely easy access to the T docks. Good water depth. Office is a hike, though. Joked with dockhands that I should have packed a lunch. Very nice docks - wide and stable. Only problem with my T dock was there was no stern cleat available at the end of the dock. Had to pass line over to next dock, which blocked in a smaler boat in that slip. But we were leaving early next morning anyways. Restrooms were rough - light that didn't work, trash overflowing. But for a simple overnighter, it was more than adequate.

If I had the choice I would be someplace else, 2015-08-02
Captain: , Lewes, DE (424)

We were forced into Summit North Marina after an accident on the canal and spent a week here 7/19-26/2015. The marina is huge but mostly empty. We were directed to tie up at the very end of the perimeter dock which seemed to be at least a quarter of a mile walk to the office. The pedestal by our slip did not work so we had to move the boat closer to a different pedestal. The marina staff was friendly and seemed desirous of elping when they could but the facilities reminded me of something out of a bad horror movie. To make matters worse at the suggestion of the marina staff I contacted an onsite contractor to assist with the repairs needed to getme on my way. The work was minimal and no more than 10-12 hours but they gave me an estimate of nearly $15,000 for work I neither requested or needed so I did the work myself. Then once I completed the work they sent me a bill for $300 for providing the estimate since I didn't have them do the work. I will never stop here again unlessfor some reasonsI am againforced to. 2 stars because the young guys working there were willing to help and were very friendly.

July stop over, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Forked River New Jersey (70)

This marina was a good stop over for our July cruise. we spent the night and picked up fuel. It seemed a little unorganized but we got our slips and had a very good dinner at the Aqua Sol.

This could be a nice place, but ...., 2015-07-07
Captain: , Atlanta (770)

We stayed here the night of 5/22/15. First we were directed to tie up behind a sail boat on a tee dock. When we got there, there was no one to help us and there was not enough room to tie up without sticking out about 15-20 feet into the adjacent fairway. When we were finally able to contact the office, we were told to go to slip "D1 or D2 - doesn't matter" (we had a friend who was in a slip who had someone bang on their boat at 1:00 am saying that they were in his slip - so maybe it did matter). The office/ship's store had virtually nothing for sale.

Basically, it seems that no one cares or is in charge here. What best sums up the place is that there was a flier in the dock post-it box advertising the 2013 Christmas party. That's right - 2013 - nearly a year and a half earlier!


nice stop easy in and out, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Milford (40)

On the way to cape may. 38 ft 6 ft draft went in and out No problem. deep water near the point of entry so ignored their bouys on entry and exit. Kid in the office joke that it was really a jet ski marina but love the money from transient sailboats. Acknowledging the groundings at the entry of many sailboats. He had let us stay for about 4 hours after re fueling. No charge.
Showers clean and air conditioned. Didn't get to try the restaurant up the long stairs but looked nice.

nice place to stop, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Tonawanda,NY (261)

We got there and pumped out and got fuel. Needed to resupply and they took us to the store

Would avoid..., 2015-06-18
Captain: , Delaware (36)

Have stopped here several times for fuel and a pumpout. Every time i've ever come in, I receive no response after hailing on 16 and 9 - and have only been greeted by dock hands at the fuel dock once. Decided to have dinner at the restaurant recently (got to the marina by car this time), afterwards I took a walk down every single dock they have. I was never once stopped or questioned by staff - and considering i'm not a slip holder, it made me wonder what would have happened had I been someone with ill intentions. I know it's a decent sized marina, but me taking that uninterupted walk all along everyone's private slips really made me question the security of boats in this marina.

Run down but improving, 2015-06-06
Captain: , Herrington harbor (10)

Look out for Dredging lines across entrance to marina. Avoid at low tide. The marina is run down but they are gradually making improvements. Some marina staff poorly trained and marina overall seems poorly managed. Very few options along the canal so we will be back.

Summit North AOK, 2015-06-04
Captain: , Hutchinson Island, Fl (75)

We pulled in after an 11 hour day out of Cqpe May enduring a Cold Front Pqssage and Thunderstorms from well below Reedy preventing us from stopping there. The staff radioed they were dredging and take any spot near the entrance! The place was less than half full. Restaurant closed, Marina office was on CH 16 and open. Terrific folks. Bought Diesel in the am at $2.95 and headed on out to Sassafras. Canal was benign, but had current.

Docks great, rest a bit run down, 2015-05-28
Captain: , Westbrook, CT (453)

Entrance was being dredged as we approached. Fuel pump slow, but price good at $2.95 (5 cent discount over 100 gall). Docks great, dock hands very helpful. Pizza delivered from Domenicks was great, restaurant closed when we were there.

