Details for Belfast City Landing

Belfast City Landing

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 30 reviews

Address 131 Church Street - mailing 25 Front St. physical
Belfast, ME 04915


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - YES
Other info: Harbormaster hours are 7 am to 7 pm 7 days per week from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend.


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Belfast


Katherine Messier Pickering


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Mastercard, Visa, and Discover, are accepted.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Fuel is available year round.


Approach from Bell R2 through 5 mph channel entrance markers to red nun 6. Buoyed dredged channel shoals rapidly on eastern side.





Tide & current additional info

Except at slack water, current ranges from weak to 2 kts. at flood and ebb.

Recommendation: time your arrival for slack current. Slack following the ebb is 1.5 hours ahead (sooner) than the predicted slack for Temple Heights and lasted for at least 30 minutes after the predicted slack.


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 13
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 140
Beam max: 30

Other info: Accommodation for up to approximately 120 feet by reservation or availability.


Transient: 25
Total: 25
Transient price: $2.25/ft (2016-10-21)

Other price info: $2.25 per foot up to 39 feet
$2.75 per foot 40 - 59 feet
$3.25 per foot 60 - 89 feet
$3.50 per foot 90 feet & over
Approximately 25 transient slips by reservation or availability.


Transient: 12
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $30.00 (2015-03-12)

Other price info: City moorings available by reservation or availability. Price $30 per night, not foot. Includes access to showers.

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

Additional info: Price per night.

Pricing info: $5/30amp $10/50amp

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Potable water is available on the docks but FDA regulations do not allow them to keep hoses on the docks. Please provide your own.

Dinghy access

Yes - Dingy tie up available.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Limited seasonal liveaboard dockage available at City owned Thompson's Landing immediately north of Belfast Boat Yard.


Fuel brand: Unbranded

Gas price$2.82/gal (2016-10-21)

Other price info:

Diesel price$2.54/gal (2016-10-21)

Other price info:


Yes - Available within a block of the marina.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There is a nice, grassy park along the water just east of the town dock. Please pick up after your pet.

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out

Yes - $5








Yes - Public heads are a walk up the hill. The showers require a code, so are not open to the general public.


Yes - A very nice, clean, well equipped, full-time staffed laundramat is located next to the CO-OP, just over a two block walk, up hill. The marina has large, wheeled, metal carts that make toting the laundry much easier.


Yes - Nearby. Belfast Coop is a few blocks from the dock. Hannaford is about a 20 minute walk. Cab ride to Hannaford is $6, well worth the investment, 2015. A farmers' market is held on Fridays, 9 am-1 pm.


Yes - Local old fashioned hardware store a short walk. Hamilton Marine, a great discount marine hardware store, is 8 miles away.


Yes - Young's Lobster Pound is across the river, a short dinghy ride, or it can be reached by a bike ride or long walk over the foot bridge spanning the river.
4 Mitchell St
Belfast, ME 04915
The restaurant has easy access from the water with a dingy dock.

Chase's Daily is a fresh vegetable market and vegetarian restaurant on the main street.

Delvino's Grill and Pasta House is a fine Italian restaurant, with a wide variety of fare, on the main street not far from the docks.

And, many more options.


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

No - Nearby at Front Street Ship Yard.

Haul out capabilities

No - Nearby at Front Street Ship Yard.

Storage facilities

No - Available nearby.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Nearby

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - ATT: 5 bars. Verizon: 5 bars. Free WiFi: SSID "harbor" Call the HM for password

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Bay Taxi, 207-338-1993.
A bus stop is at the marina for the Belfast Shopper bus, which runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. $1 per person, 2015.

Other services

Harbormaster will accept and hold mail and packages. Address to:
Harbormaster's Office
Your Name
Boat Name
25 Front St.
Belfast, ME 04915


Visitors Center nearby.

Reviews for Belfast City Landing
Belfast - Great Stopover, 2016-07-23
Captain: , Oakdale NY (140)

Based on reviews I read, which I observed as valid upon arrival, I chose to take a mooring rather than anchor. Simple, the anchorage is so far away and offers no protection. I'm so glad I did. The harbor master put me on "Citi07" mooring, which about 100-125 feet from the dingy dock. For $30 a night, you just could not beat it. The Celtic Celebration Fest was starting the day we arrived (had no idea about it). A weekend filled with Irish music, fireworks, Celtic strong man games and food. Again, our mooring was so close that we could hear the music and watched the fireworks from our boat!
Belfast has been obviously working on improving their waterfront, and they have been successful in doing so. A nice walkway leads to a crossing bridge to walk across the harbor. As noted in previous reviews, town shops, food and pubs offer plenty, especially in the craft beers.
You can get water and a pump out at the fuel dock, which we did. They were very accommodating in their assistance.
Definitely a boating community, but less on the lobster boats and more in boat restoration. Enjoyed Belfast, stayed for a weekend.

