Donovan's Shady Harbor Marina


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Day Trip
Dock & Dine
70 Shady Harbor Drive
New Baltimore, NY 12124
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
VHF 16

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149 Reviews

by Mike L. - Verified user on Oct 15, 2023
Great place. Planned on staying for a week and ended up staying for a month and a half! Cannot wait to come back!
Marina Response:
Thanks for the kind words Mike!! We all appreciate it. See you next year

by Alison B. on Oct 12, 2023
Great Marina, friendly attentive staff
Marina Response:
Thank you Allison, Have a great winter season.

by James L. - Verified user on Oct 04, 2023
This marina has it all! Kathy and Brian go out of their way to ensure a pleasurable experience. Super restaurant, pool, covered grilling area, loaner car and bath house. Everyone here is very responsive to meet your needs.

by Renee M. - Verified user on Oct 01, 2023
Always love this place with Kathy and Brian! It is the best!

by Franklin G. - Verified user on Sep 28, 2023
Always enjoy Shady Harbor. Great meal at the Boathouse!

by Jason D. - Verified user on Sep 25, 2023
Always a pleasure to stay at Donavans

by Valerie D. - Verified user on Sep 23, 2023
We love it there. Always nice to see Brian and Kathy. It is one of our favorite Hudson River marinas. Lyell & Valerie (Get Lost)
Marina Response:
Thanks Kids, we love you too. See you soon, when we get lost.

by Cathy M. - Verified user on Sep 22, 2023
Great spot owner was on dock to greet us and assist with docking in the current. Dinner at the restaurant was delicious

by Bruce M. - Verified user on Sep 15, 2023
Nice place,owners,staff,restaurant, marine store very good.
Marina Response:
Thank you for the kind words

by Heather K. on Sep 13, 2023
This is a hard review....most of the staff were over the top kind accept for that 1 person that sadly ruined our stay. Because of this we are unlikely to stop here again. ** update** within a moment of this review I recieved a call from the owner doing his best to understand my concerns! It might just be worth a shot again...
Marina Response:
Heather, Thank you for your original review, and for the update! It was a pleasure hearing your story, even if it was not a totally pleasurable experience for you. In any event we are proud of our staff, and anything but 100% positive experiences is reason to review on our part. Thank you for your time in telling us your story, I believe we will correct the unfortunate situation you found yourself in, and it should be a teachable moment for a long term employee who in fact has been here at the marina longer than us. Kathy is working on a credit to your Dockwa account for the misunderstood labor billing, and we do hope you give us another shot should you be traveling this way again. Happy sailing, and safe travels Brian and Kathy Donovan

by michael k. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2023
Staff was very helpful. It's the place to stop on the way to the canals. perfect in every way.
Marina Response:
Thank you so much foe the kind words. Perfect is a stretch but we gladly accept your description.

by Philip M. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2023
Very friendly staff. Great restaurant on site
Marina Response:
THank You

by Roy S. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2023
Nice marina. Nice staff. They even have a courtesy loaner car that we used.
Marina Response:
Can't thank you enough Roy, for the kind words. We live to Please!

by Paul J. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
The restaurant is great. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The restroom and laundry are very clean. The pool it a plus.
Marina Response:
Glad you enjoyed the property, it is our goal

by Bill B. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2023
Great place nice people nice pool awesome restaurants Alway a nice place to stay.
Marina Response:
Thanks Bill, we love you as well!!!

by Jack B. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2023
Great spot And such nice people. The owners stayed after hours to pump fuel so we could get an early morning start.

by Frank M. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2023
Customer service is their specialty!

by Tim V. on Aug 07, 2023
Great stop on the Hudson. Nice people, clean facilities. Restaurant on premises. COurtesy car. Dog friendly. Good vibe. Boat lift and repairs. SHip store. Easy in and out. Not as cheap as you’ll find on the Erie Canal but very nice. Will stop again.
Marina Response:
Thank you for the kind words.

by Kevin M. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Beautiful place,all good..
Marina Response:
Thank you

by MIKE L. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
very nice marina every thing you need there very accommodating.

by Katherine D. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2023
Perfect marina, pool, restaurant, good people!!!

by Bob P. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2023
Excellent stop on our way south. Very friendly and accommodating. Great restaurant on site. Highly recommend!

by WAYNE L. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2023
Perfect place to stop for the night. Very friendly staff.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the kind words Wayne, We do appreciate it!

by Vicki L. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2023
Great people and good facilities👍
Marina Response:
Thank you Miss Vicki. It was a pleasure hosting you.

