Details for Columbia Town Harbor

Columbia Town Harbor

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 18 reviews

Address 103 Main St
Columbia, NC 27925


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager


Town Manager or Designee


Town Manager or Designee

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Free docks for 2 nights. Unless extended by the town manager.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Minimum of 7 feet in the narrow well marked entrance channel from Bull Bay into the Scuppernong River. Bull Bay was loaded with Crab Trap Floats in Oct. 2010, assume location is seasonal. No floats in the River. Once in the River the minimum depth 8 feet was seen. Docks had at least 10 feet at the wall.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Free

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Single bulkhead. Long enough to tie 1 35 foot boat or 2 rafted.


Transient: 6
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2014-09-18)

Other price info: New piers have been added as of January 2015, making 6 new slips and reducing the along side docking to 75 feet. The piers are aproximately 21 feet long and the slips are aproximately 14 feet wide. Too new to be seen on the satellite map.


Transient: 4
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00 (2014-09-18)

Other price info: 4 moorings a half-mile below the state 64 bridge.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $3.00 per night.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water is available.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Crossroads Fuel (252-796-2286) can refill or provide tank exchange.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Nearby



Yes - 1 nice shower/bathroom for unisex use. Well-kept.


Yes - 1 nice shower/bathroom for unisex use. Well-kept.


Yes - Two about 3 blocks from the docks. One along Highway 64 and one on south Broad St across Highway 64.


Yes - Food Lion on main road 1/3-1/2 mile East.


Yes - Hardware store 2 blocks up the street.


Yes - Three or four restaurants within walking distance. Sandys Place-203B Main St. open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.


Yes - Old Salt, Main St.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Scuppernong Millhouse Cafe offers free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


The old movie theater has been converted into a museum featuring the Columbia area.Scuppernong River Interpretive BoardwalkColumbia, NC 27925252-796-3004The 0.75 mile loop meanders through a cypress swamp, and along the Scuppernong River, leading into downtown Columbia, North Carolina.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Reserve
Take a walk on the Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk located behind the visitor center in Columbia. Opportunities for environmental education/outreach and refuge tours are available to groups upon request. Wildlife observation and photography opportunities available.

Reviews for Columbia Town Harbor
Friendly Town, 2016-10-19
Captain: , Kemah Texas (50)

From the time we arrived until we left we enjoyed Columbia. The town is small and very friendly. The ladies in the office were very helpful in directing us to a laundromat, the grocery, and highlights of the town. Ate at the Mexican food restaurant and loved it. Reasonable prices, and true Mexican food!

Nice place to stop, 2016-07-12
Captain: , Sanford, Fl. (887)

Nice quiet little town. Several nice shops. New Mexican restaurant about 3 minutes from the boat with awesome food. Peniel Mexican. Mike's Kitchen and the Old Salt Oyster Bar have both closed diown. Boardwalk loop through marsh actually starts at the boat docks. Everyone we have met is very friendly. Getting here: the shallowest water we saw was 4.5-5' between marker 2 and 3 on the Scuppernong River entrance. Coming in, the docks are the last docks on your left just before the concrete bridge in front of the beige building that says Columbia Municipal Building. The slips are only 14' wide so we went to the one side tie bulkhead about the bigest boat that can go there is 60 ft.

Small quiet town attracting cruisers with 3-days of free dockage, 2015-11-15
Captain: , Moyock, NC (984)

The toilet/shower is a singular unit which is nice and was clean, with ours being the only boat at the docks on this day. The adjacent small park, walkways, town buildings and visitor center (on the other side of the bridge with an extensive enjoyable walkway around some of the water front) is a nice setting for this small quite town. You can find a great hardware store, an old fashion barber shop, and good food within a block or two. Although the slips tend to be narrow and have short finger piers they may be suited to 25-30' boats. There is a nice side tie on a first come, first serve basis which is probably in great demand and easy to get into. However, getting away from the side-tie dock can be challenging if you have a west wind pushing your boat up against the dock . . . stay another day or two. Fortunately three town workers were walking by and willing to help us get the bow of our 40' boat point out into the wind using a perpendicular pier, but it takes a practiced and really good captain to make this happen without any scrapes. Thank you Captain Nelson and for your help Town of Columbia!

Disappointing, 2015-08-04
Captain: , Burlington (180)

What's Next?? Burlington,Ontario
Arrived on a Saturday morning to find not much opened and what was closed at noon. Even the museum was closed on a Saturday. The bath house was a mess and the wifi did not work. We enjoyed some home cooking at the Columbia Crossing and delicious wines at the wine shop. May be better to stop here during the week.

Friendly Place, 2015-05-22
Captain: , Kelso, Wa. (834)

Well kept secret in the Albermarle Sound. New docks, friendly people, easy to get in and out. Check out the wine shop, they make the most delicious smoothies. Wished we had found this place sooner. Food Lion,Dollar stores easy walking distance.

