Details for City of Alexandria Marina

City of Alexandria Marina

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 29 reviews

Address O' Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314


After hours contact


Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Alexandria



Jim Hixon

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment required when advance reservations are made. They require 2 weeks notice for cancellations, unless there is a small craft warning posted.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Easy deep water access as it's on the Potomac just outside the channel. Lots of commercial tour boats and water taxis in this area that you must watch out for. You will need to wait if they're coming out of the shared fairway.





Tide & current additional info

The current is strong out in the river and the north dock, but not at the south dock.


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Power is generally limited to 1 30A/slip, with a few 50A plugs around. You might want to bring a 2-30 to 1-30 splitter.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2016-03-09)

Other price info: $20 fee for 4 hours of short-term dockage if space is available, as of March 14, 2016. Recommend calling ahead to find out. T-heads are $3.00 per foot.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Generally 1 30-amp outlet at each slip. 50 and 100 amp service at the T-heads.

Pricing info: Electricity is $4 extra per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

No - The City of Alexandria, VA does not allow liveaboards.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Dogs must be on leash and under owner's control at all times. Owner must clean up after dogs.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - It's located at the dockmaster's office and if there's a boat tied up there (common on weekends), you won't be able to use the pumpout.







Yes - Air-conditioned and very clean.




Yes - Whole Foods near the metro, 2 blocks south of free King St. trolley. Saveway closer by distance, but walk or bike there.



Yes - Too many to list or single one out. Most are on King St.



Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - The City of Alexandria has free WiFi service.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Free King St. trolley runs from 10:30 am to 11 pm. At the end of the King St trolley run is the DC metro station.

Other services


Yes, Old town Alex

Reviews for City of Alexandria Marina
Old Town Alexandria, 2016-09-26
Captain: , Idaho (20)

My wife and I frequent old town. It's a great place to visit as there is always something going on. It's a bit of a hike up King Street, but Murphy's is a great Irish pub/bar that serves excellent fish and chips. The evening Irish music can really get the spirits going. There is lots of shopping and resturants. You can spend a lot or a little. It's a nice stop if your looking to have a great time.

No security here, 2016-06-28
Captain: , Largo, FL (120)

We came into Alexandria City marina 4 days ago. Its in a great area and there is much to do. However, the only security here are cameras which show stuff happening all day. There are small gates at the end of each dock that anyone can open at any time and they do.
My husband chased people off the dock at 1 AM one evening and the next night had a discussion with two teens peeking into the windows of a large yacht at the end of the dock.
Tonight we were watching TV, when we saw a woman on our back deck posing while her husband, on the dock, took pictures! My husband flew out the door, yelling as he went. The people hurrined away down the dock. Lou was so angry that he followed them, got the dockmaster and found the couple in the line for the ferry where he loudly chastised the woman. The dockmaster told her she was on camera and a report would be made. However, no one took her name .
We were told nothing could be done because we don't have a sign saying our boat is private property! I have written a letter to the people in charge about this suggesting that they need to put up signs so people this ignorant will know that they can't board the boats in the marina.
Until this issue is resolved, we won't be back and don't recommend this marina as a place to stay .

Location, location, location, 2016-05-24
Captain: , Silverthorne, CO (419)

The staff at the city marina are friendly and helpful, but the docks are old and fixed with very short finger piers, and with a 3.5 foot tide, we had to balance on a rail to enter/exit the boat at low tide. At $2.50/foot plus electric, we might have expected more. But the historic city is worth it. Wonderful walking, shopping, restaurants, a free trolley running up King Street to the Metro (easy access to DC). A half-mile walk to Trader Joe's or catch the trolley to Whole Foods. We stayed five days and didn't begin to exhaust the possibilities. A bonus was a festival honoring the worldwide voyage of a Hawaiian double canoe (Hokulea), which later docked at the T-head right near us.

