Details for Champlin's Marina and Resort

Champlin's Marina and Resort

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Average rating 3.3 stars from 30 reviews

Address West Side Road, PO Box J
Block Island, RI 02807


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info


Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 30
Transient dockage: 18
Fuel dock: 18

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: You will be rafted two to four deep.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 195
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 225
Transient price: $4.25/ft (2015-10-28)

Other price info: Vessels 30 feet and under: $4.25 per foot per night.
Vessels 31 feet to 45 feet: $4.50 per foot per night.
Vessels 46 feet to 60 feet: $4.75 per foot per night.
Vessels 61 feet to 75 feet: $4.75 per foot per night.
Vessels 76 feet to 90 feet: $5.00 per foot per night.
Vessels 91 feet and over: $5.25 per foot per night.


Transient: 1
Total: 1
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Bring your own Y or reverse Y if you need twin 30 or 50. Or be prepared to buy one for $$$$.

Pricing info: $25 per day for 30 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy Dock for about 20 boats by Bumper Boat dock. Full sized and well secured dinghy dock at the base of the pool.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Two services availaable-Champlin's launch picking up in Great Salt Pond (monitors VHF channel 13) and Oldport Launch which will pick up/drop at Champlin's fuel dock but operates out of the BI Boat Basin (monitors VHF channel 68). Oldport operates until approximately 1:00 am-Champlins launch is a bit less reliable with fixed hours and frequently closes if not busy enough.

Pump out





Yes - Dumpsters available for marina guests.


Yes - Recently Renovated (but busy) Showers with 6-8 stalls for each gender.




Yes - Wash and Fold service for about $20 a bag.


Yes - Mini Mart Style Grocery.



Yes - One Sitdown with poolside service and another snackbar. Both have decent food for convenience but so many other choices on island.


Yes - The Tiki Bar, home of the $10 Pina Colada, don't offer to buy too many rounds here or you wont be able to afford the $4+ per gallon fuel. They do have Patrone on tap if that helps... Bumper Pool Table inside and live music at night. Cocktails available at poolside also.

Hotels or motels

Yes - This resort complex has dozens of rooms for rent in the $200+ PN range. If it gets real snotty on the dock or in the pond, it might just be worh it for a night or two.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Especially for those unfortunate souls who find the rocks on the back side of the north dock.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Pre Paid WiFi available.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Island and ABC Taxi every 5 - 10 minutes, 8 - 12 bucks into town.

Other services

If you 'Gotta Da Change', Aldo will deliver to your boat all kinds of fresh baked goddies, shrimp and other delights (No charge for the occasional black fly)... Andiamo


Arcade, Pool, Movie Theater, Bumper Boats

Reviews for Champlin's Marina and Resort
Not bad, could be better., 2017-08-14
Captain: , Barrington RI (137)

I've cruised to block probably a dozen times in the past 10 years but this past weekend was my first stay at Champlins. I have read all of the reviews and heard all of the stories but decided to give it a try because we had a friend staying their. It was a very busy weekend for them and they were actually turning boats away which is rare.
The Good: When we arrived they said we were 7th in line but I only hovered for about 10 minutes. They were also able to put us close to friends. Dock hand was friendly and efficient. Facilites were in good shape, bathroom (vast improvement over dump and boat basin) and grounds clean. Spoke at length to owners son about the place and he was very friendly and informative. Lots of amenties and conveniences like food concessions, pool, grocery, etc.
The Bad: Stayed 3 nights and were rafted to for second a third nite with someone who was staying another nite longer. I expected the rafting but this place would be sooo much better if they didn't do it. Custer #$%@ getting out next AM although dock hands were very helpful. Staying at Champs adds another 10 minutes of walking vs. Boat Basin if going to town. For me it takes the walk from manageable to "cap please". Definite pary atmosphere. Beers being drunk at 10am, bar going past midnight, loud music. But mostly confined to main dock. Reasonable quiet elsewhere.
All in all a nice stay although my preference would be boat basin to avoid rafting and closer walk to town. But reservations there can be tough to get, I find the management surley, and the facilities are pretty run down.

Terrible Experience, 2017-08-08
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (10)

We stay in marinas at least 80 nights a year, this is the worst experience we've ever had. We had to wait almost 2 hours after arriving from a 220 mile run for them to figure out where to put our boat, this was with a confirmed reservation. No apologies, no discounts offered. For the prices they charge, this horrible service just isn't worth it. When we finally were allowed to dock, we were crammed in with other boats so tightly that it had every Captain stressed out. Why? Why not just tell people you are full? Why risk damaging vessells while trying to dock them like your at a boat show? Simply stupid. The other marinas or mooring balls are the way to go at Block Island. We have been to Champlins 3 times, dissappointed each time, we will not return.