Great stop!, 2014-12-20
Captain: , Sneads Ferry, NC (351)

The town dock at Columbia was a wonderful stopover on the Albemarle Sound. Nice showers, clean, quiet, friendly town, good restaurants, and wi-fi at the wine shop. Columbia is doing it right - please reward their effort by spending some money while you are in town.

wonderful, quaint town dock - newer docks coming too!, 2014-11-25
Captain: , Chapin, South Carolina (410)

The Columbia town dock is a great stop! The dock is at the end of Main Street. You can dock anywhere in front of the beige building that says Columbia. In the next few weeks they will begin building two T docks and pedestals for electric will be installed. This will be a wonderful addition to this dock. They also have showers and bathroom but these were closed due to freezing temps. If you are coming in the winter call ahead and they will reopen the showers if they know you are coming. Docks had 7ft of water and great coverage from wind, etc. Walk thru Main Street and definitely eat at Columbia Crossing. Great food. Great service and they can accommodate special diets. Delicious meal!!!

Vaughan Taylor, 2014-05-28
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (401)

Entering the river, stay only 20-30 feet off of Red 2 and 2a to find 7 feet of water. This port is fantastic in all respects, with free dockage and great people throughout the town. There is a beautiful boardwalk nature trail that is 3/4 mile long. Mike's Kitchen has an interesting interior and is especially good for Asian and country food...they even sold us some ice from their machine! The Vineyards on the Scuppernong wine and coffee shop is wonderful and has tasting samples. The fascinating Maggie Duke antique shop is full of old maps, art, books, antiques, and even some nautical antiques. The Pocosin Art and Folk School is a budding artisan's studio and co-op right near the free docks. Sandy's Place/McLees Restaurant has wonderful wraps and salads. There is a new oyster bar that the locals say is wonderful. There is also a hardware store and post office. This is becoming a destination for cruisers that you should add to your list! From Columbia, it is an easy trip on to Edenton or Plymouth. Best of all,
while we were docked here in Columbia, Tommy and Mary Lou Everett, from Everett Marine at Cypress Cove, a marina and repair facility about a mile downstream, presented us with a beautiful cloth welcome bag containing wine, glasses, super glue, candy, a bottle opener, crackers and brochures...but most valuable of all, they gave us their home and cell numbers in case we needed "anything big or small." There is no other port like this, and the river leading to it is itself a beauty to behold! Come see America at its very best!

Good Visit, 2014-05-20
Captain: , Mackeys NC (123)

We pulled in here on 5/17/2014 and left the next day 5/18/2014. The dock was full (only room for 3 or 4 boats) so we rafted next to another boat.Docking is side to on fixed docks.
It being Saturday when we arived , the office was closed so we could not resgister. However the bath room was open and it was clean and neat. It has a nice shower.
The dock is free but it has no power. I could not find any Wi fi. but phone reception was good.(Verizon)There is anchorage off from the docks and a dock you can dingy up to.
We had a great meal at Old Salt Oyster Bar. I recommend the Soft Shell Crabs. The following morning we had a good breakfest at Mike's. Both these restaurant are very short walks form the docks.
This is a little out of the way but it is well worth the trip. We will go back.

A great weekend spot, 2014-05-10
Captain: , Stone Mountain, GA (179)

A little off the ICW but worth it for a "free" weekend (or just a few days). The dock itself is not in great shape but it's not dilalidated, just weather-worn. It's fixed but with virtually no tide, that's not a problem. And the town (both officially and unofficially) is as welcoming as can be.

I stopped 5/6-8 on my way north, arriving in the afternoon. Columbia is a very small town and few people are out and about around the docks after lunch so I had no help in docking. Since there are usually no other boats there, though, that shouldn't be a problem. After tying up I took a walk around town. When I returned, I found a nice little wicker picnic basket has been set inside the pilot house containing a bottle of local wine, 2 glasses, a wine opener and a few personal-care items along with a note welcoming me to Columbia and giving the the names and cell numbers of people who invited me to call with any problems or questions. Unexpected and very welcome.

There are no pedestals with power and water but there is a hose bib for all to share. And, if you have a converter for your 30 amp cord, you can plug one of several receptacles that are in the lighting poles and gazebo in the park fronting the dock (the power appears to be on a timer, though, so you'll only have use of it during the night). Pump out is right on the dock next to the hose bib. And wifi is available. Just ask in the municial building (also right there at the dock) for the password.

Worth the trip, 2013-10-27
Captain: , Actively cruising (542)

We stopped in Columbia on our way from Elizabeth City to Edenton late on a Sunday so everything was closed but there looked to be several restaurants a hardware store and a NAPA auto parts store. The dock is showing it's age but still in good shape. The dock is part of the river walk which goes under the bridge into the Pocasin Wildlife Reserve for a nice nature walk. We didn't try to find the grocery store. The restroom and shower were clean.