Everything we needed!, 2015-05-27
Captain: , Lake St. Clair (157)

The gas dock review we read on here scared the heck out of us, but was fine! Dock hand asked to rinse our tanks on a pump out! FIRST TIME SINCE WE WERE IN MICHIGAN! Pool not open yet, but with the wind/rain that kept us here was a mute point. Discount on gasoline over 100 gallons. No complaints here!

safe and sound, 2015-05-27
Captain: , South Portland, Maine (847)

We stopped here to await a weather window fpr Cape May and found this an ideal stop. By bike, groceries are 5.6, package store is 4, Chesapeak City by paved off road bike trail is 6.3 and Delaware City 8. The staff here is more than helpful though a bit vague about local services (they all live in other areas of the state). The marina is being upgraded with new docks but was fine for our 36 ft, 4 ft draft trawler. The Summit North Marina is located about half way through the C & D. Weekly rate is $275. Only 50 amp power at the t-head so used an adaptor for our 30 amp service. The retaurant on site is phenominol.

Great location; however, POORLY MANAGED/MAINTAINED/STAFFED Seasonal Marina., 2015-05-26
Captain: , Glen Cove, NY (281)

Only facility at east end of C & D Canal offering fuel and numerous floating docks. Entrance and fairway <5 ft. at low although dredging is underway (has been for long time). Facility is very run down and really needs TLC! Dock hands inexperienced but try to be helpful. Chris, Dockmaster, seems unfazed by the conditions and indifferent to needs of transient boaters.

Avoid Marina at All Costs!! , 2015-05-04
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale, FL (100)

Just stopped in for fuel and it was the biggest mistake we've made on our boat trip since departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Needed over 500 gallons. Pumps were terrible! Handle leaked diesel fuel all over boat. Diesel fuel was all over the dock. First pump was pathetic. Tried second pump - it was better but still only pumped 4 gallons an hour. After 2 hours of "pumping", left with only 398 gallons.

Dock hands were worthless. Called marina on approach no one ever answered calls. Dock hands confirmed pumps needed fuel filters changed. Never changed since last seasons. Rather than trying to change the filters, I watched four people sit around an office eating lunch for over an hour and a fifth hang out in a golf cart by the fuel dock surfacing his phone for over two hours.

Beware of small dirty fuel dock & pricey fuel, 2015-03-18
Captain: , Chesapeake City, MD (32)

I would give this facility 4 stars if it were not for the filthy service dock and minimum dock space. The limited dock space accommodates only to average size boats at a time. I have visited this marina numerous times over the years and have seasonal boating friends there. Since their recent updates, the floating docks are either new or in good to excellent condition. The main problem has always been their filthy unkempt service dock and general appearance of the marina. I avoid it unless I have no choice. There is no excuse for the appearance or condition, and it comes as an unpleasant surprise as one navigates through the lengthy main fairway passing the numerous up-scale yachts. Others have previously mentioned the fuel dock condition in their reviews. The pitch black surface hides the dirt but does not hide the unkempt facility of tangled fuel lines, nozzles and water hoses despite the presence of (unused) hose reels.

If you are contemplating fueling up or pumping out, I suggest calling them prior to entering the long narrow fairway to see if the required facility is operational and the cost of fuel. I have been burned three times by out of service equipment, once even after I called ahead. I also suggest one calls ahead for a dockhand to meet you as the office is a distance from the dock and is obviously not monitored by video cameras. One could wait a considerable amount of time to approach the fuel dock as it will only accommodate a maximum of two 40 boats at a time. I recently spent 30 minutes idling in the extremely tight basin while two boats fueled up and once tied up the pump out hose did not reach our boat. As one can see from the satellite view of the marina, the service dock is far too small for a marina this size which has numerous boats over 40 feet. Since the marina is far from being occupied, they should remove at least one of the 13 docks and enlarge their service dock. Oh yes, did I mention fuel cost, it is high vs another clean (spotless) marina in the area which has a service dock four to five times larger.

Great stop over and great service, 2014-10-31
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (20)

The manager and help at the marina are very friendly and really go out of their way to take care of you. Have done various surveys out of the marina and have used a slip of two on the way back to the Chesapeake from NY or NJ vessel deliveries.

Good location merits some TLC, 2014-09-05
Captain: , Solomons, Md (32)

Third stay at this marina on 9/1/14, as a good stopover point for passages between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay. Helpful and competent dockhand. Directed to T head at end of one of the docks, encountering a nest of wasps that chased us off to another available space along the perimeter dock across the fairway.

A Good Experience, 2014-09-02
Captain: , Palm Beach, FL (585)

Entered marina one hour after high tide and saw no less than 10'. Side-to tie on perimeter dock. Dock hand was very helpful. Office staff was friendly. Calm, peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Enjoyed a nice dinner on the terrace at
Aqua Sol.