Good Service and facilities, 2016-06-21
Captain: , Maine (639)

As noted this is a very welcoming and we'll run Town facility that strives to make visitors comfortable and the docks in repair. We are spending a few days here enjoying the Town and tending to the boat and will do the same next season.
2016 update: Katherine Pickering,arbor master runs a welcoming irst rate dock and moorings. Five stars in every catrergory. Local rigger Steve Garrand on "Belfast Barge" 207-322-9293 is available for rigging work at reasonable prices. The local hardware store is accomdating and will call around for a tool they may be out of stock. A laundry in town. Nearby dinning of all types. Belfast is a place to spend a few days provisioning and enjoying.

Very friendly place, 2015-08-21
Captain: , Cassiopea A (507)

We stayed here on a town mooring for a night in August 2015. We were assigned a mooring near Young's Lobster Wharf, on the left (NE) bank of the river. There was little wind that afternoon and night, but I imagine in a stronger south to southwest breeze the mooring might have been rather uncomfortable. Also, much of the evening you could hear "number so and so, your order is ready" from the restaurant's PA system.

Other than that, the town really tries very hard to be a friendly place for the cruising boats. Kathy Pickering, the Harbormaster, was very friendly in describing the town and town landing services. You are handed a map of the town and a listing of services, shops, and restaurants, cross-referenced to the map. She also gave us the WiFi password and combos for the showers. Her office has carts for boaters to use for groceries or laundry. She also has menus for several restaurants in town.

This would be a very good place to stop for provisions, or just to pass some time in rainy weather.
The town

Best place in Belfast for TRANSIENTS, 2015-08-16
Captain: , Glen Cove, NY (281)

Wonderful Dockmaster and Staff!!!! Well maintained docks, some old but very serviceable, fuel, ice and water available. Limited power hookups but all up to code. The most WELCOMING Town Landing Facility we encountered in Penobscot Bay Area! Located at foot of Main Street...walk to everything! A MUST TO RETURN!

A Nice Maine Town to Visit, 2015-07-18
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4015)

Belfast is a real Maine town, not a tourist town, with a number of services and restaurants appealing to cruising boaters. The large laundramat makes it a quick job to catch up on weeks of laundry and there are two options for reprovisioning, one traditional grocery store and one unique/organic co-op. Young's is a traditional lobster pound, and interesting visit and great lobster/seafood eating. Delvino's Grill and Pasta House was a favorite of ours. Outstanding fare and a wide variety of dishes. It would take weeks to sample the menu items we found appealing. For a small town, there is a large variety of restaurants and pubs.

There are many points of interest - the architecture, historic walking tour, art shops, the river walk running right through the Front Street Shipyard and across the river. During our visit in 2015, there was a great two-day art show with music and unique food vendors, a carving competition, music in the streets, and antique car/street rod parade.

For New England, a good marina with an interesting town at $2/ft dockage and $30 moorings is a great value.

Worth the trip, 2015-07-16
Captain: , Chebeague Island (420)

Belfast has turned into a vibrant community and is worth a stop while in Penobscot Bay. Everyone working at the town docks was extremely pleasant and helpful. The Belfast Co-op offers great provisions and is a two minute walk from the floats. Plenty of restaurants, galleries and shops.

Nice place to visit, 2015-06-17
Captain: , Belfast,me (40)

City moorings are inspected and secure.The reported boats breaking free we're on uninspected private moorings.

Different perspective, 2014-09-06
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1130)

All the comments made about the city, shops and resturants I agree most enthusiatically. The city marina personel are helpful and welcoming. As far as the marina itself, I have theses observations: Tight and current influenced docking challenges, No WiFi, unless you subscribe to a service data plan $7+, the restroom is public, and you have to go thru it to the showers, what was described as a short stroll is thru a busy parking lot up a hill with lots of foot trafic and parking lot action. There was no security observed. No water hoses on the dock. For $2s per foot, I would expect more. The mooring field is a distance from the dock, tide and current will present a challenge for a rower. No launch service. Having spent 2 nights at Bucksport for $1 per foot, with WiFi, security, water hoses, dedicated locked shower/restroom Belfast was a letdown.

Belfast is beautiful, 2013-09-07
Captain: , Bremen, ME (40)

We stopped here on the weekend of the Celtic Festival. We called ahead for a slip and we got a face dock. The harbormaster and the dockhands were really friendly and helpful. We settled in to our slip on Saturday and walked the town. They have done a nice job of rehabilitating the town and making it a joy to walk around. Plenty of architectural and historical info on the town. Lots of variety in good food. The festival fireworks show was fired from the walking bridge about 200 yards off our transom. It was a surprisingly long show with tons of fireworks. We'll be back.

