Details for Waterford Harbor Visitor Center

Waterford Harbor Visitor Center

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 103 reviews

Address 1 Tugboat Alley
Waterford, NY 12188


After hours contact

Facility type

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


2 webcams:

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Freewill donations accepted.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Big blue highway sign on the Hudson above Troy points left to Erie Canal, straight to Lake Champlain.





Tide & current additional info

Some effect when lock opens. Could become significant in times of high water on the canal.


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Ample, no fuel dock.

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

Additional info: 1,000 feet of Linear floating docks, west of Pebble Island Bridge. All with power & water. Some limitations due to pump out area and tour boats close to the lock gate. 600 feet of high concrete wall east of the bridge, no power or water.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: 48 hours of free dockage. Canal Authority periodically enforces the restrictions, but visitors can extend stay for emergencies.


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Note that 50 amp power is only available on the eastern part of the floating dock. Western part has only 30 amp.

Pricing info: $10.00 for two nights, 2015.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - There are dockside spigots on the floating docks.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - There is a ramp up from the floating dock.

Launch service

No - Not needed.

Pump out

Yes - Coin-op pumpout, $2. Located just past the Visitors' Center on the dock with the red line.


Yes - Available at visitor's center for $1.50 a bag.


Yes - There are garbage contianers.


Yes - Showers are free while the Visitor Center is open. If you want a shower/restroom key there's a $10.00 key deposit required. The deposit is returned with the key return. Key works for both genders.


Yes - Same key as showers, see shower info.


Yes - Nice, clean laundramat with nice, new machines located on 4th Steet, just off Broad, the main street. About 3 short blocks fro the Visitors' Center. Various sized washers, beginning a $2. Dryers are $0.25 for 6 minutes. If you have a lot of laundry, you can use one of the Hannaford or Price Chopper grocery carts at the Center.


Yes - Hannafords is just across the Hudson River bridge, about 0.6 miles. You may use the store shopping cart to carry your purchases back to the dock. There is also a Price Chopper a block further and a Rite Aid across the street.


Yes - An excellent hardware store is about one half mile across the bridge - makes for an easy bike ride. NAPA Autoparts in Troy will deliver to the docks.


Yes - A number of good ones are within several blocks, right in town.

Don & Pauls on Broad - 3 blocks. Not fancy but good food very reasonable. Know for their breakfast and a favorite of the locals.

McGreiveys Irish Pub on Broad St was very good.

Angry Penguin - A nice bar/restaurant with large selection of draft beers, good variety of foods, music nights, and just good people.

LaBella Pizza - Delicious pizza. Will deliver to your boat for $1.


Yes - Several within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - Canal Boats for hire at the Welcome Center Dock.

Internet access

Yes - Very good high speed WiFi at visitors center. PC's are available at the visitor's center for boaters to use.

Boat ramp availability

No - Not on site but there is a municipal boat ramp nearby.


Yes - They can call a taxi for you if needed.

Other services


City of Waterford is 3 blocks north. Restaurants, bars, ice cream, and grocery availiable. There is a nice hiking/biking trail along the old Champlain Canal. Across the old railroad bridge is Peebles State Park with a museum of the Sanfordized Shirt Factory. In 1940, it was the largest producer of mens' shirts.

Reviews for Waterford Harbor Visitor Center
Very pleasant stop, 2017-08-30
Captain: , ST Nazaire - France (92)

Stop with all you need, friendly volonteers, nice town, 10$ for power for the two days and even for three days if needed (as you did).

Great Museum Nearby, 2017-08-20
Captain: , Essex, CT (1245)

Only a 20 minute walk down the towpath of the original Champlain Canal brings you to the Waterford Historical Museum. Located in a small, restored mansion, learn all about Waterford's history, especially the canal building & early canal days. Very informative for a $5 admission.

Visitors Center staff were very helpful for various local info.

McGreivey's Restaurant was great for dinner.

free dock plus $10 power (2days) short walk to groceries and closer to town , 2017-08-16
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (420)

great spot, less lock current closer to bridge, lots to see

Fabulous stop!, 2017-06-23
Captain: , Belleville (50)

great place to stop prior to entering the erie canal. uber helpful folks at the visitor center! don't miss the ice cream at Stewart's ... a bit of a walk but worth the effort. cool little historic town!

M/V Soulstice

good free dock, 2017-06-23
Captain: , Harrison Township Michigan (380)

Nice stop. Easy walk into town. Ate breakfast at the towns favorite place. 2 eggs and toast $2.

Wonderful place, 2017-06-10
Captain: , Corpus Christi (406)

We planned to stay the 2 nights for $10 electric charge - had to stay 5 nights due to heavy rain and high water in the canal - several locks were closed and the 48 hour limit was waived. Showers are not the best but useable and clean.

Waterford is a quaint little town with convenient grocery store and restaurants and laundry. Friendly people. Nice park across the bridge.

Great place for a stay before the Erie Canal, 2017-05-29
Captain: , Herrington Harbor North (220)

What is not to like. Free dock. $10 for electricity for the lenght of your stay (up to 48 hours). Bathrooms. Showers. Parks across the bridge. Walking trails. All good!

Good place to start or end your canal trip, 2016-09-23
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

Nice docks, power and water available. The docks close to the gates receive some turbulence when they are lowering the lock. Office was closed when we arrived midday but opened later in the day. Showers and restrooms were reasonably clean especially since they are also public use during the day. Recommend McGrievey's restaurant. Try the "Vermonter"!