Summit North Marina, 2014-06-25
Captain: , Bath, NC (40)

Marina is good for one thing only ; a good stopping point heading to Delaware Bay/Cape May. Have person in office that literally knows nothing even if they have potable water at the docks ; does not know about wi-fi which they do not have - under construction(sure it is ); dock hand was at the dock, captured 2 lines and asked if all was ok; no information offered as to bath house, no offer to connect power; no information that is considered normal. Again, for a one night stop ok but that is it; if you wish to eat put your mountain climbing shoes on.

Nice stopping spot on C&D, 2014-06-22
Captain: , Houston, TX (523)

Very nice facilities and nice folks running the place. It is shallow between I & J docks on the way in; we hit bottom there 1.5 hours after low water - we draft 5'-9", but floated off after 10 minutes. It is plenty deep beyond that point. Stay as close to the T-heads as you can.

A great place to keep your boat, 2014-06-11
Captain: , Bear, DE (70)

We keep our boat at Summit North, and are surprised by the negative comments. If you're looking for a glitz/glam/luxury resort, this isn't it. But, if you're looking for a reliable, safe, protected, well-run, well-maintained marina with good resources to keep your boat, this is one of the best on the upper Bay.

The docks used to be old and rickety, but have all been replaced within the past couple of years and are now all new, solid, and in excellent condition. All the docks are floating double-fingers, which makes docking easy and allows tying up on both sides.

The dockmaster/marina manager is the most competent, responsive, knowledgeable, and friendly we have ever experienced in over 20 years of boating on the Chesapeake Bay and a number of marinas we've kept our boats at. For us, it's worth keeping a boat at Summit North for him alone.

The local restaurant, Aqua Sol, is not owned by the marina, but is excellent. The food is outstanding, with weekend tapas specials that make for a fun evening of dining by the water.

The yard offers full services, mechanical and structural. Whatever you need done on your boat, they can handle it. The fiberglass guy is especially talented.

There's not much within walking distance of the marina, and the office store is limited. As others have commented, there's shoaling and dredging at the entrance, so deep draft boats stick to the marked channel. Otherwise, it's a good central location to keep your boat and allows getting either to the northern end of Chesapeake Bay or Delaware Bay, and is a great stopover point.

<4' MLLW at entrance, 2014-05-31
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario, Canada (138)

The maria requires and receives constant dredging, that is untill the dredge broke down (last year?). There is now less than 4' MLLW in the entrance channel for about the first 3 docks T heads worth of channel. We draw 6' and just after low tide (+0.5' MLLW) having pushed through some of the way we finally ran hard aground at the end of the 2nd T head with sounding off the bow and off the T head showing <4.5'. We had called ahead and the marina assured us they had suffient water for our 6' draft! We had no such problems on a previous visit in 2011.

Nice staff, but needs dredging. Restaurant good., 2014-05-07
Captain: , Port Jeff (54)

Spent an extra day here due to low water - ran at around 2 feet at the end of a dock during the full moon. Staff was nice, facilities ok, restaurant a highlight.

March 2014 Delivery, 2014-05-03
Captain: , Greenwich Bay, RI (111)

I took delivery of a new vessel at this marina. I called ahead to get fuel and a slip for the night as well as a newspaper. The dockmaster did a nice job delivering the newspaper as soon as we tied up. As folks have said, the fuel dock is dirty, but the attendants were there as we pulled up an very attentive.

Restaurant is a hike up a hill but worth it as the food was good. We draw 5 feet and left at 6 am next morning on a mid tide with no problem in the channel.

Good winter spot, watch the depths, 2014-04-28
Captain: , Keyport Yacht Club (161)

After losing our prior boat to Sandy in Raritan Bay, NJ we decided to winter the new boat in a more secure spot. This is the definition of a hurricane hole, high land on 3+ sides. Nice floating docks but the fuel dock is pretty tired as others have mentioned.

My one complaint is getting in/out of the deep inner basin. We draw 5'7" and sat for an hour wainting for the tide to fill in this weekend so we could leave. They had a dredge on site last Fall but reportedly it broke down and they didn't get the job done. Until that gets fixed it's going to limit this otherwise nice facility.

Boat held hostage and worse, 2013-11-19
Captain: , US East Coast (610)

Our boat was held hostage this past summer pending payment on work done by their service yard - but the job was not done as requested nor was any documentation provided

Worse yet we were infested by over 1000 stink bugs ( we counted them as we killed them ) -- for weeks afterward

I would recommend Delaware City Marina instead - Summit North is run down and run badly ( although docks are ok )

Poorly Maintained and Managed, 2013-11-17
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (90)

We called ahead to make sure this place has adequate depths for 5 foot draft and water stiill available since many docks were turning off their water for the winter. The young lady on the phone answered yes to both. We then stopped by to take on some fuel and water. The fuel dock was dirty and slick with spilled fuel and fuel lines strewn everywhere. After filling our tanks with the water hose on the fuel dock the young employee that eventually showed up to help with fuel said "we might not want to fill our water tanks with the water hose because we stick the hose in holding tanks to flush them out". You have to be x#*#ing kidding me! No surprise the small poorly stocked on site store didn't have any bleach. After being delayed a bit to do some maintenance, the kid on the dock then tells us that with 5 foot draft and the outgoing tide it was unlikely we could make it out for another 4 hours until the tide rose since 5 foot draft boats have been getting stuck at the entrance equired numerous tows all summer. Clearly the the place is poorly managed and they care little about the upkeep of this dilapidated facility. They don't even have the sense to label a hose as "non-potable" or even provide a potable water hose at the fuel dock. What a nightmare. It also makes you wonder how well they manage their fule tank system since they can't even get the simple things right.