Street Museum and Art make this a fun town to walk!, 2013-08-08
Captain: , New Castle, NH PGI, Florida (300)

We'd been to the Belfast Coop by car before, but this year we took a slip the night before a family wedding in Brooksville. The city has historical markers/exhibits all around, bringing the museum to the streets. City Landing staff were helpful and friendly. The showers and restrooms are a short stroll from the docks, are partly 'public' and not very posh, but adequate. Lots to do in this town and a good place to get quality provisioning!

Great Place To Visit, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (405)

We really enjoyed our visit to Belfast. The dock master and staff were very helpful. The town was fun to explore. The museum had nice exhibits on the town history especially during the Civil War. On Thursday night there was a free concert in the park by the dock. This time is was folk and bluegrass but the it's different each week. We had a great breakfast at Traci's Diner just up the hill from the dock. It's a bit run down looking on the outside but inside it's clean and the food was absolutely great. Don't miss it. There is another restaurant with a good reputation called Chase's Daily but we skipped it since it's 100% vegetarian. We also had dinner at Alexia's Pizza further up the hill on Main Street. It's a no frills place but excellent pizza.

Celtic Festival, 2013-07-22
Captain: , Essex, CT (223)

This is one of our favorite ports. Great harbor master who helps guide you if current makes docking interesting. We took a mooring this time and it happened to be their Celtic Festival. Two days of incredible music and Highland games and an impressive fireworks display set off from the footbridge. Plan your cruise around this!
Pets: Very friendly dog town with lots of green to run them on. Chase's Daily has a back porch you can sit on with dogs to enjoy their baked goods and coffee.

Secure moorings but mind the currents, 2013-07-07
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (952)

We had a mooring reserved and called as we were entering the harbor. The Harbor crew was on the way to inspect the mooring we were to have. They wanted us on that one because of our size (48%u2019). They offered us a tie-up at the city dock while they inspected the mooring. We decided to hover out in the harbor. It was a nice feeling to know they really do check these regularly. They used a crane to lift them and a driver went down in inspect.
Beware of the strong currents running. We did not pick up the mooring the first time. Their floats have small lines attached and with the current, we could not readily pick it up. Once we did, it was a great mooring.
The Harbormaster has carts at her office to borrow. So we did laundry, up the hill next to the Belfast Co-op. The co-op is all organic and has some very nice products. Also, we were there Friday morning which is Farmer%u2019s Market Day.
Quaint, artsy town with many shops and eateries.
Update to previous review: The CIty Dock now takes credit cards for the mooring rental.

Fun and easy, 2012-08-26
Captain: , Newport (404)

The town is becoming a wonderful funky place. All local proprietress, a movie, the new mega yacht center, and tons of galleries and restaurants. Quite a change from small coves and one horse harbors.

Moorings should be given a drag test. Saw two boats lift the mooring out. One went to the beach and the other got tangled with another mooring.

City staff are great and fun. This is a no frills dock with a great location for $1.75 and $5 for power. Can't go wrong.

Ditto. I second previous reviews., 2012-08-04
Captain: , Bristol, Rhode Island (2664)

All good. BTW, the port also handles stops by the "small ships" of American Cruise Lines.

For lunch, try Chase's Daily, a restaurant/farmer's market at 96 Main St. with Very good food.

A town with a sense of humor, 2012-08-01
Captain: , Milford CT (648)

The theme was have a seat.
Local artists created benches throughout the town that were all different. some were puns or a joke.
Like Rock on Spruce Spring Seat . You have to see it.

everything you need and want!, 2012-07-31
Captain: , Annapolis (431)

We stayed on a mooring ball for 4 days - great price, great facilities, wonderful helpful staff, and everything you need is a short walk away: co-op market, speciality shops for cheese and wine, galleries, hardware store, laundry/showers, gorgeous public library and even a movie theater. This is a must-stop-here kind of place. Check out the wacky collection of benches aong Main Street!

Better than Camden & Rockland, 2012-07-11
Captain: , Boston (610)

This is one of our favorite locations for provisions, boat needs, and civilization. There's a nice Co-op grocery about 2 blocks away. The harbormaster is very welcoming. I liked that his pump-out included a freshwater tank rinse in between a first and second pump out just $5. The $1.75/foot slip fee is the least I've seen in New England. The town has a Vermont-like "hippy" feel to it. There's a nice pub, organic-y cafe, and cool waterfront bar called 3 tides. Very happy with this place.

