Details for City of Ft. Lauderdale at Cooleys Landing

City of Ft. Lauderdale at Cooleys Landing

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 21 reviews

Address 450 SW 7th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Phone954-828-4626 (Fax: 954-759-5985)

After hours contact


Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info


Payment discounts

Only when you pay for 1 month in advance.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Immediately east and west of the 7th Avenue Bridge. Most slips are on the west side. Time your approach for slack current. Docking when the current is running at up to 3 knots is difficult. New River is not very wide and many large boats, including the 'Jungle Queen' ferry boat, travel up and down the river regularly - go slow and watch out for what is coming around the corner.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 11
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 9

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: 25

Other info: Slips range from 15 to 25 feet wide.


Transient: 30
Total: 30
Transient price: $1.20/ft (2016-01-12)

Other price info: Price shown is October 1 - May 31; dockage discounted by 15% for monthly stay; summer rates are $0.54 per foot June 1-Sept. 30.
Prices change a little each year: June-September is less expensive.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: $0.00 (0000-00-00)

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: Minimum utilities: no electrical service $.05 per foot per day, utilities include Water, trash, cable.

Electric single $0.10 per foot per day for 30 amp, $0.20 per foot per day for 50 amp, and $0.35 per foot per day for 100 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water at every slip.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - Restrooms, showers, parking included in price.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Excellent dog walking area along the Riverwalk, which Cooley's Landing is a part of. There are bags available to pick up after your dog.

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out

Yes - At every other slip. Do it yourself - get pump out machine from marina office and roll it down to your slip. Not difficult to do.




Yes - Numerous cans.


Yes - Available and included in price. 2 in each men and women's room in Marina building.


Yes - Available and included in price. 3 in each men and women's room in Marina building.


Yes - 6 washers ($1.50), 4 dryers ($1.25). Large a/c room with 2 large counters to do laundry.


Yes - Large Publix (.5 mile) supermarket a 15-minute walk. Walgreens and Burger King 2 blocks away at 7th Ave/Broward Blvd.


Yes - A few miles away is McDonalds Hardware.


Yes - Many restaurants within a 15-minute walk.


Yes - Nearby Riverwalk and Las Olas.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Harold Gomez - 954-937-6065, mechanical and logistics and Captains available. Yacht Management - Nick Veselica (washes, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and props), 219-588-9971.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - You need to be very close to the marina building. Sitting in the large laundry room works very well. Verizon wireless card works very well.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Water taxis, Sun Trolley.

Other services

24 hour security, ample parking, picnic tables.


Broward Center for the Performing Arts is a 5 to 10-minute walk. Museum of Science and Discovery is even closer. Cooley's Landing is part of the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk, a well-maintained park-like area stretching several miles along the river.

Reviews for City of Ft. Lauderdale at Cooleys Landing
Cooley Landing (east), 2017-03-21
Captain: , Boston (225)

Spent 2 nights here March 20-21, 2017. Slip was on the east side of the 4 the avenue bridge. There are about 5-6 slips on this side. Wood floats, cement piles. Wood was a little rough. Cleats were loose but secure. This is the start point of the Riverwalk which is nice. The bridge traffic was noisy all night with occasional sirens blasting. Other than that it was pretty quiet. Not a lot of foot traffic coming by still was concerned about vagrants in the area while we were sleeping.

Pump out at every slip (didn't use- need to call for appointment). Bathrooms were clean and well stocked. You needed a combo to get in (so that eliminated another reviewers worry about homeless in there)

But hey for $1:00/foot per night + a one time flat rate $15.00 for 50 amp service and tax our 2 days cost $135.00 not bad. I would use again and recommend this facility.

Nice setting and close to downtown, 2017-02-06
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (3163)

2 6 2017 Stayed nine days again. Very convient to downtown and the riverwalk activities.1 12 2016 Make sure to time your arrival and departure to Slack current or you will have trouble with docking. Navigating the river & is not for beginners as it is narrow, very busy, and current can make it tricky. VHF channel 9 for river traffic. Make sure to leave enough room between you and other boats when they suddenly manuver or stop in front of you. The facilities are decent in a nice setting and location is great for access to the city. Read the previous reviews for details on pros and cons of this marina. It is interesting having all the traffic pass by.