by Sharon B. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2023
Great owners and staff. Very friendly and helpful. On-site Harbour Host as well. Excellent Prime Rib on Friday/Saturday nights!
Marina Response:
Thank you Sharon.

by Gena O. - Verified user on Jul 14, 2023
Brian's son and another dock hand were on hand to catch our lines. Pool felt great. Restrooms and showers were clean. Met Diane, on Journey, who is a new Harbor Host.
Marina Response:
Thank you Gena, for the kind words! My Son, James, has become such a big part of our operation. Diane, as Harbor Host is such a huge asset for all loopers and guests.

by Larry O. - Verified user on Jul 11, 2023
great place to stay gregreat place to staygreat place to stayat place to stay
Marina Response:
Thanks Larry, you’re great

by Pamela J. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2023
Everyone was helpful and friendly. Nice facilities. Laundry, pool, showers and bathroom. All clean.

by Steve S. - Verified user on Jul 03, 2023
Great place to park your boat for a day, night or even a week. Easy in-out for fuel and pump out. Nice docks with helpful personnel to tie up and setup power and water. Nice restaurant onsite. Great ships store for a lot of items. Would definitely stop here again.
Marina Response:
Thank you, Steve for the kind words. We do appreciate that

by Richard H. - Verified user on Jun 18, 2023
Good stop, nice Restaurent and bar. Helpful team here and willing to assist. Nice to have a courtesy car to run a few errands.
Marina Response:
Thank you Richard, Whatever you need we will try.

by Keith F. - Verified user on Jun 17, 2023
Lots of fun great group of persons
Marina Response:
A Great group of persons we all are, thanks Keith

by Harry H. - Verified user on Jun 17, 2023
Brian met us on the dock and made sure that we had everything that we needed. A very quiet and peaceful night and we were easily out and off by 0825. Many thanks.
Marina Response:
Thanks Harry, glad you enjoyed your stay.

by Mike J. - Verified user on Jun 15, 2023
Great time at Shady Harbor. Brian is everywhere all day long helping boats dock, fuel or pumping out. Pool is nice as is the container bar. Restaurant was closed, Monday so I did not have a chance to enjoy it. Pig roast was a fantastic success!
Marina Response:
Thank you for being part of a great weekend

by Jim B. - Verified user on Jun 14, 2023
There for the annual pig roast for AGLCA Loopers and other boaters. Great time. Awesome staff! Thank you!

by Keith T. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2023
Terrific ! Brian and his Team did a terrific job with 48 AGLCA memebrs at his dock !
Marina Response:
Thanks Keith, we appreciate your kind words about the weekend. It is one of our favorites of the season. We like to think we please all 48, but as we all know, no one bats a thousand. We are just happy that 47 of you were super pleased. We hope the other one gets the help they need. Thanks again, and we hope to see you on the water.

by Jill W. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2023
Excellent spot to stop relax and unwind along the Hudson before continuing with your looping adventures.
Marina Response:
THank You Jill! It was our pleasure to host you and thank you for the kind words

by Aubrey S. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2023
The state could not have been more delightful. The accommodations, the staff, the food and the views were simply fantastic. Thank you Brian and Kathy.

by Edward J. - Verified user on Jun 12, 2023
The staff was fantastic. The facilities are excellent. Brian and Kathy were great host. We truly enjoyed the weekend. A must stop for all Loopers.

by Atillio C. - Verified user on Jun 12, 2023
Awesome staff and facility, we had a wonderful time there. 👍🏻👍🏻
Marina Response:
Thank you for the kind words on our staff, they are our proudest accomplishment. The facility is a never ending work of art, we will continue to improve. People like you guys make it all worth while.

by Susan R. - Verified user on Jun 12, 2023
This has been one of my favorites! The owners, dock hands are fantastic! Great annual pig roast was amazing!! Thank you for your hospitality!!!
Marina Response:
Thank you for the kind words. We love hosting this event every year because of all the great people like you guys. The occasional bad apple won’t spoil our motivation because most are awesome like the crowd we had this weekend.

by Malcolm R. - Verified user on Jun 09, 2023
The marina beach or exceeds every expectation. Well run good docks good maintenance good restaurant. What more can you ask for?
Marina Response:
Thank you Malcolm, we do appreciate the kind words.

by Leslie f. - Verified user on Jun 07, 2023
Great marina and having courtesy car is a big plus.
Marina Response:
Thank you Leslie, we never stop trying.

