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.
Donovan’s Shady Harbor Best of the Best On the Hudson Upstate NY ❤️
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!
Very helpful folks. Courtesy car a big help and friendly boaters!
A beautiful location with very friendly people. Love the new container bar!
Enjoyed very much! Boat wash was awesome!
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.
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!
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.
Very nice docks. Dockhand, Shannon was very helpful. Nice facilities. Good restaurant on property. We didn't swim but pool looked nice.
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!
Staff was great. Bathrooms and showers were super clean. Loved the pool. Restaurant food and service was also outstanding.
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!
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!
Great facility, restaurant and people. Erie Canal closed due to high water and couldn't have been "stuck" at a nicer place!
Staff was very helpful. It's the place to stop on the way to the canals. perfect in every way.
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.
Great staff and store
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
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’!
Great facility and wonderful people. An overall great stay!
Everything works! Great people and great restaurant!
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.
Nice marina & had a good dinner at the Boathouse Grill. Even a few 4th of July fireworks up the hill.
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.
Great place👍 note: restaurant closed Monday and Tuesday’s
Women’s bathroom was not great. Water for shower did not get hot, had to take cold shower.
Most hospitable marina on the Loop. Great staff. We hope to stay again! Scott and Tris Green Eyes
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Best Marina on the Hudson
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
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
We’ve stayed here quite a few times and love it. The people are great, the setup is great and the restaurant is great.
Long overdue review but this place is great. Samantha is a wonderful bartender. Highly recommended.
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.
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 !
Beautiful setting, facilities and friendly staff. Very relaxing and enjoyable
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.
Great place, people and restaurant
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
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.
Great weekend of partying, swimming and dining. Live music was excellent. Service was exceptional!
Great service and docks. Great people.
Helpful and friendly.
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!!
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!
Family owned and operated. Great staff, restaurant, pool and facilities. One of the top three marinas on the loop.
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.
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!
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.
A gem of the upper Hudson River. All the amenities. 💙🛥⛵️🚤⛴⚓️
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.
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!
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
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.
Brian and his 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
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.
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.
Very convenient, in and out. Excellent restaurant on site. Courtesy car, laundry and showers a big plus!
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.
Brian and his group do a great job making you feel welcome and have a great facility. Would definitely stay there again!
Great. Fun. Great staff. Great restaurant.
Everything at this marina works like a charm. From the dock hands who meet you at the dock, to the friendly staff checking you in, to the onsite restaurant. This marina is a must stop for any boat traveling on the Hudson River.
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.
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.
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.