No Security is a negative, 2016-05-20
Captain: , Colorado Springs CO (180)

Enjoyed the fixed dock at the T head for easy walk into this quaint old town. The staff was most helpful. $3.00/ foot on the T head seemed high given there is no security. Indeed, we were boarded by two teenage skateboarders in the miiddle of the night. They took selfies and left after we yelled at them. No harm, but unnerving.

Great location, 2015-09-04
Captain: , Honolulu (712)

Great location at the base of the historic district, free trolly up King Street, just a block away. Clean modern restroom/showers. Only complaint is the short docks, tough for side entry on and off the boat. Very friendly, helpful staff. Stayed 9/2/15 $2.50 per foot (location, location)

First Rate City to Visit, but very old docks, 2015-08-15
Captain: , Corpus Christi, TX (732)

Wonderful stop, with outstanding staff. Docks are quite old, however, and power can be very low voltage. Also, though advertised, there is currently no marina wi-fi (with a range extender you may be able to connect to a nearby restaurant). However, even as is, it is well worth a visit to Alexandria.

First rate staff at first rate location!, 2015-07-10
Captain: , cruising (671)

Docks are fixed and Alexandria has a tide drop of about 3 feet. We stayed on a T head which was very easy in and out with a bit of current. Got over serviced by Wade and Jim and they would not even accept a tip. Great restraunts all within wlaking distance. Took water taxi trip to Mt Vernon and spent the day and still got back in time for Hank's oyster happy hour. Trader Joe's was also an easy walk. Lots to visit and plenty of fun stores for even guys to shop at.

Be quick and Don't stay long!, 2015-03-27
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (123)

The guy that runs this dock is intense! Don't even think about pulling up without radioing ahead. I use this dock as a pick up/drop off for friends and I always get yelled at even when I call ahead. Tie up for more than a couple of minutes and he'll get on your case.

Great Marina - Excellent Staff!, 2014-09-14
Captain: , Washington, DC (24)

LOVE this marina! Was my first time there today and they met us at the dock to help us in and were very friendly. They do a great job at this marina and of course, its a great time docking and walking through old town.

We grabbed sushi and ate at the park next to the water and it was wonderful!

Staff are first rate., 2014-08-25
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (354)

Thia is one of our favorites on the Potomac. We allways tie up on the t-heads so I can't comment on the slips. The dock master and helpers can't do enough to help and Old Town Alexandria is full of places to explore. Great shops, eateries and bars abound.

Great Location and marina, 2014-06-24
Captain: , Northport MI (405)

This Marina is in a perfect location for enjoying Olde Town Alexandria. Lovely waterfront park , with a "dogs off leash area" is adjacent to marina. The staff is extremely helpful. Showers are average. Docks are fixed (average tide is 1.5 ft). A Trolley runs from 10 AM to 11 PM from the east end of King Street to the Metro stop at the west end of King Street.

Great Location for Old Town, 2014-06-14
Captain: , Aventura, Florida (330)

This is a great location for access to Old Town Alexandria. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is a nice park right at end of the dock. one thing there is no internet access in marina.

Great Destination, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Quantico, VA (261)

There are many pluses to this marina. It is owned and operated by the city of Alexandria, VA and the staff are very helpful. They have very limited 50A power however, 30A outlets are generally adequate. The docks can submerge during very high tides which places the under dock fresh water outlets under water.. : (
The historical city of Alexandria is chock full of things to do and places to eat. A trolley runs the length of King street and terminates at the Alexandria train station/metro stop for easy access to Washington, DC or other areas both south and north.
Transient slips are at a premium and in high demand so contact them early, especially during holiday periods. They are a pet friendly marina and there is a city park adjacent to the marina for walking your pet.

The area around the marina frequently host street musicians, performers, and vendors that draw many onlookers so be prepared for a lot of foot traffic. The marina shares fairway access with several commerical tour boats and water taxis which are frequently arriving and departing the pier.

