Details for Erwin Marine Riverfront - Bluff Floating Dock

Erwin Marine Riverfront - Bluff Floating Dock

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 21 reviews

Address 201 Riverfront Pkwy
Chattanooga, TN 37402


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2014-09-23)

Other price info: Looper discount to $0.75 per foot, 2016.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

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Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - The seawall just west (downriver) of the floating docks is free for up to four hours, no overnight docking.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: While fuel is not available on the Bluff Dock, it is at the Erwin Marine Riverfront dock on the other side of the Olgiati Bridge, about one mile downriver.

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Free self-service pump out is available to Bluff Dock customers at the Erwin Marine fuel dock on the other side of the Olgiati Bridge, about one mile downriver.












Yes - Buehler's Market at 429 Market Street is 0.4 miles away, walking distance. You can also get the free CARTA electric bus to/from. CARTA bus pickup is next to the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakery, 205 Broad Street. The return CARTA bus runs right by the Market. You can also take the CARTA city bus (not free) to Bi-Lo super market or Wall-Mart.
Ride the electric shuttle to the North Shore. Publix is a three bock walk.



Yes - If you venture a few blocks from the waterfront you will find good food and great brew at the Big River Grille and Brewing Works, 222 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakery at 205 Broad Street is good.

Tony's near the Art Museum is a great Italian place with very reasonable prices. This is just above the Bluff Dock and an easy walking distance.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


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Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability



Other services

Jax Liquor Store
216 Market St
Chattanooga, TN
Reported to have very good prices.


Tenn Aquarium and ATT Field.

Reviews for Erwin Marine Riverfront - Bluff Floating Dock
wonderful stop, 2016-11-10
Captain: , Anna Maria Island (573)

We stayed here twice we did the walking stuff the first trip then headed up to Island cove marina and rented a car to do the tourist stuff from there. We figured that gave us a parking spot. We loved the aquarium & the walk across the ped bridge it's like two cities in one.
KA-DEE-ANNA stayed 11/2016

Can't Top Sean's Review!!, 2016-11-01
Captain: , Somerville, TN (201)

What more can be said!!

Sean provides an exceptional detailed review. We went for an overnight but stayed a week.

He place is awesome and we are making plans to return with family.

Jim is a true ambassador of Chattanooga and Gill runs an efficient dock!

It's a must stop!!

Not to be missed when cruising the Tennesseee, 2016-10-16
Captain: , United States (3192)

This review is for the Erwin Marine Riverfront facilities in downtown Chattanooga. While there are three separate Active Captain markers for these facilities, they are managed as a single marina out of the Erwin Marine Riverfront office, just west of the Olgiati Bridge. When you call the marina to book dockage, they'll work out which of the four locations (including the commercial dock) you can use depending on your vessel's size, draft, and power requirements.

I'm placing this same review on all three markers so that there is no confusion. We actually stayed at the "Commercial Dock" attached to the Chattanooga Pier, which has no marker of its own. The commercial dock is home to the Tennessee Aquarium's "River Gorge Explorer" high-speed tour boat and the Chattanooga Cycleboats pedal-powered paddlewheel tourboat. Unused space on the dock is sometimes assigned by the marina to transient vessels depending on need. We had to move once during our stay to accommodate another tour boat.

We planned to stop here for a week and ended up staying two months due to a medical issue. In that time we became very familiar with the waterfront, all the Erwin Marine facilities here, and the staff.

Most of the docks are in good to excellent condition. Erwin's own docks, west of the Olgiati Bridge, the Bluff Docks, east of the Market Street (Ross) bridge, and the commercial dock are all floating docks. The "Aquarium Wall" is a fixed concrete quay; the river level varies by as much as five feet. The aquarium wall also has large fixed fenders protruding from the wall spaced at 61' intervals. These are for river cruise ships and other large vessels that occasionally visit here; if your vessel does not fit between them you will have a challenge using this dock.

