Details for Baltimore City's Dockmaster at the Inner Harbor

Baltimore City's Dockmaster at the Inner Harbor

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 16 reviews

Address 400A Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment in cash or check only.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






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 - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: There is a limited number of large boat slips that are typically used by several small boats at the same time. There are three fixed piers with water and electric and more space between the piers and the seawall. The seawall is available but has no services. There is usually adequate space for docking on the three large docks which have new power pedestals. The two outside piers are for the tour boats. The wall north of the finger piers is used by the large Spirit dinner cruise ships.

There's additional dock space between the sea wall and the docks with power and water. Call on VHF 68 and they will meet you at the boat to collect, cash, and credit card. Their office is at the Rusty Scupper. One week maximum stay, may extend a day or two if there's little demand. You can leave and come back to start another week over if OK'd by the harbormaster. Generally, someone will come to your boat to collect and give you a receipt, so it's unnecessary to take the (longish) walk to the office unless you plan to be off the boat a lot.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2013-08-12)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: There are no moorings.

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

Additional info: Availible at the docks and along the sea wall. This is commercial 208 voltage 120 sine wave if it matters to your invertor chargers.

Pricing info: $8 per day for 30 amp; $10 per day for 50 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Charge only, no free dinghy docks.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - The water taxi pick up spot is only a few hundred feet away to either direction

Pump out







Yes - Showers at service kiosk ashore.






Yes - Excellent Whole Foods Market walking distance SE.


Yes - Good hardware store (ACE) a few blocks south on Light St.


Yes - Little Italy is a 5-10 minute walk away, plus lots of restaurants from inexpensive to very fancy around the Inner Harbor. You will not go hungry!


Yes - Harborplace is full of bars -- the Uno at the east end of the Pratt St. building has a pretty good beer.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi all over the Inner Harbor. An amplifier helps, but it was not strictly necessary.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Bus, taxi, car rental, water taxi and bike rentals.

Other services


Reviews for Baltimore City's Dockmaster at the Inner Harbor
Still my favorite transient dock in Baltimore, 2017-08-04
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3171)

Just update of earlier review. Condition still good. Charge $2/ft plus $10/8 for elec. Good place to take on water too.

Best Value In The City, 2017-06-25
Captain: , San Diego (300)

We moved here on the weekend from another marina. We were happy to find 2.00/foot. Dockmaster arrived two hours after the office was supposed to open and we couldn't reach anyone to make a reservation. When I finally talked to her and asked for a slip for two nights she gave me another number to call which turned out to be marine max. He laughed when I asked for a slip. I called her back and she said you just show up and it's first come first serve. When we got there nobody was there to help us with the lines and eventually the dock master showed up to collect the money. Power and location are the only amenities at this marina. There is no security and people are constantly walking up and down the docks. Saturday night while we were relaxing inside the boat a group of woman actually boarded the boat to take pictures. When I opened the blinds they went running. Another couple came and sat on the railing to take pictures and hang out. When I went outside to confront them they acted as if they were doing nothing wrong. While this marina is greatly located right in the heart of downtown you loose all security and privacy and apparently the people of Baltimore feel it's fine to just come aboard strangers boats. Beware.

Columbus Day, 2015-10-14
Captain: , Strafford, NH (610)

We just spent Columbus Day weekend at the docks. It was very festive but got quiet around 8 pm. No issues with picture takers, in fact we helped them get a good shot. We set up our lawn chairs on the dock with drinks in hand to enjoy people looking at people.

Great docks, cool locale, lots of people, and yes, they do climb aboard, 2014-08-21
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

We stayed four nights in aug 2014. Arrived on a thursday and had our choice where to tie up. Big, strong docks with good power. Lots of room. Downtown Baltimore is a blast. Lots to see and do. As a previous review stated, it is VERY public. Lots of people on the docks getting their pictures taken against the city backdrop.
There is a persistent urban myth that some people will board your boat to have their picture taken. IT'S TRUE. It happened to us. We were sitting in our galley when we heard the sounds of hard soled shoes on the deck. A little old Asian lady was on our foredeck getting her picture taken. After yelling at her to GTHOOB she jumped off and looked at me like I was the crazy one. It does happen.
Also, overall we found security to be very good (other than the little asian women) and had no concerns. We did, however, padlock our bow line to the piling just to be sure.
No probs. We enjoyed our stay there very much.

Bella Vita, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Charleston (241)

stayed a total of 4 nights during August and overall had a pleasant experience. You are right in the heart of all activity and walking distance to good restaurants and Whole Food market. We had one experience with a homeless person sleeping on the dock outside our boat but problem was taken care of by Security. I would stary there again.

Location is great, but it is very public, 2011-12-26
Captain: , Everett, WA (939)

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend tied up here from Wed-Friday nights. The location just can't be beat, and the weater was fantastic once we tied up. We were the only ones here, and the lady at the office said she hadn't had any visitors for several weeks. There was still water on at the docks, but apparently it was to be shut off soon. You are very close to so many attractions you could easily spend a week here. The only drawback- on Thanksgiving day, there were lots of foreign tourists who kept on trying to board our boat to get their pictures taken! They meant no harm, and I think it was a cultural issue of not knowing better. We tied some line around the pilings to prevent further access from all except boaters and thieves. We had no further issues, and had a great rest of our stay in Baltimore. We'll be back, but if they had a dinghy dock we'd probably anchor out!

