Details for Boomtown Casino Dock

Boomtown Casino Dock

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Average rating 2.3 stars from 26 reviews

Address Engineers Road @ Harvey Canal
Harvey, LA


After hours contact

Facility type

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

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

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Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

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

Additional info: Several hundred feet long. NO services

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

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Gas priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info: No restrictive signs; walk pets on grass berm between bulkhead and parking lot. Please clean up after them; trash barrels in the parking lot.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - There are trash barrels in the casino parking lot.







Yes - There are two restaurants in the Boomtown Casino.


Yes - There are several bars located in the casino.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - 4G LTE coverage on Verizon, ATT, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Boomtown Casino Dock
Too Bad, Could be a good Place to Stop., 2017-05-09
Captain: , Galveston Texas (315)

On our way from Kemah, TX to Key West via the GIWW we started our day at the city docks at Houma, LA (Nice safe, comfortable wharf) and knew we couldn't make a comfortable passage to Pass Christian or Gulfport. Called Boom Town and reserved a room for showers and a dinner out treat. Knew the tie ups were next to nothing based on previous reviews. Called ahead and put out every fender we had. Set spring lines to the only two bollards on the property abd was comfortable leaving the boat tied as was. Everything fit just right for our 43' President MY, any power or sail 36' - 45' could pull off a mooring Check in 15 minutes prior to landing with hotel security. They were great, Came out and handled our lines and directed us to hotel services. Would take much for Boom Town to make this a five star stop, A sidewalk and a dozen bollards. Would stop here again but you have to be lucky enough to get the one and only tie up at this point. Call ahead.

Not a "dock", 2017-04-23
Captain: , United States (3192)

Calling this a dock is an overstatement. It's an old steel bulkhead. Once upon a time it had bollards but most have rusted away and broken off leaving just holes. It makes for a great stop if you can get tied up; we had to be creative. Read the earlier posts, or you can see pictures on my blog linked below.

We had a nice dinner in the grill. Limited snacks and sundries on sale in the casino and there are two restaurants and a snack service. We found it to be a great stop.

Note this is used by towboats as well.

See our tie-up here:

Bulkhead dock, 2016-12-20
Captain: , Surfside, TX (30)

This is a tie up to the bulkhead next to the casino. It's a steel bulkhead that's aging but solid. It can be a pain to tie here, as there aren't cleats (only 1 T post). You'll pass a rope through a hole on the top of the steel bulkhead and back through, so I'd suggest using a piece of tubing to keep the line from fraying if you're staying there for any length of time.

The boomtown boat captain said we could stay as long as we want (when I talked to him he sounded so cajun it wasn't quite like English, which was all part of the adventure) but that we coulnd't come inside where his bt was.

In other words, you can't go into the boomtown casino boat's slip, but you can tie up on the bulkhead. Translation, this dock is OPEN (Active Captain has it wrong).

There's no electricity or water, and the barge traffic will rock you a bit as you sleep, but other than that it's a nice place to tie up.

I stayed here a week and enjoyed it.

Good Alternative to Anchorage Immediately to the East, 2016-12-03
Captain: , Galveston, Texas (30)

You can tie to the bulkhead on the GIWW. Depth is about seven foot. The location 4.5 miles from Harvey Lock is excellent. We called the casino from the anchorage and got routed to the "Wheelhouse," and were told we could tie to the bulkhead. I do not think there is any need to call and ask permission. This is a very old rusty bulkhead, with no protection for your boat, not very high above the water, with limited places to tie a line. Push boats do resupply and crew changes here. Easy walk to the casino.

Docked here Oct31,2016, 2016-11-01
Captain: , Litte Rock (283)

After reading the previous review, we decided to stay here. We did NOT call anyone to ask for permission, but was prepared to ask for forgiveness. No one seemed to care. We dock along side the parking lot. Security drove by we waved, they waved. No one ever approached uis. So worked well for us.

We found the dock as previously decided and really have nothing to add other that we stay here on this date.