$10 for two nights!, 2016-08-02
Captain: , Crown point, in (70)

Includes electric and water! We ate at McGrievey's, the Angry Pelican, and Don & Pauls..all great and you certainly won't leave hungry!
Easy walk to town.
Floating docks a bit wobbly but almost a non issue.
Personnel were very helpful with suggestions and directions.

Waterford was great, 2016-08-01
Captain: , Newburgh,NY (110)

Stayed 2 nights here for $10. The staff was very welcoming. We enjoyed breakfast at Don and Paul's and dinner (twice) at The Angry Penguin. The fish and chips there was great.

Very good stop over, 2016-07-30
Captain: , Herrington Harbour South, MD (222)

Electric for $10 and everything else free is hard to beat. The wifi is excellent and the docks are in good condition. The bridge can be a bit noisy at that end of the dock and the showers are minimalist, but otherwise very good. They have applications for the lock passes but you have to actually purchase them at the first lock. Mcgreivey's has excellent food within a 10 minute walk from the dock.

A good place to stay overnigh or for a couple of days, 2016-07-29
Captain: , Moyock, NC (1084)

The side-tie free docks are good. There is a small charge for the power $10 for up to 48 hours, and a returnable depost for a shower/toilet key.

The close by 6 blocks away Hannaford Grocery Store will unlock a cart for you to take to the dock and return to the Visitor Center.

There are several good, inexpensive places to eat with excellent food.

A pleasant place to stop and shop at Hannaford, 2016-07-14
Captain: , Willsboro Bay Marina (2471)

This is quite a hospitable harbor.

We met the harbor master Bruce (volunteer) who greeted us with a smile. He took the time to tell us what is nice to know.

The people are doing all they can to make your stay pleasant. We even had the visit of We met the Pete Bardunias, CEO of Southern Saratoga County , he greeted us at Waterford dock. Gave his card, said need anything please call me... He wanted to check if we had problems with our cruising licence reporting...

Said if you have any problems or concerns to call him... This is a different culture here they love visitors and they go out of their way to help you.

Even Hannaford (located corner Broadstreet East and 2nd Ave) let us take the shopping cart (by having a clerk to disable the automatic brakes on the cart) all the way to the dock....

We will return to visit this beautiful area fo a longer stay.

careful when the lock is emptying, 2016-06-07
Captain: , Buffalo (832)

If you take the most westward dock, make sure you have stable water; it is so close to the lock, it's easy to lose control. My advice is to take down anything over 27 feet before you go under the bridge as you approach the dock, and stay on the eastward end so you can easily manuever in the currents from the lock emptying. Travel 16 miles south to get the cheapest diesel in the area.

Great stop, 2016-06-05
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

This is a great stop to meet other boaters taking either the Erie or Champlain routes. The staff at the visitors center are very friendly. The restrooms are very clean and well maintained. A short walk to town for a haircut (male or female) and several restuarants. We did order the BBQ ribs and they delivered to the boat within 30 min. Very good. A short walk to the lock to purchase lock vessel passes for either route. They do not accept credit cards, only cash or check and will need your registraation number for the applicaton. You can pick up an application form at the visitors center, but must get the pass from the lockmaster.

A little disappointed, 2015-09-26
Captain: , Little River, SC (754)

After all the reviews and pics I'd seen of Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, I was rather disappointed. It is manned by volunteers. No one was there when we arrived at 1430. The shower was a little rough. The long docks have only one access to shore in the middle. We were at the end. The price can't be beat at $10 for electric and free dockage. I assume that's a big reason it is rated 5 stars. Be sure to go in to town - a short two or three blocks to the north. Plenty of stores, restaurants, etc.

Great location, can't beat the price, 2015-08-29
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

July 2013: Good stop for either the Erie or Champlain routes. Solid docks with good cleats (most of them anyway), good wifi, water, power. Very helpful staff, think they are volunteers. Restrooms/showers may or may not be locked at night. Center was out of keys due to all the boaters waiting for the Erie to open. Staff said doors would not be locked, but either not everhyone got the message, or some boaters were locking the doors. Convenient to downtown restaurants, grocery, post office. Good mail drop.

August 2015, nothing has changed since 2013. Restrooms could use some updating but they may be reluctant to do so because of frequent flooding.

Popular Stop, 2015-08-26
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (1244)

Stopped here on a Tue late afternoon and they were pretty full. The floating dock just east of the ramps only had 20A power and some connector I did not recognize. Showers and restrooms are "industrial" but clean. Walked to McGreivey's Pub for a nice dinner

Good stop w/ restaurants nearby, 2015-08-10
Captain: , Seneca Lake NY (313)

This is a nice stop before / after completing the flight of locks and looking for a break. McGrieveys Pub was good for dinner & Don & Pauls for breakfast. Visitor staff was friendly & helpful.

Great stop & ribs, 2015-07-26
Captain: , Fort Pierce City Marina, FL (460)

I highly recommend stopping here if you can. Free dock with water & power. They had plenty of room for our 54' boat. Be sure to get some ribs from Bubba's. They deliver right to your boat. (518-203-6219) They are the best we've ever had. No, really. we stayed 2 nights & liked them so well, we ordered them again.