by Kathleen Z. - Verified user on Jun 04, 2023
Friendly staff, clean restrooms and showers, nice restaurant on site, dog friendly. Only downside....the water is well- water (we assume since they have a septic system) and it tastes like it is highly chlorinated.
Marina Response:
You are correct, we do have a well. A well with a very expensive pump and filtration system. Last week we had to replace a pump. Whenever we work on the system there is a period of a day or two that has elevated chlorination. We do that out of abundance of safety. We are how ever on municipal sewer system and do not have a septic system. Sorry for your water experience, it is normally awesome water. Thank you for your other kind words, about our property. It is our goal to be as good as we can be!

by Paul S. - Verified user on May 31, 2023
Great spot to stay. Brian and Kathy are super people and willing to help you with anything you need. This is a must stop on your trip.
Marina Response:
Thanks Paul, we all love making your stop the best on your trip. Hope to see you again soon!!

by Dennis M. - Verified user on May 31, 2023
Very helpful staff. Loaner car for groceries. It wasn’t a new car but it went! Nice and peaceful.
Marina Response:
Thank you for the kind words. Neither of our two rental cars are new, but we do our best to keep them in good running condition. you must have had our beloved 1/2 car, which is slated for retirement in 2023. We have a rule here, the answer is yes, what is the question.

by Shelley R. - Verified user on May 29, 2023
Everything and everybody were great! Well done Shady.
Marina Response:
Thank You Shelley R. It was our pleasure

by Edward S. - Verified user on May 26, 2023
Beautiful marina. Clean. All staff very helpful from owners to dock hands to restaurant staff. Great courtesy car. And the food at the restaurant was divine. Love it!
Marina Response:
Thank you Edward S, we really appreciate the kind words and hope to see you again!

by Tom C. - Verified user on Apr 30, 2023
Best Marina on the river!
Marina Response:
Thank you Tom C. We cocncur on your opinion, reslly nice to hear from you!

by Jack W. - Verified user on Oct 18, 2022
Easy to book. Clean facility. In and out on our way down Hudson
Marina Response:
Perfect Jack W. That’s what we want to be.

by Diane G. - Verified user on Oct 15, 2022
Shady Harbor is more than a Marina. It is a community of residential boaters and staff who readily welcome transient boaters. We look forward to staying here again next summer.

by Steve P. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2022
Very hospitable and pleasant to do business with. Facility is owned by a knowledgeable staff.

by kerri f. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2022
Absolutely perfect way to end summer as a family. Beautiful location, the Boathouse Grille surely doesn’t disappoint. Can’t wait to come back next year.

by Doug L. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2022
Our first time visiting. Beautifully narrow part of the river. Spent the afternoon at the pool, ate at the restaurant and enjoyed the fire pit with a great group of people. Can’t wait to come again!

by Rod H. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2022
Brian Donovan is a valuable knowledge resource. His team is friendly and helpful. The marine store is surprisingly good: impellers as well as the usual t-shirts. We did not get to try the store. It was closed on Monday.

by Robert B. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2022
Great dock hands! Very nice restaurant on-site. Clean bathrooms.

by Michael P. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2022
Second time here great staff and facilities Pulled Pork Tacos at Container Bar are fantastic

by Fawn L. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2022
The entire staff is incredibly friendly including the Marina members. This was a second time there on our way to NYC and back, and because of the amazing first time visit, we chose to stay again on our way back. Very pleasant accommodations, the restaurant was A+. We would stay again in the future.

by Eric C. - Verified user on Jul 14, 2022
A nice stay for us, but with a few drawbacks. The restaurant was closed for the 2 days we were there. The power pedestal voltage waivered between 130v and 139v, so our inverter/charger wouldn't work. The last issue makes me feel bad for the ownership. They have invested in some really nice floating docks, but the Trex-type boards are not supported well enough. Many broken boards, which can cause injury if you step in the wrong place. Otherwise a nice place that is getting even better.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your review. In regards to your concerns. The restaurant has been closed for Mondays and Tuesdays for three years now. For the simple reason we cannot properly staff the facility. We have an incredible team at our restaurant, and we would wear them out if we asked them to work seven days. Our solution was to build our Container bar, which has a kitchen. It was open this Monday and we were serving some great brisket sliders and tacos, along with our great burgers, Hot Dogs, and Chicken cordon Bleu sandwiches. Unfortunately Tuesday we were rocked by Thunderstorms and were unable to open. So sorry for the inconvenience. The Voltage being high on the south dock is intentional, we have boost transformers added due to the fact that we are in a region that only provides 208Volt power. On really hot days when the dock is fully loaded the voltage was dropping to less than 100V per leg. If we had known of your issues we could have relocated you to one of our other docks and your systems would have worked just fine. Additionally the parameters preset in your inverters can be adjusted to compensate for this. That is something you may want to look into should you run across this situation in the future. In regards to the docks. yes we have had some board failures but we assure you that no is going to get hurt, and the panels are being repaired one by one. We had one person trip and fall two years ago but it was on one of the boards we put in the space between two dock sections and not one of the dock panels. we are sorry for your concerns and issues and we all work continuously to improve our property. We sincerely hope you have the time to stop again and I can talk personally with you about these things. Thanks for the stay!!