While there is a lot of waterway traffic, the area is in a no wake zone and except for the occassional violator, the slips are generally unaffected.

You can call them at 703-838-4265 or hail them on channel 16.

Nice marina, 2013-08-26
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

The marina is fine - heads clean, has shower, docks in great shape, etc. But the reason to come here is King Street. You can eat your way up and down both sides of the street. Great town to visit.

Great Location & Attractions; City Marina, 2013-08-01
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (400)

Alexandria Marina is city owned and, as a result, has no inherent amenities. However, it does offer hundreds of tremendous restaurants and "watering holes" within walking distance of the docks. You'll need to make reservations well in advance (as it fills up fast) and will need to complete and have on file the registration form in advance. A great weekend marina; however, be mindful of limited 50 Amp electrical hook-ups (refer to marina map/layout). If 50'+ LOA, recommend G/H dock T-head as really the only location that can accomodate you. This is also a site seeing location with many people walking the docks, particularly during the day. A chain is erected at night, but... G/H dock is also best from a security standpoint as it is the least central dock. All-in-all, a great location, especially for fun times, partying, and eating.

Great location, 2013-04-23
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (972)

Great location. Dockmaster and all staff very friendly. Note: electrical 50 amp service is 208 Volt.

Wade is the best!, 2013-03-31
Captain: , Mount Vernon VA (67)

Call ahead to get your slip, but you will be on the forefront of great restaurants and nightlife in the heart of Old Town Alexandria! Try Geranio Restaurant, a short walk up King St.

Intresting Stop, But Be Forewarned and Plan Ahead., 2012-09-28
Captain: , Richmond (223)

Alexandria City Marina requires that you complete a registration form to stay, so contact the dockmaster ahead of time to fax the form in. Clearance under the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge is 70'+, marina iis 1/4 mile on the ports side, look for the wooden gazebos. Reservations are suggested since there are not many slips and demand can be high particularly around weekends and holidays. Depths are more than 6' MLW all the way into the slips. This is a city marina, so facilities are limited. The bathhouse was 200 yards away under the Chart House Restaurant. Believe it or not, when we needed ice, it was an 8 block uphill hike to the CVS on Duke St. Lots of goings on around the waterfront (vendors, artists, music, tour boats, etc.), and lots of foot traffic on the docks, so don't expect much privacy and lock your boat. You are also in the departure path for Reagan National Airport, so if you want some peace and quiet, this isn't the spot. If however, you want to walk around the Torpedo Factory and grab a nice meal in Old Town, this can be a good stopover. The deck at the chart House Restaurant overlooks the water, but diesel fumes from the tour boats can be a little much., and stick to the soup and appetizers if you want decent food.

In the heart of "Old Town" Alexandria, 2012-06-25
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Very good alternative to staying at Washington DC marina. Free trolley ride away from Metro station (to DC attractions) Walking/trolley ride away from too many restaurants to mention. Fixed wooden docks have very short fingers making entry/exit from boat difficult, especially with dogs. Very noisy and crowded from the afternoon until late evening with tourists, no real security on the docks. Water Taxi coming in to the harbor actually did not cause too much wake, but they were good at blowing their whistles.

Hey, Its Washington!, 2012-05-31
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

We came in to this marina having made reservations in advance. Note: when you make your reservation they immediately charge your card. Their cancellation policy is kind of sticky. If you do have to cancel at least 14 days before hand they charge you $25 and they will mail you a check, not a credit card refund. If you cancel less than 14 days they keep you money, but they will honor you payment if you reschedule. When we do make reservations we are very specific in telling a dockmaster that we have a 45 foot boat with a single engine and no thruster. When we arrived they were going to give us a slip deep in the narrow B fairway that, with the tour boats that also docked in that fairway, gave us less than 45 feet of turning room. Stern in only since the finger docks are very small. A stern in for us is doable but not in this small a space. A bow in was not possible as we would not be able to get off our boat witht the small finger docks, and we would not be able to get out of the fairway. But hey, our boat is what it is. We did tie up on the large facing wall for our first night there and we are good to go. We were able to get into the slip on the next morning as conditions were calm and the tour boat were out. IMHO this marina is not equipped for boats larger than 36 or so feet, not 45 like ours. The bathrooms are just ok. The Potomac River (I guess you could call it a harbor.) is very busy with excusion boats, sailing vessels and other vessels - pretty entertaining on its own. The dock hands are helpful and courteous. The metro bus system is all around. Oh, and surprise! there is a three to five foot tide here. Plenty of depth. They have pump out. No laundry. I am pretty sure that 30 amp is the norm at the slips. There is 50 amp at the facing wall.