Good stop before or after Harvey Lock, 2016-08-12
Captain: , Thibodaux, Louisiana (190)

Yesterday I called the casino I said I was calling because I had read docking was no longer permitted there. I was passed first to security wher I spoke to one of their people I explained why I was calling he said as far as he knew tieing up the the bulkhead along the GICW was still permitted. It is not permitted inside the casino boat's slip, but he asked me for my phone number and said he would check and confirm. About 15 minutes later I recieved a call from "the Captain" he said "yes AS FAR AS WE KNOW" boats can still tie up at the GICW bulkhead next to the casino's paking lot, but not in the casino boat's slip.

We stop here often a 50 mile run from or home port. Use big fenders and aproach slowly! Once secured you can go to the casino Gamble if you enjoy that or have the usual casino buffet or one of the full service restaurants, steak or Vietnamese. If you are heading East you can be at the Harvey lock in short time head downriver to arrive as Industrial lock opens after the morning curfew.
Steve Willett
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Tie up at the bulkhead is no longer allowed, 2016-04-11
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (70)

After hearing rumors of boats being turned away, we heard first had from a fellow boater at Houma that they had been turned away the night before. We contacted the Casino Manager and it was confirmed. NO DOCKING AT BOOMTOWN CASINO.

Captain: , Saint Petersburg, Fl (227)

There is not a functional bulk head or dock to tie to - nothing ZERO!

You risk sever damage to your boat and possibly your crew.

No Regrets, Houston, 2015-04-18
Captain: , Houston (100)

Good place to get ready for the locks and the Mississippi River! Bring plenty of fenders and long ropes! You can call the bridges and locks from here. Recommend weekends for the locks and Sunday if possible, less Traffic and much quicker.
Good food and drink!

Decided to Pass -- Did Not Dock, 2015-04-06
Captain: , Kemah, TX (306)

We read the Active Captain reviews and decided to give it a try. Like one of the other reviewers said -- seeing is believing. We had higher than usual water levels and after seeing how rough the dock was (jaged concrete, rebar sticking out) we decided that even with a ton of fenders it was not a safe place to tie up. Too bad the casino doe s not open a couple of slips, this would be a great place to lay up and wait to cross the river and enter New Orleans.

rest stop after transit locks, 2014-07-29
Captain: , Port Arthur, Tx (526)

stayed here a number of times for east or west transit of river locks. can reach good destinations from here homa or bay st louis marinas. dockage is rough as stated but can be done. casino easy walk.

Easy Jog From Houma, 2014-04-30
Captain: , Deer Lodge, MT (329)

We tied up on the short piece of concrete between the two bollards. As others have mentioned fenders are needed but plenty of water depth with 10ft plus. It's very useable for an overnight stop and no problems from passing tows. The casino buffet food was good.

Seeing is believing ..., 2014-01-29
Captain: , San Marcos, TX (865)

Planned to stop here for a night in Dec 2013, but after seeing it on approach, decided to keep going. Very rough, did not look safe for boat or crew.

Stuck for a week, 2014-01-17
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (980)

1/9/ 2014
Industrial Lock then a lift bridge not operational so we were there with Tugs and another pleasure boat. Casino food not worth the price, but car rentals or cabs will come to take you for supplies. Some wake disturbance, set out lots of fenders out.

Restful night, 2013-12-02
Captain: , Port Aransas (992)

We came here from Houma in an easy day passage. We weren't sure what to expect and saw what looked like a place to tie to at the near end of the short wall and headed for those. We got close enough to jump for it and got settled just at the end of the wall. There was a tug just in front of us, maybe we could have parked in front of him and just tied to the metal wall.

We didn't feel a thing all night which was nice. This is a quiet spot for a stopover in prep for the locks. No early start, have to wait for the Lapalco bridge opening at 8:30 am.

We are pleased with our choice and ready for a new day with a head start.

Any Port in a storm 4-30-13, 2013-05-07
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (286)

After a hard day of trying to get through the locks E to W we ran out of daylight. Tied to the canal wall, needed good fenders but it worked. Called the casino they said it was all right to tie to the wall, but do not enter inside the levee with the casino boat.