Good Stop to begin Locks, 2015-07-10
Captain: , Sarnia (371)

We stayed here two nights so we could enjoy the town. People are very friendly and helpful. Washrooms & showers are very basic but free. The only issue was the kids hanging around the waterfront at night. Police had to be called to ask them to move on after 11 pm. Town has a curfew for under 18 yrs.

Great stop!, 2015-06-29
Captain: , Fort Worth, TX (450)

Free + $10 for 50 amp, great ramps/docks, outstanding location to walk up and view Lock #2. Correction is needed from a previous review below: the 50 amp docks are on the EAST side of the Welcome Center

Nice stopover, 2015-06-25
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Nice park you can walk to at lock 2, looked like several nice restaurants within an easy walk and an easy dock to tie up to.

Update -- found an easy walk to the grocery store who let's you bring a cart back to the waterfront!

Best place if you can get space, 2015-06-18
Captain: , Venice (650)

Hard to find a spot on the floating dock but as boaters leave to go up the canal places open up. Washrooms are pretty basic (one toilet and separate shower for each sex) but adequate. Shopping in town is limited but two grocery stores across the bridge allow you to bring the carts back to the dock. Dinghy dock at Price Chopper is closed.

Great Place but got stuck at the free Wall, 2015-06-17
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (1522)

They get a 5 star from me because when i walked by the Floating docks and talked to the volunteers in the visitors center, it deserved that rating. Regretfully, we were down the dock at the Wall due to lack of space. No electric or water so we ran the gen all night. Would like to see the city invest in extending the docks and facility all the way to the end. Personally, i would not mind paying a small amount like at other city docks if it were extended and to pay to keep the restrooms and showers up. Most of the problem is also with the boaters. If everyone cleaned up after themselves in these restrooms they might be a lot nicer.. especially when it is a free dock.

Good place to overnight, 2015-06-03
Captain: , Fair Haven, NY (66)

A good place to overnight during your trip through the Erie and/or Champlain canals. It's easy to get to and docking is a breeze. The only real downside are the restrooms and showers. They are really quite run down and dirty. If you decide to walk into town for dinner, we highly recommend McGrievey's. We had a fabulous meal there with several other boaters. Food was excellent.

Confusion abounds, 2015-05-22
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

We arrived on Thursday before the Canal Days celebration. Got moved twice due to confusion amongst the volunteer staff over what dock space was available vs reserved. Bathrooms were too dirty to use. Pull up as far to the lock as possible on the floating dock to stay out of current from the creek to port--but don't tread on the portion of the "city dock" that the local canal tour boat operator considers his.

Nice Stop, but..., 2015-02-21
Captain: , Summerlin, NV (350)

We arrived at the dock midday in August, just in time to partake of the farmers market before a dark thunderstorm blew over. We enjoyed some wonderful fresh produce! The docks were well kept and busy, but space was available. The volunteers were great and knowldegable, clearly enjoying their work. We found the town very quiet and basic, but enjoyable. The restrooms at the dock were very basic and industrial. We were certainly appreciative to have them available but they lacked cleanlieness and my wife felt less than secure when using them.

Nice finish when going South!, 2014-11-14
Captain: , Ludington MI (70)

A must stop for all reasons. All staff helpfull and knowledgeable with a treat for the dog! Look at brick sidewalk showing locks along the canal and picture with painted mule. Easy access to eating.. many choices, and grocery.
Best $10 spent on canal for dock and electric. Both floating docks and high wall.... the floating docks fit most boats... 50 amp outlets on middle to West end of docks.

An almost mandatory stop!, 2014-09-16
Captain: , Avondale, PA (448)

This is a great place to visit. The volunteer staff at the Visitor's Center is knowledgable and very helpful. There's now a $10 per visit charge for power but that's certainly reasonable. The floating dock is stable and was full of, mostly southbound, boats when we stopped. Almost all the boats there extended their stays beyond the 48 hour limit due to approaching thunderstorms. There's a laundromat about 3 blocks away in the village of Waterford. There are several restaurants in town. We really enjoyed McGrievey's for dinner. Hannaford's and Price Chopper are a short walk across the Hudson in Troy as is a Rite Aid drug store. The heads and showers are a little beat-up but usable. (That's the only reasoin for 4 stars instead of 5!).

Great Crusing Stop, but Stay Limit Deserves Enforcement, 2014-08-20
Captain: , Brewerton, NY (489)

As most all others have found, this is a great stop at confluence of Hudson River, Erie Canal and Champlain Canal. Power and water on several hundred feet of floating docks; and back up space on higher terminal type wall. Village style establishments nearby, including major grocery stores a within reasonable hike. NY Canal regulations limit stay to 48 hours within a calendar month. This needs to be enforced so that true transients have a better shot at using spaces tied up by vessels tied up for extended periods. Let's let everyone have a fair shot by playing by the rules. It would also be nice if volunteer attendants more actively helped jockey boats to make optimum use of available space.

Nice place to stop (2014), 2014-07-27
Captain: , Montreal (329)

Nicely organized by local people, 10$ Fee if you need electricity, free wifi, nice little town where you can eat a good breakfest. I would recommend a little cleanup in the bathrooms (this is why a four star)
once again stoped here after the erie locks. still a nice quite place to stay, local Market today so we will buy some stuff before leaving.