We are glad we visited, 2013-09-25
Captain: , Sea Cliff, NY (1022)

We really appreciate towns that offer a free town dock. We usually find that the people we meet in these places are especially nice, and Columbia is no exception. When we called to see if the dock was still open, the smiling voice on the line assured us that indeed it was and that they would appreciate us stopping by for a night or two.

On arrival we were the only boat there. By the end of the day there were a total of 4 boats; three at the dock and one rafted to another.
Check-in was a simple matter. The bath house was a bit disheveled, but a Columbia town employee immediately cleaned and refreshed it.

The dock is a showing some age, and when we were there the pump out was inoperable. (We are finding more and more of these inoperable pump out stations.) This seems to be a classic case of the town receiving a grant to build the dock but then they have no money allotted to maintain the facility.

The town is all walkable. Many shops were closed on the Tuesday we were there. Several restaurants, all closing early.

Entering the Scuppernog, keep pretty close to red 2 and 2A. We were about 40 ft. off and found 6 ft. The run up the river is very beautiful and scenic. The water is very protected from winds on the Albermarle.

We have checked Columbia off our list, but we will visit again
If time permits. We hope that the town has the ability to maintain this diamond-in-the-rough.

Columbia, worth the trip, 2013-03-31
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (521)

This is well off the ICW, but if you have the time it is worth the visit. At this time of year there were very few crab pots, however there are a number of well marked fish traps, one right off the city dock.

The city face dock is about 150 foot long and is in good shape. There is no electric or water. There is a pump out that you can arrange for at the municipal building where they would also like you to register. We were here on a Saturday and they were closed so we never saw a soul. There is a shower and head in good condition, but no heat.

The dock extends as a boardwalk under the bridge and past the NC welcome center. It makes for a nice walk along the river.

The downtown area is small but has a number of small stores and art shops. Most were closed the day we were here. There is a restaurant that could make the trip. The Old Salt Oyster Bay is located on Main Street about two blocks from the dock in the old Ben Franklin building. Inside you will find a giant horseshoe shaped bar with tables on all sides. I had the fried oysters and the wife had the lump crab. Both were reasonably priced and tasted great. If you want a table get there early as the place fills up with the locals.

All in all, this is a great place to spend the day. One day should do it. However, if the weather on the sound is bad, you might as well stay longer. The dock is well protected and as I said, the food is great.

Columbia, jewel of the Scuppernong., 2011-10-23
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (736)

Columbia, North Carolina, is one of the most iconic small towns we have seen in a long time. Approach up the Scuppernong River is well marked and uneventful. Turn around in front of the Municipal Wharf is in 25 feet of water. There is 8 feet at the wharf. Cute little town with a main street of about 4 blocks long. Walk to the Food Lion was about mile each way. Lots of cute little stores down town. Free tie up and water. No electricity. Really well protected from winds on all points. Supposed to register at the municipal building immediately adjacent to the wharf, but it%u2019s closed on Sunday. Shower and head is also adjacent to the wharf, and is clean and neat. A pleasant stop over for a change of pace.

Columbia Town Dock, 2011-06-27
Captain: , Smith Mountain Lake (495)

I have stopped here on two different cruises. Both times we made use of the very clean bath house. The town dock is free as is the bath house. The chamber of commerce is directly adjacent the dock and they ask that you sign in. The people there are very nice and will make recommendations. We had a wonderful cheeseburger and fries as a result. I carried ICE and a can of gas from the nearby Quick-E-Foods gas station.

Free Dock without power Cute Town, 2010-10-21
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

The town dock is an along side pier room for 3-4 boats in 11 ft of water. Pump out and water at the dock. City employee offered to take us to the store if we need supplies and said the Food Lion would pick us up and drop off to resupply. With power would be 5 stars.

Columbia Town Dock, 2010-10-08
Captain: , Deltaville, Va. (10)

A freedock and moorings at the end of main Street. No power but head facilities; A delightfull stop in a charming small town and as noted before, restaurants and shopping and we enjoyed a special treat, the Vineyard on the Scuppernong Winery.

Columbia - worth visiting, 2009-10-12
Captain: , Redart VA (135)

Columbia has put a lot of energy into fixing up its town and it is experiencing a revival from seven years ago. There are 4 or 5 moorings, and about 100 feet of tie-alongside-bulkhead available for transients. There is a nice park with gazebo at the foot of Main St. where the town dock is located. A state visitor's center is closeby (boardwalk under the bridge) as is a nature preserve with a mile or so of boardwalk through cypress swamp. The Scuppernog R. is fun to explore by dinghy.

Three or four restaurants, a nice art gallery, old-fashioned hardware store, and museum are all within a few blocks.

Marina items (gas, diesel, service) are available at Cypress Cove Marina (formerly International Yachting Center) a mile or so downriver.

3 Stars for the facillity, 4 starts for the town.

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