Details for Whitehall Municipal Dock

Whitehall Municipal Dock

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 41 reviews

Address Skenesborough Drive
Whitehall, NY 12887


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:







Tide & current additional info

No tide.


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: The wall on the west side accomodates 6-7 boats with 20, 30 and 50 amp power. Above and below the concrete wall there are floating docks with no services for additional tie ups. Also, on the east side of the canal there is another wall with cleats but no services that is available for tie ups.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 6
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2015-08-10)

Other price info: Free dock, but donations accepted by the town. Leave in drop box across the street or the dropbox in the community center where the showers are.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 20 amp outlets. There are 3 power pedestals on the western wall.

Pricing info: Free

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Watch the pressure.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

Disability access

Yes - Handicapp access to the visitors center with restrooms.

Launch service

Pump out




Yes - The park is a "carry in - carry out" facility. There are no public trash receptacles in the immediate area. There is one small trash can at the Amtrak station across the street.


Yes - Available at the Community Center building south of the mooring wall.


Yes - Available at the Community Center building south of the mooring wall.


Yes - Block north on Broadway.


Yes - Green Mountain grocery near the Dollar General. Convenience store on Broadway. Both easy walking distance.



Yes - Historic Grounds restaurant serves breakfast and lunch in an old bank on the main street across from Waterfront. A trip back in time.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi at Library.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - AMTRAK station across the street.
Jim's Car Service, 518-932-4364, is a taxi service for local use.

Other services


Skenesborough Museum next to the wall. Skenes Mansion across the canal and up the hill. Mansion tours and lunch are available.

Reviews for Whitehall Municipal Dock
Whitehall Trying Hard!, 2017-09-19
Captain: , Essex, CT (1245)

Great free dock! While only room for the first 4 - 6 boats to have power, there is almost endless dock space, on the rest of the main wall, on the 3 floats & even on the opposite concrete wall.

Enjoyed our stays both north & southbound. Historic Grounds Restaurant excellent for breakfast & lunch, great museum next to the docks, laundromat & even a part-time barber shop (door to right of laundromat-look at sign on door for days/hours).

Elizabeth from the Chamber of Commerce stops by the boats most evenings to help in any way possible. Everyone extremely friendly-even the Public Works guy stopped to chat while trimming. Donation box inside the community center to cover costs of power & showers. Only downside is no trash cans, but please do NOT sneak it to a business or other nearby - Just take it to your next stop.

Town is trying hard to come back with tourism & boaters - PLEASE get off your boat, walk around & spend even a few dollars!!

Great free municipal dock, 2017-07-05
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Great stop, close to groceries, dining. Several locals stopped by with recommendations. Good for dog walking along canal. Note each of the 3 power pedalstals are wired for whatever you need including 30, 50, and 15amp 110V. Water on pedalstals. Free docking, but town will accept donations.

Great Place to be stuck , 2017-07-04
Captain: , Stow, MA (470)

We were among those stalled by the July 1, 2017 heavy rains, so stayed at the free docks 4 nights until the locks opened again. Don't miss the following: Historic Grounds for breakfast or lunch, Skene Manor (castle on the hill) for a tour and lunch or desert, the Marine Museum at the waterfront and the cutest darn laundromat anywhere. Also only 1/2 mile to CVS, A dollar store with groceries and Stewart's. Mostly, don't miss talking to the town folk; we found them to happy to talk with us and very kind and helpful.

Outstanding meal at The Tavern at Lock 12, 2017-06-28
Captain: , Mooloolaba (692)

We stopped in Whitehall NY on the way back from Lake Champlain. Only boat on the free wall, what an excellent facility. Reading restaurant reviews/opportunities was a bit depressing so we decided to wander. Ended up at the Tavern at Lock 12 (Marina north of lock 12). They are open 7 days a week. We have been in the US for 4 months traveling from Florida to here. We had one of the three best meals we have had in 3 months. I would stop here just for the food. The free wall and all is just a bonus. It is a 5 minute from the free wall.

Gratuit et tranquille !, 2017-06-15
Captain: , Montreal (110)

Dormir au quai, eau potable et douche, tout ça gratuitement !!!! Poste à essence, pharmacie et general store à 10 min de marche au Sud. Il y a même une espèce de liquor store sur la rue parallèle ! Petit Resto à déjeuner en diagonale du quai, parc pour enfant de l'autre côté de la rivière (15 min de marche), Habitant sympathique ! Très tranquille !!!

The best Docking place in the area, 2016-07-11
Captain: , Willsboro Bay Marina (2471)

We were pleased to dock free at the Whitehalle Municipal Dock.
Free electricity and Water.

People are friendly and the Laundrymat is open 24 hours on Skenesborough drive west of the dock.