by Kelly S. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2022
The staff and owners are 1st class. This Marina is one of the top 5 we’ve stayed at while doing the loop. Great marine store as well.

by Cathleen R. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2022
Everyone raves about Donovan's Shady Harbor Marina, we would have to agree! Friendly, helpful staff, nice facilities, access to a courtesy car and affordable rates what more can you ask for! Great stop on the Hudson River.

by Donald W. on Jul 09, 2022
Great marina. Well stocked ship store, friendly staff. Great stop on the Hudson

by Don W. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2022
Donovan’s does an excellent job all the way around, will definitely return

by David S. - Verified user on Jun 30, 2022
Wonderful, very friendly & social! Good docks, clean bathrooms, Excellent dock hands and engaged owners.

by Michael S. - Verified user on Jun 26, 2022
Wonderful, dog friendly, helpful , people friendly, boat supplies super restaurant.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your kind words, we do appreciate it.

by Doris W. - Verified user on Jun 25, 2022
Outstanding! Great people and fabulous restaurant. The loaner car was great to get provisions. Brian and Kathy were super friendly and very accommodating. Will be back.
Marina Response:
Thank you for the kind words, we cant wait to see you again.

by Gerald S. - Verified user on Jun 24, 2022
The restaurant was closed and the pool was empty.🥵
Marina Response:
YOU ARE RIGHT! The pool is now repaired, we were waiting on a new liner, and the labor to install it. Our Restaurant is and has been closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for three years now. The reason, no staffing, and the staff we have is too good and we care to much for them to wear them out. We do offer our container bar for some light food on Mondays and Tuesdays for your pleasure. The weather on June 22nd was windy, and in the upper 60's, awesome pool weather! Just out of curiosity, how was the docks, the power, the bath house, the grounds, the people, and the service? Your review is just slightly out of line but your opinion is just that. Thank you for your stay.

by Todd H. - Verified user on Jun 21, 2022
Very nice folks. Great overnight stop.

by Glenn T. - Verified user on Jun 19, 2022
Very enjoyable. Great facilities and people. Great restaurant .

by GARY W. on Jun 19, 2022
Great location and really nice people. Really looper friendly with a good mech on staff. Spent a week and had a ball.

by Jeffrey T. - Verified user on Jun 16, 2022
Very nice, loaner car too

by Vince M. on Jun 16, 2022
Donovan's Shady Harbor was a wonderful stop! We've not met friendlier staff anywhere. They aim to please and definitely hit the mark. The on-site restaurant has excellent food and service. There are 2 courtesy vehicles and the ship's store is great. We'll be back!

by Suzanne R. - Verified user on Jun 16, 2022
Fantastic marina and fabulous staff.

by Nancy R. - Verified user on Jun 16, 2022
Nice facility, great hospitality.

by Mike P. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2022
Awesome. Brian and Kathy do a terrific job. Very helpful and friendly.

by ronald m. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2022
What a pleasure to stay here, fantastic marina and staff. Will definitely stay again. Great store, bath house, laundry just great place

by Teresa M. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2022
Great place. Not much to do around the area but nice area, clean and the crew is friendly & helpful. They have pumpout & fuel as well as a pretty good marina store as well as a loaner car.

by Michael F. - Verified user on Jun 13, 2022
Nice facility. Laundry, restaurant, showers. Well stocked Chandlery. Great owners and staff.

by Jennifer P. - Verified user on Jun 10, 2022
Great staff, two courtesy vehicles, pool and nice restaurant. A ship store that has one of everything!!

by Judith M. - Verified user on Jun 09, 2022
Brian and Cathy and their staff are great hosts , very helpful, friendly professional. Dinner in the boathouse was delicious. If your in the area , stop in!! ,,,, we’ll be back

by Arthur A. - Verified user on May 31, 2022
Excellent stay. Docks in good shape and we were greeted instantly with dock help to assist with tie up. Brian never walked by our boat for the 4 days we were there without asking if everything was ok. Had an excellent meal at their Boathouse Restaurant.

by Alan S. - Verified user on May 31, 2022
One of the best marinas we have visited!! Great staff and a awesome restaurant. Great tap beer selection and long list of wines. Thanks for all your help. Hope to see you again soon.

