Details for Chestertown Marina

Chestertown Marina

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 29 reviews

Address PO Box 7, 211 S Front St
Chestertown, MD 21620


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: 12
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Many pilings are very short, which can pose a problem for bigger boats.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: The big issue is draft. Check to make sure your assigned slip has enough draft at all tides.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.75/ft (2016-08-07)

Other price info: $2.25 per foot on weekends and holidays. Additional information is available on their website.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: A boater reported September 2014 that the electric was in decrepit state awaiting major overhall. Tried 3 outlets to find one working.

Pricing info: 30 amp is $7.00; 50amp is $15.00.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Gas is E-10.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 89 octane as of May 2015.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - $5


Yes - Block and cube ice.




Yes - Secured access.


Yes - Secured access.


Yes - Secured access.


Yes - Chestertown Natural Foods is well stocked, broad offerings meat, fish, produce on Cannon St. 2-3 blocks away. A fine bakery Evergrain on High St.


Yes - Ships store.


Yes - Walking distance.


Hotels or motels

Yes - Imperial Hotel

Repair capabilities

Yes - Outboard/inboard mechanic.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 25 ton travel lift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Wet and dry winter storage.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Other services


The town itself.

Reviews for Chestertown Marina
It's an OK Marina, 2016-09-01
Captain: , North Charleston, SC (622)

The marina was fine. Heads and laundry were fine.

We called the day before and the person took our credit card info and said to call when we got there. We did and nobody answered. Turns out, there's nobody there on that day of the week (I think it was Tuesday). We saw a guy on the dock who turned out to be living on his boat and he told us where to go and helped us tie up. We never did see an employee of the marina.

Chestertown is a nice historic town to visit and the trip up the river and back is scenic.

New docks and facilities could make this a great destination, 2016-08-22
Captain: , ANNAPOLIS (20)

The winding trip up the Chester offers some beautiful scenery. The river has modest current and is fairly shallow for the last few miles to the town, but navigation is not especially challenging.

Chestertown%u2019s colonial era and antebellum buildings give it considerable charm. Do not expect a vibrant nightlife, but there are a number of restaurants, notably The Kitchen, much larger than in its Rock Hall incarnation, but still excellent.

Our marina experience was mixed. The staff could not have been friendlier or more attentive once we docked, but we could not hail them (by phone or VHF) for instructions. It is a small marina and they are short handed, but the staff should carry a portable radio. They did not seem knowledgeable regarding docking a sailboat in current.

The proposal to totally revamp the marina into a modern facility is very welcome. The present docks are decrepit and underwater at high tide. Signs warning of treacherous footing should be heeded.

All things considered, our trip and stay were very pleasant. If plans to redo the marina come to pass, Chestertown could become a top notch boating destination.

Needs help, but, 2016-08-17
Captain: , Beeville (40)

Like the man said this is the only game in town. However, do not let the marina stop you from visiting this wonderful old town. We anchored out in the river and dingied in. The dock master, JR, was very helpful and let us use the showers and wi-fi gratis. I understand that the town has purchased the marina and is awaiting grant money to re-do the docks. But don't wait. Go ahead and see this remarkable and very friendly place.

Marina Manager, 2016-07-28
Captain: , Chestertown md (10)

To the folks who were in on the 27th.... I am sorry for the inconvenience tides are very high up here and we actually do plan to start renovations this winter of the marina we have the permits in hand and are just waiting on the season to end, to begin construction. If there is ever anything I can do to help you please feel free to contact me i am the manager and my name is Jr.

The only game in town., 2016-07-27
Captain: , Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 (190)

The town was as good as other boatrs have said but the marina is terrible but the only game in town. We tried to hale on a couple of channels but no response then we connected by cell and were told radio not working well. Nice young man helped us dock but the dock we were put on had water over the walkway and were told its that way at high tide, what? Drawing for new marina are inside office but no plans for building as town doesn't have money. Couldn't get WIFI on boat, not worth $1.75/ft. The yacht club is about a mile away but no transportation to town. Viist Chestertown by car.