A little effort being made to update facilities, 2017-08-02
Captain: , Lincroft (184)

Pretty much the same with recently upated bathrooms/showers and a little work on the dinghy dock. I must note that the dock hands while courteous seem less experienced than I have encountered in the past. They are positioning the boats in such a way that and using too short lines on bow and stern to compensate for the tidal changes. Keep in mind that they are tacking on electric at a whopping $25 a night for 30 amp on top of their fee per foot.

Champlains Stay, 2017-03-27
Captain: , Borden Light, Fall River MA (86)

We stayed here last summer for the 1st time. We found it to be quite enjoyable. They have plenty of amenities to include a large pool, arcade for the kids, and many other things to do!

as expected, 2016-07-13
Captain: , wickford, R.I. (222)

We went out for a weekend in June 2016 with the grandkids. Place was nearly empty, unlike the usual packed and rafting. Great for kids with pool, arcade, ice cream shop. The dock hands are good at you in and out. June is the time to go if you want a peacefur Champlins.

Good basics, 2015-09-25
Captain: , Wickford, RI (550)

Only two other boats in the entire marina but the dockhand was professional, helpful, and curteous. Good showers, clean but showed the wear of the season. Only negative was the copious bird dung on the dock - could not begin to walk a straight line. Nice to have a bakery, coffees shop, and bike/scooter rental at the dock.

pricey fuel, 2015-09-06
Captain: , New York (262)

Fueled up here as soon as I arrived. Diesel was $1 more a gallon then I paid in NY before I started the trip. I understand why but be prepared to pay. I only took on enought to get home.
Dock hands were very helpful and even though I was staying at a different marina they let me hang at the fuel dock and stroll around.
Everyone was friendly

Champlins drove me onto a rock..., 2015-08-08
Captain: , Rye NY (10)

The told me to take my sailboat down a fingerpear.
Got stuck.
Seatow cost me $1500

Lots to do, 2015-01-12
Captain: , Newport, RI (360)

We generally take a mooring or anchor out - but its no problem tying up at the dinghy dock and using the restrooms (NOT the showers). There is an arcade, store, bar, etc. They also have a rustic movie theater with first run movies...a good time

Clear blue Water, 2014-11-22
Captain: , Milford, Ct (70)

Stayed here on Labor day too many boats rafted together, a bit pricey but I guess on that Holiday weekend its to be expected. Water is very clear and there is a lot to do and see in town , also its very protected from weather. staff was ok. would stay on a mooring next trip out there.

the place to be to people & boat watch, 2014-08-05
Captain: , Bayou Bonfouca, LA- Great Loop Cruiser (708)

We might have been one of the few boats to not have been rafted to. Even though the admiral wanted to.
The dock hands are everywhere! It's like a math puzzle trying to figure out where to put boats, but hey do a great job.
The key word for Champlin's is Flexible. Stay flexible and you'll have a great time. If you're the type that likes quiet gunk holes. This place is not for you.

Love Champlin's Marina, 2014-08-04
Captain: , Northport, NY (20)

We just completed a weeks stay at Champlin's and as in past years we had a fantastic time. We arrived on a windy Wednesday and called ahead to get fuel. The dockhands were there to assist in the docking even with the Montauk Ferry coming in right behind us. When we were done fueling up, a Dockhand jumped onto the bow of our boat and assisted us to our slip. They had three more Dockhands waiting for us when we got to the slip and they promptly tied us up and assisted with water and electric hookup. If you want a quieter scene, I recommend that you ask for a slip on the east side of the marina as the west side did have a little more activity but at no time was it so noisy that we looked up to see what was going on. My biggest complaint with Champlin's is that they charge $50 a night for electric. Seems a little steep to me. Also, I recommend fueling up midweek if possible so you avoid the weekend crowd. Enjoy!!!!

Sodom and Gomorrah, 2014-07-25
Captain: , Newport, RI (20)

Its dockage. That's about it.

Boats rafted 5 deep. People selling tee shirts, cheap jewelry and doing taroh card readings out of the back of their 23' power boat. Kids running and screaming and throwing food around the dock.. Zero privacy or quiet time. Adults burning steaks on the grill and drinking themselves into oblivion. Know what you are getting into.