by Malcom C. - Verified user on May 22, 2022
Great Marina, ships store, and restaurant

by Anthony L. - Verified user on Apr 30, 2022
Donovan’s Shady Harbor Best of the Best On the Hudson Upstate NY ❤️

by Jon N. - Verified user on Oct 06, 2021
HappytrailS is never disappointed when we stay here. The owners (Brian & Kathy Donovan) & the staff, (including the staff @ the Boathouse Restaurant & the new Twisted Prop Container Bar) are top notch. The amenities (the pool, courtesy cars & laundry facilities) are kept up well & appreciated. Oh, & the yearly events the owners host are worth re-routing our travel plans to attendee! See ya next Spring!

by Paul A. - Verified user on Sep 21, 2021
Very helpful folks. Courtesy car a big help and friendly boaters!

by Joseph M. - Verified user on Sep 19, 2021
A beautiful location with very friendly people. Love the new container bar!

by Debbie C. - Verified user on Sep 19, 2021
Enjoyed very much! Boat wash was awesome!

by sean s. on Sep 18, 2021
We enjoyed our 1st season here and look forward to many more. The grounds are well taken care of with great amenities, staff is top notch fellow boaters are a great group of people.

by Chad G. - Verified user on Sep 11, 2021
Great place.. great restaurant, clean bathrooms, awesome grill setup, and a fantastic and attentive service dept, that helped out with an emergency repair. will defiantly be coming back!

by Donald R. - Verified user on Sep 09, 2021
2021 My review from 2018 still stands. The staff was extremely helpful as we pulled to the fuel dock to take on diesel. They have a high speed fuel pump so fueling went quickly. They suggested that we move the boat a short distance along the same dock to save having to shift to another dock. Unfortunately, the electrical problem from my last trip recurred. The marina apparently has 3-phase AC power on the fuel dock and it is inconsistent with my inverter which wouldn’t recognize the power and would not charge my batteries. So, we ended up moving to a different dock with single phase power and my inverter behaved properly. I’ll remember this the next time I stop at Shady Harbor. The marina owner even came down to the boat after we moved to ensure that everything was satisfactory. I want to point out again that the showers are clean and well equipped. I’ve been frustrated at most of the places I’ve stopped at 5his summer by the lack of adequate shower facilities. Shady Harbor’s showers are among the best we’ve encountered. I also want to credit the manager who called me well before we expected to arrive to go through determine my tie-up side preference and to suggest pumping out and refueling before we moved to our permanent slip. One suggestion, if you can, plan your arrival for slack tide. The max ebb and flood currents exceed 3 kts - making docking a challenge. 2018 Dockmaster responded promptly when hailed and met us at the dock to assist in tying us up. Restroom and shower facilities are clean and nice. WiFi reception is excellent. My biggest compliment, however, goes to the marina owner who personally helped me troubleshoot an issue I had when trying to take on shore power. It turned out that the problem was not intuitively obvious but was on the marina side of the system. The owner came up with a work-around that provided my boat with power without having to move to a different slip. The owner spent at least an hour with me, right at the end of the work day, as we solved the problem. This is the kind of dedication to customer service that makes a marina outstanding.

by Jeffrey P. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2021
Very nice docks. Dockhand, Shannon was very helpful. Nice facilities. Good restaurant on property. We didn't swim but pool looked nice.

by John F. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2021
The crew here is amazing! Then when you arrive, there are all the amenities you need. The bath house is nice, the store has everything, and the restaurant was great. I can't say enough about the staff, especially, Nick, the General Manager. There was so much help here, it made the docking experience easier, Larissa at the store was always helpful and friendly. We will be back!

by Greg D. - Verified user on Aug 09, 2021
Staff was great. Bathrooms and showers were super clean. Loved the pool. Restaurant food and service was also outstanding.

by William D S. - Verified user on Aug 02, 2021
Great place. Nice docks with plenty of room. Good food and service at the restaurant. Fish and chips were great. Steak salad was wonderful. Very friendly helpful staff!

by Phil/Susan S. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2021
We stayed over 2 weeks because of Erie Canal flooding and major debris in Hudson River. The dockmaster Nick is awesome. So helpful as are all the dock staff. The owners are boaters and have addressed every need for other boaters. The restaurant is a foodies place to eat! Owner Brian & Kathy now have a tiki bar of sorts ,The Twisted Prop. Drinks served poolside with plans to expand into serving poolside fare, burgers, dogs, maybe even jerk chicken!! The pool is always clean and cool! The firepit makes for a relaxing evening. As we were transient loopers the liveaboards and locals were so welcoming and friendly. Plan to make a repeat stay at Donovans Shady Harbor. Thank you Donovan Family!

