Details for Camden Public Landing

Camden Public Landing

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 10 reviews

Address Elm Street, PO Box 1207
Camden, ME 04843


After hours contact

207-283-4110, Town office: 207-236-3353, Harbormaster: 207-691-4314

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Town of Camden


Steve Pixley


Steve Pixley

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Take MasterCard and Visa (but not AmEx) for dockage.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Current at the Public Landing depends more on the amount of water coming down the Megunitcook River, not the tide.





Tide & current additional info

Dockiing is tight and can be difficult in wind and current.


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Size is very dependent on available spaces, which vary a lot.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2015-09-11)

Other price info: Boats 40-70 feet are $3.00 per foot.
Boats over 70 feet are $4.00 per foot.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: $0.00 (0000-00-00)

Other price info: The town of Camden does not rent outer harbor moorings ore inner harbor mooring floats, but Wayfarer, the Camden Yacht Club, and Willey Wharf do.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $10 per day.
50 amp is $15 per day.
100 amp is $40 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - A water hose is available. Water is turned off during the night. Some berths require 75 hose or longer to reach water outlets.

Dinghy access

Yes - Courtesy dinghy dock available.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Available at Wayfarer or Willey Wharf

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Available at Wayfarer or Willey Wharf


Yes - Available at Willey Wharf.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: on leash

Disability access

No - Standard width ramps.

Launch service

Yes - Available from Wayfarer or Camden Yacht Club.

Pump out

Yes - Available from Town of Camden pump out boat.


Yes - Available at Wayfarer or Willey Wharf.








Yes - Available about .4 mile, south on Elm St.


Yes - Easy walk up the hill to a nice small grocery, French and Brawn.


Yes - Available about .5 mile at Rankin's, Union St.


Yes - Many in the immediate area.


Yes - Many in the immediate area.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many in the immediate area.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Day schooners at Public Landing.

Internet access

Yes - Available for pay in Harbor and for free at Library.

AT&T: 3G 5 bars as of August 2015. Excellent voice and fast data.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Available in outer harbor next to Wayfarer.


Yes - Taxis.

Other services


Climb Mt. Battie, trail at top of Megunticook St., and see all the way to Mt. Desert and Monhegan.

Reviews for Camden Public Landing
Floating Dock Mooring, 2016-06-27
Captain: , Oakdale NY (140)

Hailing the harbor master Jim as we arrived in the harbor, we were offered either a slip at the town dock for $3 a foot or $50 for a moored floating dock, which we took. It was about 200 feet from the dingy dock, so going in and out was a breeze.

Camden offers a great balance of tourist type venues and a real town vibe. We took a free walking tour offered by the local library which was great. Do check out the library and especially the grounds around it. The market on the corner as you come up from the town dock offers great produce, deli food and fresh fish. There were no shows going at the Opera House, but we did get a tour of it. If a venue is offered, go for it.

We really enjoyed Camden, stated a couple of days and would definitely return.

Superb location, excellant dockside assistance, 2015-08-27
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

See my full review under "Camden" on Active Captain.

Location, location, location!, 2015-08-16
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1332)

The Camden Public Landing's location is tops, but the dock has space for only a handful of boats larger than 35 feet. Depending on length and beam, count on being able to get about six 35-foot-plus boats in.

It's just a short walk to all of what Camden offers: great walking, good if touristy shopping, lots of galleries, two bookstores, and scores of restaurants and other eating and drinking places. The summertime crowds are compirised of upbeat, happy people, with lots of smiles. Ice cream cones are everywhere.

The dock itself has new piers, excellent 240V electricity, and good water. Everything is neat, tidy and in very good repair. Dockhands are competent at helping cruisers dock safely. Getting good info on VHF or by phone can sometimes be trying.

Compared with the local competition, Camden Public Landing offers a great deal and a can't-be-beat location. But make your reservations early and be sure not to count on getting dockage before 3 pm, especially on weekends.

Great place for visiting. Camden, 2015-08-16
Captain: , Glen Cove, NY (281)

New configuration 150' face dock with 8 double(28'W) at right angle; limited, but up to code, power posts w/30&50 Amp outlets. Overnight dockage possible with advance reservation...should arrive AFTER 1500hrs as town stipulates facility be available for 2-3 hour tie-ups for visitors during mid day. Dockmaster and Staff EXTREMELY HELPFUL and welcoming to visitors! Remember! this is a PUBLIC dock and there are frequent gawkers wandering the docks as well as the comings/goings of passengers from the Schooner Fleet. ALL TOLD: Excellent facility from which to enjoy a visit to lovely Camden!

Great location, great staff, 2014-08-20
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1134)

Camden Public Landing is in the heart of town and open to public. Easy walk to almost everything. Staff is professional and very helpful. Docks in good shape with solid power. Slips with fingers are narrow and designed for two vessels of about 12 ft beam. There are several "along side" spaces for larger vessels. Watch the current when maneuvering around the docks. No ATT internet and no wifi.

Super Friendly!, 2012-06-03
Captain: , Shelter Island, NY (114)

We called in on VHF as we entered the harbor and they had a slip for us, sandwiched in amongst several schooners. A large barge came in two slips form us and was the platform for the bands for the 3rd Annual Salt of the Earth - Kick Off Summer Party! We lucked out and had a GREAT time. Bought lobster rolls in the parking lot and brought them back to the boat. The staff, Steven, Lady J, and Leo all extremely helpful and friendly. Cappy's is across a the parking lot and has a great pastries at 0800 and an even better happy hours upstairs 1600-1800. Camden is a great harbor. Going back in 2-3 weeks. Can't wait!

Camden Public Landing, 2012-01-19
Captain: , Islesboro, Maine (104)

This landing is very tight landing to get on and off of. The width of the thruway is only about 30 feet and the river flowing into the harbor pushes you back down onto the dock. Couple this with the high end yachts that the harbor attracts and this can be a dicey place to get in and out of.

Camden is super nice though. Go to Francine and get the Damriscotta oysters! Boynton Mckay has a killer breakfast too.

Nice spot, very convenient, 2011-06-18
Captain: , Narragansett Bay, RI (416)

Spent a couple of days at a slip last weekend. Docks are dated but perfectly acceptable. Power and water were both available. You have to try Cappy's Chowder House up the hill, one block away. Fun to see all the schooners coming and going, most with no motors. Very protected harbor. Dockmaster, Steve, and his asst, Scott, were both very friendly and helpful. We were told the town was overdeveloped, but we did not think so. French and Braun grocery, two blocks away, has everything you would need, including a butcher. We would return.

Great Location, 2009-07-08
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (456)

Called ahead for a reservation (36') - no problem. The dock space is tight and the amenities are few, but the location is unbeatable and the staff is eneretic and helpful. The town of Camden is at your doorstep. Fully protected from winds in any direction. The price is half of other marinas in the area. The pumpout boat lives in the same marina. The town is typically touristy, but ultra friendly with lots of top-notch restaurants. If you have to have wi-fi, cable TV, and a suana - this isn't for you.

Sweeeeet!, 2007-01-25
Captain: , Camden, Maine (741)

The Camden Public Landing does not have four star facilities, now even close, but it is a wonderfully energetic and beautiful place to spend a night or two. It's the home of local small craft, daysailing schooners, and lobstermen. The Megunticook River makes a waterfall as it flows into the harbor from the Northwest, and the benches facing the docks are full of visitors and locals of a summer evening. {Full disclosure: I am a member of the Camden Harbor Committee and 35-year-long fan of this heavenly spot on earth.}

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