Beautiful Place, 2014-07-09
Captain: , New Bern, NC (140)

What a great place to stay, although it cost us $10 to stay plus the $10 electric charge. Seems to be a variable pricing scheme, but still well worth it...Easy walking to main street in town - note: many places closed Monday...Will be back...

Nice place to relax for a day or two, 2014-07-02
Captain: , Rochester NY (310)

Maximum stay of two nights but the $10 electric fee covers both nights. Water and ice available and it was a short walk across the bridge over the Hudson to a very nice grocery store. The store even allows you to take the cart back to the dock and leave it in a return area there

perfect stop, 2014-07-01
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (1176)

Free dock with floating docks, water & electric. $10 for electric. Close to town. Easy walk or bike to view old lock next to new lock. Volunteers run the place & love giving out info on the town & locks

Great Stop, 2014-06-20
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1997)

Have enjoyed our 48 hours here and the volunteer staff were super friendly and with no charge to tie up and only $5 a day for electric who could possibly complain. We missed the back lay of those stuck here but our stay has been great.
Fun to walk around and Enterprise will pick you up although it's a bit of a hike to their office

Amazing place and free docking, 2014-06-19
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach, FL (361)

This is a must stop!
Lots of things to do. The bicycle ride to the falls was beautiful.
They allowed us to raft boats to make more room while the Erie Canal was closed. There was enough electrical connections for all of us to connect.
Great stop don't miss it.

This is a mostly free serves all needs dockage, 2014-06-09
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

How can a place that offers free dockage a short walk to all needs be less then 5 stars. The only critique is that the wonderfull volunteers are volunteers and some are not very knowledgeable with assisting docking boats. That said, no one(boater) should need assistance at the very benigh face dock. This is our 3rd time thru and it still charms us.

Free and close to town, who wants more?, 2014-05-16
Captain: , Nowhere,OK (1314)

We were pleased to find the marina at the east end of Lock 2. It's in a great location close to town. Very liittle dock traffic this time of year.

Power is $10 per night. It's a short walk to town with some great places to eat. We had dinner at McGreivey's Restaurant. Shepards Pie was super! A must do is Don and Paul's for breakfast. Bring your pool cue, the table has action at 8:30AM!

About 15 min walk across the bridge to Troy gets you a large supermarket and a pharmacy. warning, they are sandblasting the bridge, it's VERY LOUD!!!

All and all a good place to rest up before your Erie Canal adventure. (Or after if you are going east)

Very friendly and go out of their way to help, 2013-10-06
Captain: , Ottawa (1173)

We stopped here after transiting the Erie Canal during the weekend opening during the lock E-13 repairs. The canal was very busy as were the docks in Waterford. The dockmaster went out of his way to make sure we had a spot to stop, even going so far as to get the tour boats to leave for the weekend so boaters could tie up at those spots.

Waterford seems like a very nice town, with many friendly people and good amenities.

The Place to Stop Before the Canal, 2013-10-02
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

Let's see - free docks, free WiFi, restaurants, great grocery store, a wide range of services a bike ride away, hiking/biking trails, helpful volunteer staff at welcome center, next to Lock 2 to purchase canal pass and observe lock operation - what's not to like?

We tried the Angry Penguin and found it enjoyable. They wanted to name it the Drunken Penguin, but the State Alcohol Board nixed that name. Owned and operated by friendly folks. Good beers and bar food. October menu included German dishes and Tuesday nights was fiddlers night.

LaBellas had wonderful pizza. The dinning room is not much, but it is a short walk back to the docks. And, if you don't want to walk, they deliver to your boat for a buck.

Nice docks, 2013-09-23
Captain: , Wicomico Church (610)

Was disappointed in the facility as nothing was opened.. on the other hand, the price was right..and there are some nice walking trails to explore

A great stop to reprovision, 2013-08-27
Captain: , South Portland, Maine (847)

Found a great b-fast at Don and Paul's on Broud St, a 5 minute walk. And if you go to Hannaford about a 10 minute walk across the bridge to Troy, they let you take the shopping cart back to the Visitor Center. Another great B-fast spot in town on Broad Street is Broad Street Cafe. My wife is a student of home fries and declared theirs to be one of the best she has discovered.

Reprovision here as it gets sparse to do so west or north or south.

Also found a really great hardware store about a mile south on the Erie Canaway Bike Trail, along the old Champlain Canal. This trail intersects the Erie at Lock 2. I had a bike so it was an easy ride but not a bad walk either. It is adjacent to McDonalds on State Route 32 (Saratoga Ave). Walk across the 4th street bridge and join the Canalway Trail or walk along this abandonned canal. Saratoga Ave parallels the trail on the west side of the old canal.

ENJOYABLE STAY, 2013-08-06
Captain: , Green Cove Springs FL (1394)

We spent a few days here. Volunteers at visitor center very helpful Captain rode bike on paths in the area. Hannafords Super Market within walking distance. Met numerous old friends here and had an enjoyable time visiting the town. Facilities adequate. Walked up to Lock #2 and watched the process. Some of the locks ahead gave a requested "slow fill" less turbulance while others that are hydraulically controlled cannot control anything once they pushed "the button" to start the process. Enjoy

Waterford Town Docks , 2013-08-06
Captain: , Cleveland (100)

The floating docks have been rebult. 48 hour max tie up. Dock, water and internet are free. $10 if you hook up to the 30 Amp electric service. Showers and restrooms are functional but not fancy. Overall a very pleasant place.