Not bad for free, 2013-03-24
Captain: , Scottsdale, Az (184)

We tied up here for one night. Only one place with any kind of dock line chocks. Have to have long lines and tie imaginatively. Dock is not the property of the casino. The bulkhead is in poor condition, but very useable with aqdequate fenders.The casino was a typical casino with good food and strong drinks.

Any port in a hurricane, 2012-09-22
Captain: , Houston, TX (114)

Safe inside the flood gates during Isaac and tied up to old metal wharf next to the levee by Boomtown Casino. No easy to tie up, but with enough lines and chaff protection we survived 80 knot winds and waves. No services, but good casino hospitality and food.

Only one star from me., 2012-04-23
Captain: , Port OConnor, Tx (628)

One star is a dozen to many. We pulled into a small open spot to call the locks for instructions. We were no longer that 2 minutes and people on the deck hollowing at us to get out of there.. Very unfriendly.

I would waste a dine in that joint.

Any port in a storm, 2012-02-19
Captain: , Houma, LA (417)

We were east bound and waiting on the Harvey lock when a tornado warning was posted. Discretion being the better part of valor, we came back here and tied up in 25 knot winds. I agree with the other posts, lots of fenders needed, but we rode out the bad weather well. We had dinner at the casino steak house, and it was good and the price was reasonable. Three stars for what is is-a place to tie up.

Restaurants/bars on site but bring your bumpers, 2011-09-21
Captain: , Diamondhead, MS (10)

Tied up here after a long few days moving east on the ICW. We arrived early enough that we could have made it through the first set of locks, but then we would have been caught by the afternoon bridge closures for traffic on the East side of the Mississippi River so we decided to call it a day by mid afternoon. The "dock", which is really just a short wall, is directly on the ICW so expect some wakes early (a good array of bumpers is a must), but most tugs choose not to negotiate the locks/bridges in this area at night so the traffic was minimal by the mid evening. It was nice to have the casino right there so we could take advantage of their restaurants/bars and get off the boat for a while. If leaving east make sure to time your departure to arrive at the locks/bridges well before or immediately after the morning closure times.

Peaceful Dockage, 2011-08-23
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

If you know what to expect, this anchorage is fine. Be prepared with lots of fenders and a good line thrower - you don't want your hull touching the dock. But boat traffic is minimal, restaurants are within easy walking distance, and eastbound you are close to the Harvey Locks, ready to get going in the morning.

Boomtown Casino Dock, 2011-05-24
Captain: , Rockport, Texas (167)

This bulkhead along the Harvey Canal close to Boomtown Casino should only be considered as a place to tie up if you find yourself in the dark coming out of or before going into Harvey Lock. We tied to the concrete topped steel bulkhead at the north end of the parking lot where the bulkhead ends. The concrete was falling apart and it was very jagged and ruff. There were two large commercial cleats to use to tie off. Old broken steel reinforcement rods were sticking out beyond the concrete topping. The depth was 9 feet alongside. We inquired at the Casino about the bulkhead and was told it was not a part of the Casino. It is just a ragged old concrete and steel commercial bulkhead alongside the Harvey Canal. It is directly open to the wakes of all boats going up and down the canal. I am giving it a one rating because there is nothing less than one.

Good tie off, 2009-06-25
Captain: , Kentucky (190)

DItto to the other comments, the cement bulkhead which we used were at water line not the easiest to tie to - we hung fenders on the big cleets for protection since there is none, Quiet local.

Beware of dockage, 2009-02-03
Captain: , clear lake texas (435)

Beware there is metal sticking out below the water line along the steel capped buckhead. There is an 10' offset with two ballards alonge the south end of the parking lot and there is a steel beam which sticks out below the waterline for a length of about 40' Dock along the Cement capped buckhead seemed ok but there was little to tie off too.

Boom Town Casino Dock, 2007-02-02
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

Perfect place to stop to prepare to cross Miss river.
We use it often.

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