FUN Marina and Bar!, 2012-07-21
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

We had a great time here. It's crazy on the weekends but fun crazy. There's a bar at the end of the dock and it gets used! Loud music and happy people everywhere...
Very tight quarters - we were lucky not to be rafted up but boats are rafted everywhere. Pricy but worth it...

OK, but not worth the money, 2012-07-16
Captain: , Edgewater, MD (101)

Stayed here last week. The facilities are not near anything not owned by Champlin's and the place is packed with people. Facilities are decent though not as nice as other marina's.

My biggest complaint was that they rafted another sailboat to ours while we were away and without asking us. There was tons of free dockspace all around us all night long. There was no reason to raft on our boat.

If you have a choice, pick another marina. All the others are closer to destinations on BI.

Helpful Staff, 2011-09-08
Captain: , Annapolis Marina (20)

We picked up a mooring at 17:00 on Labor Day as the Island was rolling up the sidewalks for the season. Champlin's was closing up, but the manager (owner?) met our dinghy and personally drove us to town while providing a historical narrative of the island. Will

Only for those who need what it offers, 2011-08-08
Captain: , Port Washington (20)

You have kids? You have dogs? You want a pool? You want food day and night? You need a bike rental, bumper boat? You want to BBQ, You want live music day and night, You want to meet people with a pasion for living and boating? Then Champlin's is right for you.

Champlin's is perfectly imperfect. Can be loud. Don't mind the water crossing the electric cords. Don't mind the drunk people who stumble in from the Yellow Kitten or Nicks at 1:30am (march of the Zombies). Don't mind waiting 45 minutes for a slip assignment, Don't mind a task master Dock Master who does not like to repeat himself, Don't mind crossing over the boat of a typically friendly neighbor. Just come to have fun and expect what Champlin's is all about. It's simply fun and unique and provides a great stop along the voyage of Northeast cruising.

If you don't need or like any of the above your best off at BI Boat Basin, Paynes or a mooring. By the way - the other marina's raft as well.

Not the Champlins of my memories, 2011-07-27
Captain: , Milford (190)

Having spent the last 40 years travelling to BI on boats, I am diappointed to say how much my beloved Champlins has fallen by the wyaside-not is facilities, but in the spirit of yachting and it's customers. During peak season on weekends, the marina is overun with noisy partying powerboaters that go until all hours and screaming children running the docks. While this may be some boaters cup of tea, it does not make for a pleasant or relaxing experience for others as the courtesy factor is zero. I can only submit the caliber of guest by example: This past fourth of July saw one very large poweryacht filled with what looked like the cast of the jersey Shore lighting off fireworks directly over the marina with sparks and fallout showering all other yachts as well as the fuel dock. Instead of any prudent mariners pointing out the dangerous behavior, they were cheered on by the staff and guests. No worth your life, unless you wnat to experience college spring break all over again! A mooring, anchorage or a slip at Paynes or the Oar will let you experience the beauty and tranquility of this beautiful island.

Lot's of activity, 2011-07-26
Captain: , Mamaroneck, NY (50)

Champlin's is a fun place to stop w/ friends or family. The marina has an ice cream shop, boat rentals, a dinghy dock, and a nice restaurant. They often have live music on the dock. Suggestion: if you are going there on a Friday, try to get their early as the place can get very crowded and it can take a while to get your docking assignment.

Not our cup of tea!, 2011-07-11
Captain: , Island Heights (340)

Came in after the 4th and was still packed. This place needs some serious upgrading. Nothing is very clean, although the new Tiki Bar seems to be a start. Too noisey. Too many kids. Not the boating experience we find at other places. No wonder the mooring balls are always packed. The dock hands do a good job and are as accomodating as can be. We didn't have a reservation and it took us almost a hour to get docked after our call on Channel 68. Will not be back for a 3rd visit.

Champlin's Marina overview, 2011-03-28
Captain: , W. Islip (1025)

Upon entering The Great Salt Pond, the first and largest marina is Champlin's Marina, Hotel and Resort. With a 30' harbor depth and spacious docking facilities, Champlin's Marina can comfortably accommodate 225 boats including deep draft ocean going yachts up to 195 feet. Champlin's Marina has everything for the yachtsman including launch service, gas and diesel fuel, water, electricity, ice, showers, a marine pump out station and yacht repairs.

Expensive, needs dock attention, 2011-03-06
Captain: , Waretown, NJ (354)

We stayed here for a stop over on our way to Salem in October. As previous reviews stated it was pricey, even in October. Elecric was an issue, bath houses not clean even though the crowds were gone. Stay only if nothing else available.