Good place to wait for the right tide, 2013-09-23
Captain: , Wicomico Church (600)

The staff was friendly and helpful..the on-site restarant was quite good. But not much else.. and care must be taken on entering or leaving at near low tides as the enterance fairway gets quite shallow

Memorial Day 2009, 2013-09-03
Captain: , Marlton, NJ (171)

Nice slips. None are marked. Put us in a lip with 50 amp service as well as another boat we were travelling with. Asked if tyhe transient dock had 3o amp service and it did but only one per boat and we had two boats that required 2 30 amp hook ups. Dock hand did know much. No adaptors were availabel to borrow or buy. Didn;t respond on 16 when called had to use cell phone. Left afet movong the boats twice and not being able to hook up to 30 amp service and no one seemed to care! This place has gone down hill FAST!!

Positive Experience, 2013-08-22
Captain: , Rochester, NY (493)

I'm a little puzzled at the negative reviews; sure, this isn't a country club, but it sure had plenty of depth and good protection tucked away from the canal. The staff we worked with were very helpful and honestly, after the combo shut down in the restaurant about 9 PM, the place was nice and quiet all night. I had no complaint whatsoever about the transient dockage ... if there were substandard piers, we certainly didn't encoounter them at all.

Only one comical negative - we were besieged by stink bugs (mating season?). The bugs were harmless and we were shaking them out of our sails the next day when we headed out into the Chesapeake!

Good stop over, 2013-08-01
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (1100)

We stop here whenever we transit the canal. Easy in and out but it gets a bit shallow in spots. Just saw 5.6 but didn't bump with a 5.5 draft. Staff is nice. Slips are new. Good fuel prices and free pump out. Oh yea we like the restaurant Aqua Sol too.

Excellent docks, but skinny water, 2013-07-25
Captain: , Herrington Harbour South, MD (202)

The notable strengths of the marina are the excellent floating docks, with full length finger piers on both sides, and its unique location in the C&D. Unfortunately the docks are not well marked and marina staff were not around on our arrival so finding the right slip was challenging. We encountered a minimum depth of about 5 feet at MLW in the entrance channel. Otherwise the facilities are marginal. On balance, this is a good stop-over spot if depth is not a problem.

Its a good stop, if necessary, 2013-06-16
Captain: , Maine (639)

entrance facedock only 4.5 at low, the facilities need a real facelift and update...but are adequate as a lay-over.

dredge depth not as reported, 2013-05-16
Captain: , essex (101)

marina advised that their channel was dredged to 8' at MLW. (winter 2012-130
Upon arrival, we went aground with only 4 1/2' of water at A face dock along their channel. Be careful when entering at low water.

Very Helpful, 2013-02-23
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale FL (271)

MV Alter Ego
We were forced to make a "pit stop" on our way north as we were low on hydraulic fluid and pressure of our steering system.

We docked here for several ours. Dock master and handlers were very helpful. They even provided us with a much needed air pump to pressurize the system. After the situation was fixed, they did not charge us a penny !!
Kudos for their Good Samaritan spirit!

Has so much potential......, 2012-11-21
Captain: , Newport, RI (265)

We kept our boat here for several years to avoid the MD Excise (Use) Taxes. Docks are long..... very long walk if you are placed beyond E dock. They will come get you with a golf cart if you call them on the radio (not practical for our crew of seven). The restaurant changes ownership frequently so it is always a guess as to what you will find when you return from year to year.

As a transient, if you need more than a dock and fuel head to Chesapeake City (fuel prices always fair). If that is all you require this marina fits the bill. The entrance silts over frequently (so does Chesapeake City) and is only mud if you stay within the privately maintained buoys. We have touched bottom many times, just increase your rpms and dredge a new channel (ha ha). From time to time boats with less draft would follow us in and out.

During our long term stay we purposely had an annual contract for a T-head dock because our deep keel (no bow thruster) sailboat was new to our crew and docking her with young kids onboard was a safety concern. Everytime we took our boat out someone took our dock! This happened if we just went out for the afternoon! The management told us to take whatever dock was available upon our return? In the end we ended up taking the best dock we could find and let the management sort it out later. Things could have been better managed by the marina staff.

