Details for Conway City Marina

Conway City Marina

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 10 reviews

Address 4 Elm St.
Conway, SC 29526


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

No radio.


Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Conway




Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment is done at Conway Marina Store at the marina basin.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Leave the ICW near Bucksport at G29 and follow the daymarkers for the Waccamaw River 15 miles to Conway.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Three floating docks for transients, two near Main Street Bridge and one next to RiverFront Park.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 40
Beam max: 20

Other info:


Transient: 4
Total: 4
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2016-07-29)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Free

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 100% non-ethanol gasoline, 87 octane.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - AmeriGas (843-248-4279) has tank exchange.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Must be on a leash.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out












Yes - General Items available at the marina store.



Yes - Within two blocks.


Yes - Located within 2 blocks of the marina.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - General supplies are available at the marina store.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Boat rentals available.

Internet access

Yes - Good Sprint signal. No WiFi.

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Historic town with self-guided walking tour and many very old live oaks.

Reviews for Conway City Marina
What a cool community asset., 2016-05-16
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1340)

Tucked away up the Waccamaw just few miles off the AICW in Conway SC civic leaders had a vision derserving recognition.

Conway City Marina, 2013-10-30
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

Sanctuary and crew made our first visit to Conway, SC, on the Upper Waccamaw River, on October 29 and 30, 2013. On the advice of the dockmaster at Osprey Marina, we departed the ICW at Enterprise Landing, at daymark G"1." The channel in that area is narrow, and shoals to 7-1/2 feet for a short distance. Once past that area, the river widens and become a magnificent cypress swamp meandering stream. Navigation planning was only slightly more complicated than usual. "Standard" NOAA charts do not cover the upper Waccamaw. The rule is, as always when upbound, "red, right, returning." The river is adequately marked with clearly visible daymarks. Navigation is straight forward. We stayed to the middle of the river on longer, straighter stretches, and favored the outside radius of turns and switchbacks. From the ICW at Enterprise Landing to Conway, there are three shoal areas: first, just above G"1," second, in the vicinity of R"12," and third, in the vicinity of R"16." We never saw less than 7-1/2 feet in any of these areas. Tidal ebb and flood currents are insignificant for cruising boats.

We stayed at the Conway City Marina. The marina "basin" is on the west shore of the river. The entrance is on a curve in the river. The tidal range here is about 18" - 24." Reports of shoaling across the marina entrance are correct. Local guidance is to favor the green center-quarter when entering and leaving the marina basin. We were in the red-center quarter upon arrival, and even though we arrived virtually at high tide, we plowed through soft mud in the area of the entrance. The second day of our visit, we relocated to another dock at high tide. By favoring the green center-quarter, we cleared the shoaling in about 5-1/2 feet of water. There is stone rip rap on both the green and red outside-quarters of the entrance, so caution and slow speed is advised.

The Conway City Marina is not a transient destination. As first-timers to the area, we had excellent telephone support from the attendant, and we were certainly made welcome. There is no docking assistance provided. The marina offers three docking locations. One is a floating face dock inside the marina entrance. There is room on that dock for 2, 40' cruising boats. There is also a small resident river tour boat on the north end of that dock. Outside the marina, 1/4 mile upstream on the west shore, there are two 40' floating docks immediately below the SC Rt. 905 road bridge. These docks are part of an extensive and beautiful River Walk system. All of the docks have 30A and 50A power. None have potable water. The docks themselves are aging, and in a generally dilapidated state of repair. Cleats on the in-river docks are loose and somewhat small for cruising boats. That said, the in-river docks do have two obvious advantages: first, approach depths are better, and second, the walk to the town is much shorter and easier. It is a very long walk to anywhere from the dock located in the marina entrance channel.

The City of Conway is the Horry County Seat. There is A LOT of government here; a lot, including a large jail complex and the county courthouse. Discount coupons ("Discover Conway Downtown Shopping Card") for visitors are available at the Visitor's Center, 903 3rd Ave; (843) 248-1700. Get several cards, because you give up the coupon when you use them. History and architecture buffs will enjoy the city. There is an historic downtown walking trail. The locals are friendly. There are several good restaurant choices Grocery shopping and the post office are not within what I consider to be walkable distance. Despite the limitations, this river trip is exquisite. It is unique, beautiful and well worth the effort.


Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

local boater input, 2013-08-04
Captain: , Conway, SC (40)

Beautiful black water trip of about 15 miles. Generally deep river except for maybe one spot (see earlier review). You won't be disappointed with views or peacefulness. Summer weekends do have local traffic-fishermen, water skiers, etc. Enterprise Creek entrance off waterway is deep and best. Entrance to marina sometimes at four to five feet but usually above that at low tide. Gas only. Small marina so best to tie up just upriver at bridge on floating docks managed by marina. Two of those at about 50 ' each. Or anchor just beyond bridge off Riverwalk. very deep. Easy walk to bar or restaurants who want boaters business. Try Rivertown Bistro, Cradys, for more upscale dining. Coppers, Solano's, Chloe's are also good. Why not the fish market behind Kingston Presbyterian for the greatest fish sandwich eaten under the old oak trees by the cemetary. Be sure to tell people in town you are a cruiser. They enjoy meeting you and hearing your stories. Historical revolutionary town dates to 1730. It's citizens later founded Myrtle Beach. County seat.