Great Stop, 2013-07-30
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

Really friendly and helpful volunteers man the visitor center. Power is $10/stay, and dock space is free, though they will accept free-will donations to help keep the operation going. The docks were in excellent condition. Water and power on on the floating docks and along at least part of the wall. Town didn't offer much, but Don & Paul's for breakfast is an excellent choice. The farmer's market on Sunday morning has lots of fresh produce, and a variety of other things.

When we were there (28-29 July), the pump-out was broken.

fantastic stop , wish more towns were like this, 2013-07-29
Captain: , West shore Marlboro NY (825)

this is a great stop over,wonderful town, waterford does a great job at this town dock. take notice other canal /river towns if you want to attact tourists and keep your small town alive? look and see what waterford does. and the price cant be beat or should i say "donation" for electric $10 $5 for a shower and bathroom key.many places to eat ,, main st only 3 blocks
volunters seem to man the vistors center. plenty of dock space if you can get here early or call ahead.. they have docking across the from the town dock but no electric
great town for walking and visiting the old canal ,dog and kid friendly much to do... we will make this a stop everytime ... maybe move here??

Definitely Five Star, 2013-07-25
Captain: , Britt, Ontario (711)

It is hard to say enough about Waterford dock, lock two Lockmaster Rick and the town folks in general. We spent 35 days while the locks were closed - some on the dock, most above lock 2. Couldn't ask for a better place! Convenient restaurants, groceries and hardware.

Stuck.......but Lucky, 2013-07-06
Captain: , Macedon, New York (50)

Along with so many we happened to be in beautiful Waterford when the devastating rains closed the Erie in early june. It's July 5th and the boat is still there while we rented a car to get home to take care of business for a week. We could only make lemonade from these lemons because of the calibur of people manning the harbor and the excellent workers of the NYS Canal Corp. They are standing on their heads to help us all. Some boaters have had to end the stalemate with Mother Nature and concede to take the St Lawrence to Ontario, but many of us await the Canal crossing. Hoping all boaters help fill that donations jug in the visitor's center.....we owe Waterford big time!

Like every one else is saying. Great place!, 2013-06-10
Captain: , Destin Florida (430)

Breakfast and Don and Pauls. Dinner at McGreiveys. Solid docks right next to the lock and shopping within walking distance. Extremely helpful staff. This is a must stop.

One of the best.....STILL!, 2013-06-08
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2391)

We have stopped here several times - the pizza delivery was prompt, hot, reasonable, and delicious. Breakfast at Don & Paul's was awesome...2 full meals for under $10! The docks were in great shape, the facilities were clean - all well worth the $10/visit (not per night) for the power hook-up. Waterford does it right!

Wish there were more places like this, 2013-06-04
Captain: , Trenton ON (668)

Just affirming what everyone else has said. Best place to stop.

Great Stop - Going Either Way, 2013-04-06
Captain: , Mimico Cruising Club ON Canada (1210)

We stopped here on our cruise from Toronto to New York in August of 2012. Volunteer staff are very helpful and we enjoyed having a shower. The wifi is not very strong, but we just walked up closer to the visitor centre to check our email etc. We enjoyed dinning at McGreivey's on Broad St. A bit pricey, but the food was great.

gateway to the Erie, 2013-03-27
Captain: , Clayton, NY (655)

Nice facilities if you get there before closing you can get a key. Large grocery walking distance away.

Love this dock!!, 2013-01-22
Captain: , Edgewater (321)

We stay at Waterford when ever we can going to or from the canals. Unfortunetly, they do not take reservations so it is hit or miss on whether they have space. The people staffing the welcome center are very friendly and helpful. There is a supermarket, inexpensive restaurants and fast food within walking distance. This is a must stop if you can find room and are going through the Erie Canal..

Stay here for $10 a night, 2012-09-19
Captain: , Bear DE (694)

Nice place with easy access to cheap local restaurants and a supermarket (They give you a shoppingcart to take with to the docks). The Showers are not great - we use ours on board. A $10 fee for electrical service (30Amp) is charged for a day if you need it. Friendly staff in the Visitor center.

Waterford Docks, 2012-09-17
Captain: , Toronto (280)

We pulled in here to get our pass for the Erie Canal system. As there were no facilities available at Troy we took advantage of the showers at the Visitors Centre. They were spartan - with 20 ft ceilings so it felt a bit like a prison but they were clean. The old retired gentlemen that staff that centre were helpful. We walked into town for a breakfast recommneded by everyone

Great Stop before the Hudson, 2012-09-11
Captain: , Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (366)

Ths was a great place to stop before venturing into the Hudsom on our way south. Cheap restaurant for breakfast or store to resupply just a short walk away. Easy local bus service to Walmart.

Must stop!, 2012-08-22
Captain: , Charleston, SC (422)

Easy access, good restaurants, great for walking your pet, get your canal pass at lock #2 a short walk to the lock....good walk/hiking. Might want to get there in early afternoon to get a spot on the floating dock...everyone else gets the "wall" without services

Pleasant and Cheap, 2012-07-01
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

This is as no-hassle as you can get. We stayed two nights for only $15. Walked to the grocery stores was only about 15 minutes. The small downtown has a couple of restaurants and a gas station. If you haven't done too many locks yet E-2 and the Flight of Five is right there. I walked up to the lock to check it out. The lockmaster told me everything I had to know. Bought our pass there too.
Note: One boater reported that a local climbed onto his boat. Also that pranksters undid the lines to a boat on the wall, not the docks. Suggestion would be to run your lines around the cleat and tie it back onto your boat.

