Our Story

Family Owned 1 Operated Since 1968

Mid-Lakes Navigation Company is located in Skaneateles, New York, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Mid-Lakes was founded in 1968 when Capt. Peter Wiles Sr. purchased the the 20-passenger Pat II and acquired the contract to deliver U.S. mail to shoreside summer homes. For nearly half a century, the Wiles family has run the business, which has expanded to include an extensive array of daily cruises on Skaneateles Lake and on the Erie Canal in nearby Syracuse.

In the mid-1980s, Mid-Lakes began building rental canalboats patterned after the traditional English narrowboats and available to charter for 3, 4 and 7-nights. These Lockmaster Canalboats are based at Mid-Lakes Marina, a full-service facility located on the Erie Canal near Rochester.

We cruise from mid-May until early October but our headquarters in Skaneateles are open all year except the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Wiles family and the staff of Mid-Lakes are proud to share the experience of New York’s wonderful waterways and we would love to have you cruise with us!

Our Staff

  • Peter Wiles, Jr.

    President and CEO, in charge of everything from finances to diesel repair.

  • Sarah Wiles

    Director of old fashioned marketing and PR.

  • Captain Hattie Beck-Andersen

    Director of operations for Skaneateles Lake cruises, from staffing to bilge cleaning.

  • Captain Dan Wiles

    Director of operations for the Erie Canal cruises, company historian and lecturer.

  • Captain Libby Chetwin

    Retired owner and Lockmaster expert. Keeps her hand in, thank goodness!

  • Gail Steigerwald

    Director of sales for daily cruises, office coordinator, communications and reservations IT maven.

  • Aimee LeFever

    Director of Sales for Lockmasters, chief blogger and social media guru, gift store manager.

  • Kay DeBagio

    Comptroller, in charge of every transaction that occurs everywhere.

  • Shelly Paratore

    Director of Mid-Lakes Marina and Lockmaster operations, in charge of everything canalboat.

  • Jeanne Ellis

    Kitchen Manager, responsible for the delicious meals that appear on the daily cruises from box lunches to formal dinner.