Went for a walk

All this for free!, 2016-07-05
Captain: , Montreal (717)

Could not go further, since locks stop eperating at 6 PM.
Free dock, power and water: there are only 3 towers to plugin for power at the nothern section of the dock.

I never tried it, but it seems you can have a decent diner at the castle across the bridge on the east shore.

Great location and great price, 2016-06-13
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

Free dock, power and water. Nice! We found the Community Center closed, but didn't really need heads or showers. Short walk to town. Lots of history, it would be nice to spend the day here, but we were only overnight.

Town is very quiet. Joe's PIzza has free delivery.

Great stop., 2016-06-10
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

10 feet of water at dock. No trash containers, sign to take trash with you. Historic Grounds Restaurant across the street, very good and reasonable prices. The Museum is very informative and the staff is very knowledgeable of the history of the area. We're glad we didn't pass this by.

Free dock, power, great place to stop for one night., 2016-06-06
Captain: , New York (20)

Was a quiet place to stop with free power and water. You can stay for up to 48 hours.

Couldn't ask for more, 2015-08-21
Captain: , Mallets Bay (80)

Really appreciated the in-wall laddersadders; free, easily accessible electric (30/15 amp) and water hook-ups; the clean restrooms and showers; friendly locals and Historic Grounds restaurant just two blocks away. Sorry to see the town struggling to come back: lots of boarded up buildings (interesting architecture) on Main Street. Wonderful community park/outdoor stage near dock wall with tiered seating built-into hillside. Told they have concerts on Friday nights in July. If you have a couple of hours before 4pm, dont miss Skeenesborough Museum at the dock. Well worth the $3 ($2 for seniors/students) admission

GREAT STOP, 2015-08-06
Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1643)

The facilities herr are 5 star. Clean rest rooms, electric, water, and all free. I'd give it 5 stars if the Town were alive. The museum right at the dock is well worth the $2 admission and very interesting. The bones of the Ticonderoga are nearby. There is a new restaurant open for breakfast and lunch called HISTORIC GROUNDS. Had an excellent breakfast there.

Nice wall w/ power & water, 2015-07-31
Captain: , Seneca Lake NY (313)

This is a nice clean free stop. Too bad the Finch & Chubb restaurant has closed as it was a nice place.

Great Stop on the Canal, 2014-09-18
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

Yes, the downtown is mostly shuttered and has a depression era look. But, the town is working hard to provide for cruising boaters and is making this a nice stop. More communities should be as welcoming.

There are 3 good places to eat in town, two of which are listed in Active Captain - Captains - Finch and Chubb. A third, Smokin' on the Water, has high ratings on Yelp, but unfortunately is only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And, if you are not in the mood to eat out, you have free electricity to cook aboard.

The museum is small, but is well done with some great ship models. It is run by a totally volunteer staff and is only $2.

The laundramat is a bit aged, but is clean and well run. It has many washers and dryers, making the task accomplished quicker than a stop at a marina.

Cruisers should give back to this generous town by patronizing some of the business that are open.

This review was written using the free electricity from the town and free WiFi from the library.

Not much here, 2014-09-06
Captain: , N . KINGSTOWN, RI (162)

Stayed here for the night on 9/2. The dock facilities are fine. The town is like out of the depression. Only ongoing business was the Vets bar. A local told me the only place to get something to eat was a McDonalds one mile away. The museum was closed with no posting of hours.

Nice small town, 2014-07-31
Captain: , Latham, NY (43)

Dockage is in the town park and museum grounds along the canal. There was free music at one end in the evening, and a "powow" in the open space at the South end of the grounds. Not much in the town, but the food at the tavern 1 block North (near lock 12) was great.

Nice free town wall, 2014-07-27
Captain: , Rochester NY (310)

Only 3 power pedestals at the north end but a lot of room for boats south of them also. Good place to stop for the night. The town has seen better times but a safe place to stay with the police and fire station next door. Nice museum also.

Great Stop, 2014-06-25
Captain: , Tarpon Springs (983)

Easy in and out, power available if you are early, water available, shower and heads during the day. Whitehall has worked at making boaters welcome and I appreciate it. A great stop.

Great stop at a great price, 2014-06-23
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach, FL (361)

Four looper boats stayed one night here and enjoyed touring Skene Manor. It's a steep walk up to the manor but worth it. The tour of the manor is free with a voluntary contribution. It was originally built for $25,000. which would equate to $650,000. today. What a bargain.
We were all able to connect to power. Two boats with 50 amp and two boats with double 30 amp.
Bathrooms were open during the day and evening but locked in the morning. No one seemed to know when they would be unlocked. The voluntary contribution drop box is inside the building and we left before the building was open. Sorry, no contribution made.
The town was very depressing. Most buildings were vacant and for rent or sale. Maybe the area away from the water was better, didn't check it out.
Would definately stay here overnight again.

