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U.S. Customs POE Telephone Numbers

INS OARS Videophone Locations For Reporting-in

Courses are through near shore waters ...generally maintaining at least a 12-foot depth at low water datum. INS has no plans for filling in the big coverage gaps along the shorelines of Lake Ontario or Lake Erie.

OARS Videophones provide free docking for the reporting-in process.

To use an OARS Videophone, simply open the doors and the phone will ring at the appropriate INS office. An officer will be able to see you, your passengers and your documents. It is quite easy to use.

To report an inoperable videophone or ask a question, call the appropriate INS POE: St. Lawrence River through Oswego, NY (315-393-0770); Olcott, NY through Buffalo, NY (716-282-3141); All Pennsylvania (412-472-0703); All Ohio (216-522-2265); Mackinac Island, MI (906-632-8822). Locations and telephone numbers are subject to change.

Video Checkin Terminals

Many water-side Customs locations are a day's sail apart, so the U.S. began installing two-say video telephones for boaters entering the U.S. as an alternative to entering at a Customs port. Open the door and lift the handset to talk to an I.N.S. officer ...have the particulars about your boat and passengers at hand. There is a small camera lens that can be used to show documents to the Customs officer who will give you a clearance number which you should record in your ship's log.

New York State

  • Waddington, NY ... town dock
  • Ogdensburg, NY ... Edwin Dobisky Recreation Bldg. City Marina
  • Morristown, NY ... town dock
  • Alexandria Bay, NY
  • Clayton, NY ... town dock on ship channel
  • Sackets Harbor, NY ... Navy Point Marina
  • Oswego, NY ... Oswego Marina
  • Olcott, NY ... Public Dock bldg.
  • Wilson, NY ... Tuscarora State Park
  • Youngstown, NY ... Youngstown Yacht Club
  • Lewiston, NY ... near Riverside Inn
  • North Tonawanda, NY ... Pinochle Park
  • Buffalo, NY ... Erie Basin Marina


  1. North East, PA -... North East Marina
  2. Erie, PA Harbor Entrance
  3. Presque Ilse Park, Erie. Pennsylvania
  4. Capt. John E. Lampe Municipal Marina
  5. Perry's Landing Marina


  • Ashtabula, OH ... town dock
  • Fairport Harbor, OH ... Grand River Marina
  • Mentor, OH ... Mentor Lagoons Marina
  • Eastlake, OH ... Chagrin Lagoons Yacht Club
  • Cleveland, OH ... East 55th Street Marina
  • Lorain, OH ... Black River Conservation Club
  • Sandusky, OH ... Cedar Point Marina, Lake Erie
  • South Bass Island, OH ... Put-in-Bay Dock, Lake Erie
  • Port Clinton, OH ... Brands Dry Dock


  • Mackinac Island, MI ... DNR Pump-out Station
  • Youngs Bay, MN, Lake of the Woods ...(U.S./Canada checkin)
  • North West Angle Resort, MN (creek entrance), Lake of the Woods (U.S./Canada checkin)
  • Flag and Oak Islands Resort, MN ...(Radiophone)

U.S.A Canada checkin

There are also Canada Customs radiophone and joint-border checkin locations for the convenience of boaters from both countries:

  • Cyclone Island, ON ... Radiophone to Canadian Customs
  • Youngs Bay, MN, Lake of the Woods ...(U.S./Canada joint checkin)
  • North West Angle Resort, MN (creek entrance), ... Lake of the Woods (U.S./Canada joint checkin)

USA import duties . I-68 Entry  .  Cruising Decal . Video Check In . Ports of Entry