Excellent Stop, 2016-06-14
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

We visit lots of marinas in our annual migration up and down the East Coast.
Following our urge to explore, we took our schooner up the Chester River to Chestertown where we took a slip at this marina. Excellent sailing up the reaches!
Although the docks need repairs (the marina is undergoing a total replacement of the docks and facilities in the winter of 2016) we found it one of the most welcoming marinas we have ever been to. The manager, JR could not have been nicer and more accomodating to our needs. He went out of his way to make us at home. Some other municipal marinas would do well to adopt his management style.
The town is charming , on our first visit we caught a performance of a Shakespeare play with full sets and lighting in the nearby park.
The only downside we found was the distance to reprovision, which is a 15 minute bike ride.
We like this port so much we have returned two weeks later for a second visit.

Last weekend of August 2015, 2015-09-09
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (20)

Left boat there for a week after coming up the bay from Oxford. Dockmaster (JR) was very helpful. Chestertown was a very interesting colonial town.

Great Weekend in Chestertown, 2015-07-31
Captain: , Elkmore MD (10)

Wonderful and very friendly dock help. JR was very helpful and knowledgeable. Hadn't been here in a few years and had a truly enjoyable experience. Quiet and relaxing weekend. Can't wait to go back

Accommodating Staff!, 2015-07-24
Captain: , Newport, RI (265)

Arrived here on a weekday. Needed to leave our boat for one night. The staff could not have been nicer. They are boaters and really want to make everyone's experience a pleasant one. We did not need electric (no extra charges) and they were flexible on weekday arrrival/departre times. Fuel was a liitle pricery but I get it - were else you gonna go? Do not feel as though we can give a 5 star rating since we did not get the full experience of the marina, but we will be back!

OK marinia - but good bar/restaurant, 2014-11-10
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay MD (495)

We pulled into marinia to have lunch and visit town. It was low tide and boat was kicking up alot of mud it gets shallow quick in some slips. We had lunch at the restaurant at marinia - food was good and service was so/so but it was packed and we were in no hurry. Good selection of draft beers.
Walked town and had beer at JRs - also had a good selection of draft beers and nice menu.
Town was interesting will go back but not rush back.

Baltimore Boater's W/E Destination, 2014-09-25
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1340)

Sold out on week-ends despite the price penalty. Closes on Tuesdays. The town IS the attraction and city fathers know it. Got weathered in -- how nice!

Lots of patina. Nice addition to your cruising experience, 2014-06-27
Captain: , Annapolis (160)

This is not West Palm Beach. I was told the city owns this marina. We stayed one night. The staff was friendly and we enjoyed our stay. The docks are old but you get tired of "resort marinas" all the time ;-) Only marina in Chestertown so we better support it! Tip heavily.
Chestertown itself is jewel for sure.

Great River & Town, but..., 2013-08-17
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (476)

Marina lady was pleasant. Reserved us an EZ location but no help with lines, which was no problem due to my great crew.
The bar noise was kinda loud for a Thursday night but at 2:30 AM the person mis-managing the bar cranked up the music on the outside speakers to FULL VOLUME for 30 minutes! Unbeliveably rude! The only Men's shower had no hot water! Piers very old. Shorepower worked fine. Location great but the place needs help.

Marina good base for exploring historic town, 2013-07-23
Captain: , Austin, TX (346)