The Erwin Marine docks west of the Olgiati Bridge, which the office refers to as "the Olgiati docks," is probably closest to a "full service" marina. There is a fuel and pumpout dock nearby, the office is a short walk, and there are rest rooms at the office with code access after hours. Jill, the dockmaster, is in the office during business hours and Jimmy the dockhand is available to help you tie up. That said, there is no store, no dock carts, no snacks, no courtesy car, and no other trappings you might associate with full-service transient marinas. Ice, however, is available from the office.

Pricing reflects the spartan nature of the facilities; make sure to tell them you are looping to get the discounted rate. If you are staying at the Bluff Docks, the Aquarium Wall, or the commercial dock, they will come to you in a golf cart to help you tie up and fill out your paperwork; the office is a long walk. The rest rooms at the office are also available to all customers, but at the Bluffs or the wall you will find the public restrooms in the park adjacent to the aquarium to be much closer when they are open. Pumpout facilities at the Olgiati docks are available to all customers.

Chattanooga's waterfront is vibrant and hosts events from spring through fall. In the summer there is some kind of event every weekend. Some events have the docks sold out as much as a year in advance, such as the River Bend festival; dockage rates increase to $1.50 per foot for special events with no discounts. We had to leave the dock for two nights during the Three Sisters festival because they had been sold out well in advance. Some events have a stage and live music, which will be loudest at the Aquarium Wall and the commercial dock. The Bluff Docks and Olgiati docks, while still an easy walk to the festivals, are further away and much quieter.

The city operates two free electric shuttle routes which leave from a terminal just a block from the docks, next door to the Courtyard Hotel or the Mellow Mushroom restaurant. One route goes south to the Choo-Choo and runs all day, every day, every few minutes. The other crosses the bridge to North Shore and operates until late afternoon six days a week. This latter shuttle gets you within three blocks of a Publix grocery. There is also a very nice local grocery a short walk from the docks, Buehler's at 429 Market, a local institution.

Excellent restaurants abound and are too numerous to list here. Many are an easy walk; some are a longer walk, and more are available with a short shuttle ride. The Tennessee Aquarium is not to be missed, with the world's largest freshwater aquarium and a somewhat newer saltwater venue in a separate building. While it is something of a busman's holiday, I can recommend both the Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer cruise and the Chattanooga Ducks tour.

Enterprise Car Rental is just south of downtown and will pick you up at the docks. Attractions accessible by car include Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga Battlefield, and Ruby Falls. Big-box shopping is an easy drive to centers in Tennessee or just across the line in Georgia, where the sales tax is considerably lower.

After two months here, we still have not seen everything there is to see. Of all the places we might have been waylaid for this long, Chattanooga was perfect. A highly recommended stop, and a highly recommended marina.

Great location, 2016-10-13
Captain: , Wilmington,NC (320)

Stayed there 5 nights while we visited Chattanooga. Contrary to some earlier reviews, we had help docking. Jim met us at the dock, helped us tie up and gave us a quick overview of the area. Discounted rate for AGLCA. Met harbor host, Hal Baker, who brought us a welcome packet. Dock is very solid with good cleats and a security gate. At the aquarium so handy for downtown Chattanooga. Good power and water; no wifi or restrooms. Fills up so make reservations in advance.

Location, Location, Location, 2016-05-12
Captain: , Currently living aboard and cruising the Gulf Coast (260)

This gets a 5 Star rating on location. As a marina, I would give it a One Star. It is not a marina. It is a place to tie up with water and electric - That's it! It has a gate on both ends. The upstream gate has a space at the bottom of the gate that any thin person can get under, so you will see joggers and walkers going by. You pay over the phone and no one is there if you need assistance. There is no protection from floating debris.
BUT.....the location is fantastic. Just go up the stairs to the aquarium and walk to most places that tourists are likely to want to go. the free shuttles run all over the place with very little waiting time. If you want to enjoy the town, this is the place.

Great Location -- Nice Floating Dock, 2015-11-18
Captain: , Prattville, AL (300)

Very nice floating dock with plenty of solid cleats, power pedestals, and water spigots. There is also a pump out station at one end of the dock. The water and pump out station were winterized when we arrived, and therefore unavailable for our use, so I cannot vouch for their operability.