Location is right!, 2011-05-19
Captain: , Ft. Collins CO (100)

Very nice fixed docks in the heart of the city. Tourists do come out on the dock because the view is spectacular, and even though we did not feel unsafe, we locked the boat as we would do in any metro area. This is a clean, beautiful warf area with lots of shops, museums, dining etc. Walking the harbor to the west takes you to Whole foods and Fells Point (lots of Pubs). Four blocks south on Light St. is Block Street Market -a 1 block long mercado - fresh meats, fish, produce, eating, etc. 2 blocks to Fed. Hill Park gives you a great view of the city and harbor. The free purple bus takes you north to Walters Art Museum - also walkable, and well worth the trip.

Location, location, location, 2011-05-16
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

This marina puts you right in the main flow of the Inner Harbor, a happening place. While it does offer heads and showers, be prepared to walk about a half mile to the Rusty Scupper to use them and put up $25 for the use of the key(to be refunded when key is returned). Also be prepared to leave at noon, or pay $20 for an additional 5 hours or the Marina Nazi will be banging on your boat for the money!
Whole Foods grocery can be found by traveling on the free Orange LIne bus
Lots of tourists stop by to chat aboout your boat.

A little too public, that's why it only got 4 stars!, 2010-09-30
Captain: , baltimore (168)

If you are the kind of person who doesn't mind locking your boat and securing all your belongings every time you leave the boat to walk the dog, or explore the Inner Harbor surrounding area, then this public dock setting will be ideal for you! We love it. Like other reviewers here have said, this is a great secret. Where else can you stay overnight in the exact middle of the tourist section of Baltimore City for the same rates??!?!?! One time I did find a burned out cigarette on my deck which frankly upset me and got me thinking more about how "secure" marina slips could prevent that sort of thing, but since then, I've had no problems. They even have poop bags in dispensers along the perimeter of a grassy patch connected to the promenade so the process of picking up after rover is even easier. Just dock your boat, and wait for the harbormaster people to show up. If you are in a hurry, and need to leave your boat before paying, be advised that they will leave a nasty packet of papers on your boat stating that YOU ARE BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SLIP FEE, etc... Once you return from your outing, just go seek out a HarborMaster person, and you should be fine.

One other note: If you arrive after dark, and you plan to leave before 8am the next day, you MAY be able to dock for free. I'm not encouraging this behavior. I'm just saying that I've tuned into the HarborMaster's time schedule and they DO seem to knock-off around 7pm, and they never seem to arrive before 8am to start checking on boats. Either way, be prepared to pay, but don't be surprised if you can get a free night at the inner harbor if you "work it" right by showing up late, and leaving early!!! ...i'm just sayin!

Finger Piers City of Baltimore Docks, 2010-08-23
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

In the heart of the Inner Harbor with power and water. The Wall space controlled by the City are the same price but have no power that works. Busy but it's busy for a reason. Everything is there. Pilings are a little rough and there will be no docking help without a call ahead. The location is as secure as any place in the heart of the entertainment/attractions center of a big city.

Captain Don Koster 06/28/10 466 Carver, 2010-06-29
Captain: , CHICAGO (278)

Be prepared to tie up without assistance. History,shopping, and tourist stuff very close by. However, a bike would enhance all these opportunities.i

Free Bus and Rate Increase, 2010-06-20
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

This best kept secret in Baltimore is a little better and with some changes this year. (2010) The free bus is the Charm City Circulator. The city has three routes planned with two running as of June 20, 2010. It makes the hike to Fells Poiint for terrific restaurants and great beer a little easier with those of us with bad knees. The other routes cover much of the city. The City has raised it's rates this year. Twenty dollars for five hours or $1.50 per foot for overnight. If you dingy in the $1.50 per foot is a better deal for those less than 13 feet. The City is working on a dingy dock for the future. Electricity has increased as well. $10 for a single 50 AMP connection. I use my splitter to get two 30 AMP cords which is OK with the dockmaster and $8 for a single 30 AMP connection. All still a great deal for the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.

Baltimore's Best Kept Secret, 2010-04-15
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (42)

This is right in the center of the action of the Inner Harbor. Right in front of the Science Center and the Visitor Center. Easy walking distance to Camden Yards to watch the Oriole's play. Also an easy walk to Whole Foods for provisions. Slightly longer walk to Fell's Point for a great breakfast at Jimmy's and great beer and sandwichs at Max's across the street from one another. A block away in Fell's Point is One-Eyed Mike's for great lunches and beer. Great rates and a good deal for electric. Good water. A short walk to the office get a card for the showers and washers. Security is really not much of an issue. The police have a very visable presence 24/7. Probably the best deal with no frills in Baltimore.

part of the scenery, 2010-01-22
Captain: , Galena MD (201)

Stayed on a stormy week in the fall. No showers or heads available but proximity to the city can't be beat. We felt safe as the police patrol the inner harbor all night. It was cheap. It was beautiful and protected. We will go back .

A great deal but no security, 2009-06-18
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1344)

First-come, first-served - no reservations. Show up, handle your own lines, and someone will come by later to collect the fee. This "no frills" venue is perfect is you're stopping for a day or two and don't mind civilians walking up to your boat and asking questions. By far the cheapest dockage in Baltimore. Home for the Pride of Baltimore when she's in Baltimore. Great tourist sites including the terrific National Aquarium and good eating in Little Italy just minutes away by foot.

It's a Secret--Don't Tell, 2007-01-24
Captain: , Woodbridge, VA (137)

I really hate to give this one away. Both the docks and the sea wall have power, water, and the lowest rates in the inner harbor. You can't get much closer to the action and attractions of the inner harbor, although at one marina is really close. This is a no frills place to dock, as the heads and showers aren't the cleanest, there's no security gates (but there is a police sub station in sight of the boats). Walk to it all, food, evening entertainment and even the football and baseball stadiums. You shouldn't miss Fells Point or Ft McHenry and you don't have to as there's a water taxi just steps away. It can be very busy and load on a summer weekend, so be forewarned.

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