We had a better experience than some others. The staff was helpful when were were landing at fuel dock and the gear sheft level dropped off the shaft. We landed safely and they let us stay at fuel dock until we had it fixed and then heped us move to a slip. The slip was first inside the fuel dock and we did not have any problem with out 5.5 ft draft. The restrooms and showers were clean. There is only one for men and one for women but it is a small marina so did not end up being a problem. Marina staff got us in touch with the neighboring boat yard and they were able to locate a stainless 1/4 - 28 NF bolt to fix the gear shift. The laundry had single washer and single dryer but prices were low on these. The docks were not awash while we were there although it was near new moon and the parking lot certainly flooded and part of the boardwalk along the waterfront. Hard to drop off trash when the dumpster is sitting in water every high tide. The marina does have a small marine store. The marina is well located at the edge of the historic town area. Chestertown has a large number of 18th and 19th century houses. Claims the second largest collection of 18th century buildings in Maryland (Annapolis being first). Several of the houses line the waterfront and present a beautiful view from the river. There are a number of good restaurants in the downtown area along with with a wide variety of shops and an extensive used book store. There is a natural food store and a dollar store within walking distance of the marina. The hardware store and a grocery store are further out and we did not get to these. The marina does not offer any transportation and there is no taxi or bus in town. Washington College is located at the edge of the historic district. This was founded in 1782 making it the first to be started after US independence. There is also a wonderful Saturday morning farmers market. We enjoyed our stay and ended up staying several days.

Worst marina we have ever stayed in, 2013-06-23
Captain: , Middle River, MD (73)

We couldn't believe how terrible a marina could be but it's the only one here. Everything is run down and dirty. Bathrooms stink - literally. Men's room had no light at night. Docks were flooded in the morning so couldn't get to the johns. Wi-fi didn't work. Nothing good to say -- all at the same price as the Bay Bridge Marina, a top notch marina with wonderful everything. Yuck!

There was one good thing. On Friday nights a great bluegrass group sits on the porch of the closed marina and plays for anyone who shows up. They are wonderful. They own a schooner Betty White on a mooring ball on the river.

Good service, 2012-11-04
Captain: , Baltimore (90)

We enjoyed our stay here during the Memorial Day weekend. Needed new batteries when I arrived and they ordered them, got them the next morning and installed them. Great crew. The facilities themselves could stand to be updated, but it's a great destination.

No as bad as previous reviews, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Baltimore (11)

Stayed overnight on 10-13-12 on the end of the fuel dock. Price per foot is too high. Our 39 ft boat with electric cost $103.00. Young woman who answered phone met us at dock to handle lines. 50 amp electric worked great. Docks have been repaired and bathrooms where not bad. Glad we didn%u2019t anchor out because current and wind was strong that night and we had difficulty getting a good anchor hold. Chestertown is wonderful to walk around. Beautiful ride up the Chester River. We were told the city bought the marina and plan to remove all the wooden piers, dreg the bottom and install floating docks further out past the existing docks hopefully in the next year.

Nice town, beat up marina, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Pasadena,Maryland (510)

Marina in very poor condition, but is only marina in town. Not very transient oriented. Inner slips are shoaled in. Resturant on site is OK. Anchoring must consider shifting current which is significant. tidal swing is 3'-sometime docks go under water. Town is worth the run up the river. Unfortunately, marina is not much.

Ugliest spot on a beautiful river, 2012-09-14
Captain: , Annapolis MD (20)

This marina lives up to all the bad reviews we read. The docks are sinking, the bathroom and shower dirty, the service is non-existent, except to take your money. The good news is, we were told that the city of Chestertown has just bought the property and hopefully Chestertown Marina in the not too distant future will live up to the beauty of the rest of the river and the welcoming attitude of Chestertown.

Better to anchor out!, 2012-07-30
Captain: , Freeport TX (143)

Fixed wooden docks not in the best repair. In fact the section on shore is roped off because it is about to fall in. When we arrived there was no one to help with the lines the showers are small and need cleaning. The power voltage was 195vac. When question about the voltage the reply was "nothing we can do about it" the attatude was take it or leave it. The price was $2.25/ft because it was Friday. For that price they can keep it. The only redeming quality was the location. Chestertown is a must see. Anchor out!