by James R. - Verified user on Jul 22, 2021
Great facility, restaurant and people. Erie Canal closed due to high water and couldn't have been "stuck" at a nicer place!

by Lee S. - Verified user on Jul 20, 2021
Shady Harbor is consistently one of, if not THE most fun, well managed, and useful stops on The Loop. From the first class restaurant, to the pump out and reasonable fuel prices, to the loaner car… Shady stands head and shoulders above any other marina in the area.

by Jim M. - Verified user on Jul 19, 2021
Great staff and store

by David P. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2021
Brian and Kathy are awesome. So accommodating and friendly. The staff is great and knowledgeable, Emily is great around the docks too! They were able to help us out after we hit some debris and hauled us at 4:30 on a Friday night. Waited until out temporary fix was in place and put is back in. Can’t ask anyone for service like that! Our thanks to you! Where To, Dave and Gail

by Paige B. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2021
This is the PERFECT marina! The owner is always making ‘good-better and better-great’. The culture of the staff is to be present and guest-centered. I cant wait to loop back through to see the completed tiki bar and have another ‘little beer’!

by Richard R. - Verified user on Jul 13, 2021
Great facility and wonderful people. An overall great stay!

by Anonymous - Verified user on Jul 09, 2021
Everything works! Great people and great restaurant!

by Peter K. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2021
What a great Marina and staff. The dockhand that fueled us and helped us into our slip was the best I’ve seen. It’s a Well run, well maintained and very relaxing place to stay.

by Joseph R. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2021
Nice marina & had a good dinner at the Boathouse Grill. Even a few 4th of July fireworks up the hill.

by HR N. - Verified user on Jul 01, 2021
Marina was great, mechanical help was terrific. Having the courtesy car fantastic. Only downside is the restaurant is not open Monday and Tuesday and there’s no indication of that also the restaurant food was just average. We did find a wonderful place in town called Half way Tavern bar food but which is extremely good.

by Pete m. - Verified user on Jun 30, 2021
Great place👍 note: restaurant closed Monday and Tuesday’s
Marina Response:
Thank you for your review. You are right, our Restaurant had been forced in 2021 to limit our services to five days a week. Unfortunately many in the restaurant industry chose to stay home and make money and our staffing levels reflected that. Our staff is the best on the planet and we did not see the benefit of wearing them out with a seven day schedule. Our solution did not quite work out in 2021, but will be fully operational in 2022. The solution, The twisted prop container bar, which is located between the travel lift and the Pool. This is a small Shipping container with a small kitchen. We anticipate the Container bar being open Thursday through Tuesday serving lite fair and filling in for the main restaurant on Mondays and Tuesdays. Rumor has it that Brian will be working the bar on Mondays, and Tuesdays. We shall see. Thanks again and see you in 22!!!

by Jeff W. - Verified user on Jun 23, 2021
Women’s bathroom was not great. Water for shower did not get hot, had to take cold shower.
Marina Response:
You are right, the pilot light went out on the Hot Water heater, you were up early. New Thermocouple and all is good. Thank you for letting us know, we monitor reviews and respond accordingly- Brian

by Teresa S. - Verified user on Jun 16, 2021
Most hospitable marina on the Loop. Great staff. We hope to stay again! Scott and Tris Green Eyes

by Andrew J. - Verified user on Jun 12, 2021
Kathy was amazing and was able to get us in even after they closed. Had a great dinner at the restaurant and enjoyed our evening. Was able to get a few suppliers and fuel in the morning. Wonderful facility and hospitality.

by Mark D. - Verified user on Jun 02, 2021
Wonderful people at Shady Harbor. Very welcoming to all transients. Pool and restaurant were not open which was a bummer. But all else was top shelf. Many improvements in process. will certainly be back!

by william S. - Verified user on Jun 02, 2021
Donovan's Shady Harbor is one of our favorite stops on the loop. Nick and staff have been great. Brian has a wonderful marina and the Boathouse Grill's food is to die for! Looking forward to coming back next year!

by DALE T. - Verified user on May 18, 2021
This is a great marina, there's a good restaurant with bar . The owner Brian and all of his staff are always ready to help you. There are discounts on the fuel and a free pump out with a fill also there is a midweek special stay 2 nights and get one free. Very good wifi.

by Maria N. - Verified user on Oct 16, 2020
Awesome place to stay. Nice pool for summer fun. Great restaurant and bar with outdoor dining on a large deck. Clean together. With waters and dryers and great set up with grills,, tables and a covered area for outdoor get togethers.

