Details for City of Des Moines Marina

City of Des Moines Marina

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 13 reviews

Address 22307 Dock Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198-4627


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

City of Des Moines


Joe Dusenbury


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MasterCard or Visa only.

Payment discounts

Fuel is cheaper on Monday through Wednesday.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Narrow entrance at the north end of the breakwater has plenty of depth. Rip rap does extend out a bit from the breakwater so be careful.

Be careful of a blind spot as you round the corner. Pass the wooden sea wall on your port (as you head southbound) and the triangular fuel dock will be on your portside just east of the seawall.





Tide & current additional info

Wind is more likelly to give problems.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Vessels 32 feet and larger can make overnight reservations by calling the marina office.


Transient: 65
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Transient slips are near the entrance adjacent to the fuel dock. An activity float for club activities. Reservations accepted for 32 foot and larger boats.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings available.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $3.00 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Cable is not available on the newer slips and the party dock.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available at the fuel dock.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - Lineal foot per month plus 12.84% leasehold tax.


Fuel brand: No brand. Zero ethanol. The north side fuel pump is high speed, 16 gpm, with a larger nozzel.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Generallly the best prices on Puget Sound.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Generallly the best prices on Puget Sound. Fuel dock accomodates both a port or starboard side pump station as well as a pump out.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: City Municipal Code 15.04.440 Dogs.
All dogs on marina property shall be under control by leash. The owners of such dogs shall be responsible for the proper cleanup and disposal of animal wastes. Violation of this section shall subject the animal to impounding by proper authority and criminal prosecution of the owner. Redemption of the animal shall be dependent upon payment of costs and fees and other applicable provisions of Title 8 DMMC. [Ord. 466 ยง 5(W), 1979.]

Disability access

Yes - The recent renovation included ADA access to the docks.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - No charge to pump out.










Yes - Not on the marina site but a short walk near the up town for a coin operated laundry.


Yes - ABC Grocery is a couple blocks towards town.


No - No hardware store or chandlery on the marina site. Some limited items available for purchase at the full service boatyard - CSR South. Other hardware or supplies may require use of a vehicle.

CJ Marine at the south end of the marina entrance has some marine hardware/parts in stock.

Ask about shuttle service - may be limited to clubs holding sailins and staff availability.


Yes - Many restaurants within a short walk.

Anthony's Home Port Restaurant
421 South 227th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198
No moorage out front. Need to use Des Moines Marina's transient moorage at the north end of the marina. Limit 4 hour stay for free.

Athens Pizza & Pasta
22340 Marine View Dr S,
Des Moines, WA 98198

Jack's Country Restaurant
21919 Marine View Dr S,
Des Moines, WA 98198

Lago Azul Mexican Restaurant
22308 7th Ave S,
Des Moines, WA 98198

Prima Margarita
22636 Marine View Dr.
(between 226th St & 227th St)
Des Moines, WA 98198

Mandarin Kitchen
22612 7th Ave S,
Des Moines, WA 98198

Red Robin Des Moines
22705 Marine View Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198

The Scotch and Vine
22341 Marine View Dr S,
Des Moines, WA 98198

Wally's Chowder House Broiler
22531 Marine View Dr S,
Des Moines, WA 98198


Yes - All-Star Sports Bar
22303 Marine View Dr S,
Des Moines, WA 98198

Lighthouse Bar
22239 Marine View Dr S,
Des Moines, WA 98198

Hotels or motels

Yes - A short walking distance away.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service boatyard - CSR South on marina site.

Haul out capabilities

No - The marina no longer provides public launch service, the closest public launching facility is the Redondo Boat Ramp. The full service boat yard CSR can haul out up to 50 foot vessels for inspections or repairs.

Storage facilities

Yes - For marina tenants; none for transients.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Limited but a short walk away.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi in guest moorage.

Boat ramp availability

No - Redondo Boat Ramp is approximately 5 miles south of the marina.


Yes - Public bus available, a short walk to stops.

Other services


Reviews for City of Des Moines Marina
Lots of Fuel Floating Around Marina, 2017-08-11
Captain: , Liberty Bay, WA (430)

Friendly staff while we were there on a Friday. Reasonable moorage, reasonable fuel prices especially on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. But,wow, lots of fuel floating on top of the water. Don't know if they had a recent spill or not. Nobody seemed to be to concerned. Went for a walk to find a place to eat and when we got back near the marina you could smell the fumes in the air. As for our eating experience, that left a lot to be desired. A lounge, sports bar and a hotdog stand. Went to the sports bar, should of had a hotdog. Bar food was good, but the clientele not so much. We came to this marina to pick up some friends that were flying in and it is close to airport. Probably will not go back. We were here a about three years ago and had a much more pleasant stay.

