Details for City of Bath Municipal Waterfront Pier and Floats

City of Bath Municipal Waterfront Pier and Floats

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 10 reviews

Address Commercial Street
Bath, ME 04530


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Bath, Maine


Nathan Gould


Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Straightforward other than the current. The Carlton railroad bridge is just downstrem from the City docks. Call bridge tender on VHF 13 for lift if you require more than 10 ft. vertical clearance.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 40
Transient dockage: 20
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Approach depth 29 feet off outside float.

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

Additional info: Two unpadded floats, one about 225 linear feet, the other about 75.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2014-09-10)

Other price info: No charge. Stay generally limited to one night, but additional nights may be permitted if demand is light. Reservation required for overnight. Sign says no overnight docking, but also has a number to call for permission to stay overnight.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No Moorings.

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

Additional info: None

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - One spigot at center of dock. Must furnish your own hose.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: This is part of a municipal park - lots of dog walking.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Self service. Limited hose. No charge.

June 2016 the pump-out is operational. If the remote on/off buttons on the dock don't work, try the buttons in the small dog-house structure shoreside.


Yes - At Brackett's Market, 200 yards from the dock.


Yes - Limited, large barrels in the river front park.




Yes - There are public restrooms in the park, about 100 feet away. Restrooms are locked overnight.



Yes - Brackett's Market, 200 yards from dock has a good selection of groceries, beer, wine and liquor. Close proximity Saturday farmers' market.


Yes - Rogers Ace Hardware 1.25 miles from the dock.


Yes - Many nearby.


Yes - Many nearby.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Hampton Inn 250 yards from dock; several B and B's within walking distance.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - there are limited fishing supplies at Reny's or the hardware store.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Good cell reception. No open WiFi detected.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - In-town City Bus and Trolley Service; Intercity Buses to Portland and Rockland; Maine Eastern Railroad runs up to 4 trains/day in the summer season between Rockland and Brunswick.

Other services


Maine Maritime Museum. Shops and restaurants. Bath Iron Works, but no admittance and must observe Frigates from outside security zone.

Reviews for City of Bath Municipal Waterfront Pier and Floats
Great free dock right downtown, 2015-09-22
Captain: , United States (2386)

After reading previous reviews, we called ahead and spoke with Sergeant Gould, the harbormaster, for permission to spend the night. This being post-season it was not a problem, but he did suggest I confirm with the railroad bridge that we could get through. FYI, the bridge tender closes the bridge and goes home at 4:30pm, so plan to arrive before then.

Be advised there is no staff here -- the dock is managed by the police department and the station is a few blocks away (they have video monitoring). We usually prefer to dock unassisted anyway, but were caught off guard when we found there are no cleats on the dock -- you must tie to a low horizontal rail of 2x4s. A bystander helped us loop our lines so we did not have to step off onto the dock to do so.

The dock is a short walk from several excellent restaurants, and just a couple hundred yards from a nice, well-stocked IGA grocery store. A post office is also nearby. If we had more time we would have asked to stay a second night.

Great stop at a FREE dock, 2015-09-17
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2465)

The dock is in great shape and the adjacent park is very nice. We loved the downtown; it is not touristy at all but very nice all around.

We emailed Nathan for permission to stay overnight and we were the only boat in mid-Sep near the end of their boating season.

Can't beat the price, 2015-06-24
Captain: , York, ME (1880)

There are large signs saying No Overnight Dockage, but also saying to call the harbormaster. The number given rang at the Police Station, and the person who answerd took our info and said it would be OK to spend the night. A local policeman told us the sign is just to keep away local freeloaders looking for long-term free dockage. The town welcomes and encourages transients as long as space is available. They just want you to check in, first.

The lower part of the large floats have signs indicating loading and unloading only. Usually there ae a number of boats picking up and dropping off all afternoon, but we've never seen another overnighter (mid-week). Brackett's supermarked one block away has a little bit of everything, including decent meats and produce, baked goods and pre-cooked meals you can eat at tables out front or take out. Lots of restaurants to choose from, including next door (see other marker). We liked JR Maxwell, one block up Arch street. There are lots of shops in town, including a Reny's. (If you're not from Maine, Reny's is sort of a cross between an old 5 and dime, a country store and a Wal Mart.) Pumpout is operational as of this writing, but you may have to use the on/off buttons in the little doghouse shoreside if the ones on the dock don't work. The area is quiet after dark and in the morning. During the day the park and the docks get a lot of use if the weather is good.

This is a great spot to resupply. We were first here in 2010 and have been back twice. I hear it might be difficult to get a spot on a summer weekend.

The Carlton bridge just below this dock has 10' clearance at high tide. If you need more, the bridge tender will try to steer you toward the Eastern side, outside the channel, which has 18'. Seek local knowledge if you plan to go that way. There are reports of an uncharted hazard on that side. Call the number listed on the bridge marker for more information, or just to let them know you're coming. We were here for two days and never saw the bridge lift for anyone else.

I'd give them 10 stars if I could, 2014-08-17
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (2982)

Excellent dock, great grocery, beautiful town, water and pumpout right at the electricity, but for a free dock, WOW! I emailed Nathan the day before we arrived, and got permission for the overnight stay. Free concert 100 feet from the cockpit. Couldn't ask for more!

Kennebec River & Bath, 2013-09-11
Captain: , Great island boat yard Harpswell, Me (61)

Arrived Sept 8th & have been only boat on dock for three free nights. Pump out & water on dock. Well maintained & lovely small waterfront park. Impressed with lovely, clean city with plenty of shops & dining choices. Maine Maritime Museum wonderful & don't miss Bath Iron Works shipyard tour available thru Museum. We will be back!

Convenient and pretty waterfront, 2013-07-17
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

A call to the harbor master and we were permitted free overnight tie up at the sturdy floating dock. There is an electrical box but it is not in service. Grocery store, coffee shops, restaurants, and shops all within easy walking distance. Thank you Bath!

Spent 2 nights, 2013-02-20
Captain: , Yarmouth, ME (30)

We spent 2 nights here last summer. The harbormaster (police officer) was super accomidating. He was surprised, as were we to notice that the power was not in service and was not going to be for the entire summer. Water was available however. We have a 52' sportfish and had plenty of room. Local restaurants, shopping, supplies all within easy walking distance. Bridge operator very freindly and accomidating when it was time for us to leave. Try to time your departure and arrivals going with the tide, will speed up the trip and save a lot of fuel.

Where's the Docks, 2012-07-07
Captain: , Marietta, Ga (82)

The city appears to have only the 75 ft dock and our 42' didn't fit. At least we couldn't see anything else. The other docks appear to be owned by the Tavern.

REALLY Friendly, 2011-05-27
Captain: , Marblehead, MA (27)

We stopped here overnight on our way to Boothbay Harbor last summer. Our boat was too large for the marina just up from here so they arranged with Keith for us to tie up here overnight. He came over and couldn't have been nicer. Good place for dogs as well.
The float, made of metal, does creak a lot but we slept well. There is a strong current here but plenty of room to compensate for it.

Great location and price, 2010-07-29
Captain: , Marblehead, MA (926)

The location is just off the main commercial section. Easy approach in deep water. Wicked current, but plenty of room to manuever. Cordial staff. Consider a doantion to "Bath D.A.R.E." or another local charity. Ask Kieth Jensen, Harbormaster.

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