Be aware that this is NOT a marina. There are no facilities -- e.g., restrooms, showers, laundry, community room, etc. -- of any kind.The dock is very low, so you%u2019ll want to hang your fenders just above the water. The approach and docking can be dicey because of the strong current and unpredictable eddies. Be ready to handle everything with just your own crew because Erwin Marine may not be able to provide anybody to catch your lines. We were fortunate that a couple people from another boat came over to catch our lines.

The location of the dock is fabulous! Just exit the locked security gate and climb a tall stairway, and you'll find the Tennessee Aquarium and more restaurants than you can ever eat at unless you stay a week or more. We particularly loved the Blue Plate and Puckett's.

Oh, and you MUST try Maple Street Biscuit Company. We ate there our first morning...and our second...and our third! I suspect that if the weather keeps us here another day, we'll eat there again tomorrow!

I rated this four stars primarily because of the difficult approach, coupled with the inability of the Erwin Marine staff to assist with docking.

Great Location in Heart of City, 2015-10-28
Captain: , Fort Monroe, VA (949)

Only a floating dock with water and electricity (30/50A) but does have a security gate that limits access. Anticipate your arrival and call for reservation as this can fill up due to location. At foot of Tennessee Aquarium, next to open air concert and water front venue. Those with dogs can exit the upstream gate for walk area. Do not expect the marina staff to assist in your arrival as their office is at least a 10 minute walk down river. Pumpouts on this dock are non-operational as of this date. No WIFI but cell phone coverage was good. Would be a five star if heads/showers/pumpout were available. Suggest walking up to Courtyard hotel on the land side of the aquarium for breakfast. Many eateries for lunch/dinner/drink options.

What a wonderful stop in Chattanooga, 2014-10-21
Captain: , Florida (235)

Location, Location, Location
Other than the fact no head or showers this is a great dock to tie up overnight and see the city. We loved the bike renting concept and the free buses. Buellers grocery store brought back old memories to me how it use to be shopping. We biked to the Boathouse resturant and visited the Hunters museum of art. Stayed three nights and loved every minute of it. This city is a happening place for young and old:)
As stated in other review...75 cents a foot for loopers:D

Great stop, 2014-10-15
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, Fl (570)

Great location, floating dock, excellent staff, good electric & water. If they had restrooms/showers they would get 5 stars. There are lots of steps to climb but you are close to everything downtown including a movie theater. Be sure & get the goodie bag from the marina office that Hal & Cheryl Baker (thanks Hal & Cheryl) the Harbor Host have provided (there is a moonpie inside). Loopers pay only .75 cents a foot. What a wonderful deal. The Bluff Floating Dock has a security gate making the dock private.

Downtown Chattanooga dock wall, 2014-08-14
Captain: , Knoxville, Tennessee (230)

Definitely a destination stop! Spent a long weekend tied up to the river wall operated by Marine Max. 50 and 30 amp power with water. If you need ice, call Marine Max and they'll bring it to you. So much to see and do, and almost all within walking distance.

riverfront dockage in Chattanooga, 2014-07-21
Captain: , Iuka ms (131)

Great riverfront dockage with 30 and 50 amp power. Water Also available. Chattanooga has a great downtown atmosphere which is enjoyable staying at the dock. Restaurants liquor store grocery store within about five blocks. Real fun town. Minor league baseball right on the river. A must stay for a night. Great walking area for pets. Cleanup bag supplied. Five-minute walk to the park for pets.

Very Convenient, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Punta Gorda FL (1709)

This is a great stop. Bluff dock has security gates at both ends. they have had some theft in the past and the city put up the gates. No reported problems since. In the summer there are concerts here. Short walk to the Tenn Aquarium, Hunter museum and free trolley. There is a supermarket at 5th and Market. excellent liquor store that gives 10% case discounts on wine at 4th and Market. Some waterskier traffic on weekends in the summer but not bad. Stay a week here in August and was the only boat on the dock. Very friendly people here. Great cruiser stopover.