Great Downtown Location, 2017-01-10
Captain: , Virginia Beach (290)

We spent 5 days here. Prices are very reasonable and you can't beat the downtown location. Lots to do within walking distance, including a very nice Publix.

In our opinion, they need to change/improve two things. First, they need a better access system to keep homeless out of the restrooms. Second, they need much better wi-fi.

It's a Jewel....we'll be back!, 2016-04-16
Captain: , Jonesville, VA (80)

We have really enjoyed our stay. Most things are in a walking distance. West Marine is a 10 min. bike ride. Publix is a 10 min. walk. IMAX theatre is nearby and there are a host of restaurants. River walk is enjoyable and mostly well kept. The laundry is neat, clean, and reasonable. Did not use the showers but the bathrooms were cleaned regularly. Pumpouts are self-operated using a mobile unit. Laid back in ole town!

City of Ft. Lauderdale has some managment problems, 2015-02-24
Captain: , Fayetteville, Arkansas (671)

We have been away from Cooley%u2019s landing marina for almost a week, and I thought it was time to write a review. First, let me say that this is an idyllic place to park a boat. While the short trip up the river is technical and could be difficult at times, it is well worth the trip. Sea Change and her crew echo the past comments about docking during slack tide. Unless you are well equipped with twin screws and an adequate bow thruster and major docking skills you should time your arrival to coincide with slack tide. Slack tide according to Cooley%u2019s landing is defined by the tide tables at Andrews Bridge and is 1/2 hour before and after high tide, and two to three hours after low. Local winds and rain can skew these guidelines. The current can be as much as 3 or 4 knots through this narrow waterway. The grounds at Cooley%u2019s are very nice. There are some great cruisers living and staying there as well as some fairly tame resident ducks. The landscaping is meticulous and the location places you well within walking distance of the River Walk, the Science Museum, and the many shops and restaurants that make up the downtown Las Olas district. The staff at Cooley%u2019s is nice, cordial, and helpful. Although, the office is not staffed as well as possible. The %u201Cout on the docks%u201D sign is placed on the outer door more often than not. Making it difficult to purchase a bag of ice, get local information, or take care of day to day marina business. The WiFi works at the office, it%u2019s slow and not really available at the slips. Its basically a home style wifi device and not really meant to broadcast. The bathrooms are dated and not well stocked. During our stay there was a lack of paper towels and toilet paper. This problem was addressed to the staff who were unable to solve the problem. It was more than two days before the toilet paper was filled again. During our stay there was a water supply issue to the main the building. We first noticed the problem on Wednesday when the parking lot had puddled. Water was flowing and at first I thought it was the irrigation system. It turned out to be the main water supply for the marina. On a Saturday afternoon, after leaking for nearly 4 days, the water was abruptly shut off. Leaving the marina patrons without water to flush, shower, or even fill tanks aboard. One helpful staff member, was summoned to restore the water on Saturday evening, he did. However the water was again turned off on Sunday afternoon and remained off until a sub contractor made the repair on Monday afternoon. The pump out system is self serve and was broken for a part of our stay. As the Active Captain indicates there is supposed to a pump out available. The electric pump cart had not been properly chocked prior to our arrival and had been submerged for some time. It was fixed and restored to service. This pump out device is located in the main building. My wife had discovered that the room was unlocked. We pushed the pump out cart to the boat and successfully pumped our boat and three neighbor boats. While I have some experience with pump out systems, this one took some time to figure out. There was not much direction as to how to operate this system. I think this marina would be much better served by offering a scheduled pump out time, staffed by knowledgeable staff members. I also think this should be a requirement for the %u201Cclean marina%u201D badging system. In spite of our experience, I still think this is a great place to say. The Boat US pricing makes it one of the better deals around.