Nice side trip up the Waccamaw!, 2013-05-10
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

Suggest boaters make a reservation if they want to be assured of dockage upon arrival. 16 sm up the Waccamaw to Conway marina. Floating docks (1 close by the marina and 2 adjacent to Riverwalk). Free WIFI in the marina/park now. I could see the signal on my iPad on the dock. Quiet, park setting. Good restaurants in town. Very friendly locals! Free movies on some Friday nights in the park. Worth a couple nights in our humble opinion. Sports bar has a great beer selection on tap and in bottles. Local seafood place has very reasonable prices.

Waccamaw River Treasure, 2012-06-01
Captain: , Myrtle Beach, SC (50)

This is a spectacular trip about 16 miles up the Waccamaw River to a welcoming southern town. My 40 ft trawler drafts 4.5 ft and I encountered water of 8 feet or more in the entire river. The charted river entrance from the ICW at G1 has shoaled near the next marker approaching to R2. Do NOT enter river at marker G1 as charted but go North to %u201CEnterprise Creek%u201D just past Enterprise landing marker G27 (not G27A) and take the center of channel west to the Waccamaw river marker R2. Leave R2 to port and continue up river normally to Conway. Markers then run from R2 ending at R16. Keep west side at R14 and expect a bit of shallow water. Also be aware that your electronic chart probably ends just past R4, but laminated %u201Clocal charts%u201D of the entire river are available at Osprey marina and other possible sources. Only 3 transient slips are rented. One slip is a part (downriver) of the old tour boat dock and in the marina proper. The marina entrance, just off the river, was at about 6 feet when 26 minutes before low tide and but with 1.5 feet of flooding. So it could be 5 feet or less under certain circumstances. The other two slips are in the river and should always have sufficient water. The staff was friendly but the service level was by no means intrusive. We received no docking assistance in any manner. Rates are very low. Chloe%u2019s (843.488.2500) is a great clean nearby restaurant for breakfast or lunch and Riverside Bistro (843.248.3733) offers and excellent dining at a little more ambitious walking distance. It is well worth the 10-15 minute walk. Date 05/21/12.

A beautiful place to visit, 2011-11-19
Captain: , Stone Mountain, GA (179)

With some trepidation I brough my 45' CHB (4' 2" draft) up the Waccamaw just to experience the beauty of the river. I was not disappointed with the trip and certainly not with Conway. It's a wonderful small (but spreading) town whose history is tied to the river. The Riverwalk area (where the two floating docks are) is beautiful, quiet and safe. Deep water makes docking and anchoring very easy. The only caveat is that the docks have cleats only (and they are not terribly large ones) so tieing up single-handedly required a little effort. But limited current and tidal swing make it very doable. Town is an easy walk. Enterprise offers $10/day weekend rates (min. Friday-Monday) so shopping is easy.

Docks are free for day use (with 30 amp service...the 50 amp was not working) and $1/ft for overnight. I just moved off into the river (plenty of anchorage this time of year and virtually no traffic on the river).

We agree - loved it but not free, 2010-10-02
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3048)

We had the same issue. Some think they are free but then a guy comes to collect. We had a long discussion with the Chamber of Commerce- Visitors Center who said they were free and then called the town and found out they were not. We actually went up in the AM and left in the PM. Good restaurants though. It is not worth the trip IMHO unless it was free dock.

These docks are NOT at the marina. I ran aground (5') getting into the marina docks. It is plenty deep at the floating dock just below the bridge. Its a very nice setting.

Not Free!, 2009-12-04
Captain: , Belfast Maine (111)

We motored up the Waccamaw after calling both the Chamber and the town marina to make sure we could, in fact, tie up for free and were told, that yes, the docks were free. When we arrived, however, four hours later, we were charged $1/foot with the explanation that someone didn't have their facts straight. The detour would have been worth it, but now is definitely not.

Conway Riverwalk Docks, 2008-10-05
Captain: , On the water (1501)

What a wonderful stop! Free docks that now have 30 & 50 amp for FREE! 2 blocks to town with good dining & bars. IGA & laundromat about 1 mile from docks. No water on the dock but a very safe and scenic area........don't miss it! Have the Spinach Cakes at Berni's and stop in at Copper's for a cold drink and good dinner specials!

Free town docks in scenic, historical setting, 2007-11-30
Captain: , Manitou Springs (166)

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