Facilities were often unclean (especially after the weekend) and the pool house was falling apart. My wife refused to use the bathrooms and laundry room beacuse of the walk on the long dock and their condition. Marina staff was caught having XXX in the laundry room one weekend?!?

We ended up paying the MD Taxes and have since moved our boat south into the Chesapeake Bay. This marina has so much potential, it survives on boaters trying to save on boat sales taxes. It is a shame beacuse the management doesn't need to try any harder to keep the docks full.

Stopping Oon the C&D Canal, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Babylon NY (331)

Clean marina on the C&D with floating docks. Facitites are fair. There is a nice resturant bar a short walk up the hill.

Storm shelter, 2012-10-10
Captain: , Wall, NJ (420)

We were here for the storm the Friday before the 4th of July. Marina is well protected and the docks are being replaced. As the other reviews have stated this marina is under construction and a complete redo. Nothing is close so you are pretty much relegated to your boat if you ae a transient. Only the future will say how this marina fares. When all the constuction is completed.

Power +/- 10% ??, 2012-09-26
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens (452)

We arrived on 9/22/2012 and were assigned A-7. When we hooked up to 50 Amp power we only had 208 VAC and once the battery charger breaker was energized it dropped to 205 VAC, a single A/C unit energized dropped the voltage to 203. When I questioned the dock hand about the voltage, he contacted the manager who said they advertised the power at 208 volts, but it does not show that anywhere here, and that the power could be 208 volts but also + or - 10%. That means the power could be 228 volts to 187 volts. I am not an electrician but I can't understand how a 208 volt electrical system could increase power to 228 volts. I can understand how electrical line lose and usage could decrease the voltage, but to do so to 187 volts could cause damage to some 240 volt electrical componets.
If you require 50amp/240 volts for your boat then either you need a booster transformer here or a different marina than this one.
We left and anchored for the night in the Bay. The marina has upgraded a majority of their docks and looks to be nice, but just not useful if you need 240 VAC power.

Best stopover before the DE Bay, 2012-09-11
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (328)

EASY in and out. Plenty of water. Floating docks. Interesting wildlife..birds, beavers, ducks, etc. NOTHING near by.

Summer Camp, 2012-08-17
Captain: , Kent Island, MD (181)

Stayed one night on 8/15/2012.

I can easily understand most of the reviews.

Summit North is rustic and campy but it does provide a convenient stopover when transiting the C & D canal. Work on the docks is ongoing and the dock that we tied up to was not new but was in good condition. We did not have any issues with power (single 50) or with water. The dock hand that greeted us was efficient and friendly but overall there appears to be a lack of enthusiasm.

I did not have any issues with depth and never saw less that 6.5' coming in but kept resonably close to the docks on the north side of the main fairway. I did not check the tides on entry or departure.

Ditto Most Reviews, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Wilmington NC (22)

My experience at this marina was poor service, poor docks, nice restaurant (but only one place to eat) and pretty pricey at that. Felt as if I was a bit captive. Got a very weird vibe from the whole visit.

Good and Bad, 2012-06-02
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Florida (500)

The above reviews are fairly accurate. Not great service and shabby docks that are being slowly replaced. Very protected and convenient stop. Aqua Sol restaurant is very nice.

I Was Not Impressed, 2012-06-01
Captain: , Oneida, NY (23)

I thought I was in the movie Deliverance. The marina was being re-built, the old floating docks were on their sides in the water or upside down, construction mess everywhere. I was told it was a short-term mess for a like-new place.

When I called, I asked for fuel, if a cruising guide was for sale, and a pump-out. I was told they had everything I asked for. When I arrived the fella told me that the pump-out was broken but he could sell me fuel. The marine store was bare bones sort of place. I was angry, felt betrayed, and left without buying fuel.

Fuel stopover, 2012-05-09
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (639)

This was on e of the most frustrating fuel stopovers we have ever had. The dock attendants were inexperienced - they did not even know how to cleat a dock line or tie us up to the floating fuel dock. The diesel pump was slow. The attendant made a mistake in entering the gallonage and we had to have two different charge slips. They did not know how to turn on the pumpout. The docks are in the process of being re-done, but they look like a mess and they have a long way to go. Our advice would be to wait until their renovation is complete before going here. The restaurant was on opening day so we did not try that.

Depth Issues, 2012-05-03
Captain: , Hilton Head (130)

Drawing 5.5' hit rock in entry channel - beyond entry depth gage showed 0.0 more than once. Staff completely unhelpful - manager not on duty at 4:00PM. Avoid if possible.

The new docks look great!!, 2012-04-22
Captain: , bear, de (364)

The first two new docks are in and look great, work continues. Great power and water. This spot is awseom location for traveling the bays and the new docks are first class!

February 2012, 2012-03-30
Captain: , Washington DC (150)

As of our stop in Freburay 2012, the docks needed help and the staff was not very friendly - but it is a well protected place to stop before heading down the Delaware bay - or to the Chesapeake.