Starting the Erie Canal, 2012-06-29
Captain: , Sault Ste Marie, MI (240)

We docked just east of the bridge and ahead of the sailing ship "Onrust" that is being restored. The charge for electricity is $10 and for a restroom key is $5-you pay a $10 deposit and $5 is returned when you turn in the key. When I went to pay for a second night I was told that there is not an additional charge for the second night. So total cost for two nights stay was $15. There is no to very little wave rocking or current, and there is a Hannaford grocery on the east side of the Hudson, which is an easy walk. The Hannaford will allow you to take the shopping cart back to the marina if you ask. All in all this has been a great start to the Erie Canal experience.

Be careful - mischief Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, 2012-06-28
Captain: , Gore Bay (80)

Stayed on the high concrete wall just south of the Visitor Center on june 28/12. About 11:30PM a group of about 8 teens strolled by. All our lights were out but I was still up. The high wall results in our upper flybridge being at ground level. The group stopped next to the boat and after a short time one decided to step aboard. I immediately stepped into the open and asked them what they were doing and asked that they move along....which they did without further incident.

Next morning I'm sitting in the pilot house and notice the large tall ship replica "Onrust" docked I'm front of us is drifting away from the wall. When I checked all her mooring lines had been let go and were in the water. I was able to grab them with a boat hook and re-secure the lines. No damage done and just glad there was no current or wind otherwise she would have likely have been down at the Troy lock or hit another boat.

Don't know if it was the same teen bunch or not but that doesn't really matter. Just a heads-up. Will report to the Visitor Center.

Great stop, 2012-06-19
Captain: , Port Lavaca, TX (451)

Very friendly locals. $10 for electric for a 48 hr stop. Close grocery stores nearby. Numerous restaurants and shopping. Farmer's Market on Sunday with great local produce. One couple stopped by almost as soon as we arrived and took my wife to the grocery. A "Must" stop when moving through the Erie.

Wonderful Overnight, 2012-06-19
Captain: , Ithaca, NY (40)

I overnighted here after a long transit up the Hudson from City Island in the Bronx. Scenery is nice, and I can only agree with other reviewers that the staff is very helpful and friendly. Wonderful sense of comraderie which is what cruising is all about for me. I also ended up on the east end on the wall without any services, but it was totally worth it. It was the perfect place for a rest before beginning the canal leg of the trip.

Great Stop Over, 2012-06-17
Captain: , Havelock , NC (30)

$10 a day you can't go wrong. Nice people, the cruisers hangout on the Hudson.

Dont get much better still great in 07,09,11, and 2012!, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Gotta stop here, it's free and Wifi was weak but useable
One of the few free docks on the Erie that the trains are not in you salon.

Crossroads of the NYS Canal System, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1541)

We're always sure to stop here because we enjoy the comraderie of everyone. The wall can be full, in fact the night we were here in early June we were on the eastern end of the wall with no services, but no matter, it's just great fun to walk along all the boats and hear where everyone is coming from and going to. Nice visitor center with bathrooms and very friendly staff, but again, this is all about the other cruisers transiting the canal system and being part of the cruising community. Great stop.

Great Stop, 2012-06-02
Captain: , Cincinnati (1810)

We got here and went to the pump out. It is brand new, needing to be replaced after last years flooding, and we were going to be the first one to use it. It did not work. They worked on it for hours and evidently they need to get the mfg. involved. The staff here is extreemely friendly and helpful. Stores and banks are close by. The docks are in great shape. The restrooms are spartan but clean. Of course, you can't beat the price.

Great place to Recharge, 2012-06-01
Captain: , punta gorda, fl (1448)

Stayed here 5/29 - 5/31/12. What a great deal! $10 for your stay (sign says limited to 48 hours). There is water and some electricity (not enough electric connections for everyone). If the floating dock is full you can tie to the wall east of the floating dock but no water or electricity there. Some of the spaces at the floating dock are taken up by a tour boat operation and a historical tugboat. There is a coin operated pump out marked in red which we could not use because another boat was docked there all the time we were there. Shopped at hanafords grocery store about 10 blocks away. They will let you bring a cart back to visitor center but you have to tell them so the can turn off the auto wheel locking device. Ate at angry penguin tavern - mostly sandwiches/burgers but they have 2 more substantive specials each week. We had the specials which were both reasonable and great,

MUST stop !, 2012-05-28
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4188)

What a great place to stop ! Free dock, only $10 for elect for your entire 2 day stay, water, floating dock, place to walk the dog and they even provide doggie bags to clean up, very nice friendly people (even the walkers coming by). Really great laundromat 2 blocks away CLIFTON LAUNDROMAT, severl diners good and cheap, and two major grocery stores right over the bridge...and get this: the visitor center has shopping carts you can use to go to the laundry or grocery shopping ! Take the cart to town and load up on cases of SPAM !

