Details for Apalachicola Municipal Marina

Apalachicola Municipal Marina

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Average rating 3.0 stars from 18 reviews

Address Battery Park
Apalachicola, FL


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Chief Barnes

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Fairly shallow channel.

Captain Dave Luther reported: We grounded on the starboard side of the channel coming in and we had a 4 foot draft.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 4
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Shallows quickly at the mouth and is reported to generally be 4.0 feet near low tide.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 15
Total: 15
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $30/night.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 110/220 volts.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out







Yes - Restrooms are on the far side of the city offices in the park across the street.



Yes - Piggly Wiggly is a few blocks away.



Yes - Nearby


Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability



Other services


Reviews for Apalachicola Municipal Marina
challenging approach Great view of the Apalachicola Bay, 2014-02-20
Captain: , Columbus OH (86)

Pulled in late and found a vacent tie up. No help on Sundays and the police contact numbers were confusing. Moved to another local marina in the morning. The view was beautiful and the pedestrian visitors walking by on the boardwalk were friendly and talkative.

Great price but shallow, 2014-01-10
Captain: , Pensacola (510)

A friend travelling with me had trouble leaving because it was low tide. I only draw a little over 2' so I was able to pull him away from dock. Larger boats there must come and go at high tide. Tried calling the number posted and got a recording from a local electrical contractor. It was Thanksgiving day (2013) so not a lot of businesses were open. Nice access to great little town. Tied to side of long dock. It is very high and a challenge to get back on the boat at low tide.

Good spot for a cheap stopover, 2013-11-20
Captain: , St. Petersburg (749)

I called the local police dept @ 850-653-9755 an hour before arriving and was told that the cost to tie up at any of the municipal docks was $30. Upon arrival, I tried to call back but did not get an answer. The sign on the dock just prior to Apalachicola Marina said to call the police chief (it showed his number) but a local resident told me that they recommended that I wait to see if anybody showed up to collect, which no one did. So, I left the next morning at 8am and did not pay anybody. Although exposed to the river traffic, the price, at least for me, was great.

Disappointment Dock, 2013-11-03
Captain: , Pittsburgh (146)

Tried to call a number for the sheriffs department who runs the free Municipal dock and was told to call the City Dock Master Aaron. Contacted him by cell said the fee was $50 with no portapotty access at the ongoing seafood festival and said to call him on the radio when we arrived and he would meet us at the slop. Called him several times on the radio and no response. Finally reached him on the the cell phone and he said to tie up on the long wall that sticks out into the bay. Looked choppy and tired to get into and inner slip, tried, but would not take my 14 ft beam. Went out to the outer slip and the dock master walked down and did not to offer help us tie up, a fellow boater helped while the dockmaster talked fishi stories with a friend. At that point I called a fellow boater who has a slip up Scipio Creek which cost a liitle and decided to opt for a smoother night. We left.

Turns out we no one was in the free municipal dock sites or the City Wharf sites! Could have stayed there for free!!! Do stop, the oysters and fresh shrimp were awesome. Try the Raw Bar up Scipio Creek.

Rating it high because its free, 2013-10-23
Captain: , Montgomery Alabama (1102)

We have stayed here several times now . The last few times we haven't been charged anything . The dock is not an easy one to tie to and protect your boat , there are no bathrooms or showers . Electricity, garbage , and water is available . There is a Piggly Wiggly a few blocks from here , they sell dry ice . Millers marina has regular ice just a few blocks away . Several restaurants and shops within easy walking .
In spite of the dock being difficult and no facilities , we have always enjoyed our stays here . We will be back

Got free night, 2013-09-24
Captain: , Lizella GA (1826)

It was very crowded and late evening when I launched. They found me a slip that has a liveaboard renter whose boat was to be gone for the night and let me stay there free since it was late and I was going out to eat. Make sure to eat oysters. This is the oyster capital of Florida. I ate oysters every night for a week and never had cooked the same way twice. Spent late evening talking to the sherriff and a group of old men liveaboards who call themselves The Old Farts. If you stop by tell them I said hi.

shallow, shallow, shallow, 2013-04-01
Captain: , Phoenix, AZ (960)

We got stuck right outside the opening. It was less then 6 ft by the southern side going in at high tide. Decided to stay inside the fuel dock at Miller Marine. They were great and the depth was considerably higher.

Free moorage if you shop, 2013-01-20
Captain: , Kelso, Wa. (884)

Stopped on the way to Carrabelle, Did not get charged because I told the manager/Chief that we were planning on doing a little shopping.