New Docks!, 2012-03-29
Captain: , Bear, DE 19701 (76)

The staff at Summit North Marina has been working hard to build the new docks! We will be replacing 8 docks in total. The dock building process is long but pays off in the long run. B dock is almost completely installed and we will be putting A dock in the water next week, with the other docks following closely behind. After almost 2 years of paperwork, the funding has finally come and the all 8 docks will be replaced by summers end.

As for the other issues stated in the previous reviews, such as the pump out station on the fuel dock, we have replaced the hosing for the stationary and portable pumpout. We have a high volume of customers coming to the fuel dock throughout each summer day and sometimes the fuel hoses do overlap eachother but with every open opportunity our dockhands organize the lines. Each summer we hire new seasonal help, they will be trained on how to correctly assist with docking by our Dock Master.

Summit North Marina is listed with the USCG as a hurricane hole. During Hurricane Irene we brought in over 85 transients to weather the storm. We had less than mild winds and no damage to any vessels within the marina.

We pride ourselves on being a well rounded full service marina with positive attitudes, great customer service, 24/7 security, and tight knit community with friendly slip holders.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss any issues you or someone you know may have had in the past. We are here to make your trip a breeze.

Please visit or to see the latest pictures of the new docks!

Out of desperation, 2011-11-25
Captain: , Portsmouth RI (275)

As per other reviews, similar comments.
We came from Cape May and with dusk approaching this was the only option. Previous reviews are accurate.

1. They promised to meet us and help tie up but arrived only to make sure we checked in and paid.

2. The docks are downright dangerous. Our dock was partially submerged. When we tried to tie up to a cleat it came free. We got the same storey that they were replacing the docks.

3. They asked us to checkout by radio, there was no answer. They said they had someone available 24 hours to help us out. No one to be found.

4. Bathrooms are a hike and the office requires a ride in their golfcart. After looking at the docks the golf cart ride was scary.

5. Their store was minimal. they were very efficient in charging $1.90/ft and making sure they got paid.

Summit North Marina, 2011-11-24
Captain: , Chester, CT (50)

Very protected, new section of docks are gorgeous, but a long walk to shore. This is a BIG marina (like 400 slips) also kind of shallow in spots. Very good restaurant (Aqua Sol). The marina is a long way from anything but they will give you a ride. Couldn't quit give it five stars, but close.

Nees work, for sure, 2011-11-11
Captain: , florida (230)

As others have said, many of the docks are rotten. The first cleat we grabbed came off. The only thing holding the pedestal on is the electric cables and water hose. The showers are a long, long walk away in the Aqua Sol restaurant building.

The lady in the office was very nice though, and when I inquired about the sad state of the docks she said they were going to be replaced for the next season.

Fuel Up and Keep Going!, 2011-11-11
Captain: , Cape May, NJ (20)

We have stopped at this marina many times over the last several years. Each time, the marina's condition worsens. Half of the docks are downright dangerous. The finger pier flotations are missing, so the ends are sinking and unusable. What remains of the wood on the docks is so rotted that there are orange cones warning pedestrians of holes big enough to put your foot through. An arrival at Summit North has become predictable. They don't monitor the radio, so you are on your own. The fuel dock is all the way in. The fuel hoses, water hoses and pump-out hoses are all entwined with each other (the pump out hose spews sewage while it runs) and the dock hands stand around doing nothing. Showers and heads are not at all clean. Restaurant music and food are good. The management has been promising replacement docks for years. They are good at telling people what they want to hear. In late Spring, we had the opportunity to drive to Summit by car. The entrance is no better. The boat yard is littered with trash/used shrink wrap, and the dumpsters are left open for the huge black vultures to pick through the trash. The ships store is nothing but a place for the dock hands to get some rest! In talking with some of the slipholders during our most recent visit, we learned that there have been a number of thefts of propellers off of boats stored in the yard. We've never had to have any work done at Summit, but slipholders have told us that the marina endorses just a few of their own companies (engine work, detailing, etc) and outside companies are not very welcomed. All in all, the marina has potential, but is poorly managed and has a long, long way to go. It's a convenient place to stop for fuel, but it is our recommendation to fuel up and keep going.

Embarassingly mediocre, 2011-10-06
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

We've used this marina several times over several years. It's location is very convenient as a stop on a transit from the NJ coast to the Chesapeake. Also, it is very well protected and the spot itself is attractive.

But the facility worse than mediocre. The flotation at the ends of some docks is missing and the dock ends in some cases submerged. Dock planking is extensively split and broken and in many locations, including sometimes where cleats are sited, literally rotting.

Cleats are fine for the smaller boats that are clearly this marina's main market but totally inadequate for the larger boats (60 feet and above) routinely seen on its several face docks. There are numerous locations where the cleats have obviously been torn out of the dock planking.

