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Erie Canal - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Erie Canal. If you need additional assistance, please contact us toll-free at 888-454-8825 or click here to submit a request for more guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable Houseboat Rental Agents are always happy to help.

Houseboating season on the Erie Canal is typically mid-May through mid-October. View a month-by-month list of temperatures here: Average Temperatures.

The maximum capacity on any houseboat is the amount it sleeps. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

To rent from Erie Macedon marina, the renter must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.

One of the Lockmaster 34, 41 and 42 ares pet friendly (for an extra fee of $300 per dog)...the rest are not. Please confirm with booking agent if you need the pet friendly vessel.  Small dogs only.  Pets are not allowed on the Harriet H Wiles houseboat.

There is no special licensing or prior experience required to operate these houseboat rentals; just a valid drivers' license. The marina staff will go over operations and regulations in an orientation upon your arrival.

Marina staff will also pilot you in and out of the marina itself; you'll take over on open water.

The cost of a houseboat vacation is based on a few variables: what size of houseboat, how long of a trip, etc. See our Pricing Page for more details

Generally, people reserve about 6 months in advance. But it's always a good idea to make a reservation as soon as you're ready, especially if you have specific dates in mind or if you're planning a trip over a holiday weekend or on a special promotion.

Give us a call at 888-454-8825. Our reservation agents are happy to check availability or confirm your vacation.

Alternatively, you may Contact Us Online with your availability request, and one of our agents will get back to you with the information you need.

To reserve:

  • A deposit equivalent to half of the total rental cost is due upon booking by credit card over the phone
  • The remaining rental amount is due 60 days prior to your arrival


  • More than 90 days notice: forfeit 15% of fare
  • 90-45 days notice: forfeit deposit
  • Less than 45 days notice: forfeit full rental

Basics such as cookware and serve-ware (pots, plans, plates, glasses, utensils, etc.) come equipped on the houseboat. You are responsible for bringing all of your food, beverages, and spices down to salt and pepper.

More specifics can be accessed on the houseboat page under Amenities and Items Provided. There will also be more included in the attachments of your confirmation email.

Yes, fuel is included with your houseboat rental.

Linens are included on all houseboat rentals. This includes:

  • a fitted sheet
  • top sheet
  • blanket
  • pillow and case
  • bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths

You may pick up the houseboat as early as 2pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 9am on your final day.

Macedon Landing Marina operates on a set schedule:

  • 3 night weekend: Friday-Monday or Saturday-Tuesday
  • 4 night midweek: Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday
  • 7 night week: may depart any day except Wednesday or Thursday

Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are to arrive later than 2pm.

No, the houseboats must be picked up and returned at the Mid-Lakes Erie Macedon Landing Marina.

The Erie Canal system is 365 miles long and spans from Albany to Buffalo, NY. The marina is located just 20 miles southeast of Rochester, NY. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Erie Canal area.

Mid-Lakes Erie Macedon Landing
1125 Marina Pkwy, Macedon NY 14502
*The above address is for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to this address

The nearest grocery stores will be in the town of Macedon, NY, about 3 miles away from the marina.

The marina has a marina store stocked with limited convenience items and ice.

Yes! There is fishing on the Erie Canal!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Walleye, Northern Pike, Small and Largemouth Bass, Panfish, and Blueback Herring.

A New York state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on the Erie Canal. Be sure to purchase a license online ahead of time.

Seasickness is very uncommon as houseboats are wider and more stable than smaller boats. However, if you get sick easily we recommend that you take necessary precautions.