Erie Canal Central, 2012-05-22
Captain: , Guntersville, AL (451)

If you are new to the Erie Canal you must stop here and spend at least a good day. We pedaled the Champlain bike trail, explored the town and spent an hour one morning at lock 2 admiring the antique equipment that look brand new and still function perfectly. Didn't meet anyone who wasn't friendly and helpful. Have breakfast at Dan &Paul's on Broad!

A nice place to start your canal trip from!, 2012-05-20
Captain: , Findlay, OH (216)

Small Visitor Center with no history displays and nothing to see BUT the people are super nice. Walk up to Lock 2 and talk to the Locktender, Rick. He opened up the electric panels and motor boxes - they were gleaming and spotless and he explained how everything worked and set me at ease for my first canal trip.

We got to peek in a working antique tug, the Unger, which was there for educational fourth grade field trips to see.
Walk up to Broad St, three blocks, and hit Don & Pauls for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. All inexpensive and good food. Where else can you get 2 over easy, toast & coffee for $1.75!

$10 for electric, $5 for a restroom/shower key plus a $5 deposit. Restrooms & showers need painted or tiled - they looked grungy but they were really not.

Absolutely the best, 2012-05-16
Captain: , Toronto (60)

Biggest problem when I was there was getting people to leave. Really friendly and welcoming. Huge contrast to the sadness and misery in many places further up the canal.

boaters mecca, 2012-04-03
Captain: , Half Moon, N.Y. (120)

this is where everyone doing the Erie or Champlain Canal eventually meet. If you are heading through the locks, you can see how the locking system works and ask questions. Don't be intimidated, once you spend time on the canals, you will love it. Everything is provided here or close by.

Must stop here, 2012-03-16
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

I echo all the previous comments.
Been stopping here for years, even before they redid the whole place.
It's always been magic.
Provisioning is just a short walk over the canal.

Waterford Visitor Center, 2011-09-05
Captain: , Lake in The Hills, Illinois (542)

We arrived here two days prior to Hurricane Irene. We were treated like royalty. As the Hurricane approached the Waterford Flight was opened as a Safe Harbor. The volunteers and Canal staff went out of there way to ensure everyone's safety. The residents of the town did everything possible to help us out, even when faced with their own concerns. This is truly a special place. The docks were destroyed by the flooding, however attempts are being made to restore the docks as quickly as possible.

Heard so many good things, but couldn't tie up, 2011-07-28
Captain: , Gulf Shores Alabama (748)

We had read so many great reviews about the free servcies at Waterford Harbor, but we arrived in the middle of the Steamboat Convention and the Dock was Closed to transients. We chose to tie up at Lock 3 upper wall. It was well worth it. The entire harbor was full of cute, chugging, hissing and smoking little steamboats. I guess in memory of Robert Fulton.
Very nice stay, and only a short and scenic walk up to Lock 3, south wall.

Inconceivable, 2011-07-19
Captain: , Richmond VA (281)

This ended up to be a very pleasant surprise stop for us. There are not many places you can find to dock with electricity, internet and water for free up to 48 hours. The town is very nice and we enjoyed staying here. Even though we had locked in the past in Virginia, and we locked to get to here, it was really nice to be able to stop check out the locks you will be doing on the Erie cannel. The biggest advantage of this stop is, it the absolutely best place to meet other boaters about ready to do the same journey as you. I kept in contact with at least 5 different boaters that I have met from this lock. Most cursers end up leap fogging each other during the distance of the cannel, so be friendly when you%u2019re here can pull away from where with a few new friends.

Free dock at Waterford Visitor Center, 2011-07-04
Captain: , Hampton, VA (389)

A great free dock. The visitor center volunteers are wonderful. The town is great to walk around and explore. A short walk over the bridge to reprovision and you can bring the cart full of food back to the dock, the store comes back and collects the carts. On Sundays they have a great farmers market don't miss it.

Can't Beat It!, 2011-06-13
Captain: , Wilsonville, AL (300)

Free dockage with showers, restrooms, water, pump out $1.00.
Walking distance to grocery stores and restaurants. Sunday Farmers Market is great.

Great Start to the Erie and Champaign Canals, 2011-06-07
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

Free dock with power and water, bathrooms and showers, good restaurants, good grocery shopping, good laundry, Sunday morning Farmer's Market, helpful volunteers at the Visitor Center...What more could you ask for?

Absolutely wonderful and free, 2011-06-01
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

This location has everything....ask about old canal trail which ends at Henriy's meat market (superb meats). Go to lock 2 to buy pass and get a tour brochure of the trail.

Great place if you can find a spot, 2011-02-23
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

We stayed for one night on our way north to Lake Champlain. It was full on the docks, but we were able to tie to the concrete wall without power or water. Not a problem. We had a trip to the grocery store to stock up, and ate at a nice restaurant in town. Get there early if you want a spot on the dock.

Can't Beat the Price, 2010-10-31
Captain: , Wilson, NY (432)

Nice location, free dock with power and WIFI if you can get it. Night one we had WIFI, the power on our side had been pulled for the season. Night 2 we had power, out of range of the WIFI. Pretty town, helpful staff...and did I mention FREE?

What Can I Say, 2010-10-17
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

I think it is obvious. This is a great place to stay.