In our three most recent visits: on one occasion the dockhand sent to meet us literally did not know how to cleat a line nor how to plug our cable into the shore power pedastal. On another visit we were met by yet another untrained and inexperienced dockhand who left the ends of two of our docklines, after cleating them, hanging in the water. On our most recent visit the dockhand was competent but needed to be asked to stay to help connect shore power.

As others have noted, the &quot;store&quot; is barely stocked.

Good location. Otherwise, a prime example of inattentive or disinterested management.

Rode out Hurricane Irene here, 2011-09-03
Captain: , Portland, OR (716)

We rode out hurricane Irene here. Saw maximum gusts of 50knts. Very protected hole, high banks on all sides except west. No wave action at all during hurricane. Docks are currently in disrepair, we pulled a cleat out due to rot while tying up before the hurricane. Pilings are nice and tall for storm surge. We wrapped lines around dock for security. Marina is in process of refurbishing docks.

Good for fueling along the C&D, 2011-08-23
Captain: , Gulf Shores Alabama (748)

For Fuel: Upon entering the harbor, go all the way to the end of the harbor and then take the last left to the fuel dock. Diesel was priced at $4.05 which was reasonable at the time relative to other marinas. Greater discount could be earned if you paid cash. We didn't stay there, but it looks like it would be a quiet and calm overnight location.

North Summit Marina, 2011-08-18
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1135)

The marina is very protected and easy to get in and out of with a great turning basin by the fuel dock. The ship store isn't really anything but the restaurant, Aqua Sol, is owned by a brother and sister and it's amazing. Food was great and it has a great bar and outdoor setting. There is also a pool. Great stop.

Never again!, 2011-07-28
Captain: , Red Lion, DE (712)

Stayed here once ('09) on the perimeter dock which was very good. Had no help docking. A long walk to the office and "store"??? The young guy at the desk acted as though he was doing me a favor by taking my payment - very unfriendly. The so called "store" at the office was a joke - very little to offer. Will never stay here again, except in an emergency. Anchoring at Chesapeake City or docking at Delaware City Marina are far better options.

Aqua Sol Restaurant, 2011-07-14
Captain: , Skipjack Cove Resort Marina (62)

The old restaurant was replaced about 1 1/2 years ago with Aqua Sol. We really enjoy their food and they have entertainment on the weekends.

Friendly service, diesel fuel and very good restaurant., 2011-07-13
Captain: , Quebec, QC, Canada (43)

A little tricky to get to the fuel dock but managable. Water in the inlet is not clear at all. Showers are clean and located in a air conditioned building.

Glad we didn't have to fight the canal current to get there, we were doing 9.4 knots with our Oceanis going with it...

This location provides natural protection, 2011-07-03
Captain: , Beach haven NJ (510)

This marina is a good palce to duck into in bad weather or to get fuel. Since Shaffers canal house closed this is a good place to stop for fuel before continuing through the C and D canal.

Food and Fuel, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Newark, DE (250)

The tide on the C&D canal can be extrememly strong, so if you need to wait it out, this is a great place to do it! The restaurant has been called many things over the years, but it provides a great view and generally really good food! The marina has haul out, fuel, floating docks, restrooms and showers will also let you take a slip while you eat.

The restaurant here is a good spot for boaters in the area to visit and they also bring in some great live music. So I highly recommend that you recharge your batteries and your boat's batteries here whenever you need to take a break.

Fuel stop only, 2011-05-16
Captain: , Jersey City (506)

Took on diesel here and got some fresh ice. Steel docks were a total frying pan in the mid-August sun. Staff was friendly but we had to chase them up to pay for our fuel and ice.

Isolated & needs a clean up but good staff., 2011-04-20
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Pool looked unkept but may be cleaned up before season starts. Docks to be repaired summer of 2011. Laundry (up hill from marina) & rest rooms dirty. Staff friendly and helpful. Stopped because loaner van was advertised but not working & no way to walk to anything except the Aqua Sol restaurant which was wonderful and on marina property.

sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do, 2010-11-03
Captain: , New York, NY (200)

sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do - and sometimes that means making a stop in the C&D canal. when we arrived at Summit North we had to phone them because they had "turned the radio down." they said they would "try" to get someone to come down to help us with lines. the slip they directed us to was occupied, and we had to wait for help to arrive. we draw 6' - at low tide we just squeeked in. no cable tv - shore power worked fine. other than that, an uneventful stay.

Great Marina & Staff, 2010-10-29
Captain: , Robbinsvill, NJ (148)

Although somewhat out of the way, this is a great marina. Easy access from C&D canal, easy in/out of floating dock slips, nice facilities, friendly and helpfull staff and a gourmet restaurant (Aqua Sol) with super food. I highly recommed for Winter storage with excellent prices.

Overall a good marina for an overnight stop, 2010-10-11
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario (1880)

Easy to get into and out off, especially after a long day. Careful on approach, there is some sholling at the entrance. No nearby facilities for provisions.

