Cruising the historic Hudson River is a unique way to view the beauty and experience the history of both the river and the country. In addition to viewing the marvelous sites as you cruise, the Hudson River gives you access to a number of activities and places to visit.
The Hudson Valley is home to some of the most visited sites in America. You won’t want to miss a tour of the US Military Academy at West Point or Olana- the home of Hudson River School Painter Frederic Church, dine or stay at the Mohonk Mountain House, taste the gourmet delights of the Culinary Institute of America, or experience the happenings and sights of our state capital, Albany.
If you plan to travel the Hudson River via the NYS Canals, Please note: Canal Fees have been waived for 2019.
The NYS Canal System
For those boaters traveling the NYS Canal System, Donovan’s Shady Harbor Marina is the perfect provisioning spot before you enter the Erie Canal or after you exit the canal.
Located just 15 nautical miles from the Erie Canal, Shady Harbor Marina is the first full-service marina upon departure from the canal.
Boasting a unique Ship’s Store and Gift Shop, pristine waterfront dining, an air conditioned bath house, and on-site laundry, and ValvTect gas and diesel, Shady Harbor is the perfect place to recharge your internal batteries and provision before you continue your trip along the Hudson.
If our fully-stocked convenience store doesn’t have something you need, please feel free to borrow our courtesy car to do some off-site provisioning. Be sure to stop in before continuing your trip, the Donovan’s have traveled the waterways extensively on their own boat and can offer some sound advice. We are also proud to be a sponsor of America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association.
After entering the lock you can explore the Erie Canal all the way to Buffalo on Lake Erie, take the Oswego Canal to Lake Ontario or head North through the Champlain Canal and over to the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Plan a Rendezvous
Get your friends together and plan a trip up the Hudson River to Donovan’s Shady Harbor Marina. Stay a night or two before exploring further North, or plan to stay with us and explore all that Greene County and the Hudson River Valley have to offer! You can easily get to Albany, or to Saratoga to enjoy a day at the Flat Track. End your visit with a casual barbecue back at the marina and enjoy the pool and weekend campfires.
We are here to help plan your visit with meals, transportation, and daily trips to numerous tourist attractions. We have packages to make your weekend one to remember. If you plan right, we may have a special monthly event planned during your stay!
To reserve your slips please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (518) 756-8001.
Nautical Miles from Albany and Points South
Want to go for a day trip but unsure of the distance?
Here is a distance chart to help you navigate your way along the Hudson.
Shady Harbor is 13 Miles South of Albany.
Hudson River Pumpout Map
Help keep our waters clean, use pumpouts.
The Hudson River in New York State is a No Discharge Zone. Federal and local laws ban all discharge into the water by vessels. Treated and untreated sewage from MSD’s, grey water, bilge cannot be released.
Here is a list of of pumpout stations along the Hudson north of the NYC metro area.
Greene County and the surrounding area were discovered in 1609 by Henry Hudson. The region offers 400 years of marvelous history and is cherished for its rich artistic legacy, diverse cultural heritage and iconic place in literature and folklore.
Today, the Great Northern Catskills continue to attract artists, painters and writers in addition to families and friends, eager to experience our many activities and attractions. The region’s scenic vistas and unique blend of mountains, rivers and valleys offer great opportunities for a variety of lifestyles and interests.
Here you can spend a day skiing or riding, hiking, biking, birding or boating. You can golf on 9 different courses, kayak, fish or swim. There are natural parks, water parks, winter adventure parks for tubing and ice skating and fairs and festivals throughout the year. You can go to a zoo, ride a zipline, and visit a raptor center or an elk farm. Tour the historic Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, follow the Hudson River Art Trail, hike to iconic Kaaterskill Falls, visit one of the local farmer’s markets, or explore a number of unique museums. After a day of activities unwind and enjoy a delicious meal in your restaurant of choice and return to a charming bed and breakfast, hotel or private rental.
Don’t forget to check out the events in Greene County
Hannacroix Creek Preserve
Located less than a mile away from Shady Harbor Marina, along the Hannacroix Creek on the Albany/Greene county line in the town of New Baltimore, the Hannacroix Creek Preserve is a hundred and thirteen acre natural area with access for non- motorized activities including walking, cross country skiing, observing nature and just relaxing.
Once you enter the preserve you are greeted by friendly butterflys and scurrying chipmunks. Traveling along the path you are likely to find the tracks of the deer that were there a short while before you. The Blue trail will allow for easy access to the Hannocroix Creek Falls.
The Preserve was created following the purchase of the Blake, Fischl and Alexy properties by the Open Space Institute (OSI) and is managed by the New Baltimore Conservancy. The 113 acre preserve includes several marked hiking trails leading to a lovely waterfall, scenic vistas and the foundation of a paper mill. There is a trail map at the kiosk at the entrance to the preserve. There is also a trail that leads across route 144 to a boardwalk that is the beginning of the Hudson River Interpretive Trail.
Access to the preserve is from a parking area on the west side of Route 144 just south of the Albany/Greene County line.
No motorized vehicles are permitted.