Don't expect to take a shower......, 2017-06-11
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

Great service at the fuel dock. Poor accommodation for overnight guests. No showers after business hours- which makes absolutely no sense. Must schedule a shower during business hours. They "turn on" the water for you. Whoever decided this policy needs to look at this from a customers prospective. Can't recommend this Marina.

Excellent winter time service, 2017-01-10
Captain: , Seattle (20)

Albiet at a much lower congestion period, our experience was nothing but positive with great service at the fuel dock. Of course getting one of the best prices on diesel made for a very significant plus as well.

great place for a weekend visit, 2015-06-18
Captain: , North Lake Marina, Lake Washington (260)

we had our YC spend the weekend and had a great time! the covered tent for YCs offers heat, fans, roll up and enclosure for the group event. The marina is very clean and the staff are AMAZING! the only reason I don't give 5 stars is because if you stay on the North side of the transient docks, you don't get water access on your side of the dock (so no city-water hookups like we like to do). Otherwise, there is one shower per gender up top and they are sufficient. Overall, definitely worth a visit as the staff goes out of their way to accomodate and we had a GREAT time!

Customer service folks, 2014-10-08
Captain: , Seattle (46)

Des Moines has the lowest fuel prices in lower Puget Sound. Fuel up on Mondays through Wedensdays for an even better price.
Marina is clean, modern and service friendly.
It's the closest and best place to drop off crew headed for SeaTac airport. Only negative is aircraft noise on final approach.

Pleasant stay, 2014-09-20
Captain: , Portland, OR (279)

Public Marina here does not take reservations for boats less than 30 feet, but the guys on the fuel pier will do everything they can to find or make a spot. They also collect the fees for berthing. The piers are wide, clean, very nice. The Saturday Farmers%u2019 Market is very large with excellent produce, good prepared food booths, and usually a good local band. The vendors and patrons use the marina rest rooms, so shower early! There is no laundry.

Des Moines City Marina, 2014-08-10
Captain: , Swantown Marina, Olympia, Wa (180)

New boardwalk. Docks public so security is up to you. Professionally operated. Clean restrooms and walk ways. Farmers market on SAturdays. Grocery store a good 30 minute walk away. Enjoyed the two day stay and will go back.

Great Staff, 2012-11-05
Captain: , Shelton (35)

Excellent Marina for club cruises, Marina staff are very helpful.
Competitive fuel prices
Jet noise is a problem, otherwise I would give it 5 stars

Des Moines Marina, 2012-07-14
Captain: , Seattle (396)

Great stay with excellent facilities. There was a free jazz concert at the nearby park. Shopping is a bit of a walk (about a mile to the big grocery store), but a small minimart is at the top of the hill about 1/3 of a mile away. Wouldn't live here because is in the flight path of SeaTac Airport. AT&T cell and Verizon data service.

Service, facilities, and nearby resources are great, 2012-01-16
Captain: , Tacoma WA (10)

Just had a long weekend that included two seperate overnight stays at this marina. The service was friendly and accommadating, and some decent to great food was just up the hill adjacent to the marina guest dock. We look forward to seeing Charlie and Scott again soon at this facility.

Good stopping point when going south in the Sound, 2011-11-03
Captain: , Chinook Landing Marina, Tacoma (315)

Nice little marina. A little tricky getting in, particularily after dark (line up your navigation marks from rather far out to make sure you are set up on the entrance). Several good places to eat a short walk from the marina.

Best Marina in South Sound, 2011-10-03
Captain: , Gig Harbor (134)

Friendliest staff, best fuel prices in the South Sound. Facilities are being renovated, but they will take care of you.

Update 10/01/11

The staff is still the friendliest, and the renovations are basically complete. New ramps to the shore and complete renovatrion of the sea wall and the parking areas.

If you are looking for a place to hold a cruise in, this is it! They will astound you with their service. If you need an indoor venue, they will set you up with the lodge in the minicipal park next door to the marinas

I really can't say enough about the service we received this past weekend.

As for John's issues, in 2007, I find the resrictions perfectly reasonable.

City of Des Moines Marina, 2007-01-30
Captain: , Tacoma (193)

Clean and very well-run marina. They are, however, also very restrictive as to what you can do on your boat. They don't tolerate "projects" for very long, nothing can be left on the dock, and you can't go in the water without first posting your dive card at the office.

There is an Anthony's Home Port restaurant at the south end of the property that has a very good Sunday brunch. There is, however no moorage associated with the restaurant. If coming by boat use the marina's transient moorage, if you can find an opening, at the north end of the property.

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