Your experience may vary, 2014-11-07
Captain: , Carlyle, IL (364)


I waited a long time to write this review because I had such mixed feelings about the place and I wanted to give a fair review. The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained and are close to the River Walk. Restaurants, Publix, bars are all withing a 15 minute stroll. Laundry is in-house and is an excellent and very large facility.Wifi is only available inside the laundry facility and it is SLOW. The Marina Mile of marine facilities (McDonald Hardware, West Marine, Boat Owners Warehouse, SailorMan, and 300 other marine maintenance facilities) are all either bus and long walk or taxi access, so if you want to do any work on your boat it requires a car. Haulout marinas are fairly close (Riverbend), but laor rates are very high. The summer rates at Cooley's are the best over the summer period of any marina iin Ft. Lauderdale ($805 per month on a three month stay for a 42 ft.) which is why we went there, but on Oct first look out. The rates more than doubled to nearly $1700 per month on a three month stay. So why the three stars? 100% the staff communication issue. There was very bad communication over the rates. We were given the three month rate both over the phone and in person when we visited to look at the slips, but we were never told that we had to be IN the slip by July 1 to get the three month rate. We arrived July 4 due to weather window issues and after some arguing with them had to pay for July 1-3, even though we weren't there, just to secure the three month rate. The staff is only there part time so if you need anything (like ice or laundry quarters) you have to call the downtown marina and they have to send someone out there. A good bit of the time when the staff is supposedly "there" the sign on the door says "out on the docks", but they are nowhere to be found. When they are actually there the door is always locked and you have to knock. What is that about? Also, when we got there our slip had been given away and we had to take another slip that we didn't want. My advice? If you go there, get the rate and the promised slip number in writing with a signature. In the end, I'm sure that it was just a personality clash and your experience may vary.

Wonderful downtown location on the Riverwalk, 2014-04-27
Captain: , St Pete Beach, Florida (278)

Once you navigate the harrowing Port Everglades and New River traffic and bridges you are rewarded with a wonderful location on the Riverwalk. Bridge tenders were friendly and helpful, all but one bridge opened immediately upon request, the first bridge is on a time schedule. Walk to the history museum (nice tour), performance center, IMAX theater and blocks of restaurants and shops. Shower and laundry is in a nicely air concitioned and clean facility with coded locks for security. Water taxi and tour busses make travel easy. Close by (not walking distance) is a huge West Marine, and every other kind of store. Dock staff are friendly and helpful.

Cooley's Landing Marina, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Oriental, NC (220)

The trip up the New River can be a challenge, particularly on days with lots of other boat traffic. There can be a tough current which makes bascule bridge waiting and getting into/out of the slips at Cooley's Landing more exciting than necessary.

The marina's landscaping is a tropical delight. The marina is the terminus of a very long river walk that is safe and engaging. There are a grocery store and a drup store within walking distance as well as numerous restaurants.

There is quite a bit of boat traffic, tours boat as well as boats going to the Lauderdale Marine Center; the former are annoying and the latter are, occasionally, fascinating. The traffic noise from the nearby bascule bridge can be an issue.

See the New River!!, 2013-04-27
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (960)

We like docking here, for location and off the beaten path of the big boats and party boats in Fort Lauderdale. Located in the heart of the New River Historical district. Harborwalk to many restaurants and shops, on Los Olas Blvd. Easy biking also. Nice city employees to help with dockage and slip self serve pump out. Restrooms needed cleaning and daily inspection for supplies. Huge laundry area. Complimentary Comcast box for HD tv--no deposit. Pet friendly. Great rates. We biked Las Olas Blvd to the beach for breakfast early in the morning before traffic. Water Taxi hop-on-hop off--BEST DEAL around. You see the metro area and learn so much, besides seeing mega yachts and mansions.