Great Stop, 2013-06-04
Captain: , Little Rock (50)

Being close to downtown Chattanooga is excellent, and the staff at Marine Max were extremely helpful. They gave us a ride in their personal vehicles to go see the attractions on Lookout Mountain. This is our second trip here and will keep coming back.

Bluff Dock (Marine Max) MM-465, 2013-05-06
Captain: , Cadiz, KY (40)

Because of high water the only dock available was Marine Max. Chickamauga Lock & Dam closed and had to stay here for 4 days. If you are going to be stuck in Chattanooga you could not be in a better place. All the personal were very helpful. You have free trolley rides in the downtown area plus city bus to all the outlying ares (even Wally-World)

Bluff Landing Dock, 2012-10-30
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

Spent a couple of nights here in mid October. Easy docking by heading upriver, into the current. There was quite a bit a the TVA was releasing lots of water
One warning that may/may not affect you. I measured very high AC voltage there. So high in fact that my inverter would not pass the voltage through to the boat. WHo knew they had programmable values for that? Now I do, and so do you. Don't blame the connectors until you check out if the voltage is getting through the invertor.
Chattanooga is such a charming town, enjoy it!

Best of the docks for view and accessability, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Spring Lake, MI (379)

When you stop at Marine Maxx to check in, Hal Baker (AGLCA host) greats you and offers a welcome bag and great advice on what to see. He was wonderful. You may stay at the Marine Maxx transit dock or better yet the Bluff Dock which they manage. This dock has no services but is closer to all the downtown restaurants and sights, and has a great view of the river, bridges and north shore. It has security gates, power and water. Be sure you get the pass code and any changes. We got locked out one night when they forgot to tell anyone on the dock about the change. (:-{

enjoyed it here, 2012-09-30
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4188)

Got a great LOOPER RATE from Marina Max, who manages this dock for city - $.75/ft per night. Good location close to town and all the things EXCEPT no grocery or laundry nearby. The folks at Marine Max were very gracious and hospitable. WIFi was not working when we first arrived. Nice floating docks. Security gates at each end help keep the riff raff out. AGCLA Harbor Host Hal Baker was great and greeted us on the dock when we arrived.

Way to go Chattanooga, 2012-08-27
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (654)

Great stop, Chattanooga gets 5 stars for their river front and restaurants. Beyond that the marina is generous on our part only worth 3 stars. There isn%u2019t any customer service after they collect you credit card number for your slip rental. We stayed for 3 nights on the Bluff Docks and the trash was never dumped. Thankfully we and the other boaters didn%u2019t let it get out of hand. We never saw any security until after we stayed 3 nights, and they really didn%u2019t give us any warm fuzzy feeling, they were more the caliber of your Mall Cop. Lucky, Chickamauga Lock been closed for several days and there wasn%u2019t any barge traffic. Also lucky for us again the Brew Fest was on! Good music but very expensive to attend at $25 per head. We accidently walked in with the back gate without paying made a circle and left feeling pretty good that we saved that $50.
Capt. Frank

Great spot to viisit Chattanooga, 2011-11-05
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Solid dock & cleats, occasional waking from boats in channel. Security improved 11/2011 with locked gate upstream end of dock, saw regular patrols by uniformed guards. Plan ahead and check if special event going on, i.e. "Head of the Hooch" 1st weekend in November - dock is full. Dock is convenient to downtown and free shuttles to Choo-choo or across the river which has more shopping options.

2-Star "Marina," 5-Star Experience, 2011-10-21
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

We could only give two stars, since the price is steep considering that there are no amenities such as shower, laundry, and pump-out. But the docks are floating, we were able to get 50-amp service, and the location is tremendous, with shops, restaurants, aquarium, public art, free riverside concerts, and walking opportunities abounding. Would definitely stay again despite the unfortunate experience of finding strangers on the boat when returning one evening. There is no security.

Chattanooga Riverfront Visit October 2011, 2011-10-17
Captain: , Roswell, GA (467)

What a great place to visit and explore. There are many things to do and see within walking distance.

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