In Old Town, 2012-02-08
Captain: , SeaScape Marina (310)

Great location. A lot of history in this area. Food, shopping and sightseeing abound.

Great destination if you can get in, 2011-08-22
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1080)

This marina has very friendly staff and a great location (Old Town Alexandria), but the City of Alexandria has made it a difficult place to go. There are very few transients slips now, and the ones they have are either very small or have limited power (1 30 amp connection). That being said, this is a great place to go. You can now call and make advance reservations - this is highly recommended.

My home port, EXCELLENT: good bathrooms, great dock service, 2011-07-12
Captain: , Washington, DC (350)

I have a smaller cruiser of 33 ft, but wanted to note they have a problem for larger visitors at the T's, there is no 50amp power.

And those with twin 30amps, there are limited numbers to connect to, as each slip is alloted one 30amp plug.

On the good side, this is close to all the great restrnts of Old Town Alexandria, free bus to King St Metro, and just very nice area, where I live also.

Come stay a few nights, cannot beat it. Best of DC Stops.

Old Town Alexandria, 2011-06-15
Captain: , Babylon NY (341)

Docks are located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Esasy walk to dozens of restaurants and bars. Busy area with tourists everywhere. Some comercial traffic at docks. Good for short stay.

Great people, minimal facility, 2011-04-15
Captain: , Washington, DC (44)

Dockmaster and assistant dockmaster are very helpful and friendly, as is the staff. Location is wonderful, in the heart of Old Town. Downside: No floating docks, mostly 30 AMP power, minimal security, busy piers (tourists), fairly exposed to current and wind on upriver piers, no free dedicated parking. But, overall, it's a great place.

Great location, power issues, 2011-01-23
Captain: , Woodbridge VA (80)

Good place to visit. Old town has numerous great restaurants and shops within a short walk of the marina. Staff at marina very helpful but they have definite power issues if you need 50amp service.

Last summer on one visit we had to run our generator all day and evening while tied up to one of thereT-Heads because there wasn't sufficient voltage to run our a/c. Other boaters who needed twin 30amp service were concerned as some of the inside slips only had single 30amp. Dockmaster is aware of the situation but claims that the city is unwilling to invest the money to correct the problem.

If staying on the T-Heads (reserved for 40' and larger) use plenty of fenders as the Georgetown bar crowd coming down river at 2am do not respect the no wake zone and you will be waked several times in the early morning hours.

Overall this is a great destination if you are willing to put up with a few inconveniences.

Great location, friendly staff, 2007-10-07
Captain: , Herndon, VA (42)

The marina is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is very well run with friendly staff. It is easy to get into and the facilities (bathhouse) are very nice. The only downsides are fixed docks and exposure to the river. This is now an annual anniversary trip for the wife and I. Highly recommend.

Alexandria, 2007-03-15
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3215)

Day use for looking around is free. Be sure to stop here to sigthsee a bit.

Great Stop, 2007-01-19
Captain: , Woodbridge, VA (137)

You're in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, with food, bars, city park, and the Torpedo Factory arts building all within steps of the dock. Friendly, helpful staff, clean heads and showers. Be mindful of the depth North of the northern most docks and the potential for strong current. If you're headed to DC, why not spend a night her!

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