Chestertown boat dock, 2012-07-30
Captain: , Cincinnati, Oh. (140)

We visited Chestertown due to the old homes in the area and expected to stay two or three nights. The marina changed our minds and we departed the next day. Due to their information site we planned to have a picnic lunch on one of their picnic tables. The five tables were located and touching each other directly under the four large noisy kitchen air conditioners. The kitchen ventilation fan was overhead as well, many different aromas permeated the area. The tables were situated upon hot gravel without any shade, via umbrella of trees. No security, the docks were roamed in the evening by anyone. Restaurant parking is next to the docks and an eye sore. Of the four pilings two had rusted metal caps that were turned up and at the same height as the teak hand rails on the boat, additional fenders were deployed to prevent contact. Due to high water we were warned the docks were slippery. They charged $2.25 ft. per night plus $15.00 electric as a Sunday rate to allow you to tie up to four pilings with no marina benefits. The slips remaining were 90% open. We spent a couple hundred in town at the eating places and the wife found some other items that were a must have. I%u2019m glad we left the following day. This is definitely a non-boating marina, owned by the town but operated by a contractor. Any other visits will be by anchoring out.

Chestertown Marina, 2011-07-10
Captain: , annapolis (391)

Marina is conveniently located to town, although walk about 1 mile to super market (Acme). Town is lovely to walk around; marina is 26 miles up river from Love Point. Marina is old and needs upgrading but personnel are very obliging and will do anything reasonable to make your stay comfortable. Can have strong currents docking and undocking and inner slips are not deep enough for trawlers at low tide. Town has several restaurants, library, lovely old homes and a functioning main street (High Street) . Worth a visit and even return visits.

Great Location, OK Marina, 2011-01-12
Captain: , Woodbridge VA (80)

Chestertown is a great destination and we throughly enjoyed our trip up the Chester river from the Bay. Many twists and turns but well marked and plenty deep. Town has many interesting shopping choices and good restaurants.

Marina is OK and service is limited. Our 52' express cruiser drafts 44" and last Summer we were assigned an inside slip. We arrived at dead low tide and bottomed out trying to dock. I then asked for and received a T-head slip and had no problem (12 feet of water). Generally people respect the no wake zone by the marina, but expect to be waked at least a couple of times during the evening. Current can be strong but not unmanageable.

Going Downhill, 2010-09-05
Captain: , Port Canaveral, Fl. (241)

Management has changed since our last visit in 2007.

Docks are getting worse, and flood at high tide.

Chestertown is a great place to visit, and it needs a nice marina. Sadly it doesn't have one.

Their rates are based on being the only game in town.

Will not return.

OK marina, great town, 2010-08-31
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend is the Tea Party in Chestertown - a full-blown town party. Marina is old, docks need work, but that's the trade-off to visit Chestertown. We're actually glad it's not St. Michaels. Several very good to excellent restaurants in town and a couple unique shops.
Update: 8/31/10 Still just an OK, but convenient, marina - lots of "frost heaves" along the docks and a few more "spring boards" than the last time we were here. The restaurant at the marina (Fish Whistle) did a very nice job with lunch. Had a grumpy dock hand (city employee?), but the office folks were very nice and helpful. This is the home base for the schooner Sultana. Andy's restaurant is gone, but has been replaced by Brix and LuLu's.

Chestertown Marina, 2009-09-19
Captain: , Lighthouse Pt., FL (66)

The marina is old and the facilities are OK at best, but the town is great. Wonferful historic districts. Great restaurants, the best of which for us is the Blue Goose. We have been going there for 7 years. Good Sat. farmers market and occasional fairs and concerts.

Chestertown Marina, 2007-07-15
Captain: , Ft. Myers (376)

Bad restrooms and old docks. The restaurant on the property is mediocore at best. The town is trying to be St. Michaels, but is not there yet. Careful of the currents when docking or leaving..

Neat little town!, 2007-04-15
Captain: , Annapolis (95)

Chestertown is a great place for a family outing. Walk the town and enjoy the shops. The marina has everything you need and there are live concerts in the park on weekends.

We loved Chestertown..., 2007-02-05
Captain: , Castine, ME (58583)

It's a beautiful trip up the Chester River to Chestertown. Chestertown is a very nice destination - very historic, well kept, nice restaurants, friendly people. The marina facilities are nice and are in the middle of everything. Staying here means you can walk to anything you'd like.

I would highly recommend Chestertown and the Chestertown Marina. It's a wonderful place to cruise to.

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