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

After a long trip up the Hudson or ending the Eastward trek on the Erie Canal, Waterford is an oasis. The staff at the visitor center are really glad to see you and make your stay pleasant. We saw no enforcement of the 48 hour limit in June or August. The town wants you to stay. They will help you. Great restaurants, laundry facilities, grocery stores. And a terrific farmers market on Sunday. Waterford is a very busy and popular stop. Get here early to find a spot on their docks.

Thank You for the free dock, 2010-09-06
Captain: , Elizabeth City, NC (241)

Free docking for two nights. Power and water available on floating dock portion for free. There is additional docking on the concrete wall. Be sure to tour the old canal sections. Plan on getting there early if you want a dock.

Nice place to start or end your canal trip, 2010-08-17
Captain: , Huntington, NY (168)

We stopped here for one night before heading west on the Erie Canal, and for two nights on our return trip. Free docking for 48 hours with water & electric. We are told the police monitor your stay so avoid anything longer than 48 hours. We did see the police dock one afternoon and inspect / search a boat.

The volunteers at the visitors center are very helpful & knowledgeable about the local area. There is a supermarket (Hanafords) with in walking distance and ask at the visitors center about bringing the carts back to the waterfront.

Good Stop , 2010-01-02
Captain: , Poughkeepsie Yacht Club (137)

This is a good stop no matter what direction you'r headed.
The area is very interesting and the people friendly.
There's a great resturant about 3 blocks away McGrivys or
soimething like that.
I have mixed emotions about the ticketing activity. A lot of
boats settle in there for extended stays making it difficult for
real transients to find a spot for the night.

Waterford Municipal Dock, 2009-09-03
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

First Rate---period.


This remains a great stop but the Canal Police has begun enforcing a TWO DAYS ONLY STAY AT THE DOCK PER MONTH.
This is NOT the city, they are as upset as the boaters.
In fact they started writing with NO signs no warnings nothing.
This started last week in August 2009.
Plan accordingly.
It is not known if the Canal Police will extend this to all the other canal docks or limit it to Waterford.

Great Spot, Check out web cams (to see how crowded), 2009-08-24
Captain: , vero beach (508) has links to 2 web cams. Other reviews cover the rest. Hard to pass up a spot like this. Lots of walking options inlcuding trails along canal to locks and along the Old Champlain Canal remnants. Check out Cohoes Falls (which is what the Waterford Flight locks bypass) if you can get a ride.

Waterford visitor center , 2009-08-13
Captain: , Absarokee Mt (1228)

Friendly, free for 2 nights, $10.00 night after. Stay for farmers market on Sunday.

What more to say, 2009-08-10
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

Great place to stop and unwind and the price is right!

Waterford Visitors Center, 2009-08-03
Captain: , Clear Lake, TX (694)

Great stop. 2 days free & $10/night after. 30 & 50 Amp on floating docks with water. Restrooms & showers on site (but in need of paint & remodel). Wireless Internet and computers in office. Close to small town and bus service. We took bus to Troy to see town.

Waterford Visitor Center, 2009-08-01
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Water, power and helpfull staff.

2 days free and a $10 donation for days after that

A must stop, 2009-06-15
Captain: , fairland (2653)

If you can get on the dock, You should stop for a night or two or four. The town is quaint, the locks are interesting. The Sunday farmers' market is spectacular.

Horse race, 2009-05-20
Captain: , Huron,OH - Little River, SC (680)

During popular transit times, the floating docks can fill up fast. Optionally, the wall is fine, but tall, and not easy to get on / off if not limber. Lifting a dog up on the wall is not something you will want to do twice.
The Horserace Part ? (eastbound) Try to be the first one in the lock, which means you will be the first one out, and grab the first floating dock space available.... don't be picky. The floaters are WAY better than the wall

Great docks and they're free, 2008-07-18
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

How can you go wrong with great floating docks and power - all for free! I made a $10 donation just to thank them. My only comment is that their bathroom designers seem to have been previously employeed by the prison system...very stark.

Dissapointed, 2008-06-30
Captain: , Plymouth, MA (245)

After hearing so many wonderful things about this stop, we were underwhelmed. The restrooms were not clean and needed upgrading. The visitor center was closed for repair, and the sewage treatment smell was very noticable. The town was small but interesting. Stop at Keilty's bar for great corned beef and Guinness.

the friendliest, 2008-06-06
Captain: , New Orleans (118)

great place to meet other boaters & unwind, restaurants & grocery w/i walking distance, be sure to tour the lock (#2) & tugs, etc

Visitors Center, 2007-08-18
Captain: , Castine, Maine (17)

The visitors Center is run by local volenteers and there is no charge for the first two days stay. Your stay includes water, electric and showers. The area is quiet at night and there is very little wake from passing boats. You are within a 1/4 mile of Lock 2. Take time to visit the lock area as there is a nice walking path at the far right of the docking area.

The Waterford main street is three blocks away and there are good resteraunts, and take out Pizza and Oriental shops

Waterford Visitors' Center, 2007-07-23
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (551)

Great stop. Pump-out is coin operated-$1. Tie up to wall if the floating docks are full. No power at wall. Lots of activity from the Erie as well as Champlain Canals.

Letitia - Waterford Harbor & Visitor Center, 2007-02-22
Captain: , Austin, Tx (1257)

It is hard to imagine a more delightful spot. Free for 2 days, Helpful people. Main street 3 blocks away. All the traffic up and down the Erie Canal passing in front of you. Special!

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