Unpretentious town with a great atmosphere, 2011-11-27
Captain: , Southwest Harbor (100)

Helpful dockmaster, interesting town with lots to see. Lacks the tourist trap sensation you get from a lot of the places along the coast

Fuel Prices...., 2011-08-26
Captain: , St. Andrews, New Brunswick (435)

I agree with all the previous reviews and would add that there is a large grocery store about a 15 min walk from the dock... (can we use brand names? Think Can afford) We provisioned for a week, walked there and took a $5 cab ride back.

Also the hand at the dock asked how much we had been paying for fuel as we cruised around. Apparently Belfast is monitoring the prices and wants to be known as having the cheapest diesel prices on the bay. We sail, so it's not much of an issue to us, but you power cruisers may be interested.

Favorite harbor, 2011-08-26
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

This is one of our favorite harbors for many of the reasons already mentioned. I would simply like to provide a few other points of information. Scoops is now closed and has been replaced by The Cool Spot, which while it has wifi is totally skippable. Go to Rollies instead. The $25 mooring ball includes free showers, which is an excellent value as far as I'm concerned. There is a new brewpub/oyster bar (Marshall Wharf) that serves really fantastic beer and you can get growlers of it to go. It's just north of the city landing about 200 yards and you can follow the remnants of the old railway to get there.

Good stop in Belfast, 2011-08-16
Captain: , Boston (232)

Very friendly and helpful dockmaster. Facilities are convenient to the interesting town of Belfast.

Nice facility, nice town, 2011-07-23
Captain: , York, ME (1880)

The docks are well-run and well-maintained, fuel is available right there, showers and heads are clean but could be a little closer to the dock. As other reviewers have said, everything you need is right in town within a short walk; restarants, ice cream, bakery, and a market. We're not as "into" organic foods and the like as the co-op market, but still found their products very good. The town seems to have something going on every day in the summer. The day we were there they'd blocked off a street and had a band playing.

Outof the way, 2011-07-07
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

A quiet quaint New England village. Very scenic and almost untouched by tourist. Mooring ball @ $25, easy dingy access to town. Groceries and other necessaries within walking distance.

We appreciate you!, 2010-08-23
Captain: , Ft. Myers, FL (134)

Cathy and her staff are exceptionally competent and helpful. They put us on the face dock while waiting for a mooring to become available so we could get to the Farmers market in time. They are experts at docking in the strong current there. Always friendly.

Camden 30 years ago???, 2010-08-08
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1134)

Belfast is a great place to visit. The staff, headed by Harbor Master Kathy M, are helpful and knowlegeable. They appreciate your business and it shows. There is a relatively strong ebb current, so best to time your arrival at slack water. Electric pedistals can be a long way from the outter finger/T head. Strong SE winds would make for uncomflrtable conditions. Well worth a stop!

Always a place we stop, 2010-08-03
Captain: , Fredericton, NB, CAN (477)

Belfast is (we think) what Camden must have been forty years ago.

Updated Aug 2010 - teh same only more.

Employees were delightful. Service was great. Rollies has great wifi, good pub food and a good Happy Hour. Right next door is Scoops with ice cream to die for, free wifi and this year "im" who was working his behind off and always with a smile. Kudos Scoops and Tim!

Everything we need is really close.

Groceries - Belfast Coop (with a place to eat and a good selections of wine)
Laundromat - a block from the Coop
Library (with free wifi) a block from the laundromat
A hardware, a Thrift shop, eateries, a super Game Store and lots more - all within about four city blocks.

Diesel and ice right on the dock

Belfast is one of our favourites!

Belfast town, 2010-05-30
Captain: , United Kingdom (227)

I recieved top class service from all the staff including the very capable and helpfull harbourmaster Cathy.Shops great,laundry within walking,showers 100yds away.Food excellent.Im going back this yr its a permanant fixture.Also if you need customs there is an office 500yds away and you will find them extreamly helpfull, or you shouldnt be there.Enjoy.

Belfast Dock and town, 2007-11-13
Captain: , New York (153)

We have stayed a Belfast City Landing a few times, with only good experiences. The food co-op has a really sharp produce manager with local farms represented. She even had locally-grown garlic.

The public library is a beautiful facility with internet access and power outlets in the floor so you can use your laptop in the reading room.

In 2007 I found an oyster bar on the waterfront north of the landing that was interesting and I will return there. I didn't care for the big tourist seafood house just next to the landing. THe oyster bar is a little farther along.

Belfast - A great place to visit, 2007-02-14
Captain: , Ipswich, MA (318)

The Municipal Staff here from Harbormaster Cathy Messier to everyone on her staff is superb. This is an excellent stop. Lots of reasonably priced resaurants with good food. A market, movie theatre, shops, hardware, etc all within walking distance of the marina. Fuel, water, electricity. Call ahead.

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