by Tom H. - Verified user on Oct 15, 2020
Best Marina on the Hudson

by Mike F. - Verified user on Oct 08, 2020
Always a great place to stay , great service , people and great food. The staff here is top notch. And the owners are hands on. Not to mention the world famous award winning German potato salad. More Please ! See you all in 2021

by William B. - Verified user on Oct 03, 2020
Everything was perfect, despite a little rain. Nick and Tyler were great running the docks....friendly, courteous, helpful. Marina store has everything you need. Great dinner at the Boathouse Grille! We love this place and met so many really, genuinely nice people...Dave & Amy, Denise, and others. Hope to get back before they pull the docks! Otherwise, will definitely be back next spring. Thanks guys! Bill & LeeAnne

by Lyell D. - Verified user on Sep 25, 2020
We’ve stayed here quite a few times and love it. The people are great, the setup is great and the restaurant is great.

by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2020
Long overdue review but this place is great. Samantha is a wonderful bartender. Highly recommended.

by Jennifer J. on Sep 08, 2020
This is our third time to stay at Shady Harbor. We were traveling with two other boats on a busy holiday weekend. The marina contacted us and made sure that we were docked next to our traveling party. With the current COVID situation they still made an attempt to not have boats piled up on top of each other. The bathhouse was regularly cleaned and the grounds are very well maintained. We had a thoroughly relaxing weekend. We will be returning again, Shady Harbor never seems to disappoint.

by Nick O. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2020
Our first time at Shady Harbor was a complete success. The staff was so fantastic that you can't not have a good time! Samantha at the restaurant is a super fun bartender. All the staff we encountered made us feel so at home ! Alexis is a fantastic server, as was Rebecca. Thank you all so much and IM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN ! a very memorable time ! We will be back !

by Robert F. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2020
Beautiful setting, facilities and friendly staff. Very relaxing and enjoyable

by Shelly F. on Sep 01, 2020
Great people own and work here! This marina came highly recommended with a great restaurant, pool and bbq. The owners are very visible to guests and Brian's laugh can be heard across the marina, it's infectious. The ship store allows package delivery so you can continue your Amazon buying habits while traveling the Hudson. The location is ideal for zipping up to Albany for the farmers market or borrowing one of the two loaner vehicles and going to town for provisions. The location is in a valley and freighters and tugs pass by sometimes twice a day. Really cool stuff to see with your morning coffee.

by J A. - Verified user on Aug 09, 2020
Great place, people and restaurant

by Ulf J. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2020
Second time we stayed at Donovan’s this season. Its such a great Marina. You always get well taken care of. Bathrooms and showers are nice and clean but best of all is the restaurant. Its worth a detour or an extra stop just to have dinner at the Boathouse Grill. Reservations are recommended. Its a very popular restaurant in the summer

by allen s. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2020
The dock help was fast and helpful. The docks and electric was great, as was the pool and ship store. The restaurant food is good and reasonable.

by Peter S. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2020
Great weekend of partying, swimming and dining. Live music was excellent. Service was exceptional!

by Thomas L. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2020
Great service and docks. Great people.

by Karl N. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2020
Helpful and friendly.

by Bonnie C. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2020
Great place! Brian makes you feel so welcome and will help you with anything Courtesy van and car to use. Pool and a big tent with tables to socialize & bbqs to use too. Would definitely recommend staying there!! Restaurant was wonderful right there too!!

by Seth G. - Verified user on Jul 14, 2020
Extremely welcoming and friendly staff and people. Restaurant food was out of this world. Also offers an excellent ships store with a large selection of items. Highly recommend!

by David D. - Verified user on Jun 15, 2020
Family owned and operated. Great staff, restaurant, pool and facilities. One of the top three marinas on the loop.

by Donald D. on Feb 13, 2020
This has been our home port for the past six years. The staff are always helpful and willing to go the extra mile. The facilities are well kept and the pool is a great place to talk with regulars and met many loopers and hear their stories.

by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2020
Shady Harbor Marina has it all! Amazing staff, clean facilities! Top notch restaurant with live music on weekends! A pool, fire pit, huge general store and so much more! It’s our favorite marina on the Hudson!

by Thomas D. on Feb 09, 2020
Visited once and decided to make it our home. AAA+ Marina. The marina, restaurant, ships store, pool and amenities are all top notch. The Donovan’s and staff make you feel like family.