Stay Here Rather than Lock 12 Marina, 2014-06-16
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (241)

Secure tie up right in town behind Police & Fire Stations. As of 6/4/2014 the new owner of Lock 12 Marina does not have electric & water out to transient docks & his floating docks are very wobbly.
Town Docks restrooms & showers fairly new and clean. Museum was not open.

Lots of history here, 2013-09-04
Captain: , Montreal, Quebec (100)

Located just south of lock C12, Whitehall municipal dock (located in front of the fire station) has room for about six boats, three of which have pedestals for electricity and water. If you run out of luck, the drinking fountain in the park has an outlet that you can connect a hose to. This is a concrete dock. There are showers and restrooms in the small chalet located in the park, just past the USS Ticonderoga display. There is a Stewart%u2019s gas station and convenience store a 10 minutes walk away on the other side of the State Route 4 Bridge. Landraumat is 2 minutes away heading north on Main Street. Farmers market adjacent to the park on Tuesdays from 1300h to 1600h (we missed it...).

great town, 2013-08-15
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2391)

After three weeks on Lake Champlain we had a great experience in Whitehall. We were the only boat ,but there were three power pedestals w/ water - both 50 & 30 amp. Short walk to Finch & Chubbs - awesome menu that was worth every penny...higher end but not over priced for what you were served!!!

About a ten minute walk to Putorie's Market for basic food - I.e. milk, bread, Doritos, etc.

Nice respite from the dredging, 2013-08-03
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Stopped here for lunch after running the gauntlet of the massive dredging operation (google GE and PCB). This will be ongoing for several years. Nice stop just off canal. Picturesque mansion on other side of canal. Walked into town (5 mins) and asked for restaurant reco. Local gave us a ride to Lucia's - excellent. Other reviews accurate.

the place to stay, 2013-08-03
Captain: , South Portland, Maine (847)

This FREE dock has all you need to end your trip up the Champlain Canal to the lake. We arrived at 5 and found an empty dock with electric hookup for 30 AMP. The bathrooms and showers are in the Community Center, a bit of a hike, but extreamly clean and open 24 hours.

We walked up to Whitehall Marina and hitched a ride with AJ across the river to The New Finch and Chubb Restaurant. We arrived without a reservation, which is definately recommended, however they were able to seat us after awhile at a window table overlooking the harbor Their number is 518-499-0104. This was an unexpected treat with a fine but small selection of wines and what I would term a gourmet menu. The walk back to our boat was picteresque and while the town of Whitehall has seen better days, my sense is it has even better days ahead. We reccomend this Municipal Dock as a stopping place to or from the lake.

Free is always good, 2013-06-22
Captain: , Toronto (20)

Whitehall has clearly gone through some rough times and recent high water in the Champlain Canal has not helped. As previously mentioned, there are three power pedestals at the far end of the dock as well as water. There are free showers and washrooms available from 7am to 9pm. Note that one of our female voyagers was in the shower alone when kids outside asked if she had any money, as if to extort payment for safe passage, but she thwarted them by saying she had a cell phone. This, I'm sure was an isolated incident, however, we decided that females would not go to the showers unescorted. We were hard-pressed to find a restaurant that was open, within comfortable walking distance,so our resident chef prepared a braised pork tenderloin (not too shabby).

I still recommend stopping here if a logical point in your voyage.

Free is Good, 2013-06-19
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

Per the previous posts, there are three power poles (30 and 50 amp) installed along the concrete west wall of the canal just before Lock 12. It is easy to tie up and you are right in the middle of town. The museum is currently being remodeled, but it is a nice town to walk around. This is a good and free spot to stay on your way north or south, especially when it takes so long to get through Locks 5-8 due to the dredging.

Whitehall Wall, 2012-08-31
Captain: , Toad Hop (22)

At low water the north approach wall ito the lock is very rough so it is better to stand off and contact the lock on VHF 13. There are several restaurants not mentioned in the other reviews as well as a couple of bars. There is also a decent laundromat close by on the main drag.

Great that town supports transients, 2012-07-30
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (465)

Room for perhaps 8 boats. Four power poles for early arrival. Local museum quaint. $1 entry for seniors. Inventor of fishing lure was a local - learn more! 100 yards to Great that town supports transients center for clean heads and shower. Women's shower inoperative. Toilet paper in short supply at end of weekend. Town discourages collection of boat trash with no close by dumpster.
City Steak and Seafood across from municipal dock was packed with satisfied customers on a Sunday evening. Onion soup is a standout.