A great location and convenience, 2013-02-23
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (701)

Cooleys Landing is a great find. Our 36 ft. trawler stayed for two nights, and the cost was $72, including taxes. Our 30 amp service was $10 per night.

The docks are right in front of the restrooms and showers, always very clean, and there is a laundromat with several washers and dryers, in the same building. The docks are right on the beautiful Riverwalk, and close to restaurants and other entertainment. It is by far our favorite stop in Florida. The staff is most helpful, though not always at the office. They promptly answer the phone.

If we return to Florida for a season, this is where we will come. Bus and light rail service to Miami Airport is very convenient, and the staff will give information on it.

Great place to stop over, 2012-03-21
Captain: , Fremantle, West Australia (1448)

Good value for money. Great location. Lots of amenities close by. Great dock staff who are not always around as they cover other city marina locations as well (budget cuts). Wakes can be irritating but the changing scenery of megayachts being towed up river is exciting. The bridge is a bit noisy but tolerable. Relatively safe. Great company in other slips. Good place to get some work done. Performing Arts Centre is very close, many weekend park events on the Riverwalk. The tides are deadly - slack tide is the only way to do it. Many return again and again to transit. Bridges are a bit of a nuisance but quick to respond as they are used to the traffic.

Good value in the middle of the city, 2011-11-27
Captain: , Buffalo (1154)

If this marina was anywhere else it would rate only two or three stars. The fixed wooden docks need updating, the plumbing needed repair, and the parking lot needed to have the garbage swept up. It looks like the City has cut the maintainance budget, but they still have enough money to send a security guard around each evening to make sure that there isn't anyone here that didn't pay.

But at $1.20 a foot plus $10 for elec this place is a bargain especially since it is in a city where $3. per foot is common

The dockmaster is great, and many stores, incl a huge WM and Sailorman are only a ten min or less bike ride away. The wakes are no problem, but the current might be. Phone the dockmaster in advance for expert advice.

Cooleys Marina, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Newark, DE (250)

This is one of the nicest marinas I have ever stayed in within a city!

It is set in a park-like atmosphere and is convenient to everything you need for cruising, and everything you need to have an enjoyable stay. The current can make for a difficult docking so, if you can, plan on arriving at slack tide. Also have a list of bridge name before coming down this river and call the operator well in advance. Some are just as pass a turn and that can cause a rise in blood pressure, especially with following traffic!

The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful, not only with docking but with directions and suggestions on where one would like to go. Just call them before coming into the marina, especially if you are mid-tide!

Good value for such a big city setting., 2011-02-18
Captain: , Illinois (2471)

You owe it to yourself to experience this downtown city marina at least once. And, I suspect you will come back again. A great value considering other places. The New River is an experience in its own right. The sights will stun you. Clean restrooms and showers. Wonderful laundry. Good security.

Different than the riverfront, 2011-02-04
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (215)

The other reviews were very accurate. The only things that I would add are that you are on your own, there is very little assistance from marina personel either here or at the riverfront but the other cruisers were very helpful. Very reasonable for the area. The current and traffic can be an issue, but as they say if you got this far you should be able to handle it.

Hidden Gem in the midst of downtown, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (778)

We stayed 3 weeks at Cooleys Landing, and had a great time. As others have said, there is lots to do and see, many good restaurants, bars, movie theater, great river walk and good facilities. There is free pumpout at each slip and you get the priviledge of doing the deed yourself. This lets you flush the tank as much as you want to be sure is really clean, something not alwys available on the ICW. If you are a Boat/US member, the first six days are at a 25% discount, which equates to less than $1.00 per foot in an area where triple that amount is not uncommon. The scenery on the river is great, watching them tow 120' yachts down this narrow and winding river is very interesting.