Party Central, 2010-10-04
Captain: , Apponaug, Rhode Island (572)

The only resort marina on BI. Lots of things for everyone to do including an arcade, movie theatre and all the normal stuff you expect from a destination marina. Great onsite food. Parties all the time all over the place. Not where you would go to get away from it all. Hotel has the only AC on the entire island. Electricity is VERY expesive here. Deisel generator powers the island.

Don't do it, 2010-09-11
Captain: , charleston (771)

Champlin's is not worth the money (very expensive!!!). We were here after Labor Day so it was not crowded at all. Dockhands were helpful but otherwise no one was very friendly. A mooring ball was available for $20 and we should have taken it. Very long walk into town.

nice if you like busy places..., 2010-08-02
Captain: , Miami, fl (3646)

very busy place, probably nice if you have a bunch of kids/teens on the boat since there are a bunch of things for them to do. we were there during the week, late july, and it was packed, can't imagine the circus it must be on a holiday week end!

power was ok. pump out didn't work but there is a pump out boat. some boats were rafted up so it is still normal practice there.

Times Square, 2009-07-22
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

Noisy, rowdy, raucous, boozy, and crowded. Particularly on the weekends. If you go boating for peace and quiet and solitude, get as far away from Champlins as possible! The loud music on the end of the dock wafts over a large part of the mooring field as well. This place is obviously not my cup of tea, but if you like crowds and booze, this joint should get 5-stars!

The worst marina I have ever visited, 2009-07-21
Captain: , Lindenhurst, NY (161)

Avoid this place at all costs.
Money hungry.
Packs them in.
Rafts them up.
Poor electric.
Docks in bad shape.
Just a terrible experience for most boaters.
Stay elsewhere.

great amenities, no more rafting !!, 2009-07-01
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2311)

2009: Back again, just over night. Continues to get 5 stars from me. The ammenities were really put to use on this trip. First, our desires for some fried food was fully meet (french fries, fried chicken, and more), had a good walk to town, and when back relaxed in the pool. The showers could use some hooks, but otherwise were good. The place dosn't show any age since our last visit, everything is well kept.

2007: Just to add to the other reviews ... the reputation this place has for rafting boats 3 and 4 deep is a thing of the past. The docks have been improved. Boats are still packed (stacked horizontally), but now almost everyone can step off their boat onto a floating dock rather walking across others. On the weekend following the 4th of july, only six boats out of hundreds were rafted.

The #1 spot in New England, 2007-07-12
Captain: , Norwalk, CT (90)

As long as I can float, I will always come back to Champlins. It is a busy marina with a diverse and ever changing transient population (except for Ginny). She has been in the same spot selling beads and paperweights for so long her boat has grown roots. The atmosphere here is always carnival like (most likely due to the BAC of most of it's inhabitants), each day starts with the obligatory $5 cup of coffee and Danish with the pretty Slovak girls in the Pastries Shop, the visit form Aldo, a few hours later it is crabbing with the kids, swimming at the pool, pool at the bar and so on. The magic really happens though around 4, that is when the families return from the beach and shopping and the grills get going. Then it is the walk down the main dock runway where you go to see and be seen. Boats of every size make and vintage compete on these coveted floating docks for attention. You definitely want to put the kids to bed after 9 as the action can really heat up on this run way... The main attraction is the Tiki Bar, bring your wallet, with Petrone on tap, you will need every cent to keep up with the revelers on the "T" Towards the end of July, bring your kids to the end of the docks around dusk with that 1,000,000 gigawatt handheld your honey bought you for Christmas and jig for squid. It is absolutely disgusting and no one knows what to do with them when they catch them but they sure have fun getting ink all over the mega yachts down there... The Grillo family will make sure you have a good time, if you don’t, congratulations. You will likely be the only one out of the 10,000 that will this summer.

Patience, 2007-02-18
Captain: , Brick, NJ (25)

Crowed in the summer boat a great boating destination for the right people. You need patience for this extremly busy marina. As you approach you may have to wait in line to be brought into your pre-reserved dock position. You may be rafted up along severel boats..Be prepared for that senerio. If you are looking for a secluded quiet marina ...this will not be for you. If you are looking for a full service marina with great amenities and are a social bunch you will love the marina. Great place for the kids..bumper boats , movie theater and a skate park just minutes away. Lots of action here ! Great pool area, bike rentals and a fun little tiki bar. Oh yea... little pricy and the gas dock will charge an average of .50 cents more per galo than the mainland.. The island itself- not snobby, great beaches and good little restaurants. This is certainly one of my families favorite destinations.

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