Details for Chincoteague Robert N. Reed Park

Chincoteague Robert N. Reed Park

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 6 reviews

Address 4150 Community Dr
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: 10 slips with power and water. 100 foot bulkhead to tie alongside.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: 10
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2011-08-04)

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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

Liveaboard info


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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 - Short walk across the street at the town restrooms.







Yes - Several good restaurants within a 1-2 block walk.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

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Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Town trolly runs 5 pm-10 pm. Cost is $0.25.

Other services


Reviews for Chincoteague Robert N. Reed Park
Yes - Your Sailboat can make it to this Dockage, 2016-10-12
Captain: , Naples, FL (170)

We came in at low tide and had no problem with a 6' draft. Never saw water less than 9 ft. Look at your charts - you need to make a hard turn to starboard at Red 10 but the channel is wide there. You just have to make the turn.
Docks are perpindicular to the tidal current and that can make docking tricky but you can tie up at the seawall and wait for slack water to dock.
Finger piers are short and so you may want to go in stern first.
The Town of Chincoteague is absolutely great. We came in to duck from Hurricane Matthew and we got a LOT of support from the town and other sailors who just happened to see our boat at the town docks. The Town included us in their hurricane plans and were trully watching out for us. I cant say enough good things about them.
This is a vacation destination spot and there are a lot of restuarants, shops and grocery all within 2-4 blocks of the docks. The town is a great place to spend some time.
Although the approach looks daunting on paper - it is very doable and worth doing.

Great stop with strong tides, currents, and very short finger piers, 2015-11-02
Captain: , Moyock, NC (984)

Sept 03-08, 2015 We came in on almost a high tide but the current was sufficiently strong to cause manuvering problems. With our larger 40' boat we had a hard time getting between the piles to tie-up. Also, be adequately prepared to bumper both sides of your boat against large creosote triple pilings, because your pushed one direction on the incoming and the opposite direction on outgoing tides. There are no side tie docks except at some of the hotels (and we don't know the policies along these private docks). The public short finger piers had us exiting over the bow 3-4 feet up and down, which was unsafe but doable. The town, place, library, restaurants, theater, and shops were a desirable place to be and enjoy; and we did. However, having to exit at high tide to avoid the strong constant current through this area caused us to stay an extended period of time. We enjoyed the time and appreciated the considerate dockmaster that got the town to allow a reduced slip rate because we were somewhat captive, having to wait on weather and appropriate tide-driven time for departure. It's a long 82 nm for a trawler south to Va. Beach. Yes, I'd do it again but would probably also talk to the hotels about a possible side-tie at their private docks, but there too you'd have strong currents and large creosote pilings.

This is what cruising is all about., 2015-09-16
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (736)

The municipal boat slips at Chincoteague are the treasure of the Delmarva Atlantic Coast. Just forty-five nautical miles south of Ocean City, Maryland, this sequestered little marina is what we all have been searching for all these years. At first glance you see really short finger piers and a significant cross current. If you time your arrival with the tide, you%u2019ll be fine. Once tied up you start to see what this is really all about. The Robert N. Reed Park, a charming and well maintained municipal park, is just across the ten foot boardwalk. Folks out walking their dogs or sitting at the park picnic benches look like something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. One of the evenings we were there the city showed a movie in the park. A couple hundred people brought their blankets or chairs, and just sat around watching the movie.
Just across the park is Main Street with a bunch of little shops selling T shirts and antiques. A charming city almost untouched by the hands of time.
But the real treasure of Chincoteague is the Harbor Master, Wayne Merritt. Retired with over 35 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, he ran the Buoy Tenders up and down all over the Delmarva Outer Banks. You want to know about Gargathy Inlet or Metompkin Inlet? This is the man to ask. He knows Burtons Bay and the Wachapreague Inlet better than most folks. He maintained the buoys there. Parramore Island? Quinby Inlet? The Great Machipongo Inlet? Sand Shoal and Ship Shoal Inlet? Cape Charles? He%u2019s the man. Ya wanna know? Go ask him, and enjoy the Jewel of the Delmarva.

Good for Sailboats, 2013-06-18
Captain: , Solomons, MD (10)

Convenient to many restaurants and services. Wi-fi at the library is great. Harbormaster Merritt is very helpful. The town is deilghtful and the people friendly. Municipal bathrooms a bit dingy and basic.
I highly recommend the town dock.

Nice Town Marina, 2012-09-13
Captain: , Fort Myers, Fl. (70)

While traveling from Babylon, Long Island to North Carolina, my brother and I stopped for the night. About a block off the main road in a little park like setting, this was very comfortable. Showers across the street if you needed them and a short walk to the bakery in the morning. Pay the dock master when he comes around. Everybody we met here were very nice. They even showed a free movie in the park that evening.

Center of Town, 2011-08-04
Captain: , Baltimore, MD, USA (62)

This dock is adjacent to a very pretty little park with a pavilion and nice grounds and wooden walkway along the docks and bulkhead. Cost was $1 per foot. We were too wide to take a slilp so we tied alongside the bulkhead right next to the last slip. Our 50 ft power cord just reaches to get power from that slip. Water is available at each slip. Only 4 of 10 slips were taken when we visited and the 100 ft bulkhead was empty save for our boat. Ate at Bills seafood restaurant 1 block west and it was delicious. Oysters on half shell, bacon wrapped scallops & broiled seafood feast! Library is right on the Park grounds with internet computers. Head and showers at the municiple building across the street. Get a key for the showers from the harbor master. The current in the channel is strong (2-3 knots) but we were secure here. Although this dock is north east of the old swing bridge, that bridge is no longer in use and is currently being dismantled so the channel is open all the time. A new drawbridge, 1/4 mile north, now gives access to vehicles via route 175.

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