Disappointment on the C & D, 2010-08-18
Captain: , Sunset Harbor Marina (85)

Two boats traveled specifically to Summit North for a place to spend two nights. Photos looked great. But disappointed with everything but the staff.
Pool was dirty
Showers were pretty disgusting
The decking at our first assigned slips was dangerous.
But the staff was great.
Alex took us to Chesapeake City. He was very nice and pleasant, but the "company" van was pretty filthy.
We met some nice boaters.
One of us had a diesel problem fixed and was very pleased.
We had an A/C problem and got that fixed by Rob, who could not have been nicer.
The restaurant was okay, but I wouldn't go back just for that.
And wow, what a hike from the docks to the pool!

A surprise on the C&D, 2010-08-06
Captain: , Stratford, CT (146)

We did not expect to stay here, but friends had engine trouble and we needed a full service yard with good facilities.

Summit North fit the bill and exceeded our expectations. Great service, helpful staff, refreshing swimming pool and an onsiet restaurant that is worth the trip in and of itself.

We found it by accident, but will try to return the next time we pass through.

Good, but not Great, 2010-07-21
Captain: , Atlantic Coast (341)

Ok facility. Needs better upkeep - especially the docks. Very pleasent and helpful staff. Well protected from weather.

Only if you really need a break or fuel, 2010-07-06
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (134)

From sewage dripping from the pumpout to the leaking fuel docks this is an emergency only stop. The staff was ill trained and the facilities rundown. We will try to not stay here again.

Summit North Marina, 2010-07-01
Captain: , Newport R.I. (78)

Pleasant surprise on C&D canal. Transient dock well built with good power. One 6 foot shoal at 2hours after low tide, but soft mud did not ground boat. Restaurant up hill from marina.

Good stop along the canal, 2010-06-12
Captain: , Bonita Springs (484)

Very protected marina along the canal. Staff was very helpful for fuel, docking and pumpouts plus took us to a grocery store and airport. Rest rooms a little run down but functional. The restaurant had a limited menu but was pretty good. They also have a pool.

Protected Stop, 2010-06-06
Captain: , Wicomico Creek, MD (494)

Pulled in early on a Sunday to wait out a cold front passing through later in the day. No problem entering. plenty of water but the finger piers are in sad shape. Good starting point if you are going to Cape May. WiFi avavailbe but they want $9.95/ day. Verizon data card and cell phone work fine. Closest store is 1.5 miles away.

Good hide out, 2009-10-24
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4176)

Very well protected marina. Deep entrance and well marked. We stayed here one night when the Chesapeake City anchorage was too crowded and bad weather and wind expected. Cost is $2/ft no tax. $10 extra for electricity.
Marina docks are not in great condition. Our Defever 41 with 14"2" beam fit but just made it in the slip.
We were told by a slipholder that the on site restaurant has very good food but is overpriced and the service is awful.

Nice folks, 2009-09-17
Captain: , Aquia Harbour, VA (1177)

Good stop after leaving Cape May and fighting current on the Delaware Bay and Canal all day. The marina is very large and a nice hike to the office and restrooms/laundry. However, they will transport you in a golf cart if you call. Transients seem to be assigned to the end of a T head or their along side dock., which is what we like. Restrooms could use a little TLC. We tried the restaurant . It is very good and reasonable. Half orders are offered on most meals. A good stop, but don't like paying $2/ft plus electic when making a quick overnight stop.

Serene place to go., 2009-07-23
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay, MD (311)

Spent a night here on the way to New England and was placed on the transient dock....way out on the end. Lots of bird life at the marina and a nice pool up the hill. Friendly but a bit on the untidy side. (Trash cans overflowing, floatsom in basin) Perfectly acceptable stop on your way thru the canal.

Quiet and convenient, 2009-06-05
Captain: , Great Island, Maine (323)

This marina has a family friendly atmosphere with a somewhat rundown appearance. The facilities are only fair, but the restaurant at the top of the hill serves excellent food with a spicy flair.

Has a fuel dock., 2009-03-23
Captain: , Charleston, SC (215)

Agree that this is a friendly and convenient marina. Fuel dock easy to access. Great place to stop before pushing on to Sassafras River or points south.

Very protected, 2008-11-24
Captain: , Bermuda (219)

Left the boat here during hurricane season 08. This is a great hurricane hole, very protected and equipped with floating docks with poles tall enough to take a storm surge. But - it is very remote, the restaurant currently has no liquor license, and even with a car you can do little more than go to the supermarket and a few stores - little of interest locally.

Spring 2008, 2008-05-23
Captain: , Bristol, RI (132)

This is our 3rd visit here and as always are courteous and willing to accomodate. We took advantage of the shuttle into town to shop at West Marine and the local supermarket. Very protected and comfortable floating docks.

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