A must stop on the Champlain Canal - Birthplace of the US Navy, 2012-07-25
Captain: , Port Henry, NY (41)

Nice wall - some power & water for early birds. Nice hot showers (7am - 9pm). They cloase at 9 sharp! Nice dog walking area with benches. Interesting museum adjacent to wall.
Very interesting old town that has unfortunately fallen on hard times like so many in the Champlain Valley. Skene Manor Mansion -( on the mountain overlooking the canal is worth the trip. I've been told by other cruisers that a phone call to the mansion got them a ride to and fro. Shopping is minimal - Putorti's grocery store on Broadway is a short walk. Restaurants - new steak house across the street from docks. The Captains Restaurant on Broadway is priceless! Great food, homestyle cooking, generous portions, reasonable prices. If you're on a diet and want modest portions let the waitress know when you order, otherwise, loosen your belt. Go half block north to Saunders St. West 1 block to Broadway, cross Broadway at the light. Captains Rest is 2nd biz on the right. Take a trip back in time 40 years or so. Concerts in the park on Fri nights!

Free dock in historical little town, 2012-07-15
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1541)

We stayed one night on our way south in July; the power was on but the town was under a boil water notice so while the water was available, it wasn't anything we wanted in our tank. We visited the little Skenesborough Museum right next door - just $2 per person. It's a little place, but they have some real gems inside so it worth a visit. We walked down to the visitor center (two building south, by the outdoor amphitheatre) and donated $10 for the free electricity - so worth it becuase it was 94 degrees outside and we had both our air conditioners running. We also lucked out because the night we were there there was a little carnival running just to the south, and at 9:30 pm there was a 20 minute fireworks show. The whole town showed up to watch the fireworks with people lining the canal walls. Nice, happy crowd, and a very nice evening.

FREE FREE FREE, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4188)

Another great free wall with water, electric and close to center of town. Walked one block to nice laundromat so the wife is now happy. Be sure to take a tour of the Skene Mansion which is clearly evident across the river and up the mountain. We had a great desert called Potter's Puff and coffee there. If you call they will come pick you up by car.

Good News, the power is back on., 2012-06-03
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1550)

We are on the wall tonight and the electricty and water are back on. Showera and baths are great. The City Rest across st also great.

Electricity's back on., 2012-06-02
Captain: , Bainbridge Island, WA (343)

The story I heard is that there's a new mayor who's more boater-friendly (and perhaps less opposition from the former owner of the Lock 12 Marina, whose business went bankrupt, alas). Also, people who like this place might wish to note that in the Visitor Center, where the showers are (one of the nicest showers I've seen), there's a door next to the women's shower room with a slot for donations.

Good stop before transiting the canal, 2012-04-03
Captain: , Half Moon, N.Y. (120)

Nice canal wall stop. Although the elect. was discontinued, you can walk to everything in town and enjoy the park nearby. I wish more canal towns offered this service.

Easy pet stop, 2011-09-12
Captain: , Galena, MD (1856)

Secure dockage and easy access to basic needs. Nice area to walk dog and enjoy small town America. If everyone who stoppe here donated $5/person for use of dock and showers i think it would make a difference. I would hate to lose a site like tihis.

Great Facilities, 2011-08-10
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

Showers and restrooms were first rate and very clean.No longer any power at the docks as stated in earlier posts. No place open for breakfast other than Stewarts but there was a hardware store, CVS, Dollar Store and very nice market about a mile away on Broadway St (south). Great looking hot dog/dairy stand southeast of the docks (over the bridge) but it wasn't open at 9 am!

Whitehall free wall, 2011-08-04
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

Great stop - and the price is right - free. We returned this summer, and as of mid-July 2011 the town has turned off the electricity. I think there has been pressure from the businesses/marinas north of the lock. It is still worth the stop if you don't need the power for the night.
Walk to the clean showers and head. Excellent new steak and seafood restaurant just across the street from the town park. A few shops remain, but the town is having hard times. I wish it were on the other side of the lock so we could step/unstep the mast.

No electric on 7/27/11, 2011-07-30
Captain: , Green Cove Springs (230)

There was water in the service pedestals but no electric the day we were there. the "rumor" was that it had been shut off at the request of the two marinas north of Lock 12.

Otherwise it's a very nice place.

Nice FREE docks with electric, 2010-12-02
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Stoped here in 09. Worthy of a return. American legion right by dock. nice town, but hurtin.

Whitehall town wall., 2008-06-30
Captain: , Plymouth, MA (245)

Theis town is trying hard to make your stop here enjoyable. There is real hardship here, and the downtown area is tired looking. The wall itsef is a good tieup with some power connections, and a modern and clean municipal building with two showers. A couple of excellent resteraunts within walking. distance.

Whitehall Municipal Dock, 2007-06-10
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

A very good stop. It is FREE with eclectricity and water for 48 hrs.
Town is adjacent. La Roma restaurant is a brisk walk up the hill and well worth it. Exceptionally good food at a very reasonable price. A dont miss spot. This is the typical NYCanal concrete bulkhead with elec and water.

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