Noisy Bridge Traffic, 2010-06-07
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (1234)

Having grown up in NYC, I personally don't mind traffic noise, but if you're moored in one of the slips nearby, be prepared for the sounde of tires traversing the metal grates and hitting the expansion joints all evening. Then around 630am, as bridge operations resume, you'll get those bells as well. As another reviewer has mentioned - be mindful of the current and time your arrivals and departures accodingly. Also, if you can time your departure to follow the Jungle Queen Riverboat - it's a great way for them to run interference for you downriver and thru the bridges. Facilities are very clean. Overnite security is quite visible. Don't park your car in any of the reserved spaces overnite, even if the lot is empty - there is metered parking close to the washrooms - they seem pretty strict about that.

Safe, secure, clean marina, 2009-10-22
Captain: , Knoxville, TN (1788)

Cooley’s Landing Marina is part of the Ft Lauderdale city docks. It is located on the New River in the heart of downtown Ft Lauderdale. While not the social spot it once was, there are still a few bars & restaurants left in walking distance, including a movie theatre. The main library is a 15-min walk (they have computers you use to get on the internet). If you are there at the right time of year, they have big outdoor 1st Sunday Jazz Brunch which has several different bands/musicians perform at different pavilions on river front where people bring blankets and chairs and listen.
The marina sits on the end of Riverwalk, with over 1 mile of brick path along the New River. It seems very safe and many people walk/jog along the walkway; you see many with dogs (you are expected to clean up after them and they provide the bags & trash cans to do so). A 5-moinute walk will bring you to the Museum of Discovery Science with IMAX theatre and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Pirate Republic Restaurant is over 7th Avenue bridge and around the corner on the south side of the river (10-min walk). It has a pool you can swim in while enjoying drinks and food from the bar/restaurant. As it is a downtown, most major banks are within a 10-min walk, as well as a Walgreens, US Post Office, Starbucks, and other restaurants.
Being fairly far up the New River, the water is brackish/slight salty, which is good for the boat. However, there is a lot of tannin in the water, and if you are at the marina for awhile, expect a “mustache” on your hull. Also, there is a lot of river traffic, including super & mega yachts heading up to the boat yards upriver. There are plenty of fishing boats which do not observe the “no wake” zone, so expect some rocking & rolling.
In the marina building is a very large laundry room/boater’s lounge with 8 washers & 4 dryers, quarter change machine, large book exchange, clean restrooms with 2 showers & 2 toilets each. The room has plenty of counter space for working on your laptop, although wi-fi signal is not very strong. Wireless broadband card is recommended. There are not fuel facilities, however the city has a slip reserved down river from Cooley’s Landing where you can park and a bunker truck can provide you fuel at prices far below any marina in the area. Pump out is “do-it-yourself”, using a portable pump out cart which you borrow from the marina office and roll it down to your slip. Please be courteous of the pump out cart by flushing it with fresh water before you return it. Staff is very friendly and helpful and work on keeping the marina clean. Electricity is metered and they read the meter weekly.

Great value, Good people, 2009-05-29
Captain: , East Greenbush, NY (745)

As the other reviewers said, this place is a great value in the Ft. Lauderdale area. We stayed for about a week and a half. The facilities are good and they have overnight security (not that it's really needed). The only thing lacking is Internet - there is no wireless signal here, and our Verizon aircard did not get wonderful reception.

A good value for Fort Lauderdale, 2009-04-06
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1332)

Cooley's Landing, run by the City of Fort Lauderdale, offers good value for transients. Biggest problem is that the slips are perpendicular to the river, meaning it's really hard to get into and out of the slips when the current is flowing--it can reache 3 knots on the ebb on spring tides. Time your arrival for slack, and docking is easy. A well-maintained facility within easy walking distance of many attractions, including restaurants, shopping, and more. Try to get a slip away from the two launch ramps and it'll be quieter. Heads and showers ($50 deposit for the key), free parking pass for slipholders. On-site manager.

Best Boat Ramp and City Marina in Florida, 2009-02-03
Captain: , South Florida (19)

Without a doubt the best and cleanest city marina and public boat ramp in the state of Florida....3 double ramps can accomodate 6 boats at a parking spots for your car and trailer, but at $ 1 an can you go wrong.

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