by Anonymous on Feb 09, 2020
A gem of the upper Hudson River. All the amenities. 💙🛥⛵️🚤⛴⚓️

by Bob K. - Verified user on Aug 18, 2019
An excellent marina for enjoying the Hudson River and it’s surrounding. A professional staff will with anything you desire. An added bonus is the on site restaurant, The Boat House. Excellent kitchen and staff will enhance your stay.

by April S. - Verified user on Aug 12, 2019
Always the great! We love staying at Shady Harbor! The restaurant is terrific, Little Beers are even better and the owners, Brian and Kathy, are awesome!

by Shawn C. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2019
All around you couldn't ask for a better place to stay. Brian the owner is amazing from the point of pulling up he was helping with the securing of all the boats to late night after a great dinner coming up and asking us if everything was good. can't wait to visit again

by Doug L. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2019
Stayed twice & both times exceeded all expectations. Staff were all extremely accommodating & helpful, the owner is always around & hands on, & the other boaters were very friendly - it's a great place to meet new friends, especially at the restaurant on site with an expansive menu.

by Charlie M. - Verified user on Jun 23, 2019
Everyone was super nice. We were meet at the dock and received assistance in docking with instructions on where to go on the property. Preregistration with Dockwa made life easy.

by Jan h. on Jun 20, 2019
Tom and Jan on Laughter We wintered our boat here. Brian Donovan and his staff are great!! They are ready to help however they can. If something does not go as you think they listen, understand, and make it right! Oh and loopers weekend and the Hog roast for boaters is so much fun, well organized and appreciated. We will be back this next winter.

by KT B. - Verified user on Jun 20, 2019
Very convenient, in and out. Excellent restaurant on site. Courtesy car, laundry and showers a big plus!

by Bill K. - Verified user on Jun 12, 2019
This is an attractive, well-run marina/boat yard. It has all the amenities you'd expect from a 4-star facility. For the most part, the staff is pleasant, helpful and professional. (On a busier than usual Sunday, those who were less than friendly perhaps were just over-stressed.) The bathhouse is just average. What holds this back from being a 5-star marina, though, is the location. Other than the restaurant and ship's store on site, there is nothing nearby. New Baltimore is not like other communities along the Hudson. The village is up a steep hill on a busy two-lane highway with no sidewalk(s), not that there's any reason to walk up there. But if all you want is a secure pier to tie up to for the night, you'll probably enjoy stopping at Shady Harbor.

by Jim S. on Jun 10, 2019
Brian and his group do a great job making you feel welcome and have a great facility. Would definitely stay there again!

by Michael G. - Verified user on Jun 10, 2019
Great. Fun. Great staff. Great restaurant.

by Peter G. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2018
Great fun and great food. We’ve stayed the a few times and always have s great time. Brian’s staff on the dock and In the restaurant are very friendly and accommodating! We’ll be back.

by Paul G. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2018
We actually stayed from Thursday, August 2 through Wednesday, August 8. It was a real treat. We dropped off two crew and picked up two. The docks are clean, well maintained and nearly surge free. All the facilities are clean and up to date. The entire crew treated us like family. The marine store is well stocked and we were able to get in a small part delivered by three supplier the next day. As a small, but telling example of customer service, they had a supply of the stopper screws used in Polyform balls and fenders even though they sell Taylor Made versions only. The on site restaurant is fabulous with an extensive beer list.

by Michael P. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2018
We just completed the Great Loop and this stop rated in the top 2 of all the Marinas we stayed at. Brian Donovan could not have done more to make us feel welcome and the facilities are in great shape.

by Pam H. on Sep 09, 2016
2016 Boater's Choice Award Winner as Voted by Members and Visitors of

About Donovan's Shady Harbor Marina

Just South of Albany on the Hudson River (Lat 42° 27′, Lon -73° 47′), Donovan's Shady Harbor Marina is an Active Captain 1st Choice Marina & proud sponsor of America's Great Loop Association.

Stay for the day or the entire season at this family & pet friendly facility and enjoy a full-service marina complete with a convenience store, ships store, gift shop, air conditioned bath house, laundry room, pool, restaurant, & more. We offer water hookup, gas & diesel, electricity, and pump-out service for overnight dockers.

We monitor channel 16 on VHF radio; call ahead as you approach so our dock master can help guide you into our easy approach, deep water slips.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical

Listed Pump Prices

Last Updated on 12/06/2023 at 2:50PM

  • Premium Gas: $5.399

  • Diesel: $5.449


  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Ship Store
  • Dry Storage
  • Launch Service
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Launch Ramp
  • Swimming Pool
  • Groceries
  • Restaurant
  • Dog Park
  • Floating Docks
  • Winter Storage
  • Travel Lift
  • Pet Friendly
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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