Visual inspection done, 2012-12-31
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

We were anchored further up Scipio Creek. Came down to inspect this marina to possibly move down there. In general disrepair. Long facing docks are nice. Water. 30 amp only. No 50 to be found anywhere. Pump out station is deep in the marina on the long wall but the hose was down in the water covered with algae. Looks like it hasnt been used in a long time.

Be inconspicuous!, 2012-12-31
Captain: , St Joe (159)

We tied up here after a rough Gulf crossing, to make repairs.

The Police Chief is the dockmaster.

Having visited many times prior, we knew the story about the docks. The alongside dock was built after Hurricane Ike, but extended into State waters, so slips 1-20 are outside of the City's jurisdiction, and are not properly permitted to be rented.

Using this knowledge we were able to make a good deal with the Chief to stay there a month.

The immediate threat was that the FWC or Coasties will make you move, but we waved to both many times as they launched and left the boat ramp.

Best to enter with the tide rising, as it is very shallow, especially to starboard.

There ARE restrooms, but they are on the far side of the City Offices in the park across the street. They are made difficult to find on purpose. No showers.

We were there a week before the Chief noticed (was called). It seems as long as our vessel looked unoccupied, we were ignored, When we hung towels out to dry, the response was immediate.

Keep a low profile, and you just might stay in this great little town for a few days for free! Great Gelato on Avenue E too!

ok to wait for weather, 2011-12-18
Captain: , Mobile Al (140)

nice place to tie up convenient to stores but very shallow water
did have fresh water and electricity

shallow water, 2011-12-07
Captain: , Panama City, FL (200)

This is a nice enough stopover to wait out weather. The town is quite nice with a grocery store and plenty of restaraunts. The marina has plenty of room to tie up with electric and water. There is a pump out all the way down the fairway but no other facilities. The water is very shallow and at low tide is only 2-3 feet at the dock.

Current rate is $30 a night and is paid at city hall. The police chief is the new harbor master and keeps an eye on boats coming and going. There is a sign near the entrance with a phone number to leave a message upon arrival This is the police chief's cell phone. He and all the folks at city hall were very pleasant to visit with and welcoming of visiting boaters.

This dockage would rate higher if there were showers, restrooms, and laundry available.

Nice but few amenities, 2011-11-26
Captain: , Shell point, Fl (190)

This is a nice marina for tying up but there are no facilities. It is also hard to find someone to pay and we paid someone that may or may not have worked for the marina (insist on a reciept!). Internet (Cafe Con Leche) and laundry a short walk away. Cute town!

Too shallow, 2011-01-30
Captain: , Nashville (260)

No dockmaster, no services, no charge.
Tidal range was closer to 3 ft than reported 1.5.
Barely navigable (even farthest out fairway) at mid tide <4ft.
Not navigable (2ft) at low tide, even mid channel.
Great town easily walkable distance.
Wonderful restaurants, friendly, welcoming people.
Stay at another marina -- could enjoy a lot of time in the town!

Nice Place to Be Stuck!, 2010-12-31
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

We've been waiting out the weather for the last couple of days and will be here for what looks like another 3 - waiting for weather to cross the gulf. Wonderful town - go to Delores' for breakfast and great deserts.

The harbormaster has been ??? so at this point our stay has been free. No access to restrooms or showers but not a problem for us.

Many, many restaruants in town - nice museums - great library with computers (we do not get wireless - sprint - with our aircard at the marina). Overall a very nice stay!

It was FREE!, 2010-10-28
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (435)

We pulled in and were told that if you tie up in the wall, it is a free dock, with electric, water and pumpout. Something about florida and the city can't agree on who is in charge, so no one is in charge. short walk to town where there is more restaurants per person than anywhere I have been. Eddie's was four star dining! We heard the same about Caroline's, but Eddie's could not be beat! the town is great!

Very helpful, nice area, 2010-10-12
Captain: , Madisonville,LA (76)

GREAT stop. Marina was full and they rented us a slip on the river under the bridge. This area was a little rough, but OK for the great price. Fishing boat speed through, so secure your boat well. Actual marina was very nice and protected, stay there is possible.

The town is beautiful and a very short walk from here. Great shops and restaurants. Dont' miss it.

Very accomodating, 2009-05-16
Captain: , Chattanooga (327)

Jim Silva wil do his best to accomodate you at this well placed facility with good services. Reasonable rate at $25/night and up to date dock with power, water and pumpout. Short walk to a great destination.

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