Details for Dennis Point Marina and Campground
Name

Dennis Point Marina and Campground
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.3 stars from 16 reviews

Address 46555 Dennis Point Way
Drayden, MD 20630-3212

Phone301-994-2288

After hours contact

240-273-2603

Facility type

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

Notes

Under new management July 2012.

VHF channel

16/68

Web sitewww.dennispointmarina.net

Email contact

jimgodey.dennispoint@gmail.com

Owner, manager



Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC, Visa, and Discover

Payment discounts

They offer Boat US discount for transient slips and fuel.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

Make for the whistle buoy RW 'A' just southwest of Point Lookout, MD (approx 38:01N 076:21W). Proceed about 6 nm on course 322M to the RG 'SM' buoy, then steer due north. You should be able to see the green day markers marking the channel into Carthagena Creek ahead on the port side. SMYC is just on the back side of Josh Point in the creek.

Carthagena Creek is really hard to see on approach. Following the channel up the St Mary's River, look hard to port for the green day markers.

Reported May 29, 2012: There is a growing shoal on an approach to Dennis Point marina - stay close to the day marker R4. The sandbar to your starboard is visable and drops to 8+ feet quickly. The western side is shoaling and closer to the center of the channel than what's on the charts. Stay 40-50 feet off the sandbar and you'll be fine.

Tide

2

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 120
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 12
Total: 80
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2014-04-28)

Other price info:

Moorings

Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)

Yes

Dinghy access



Liveaboard info



FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: BoatUS discounts. Pump is open Sundays until 4 pm.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Boat US discounts.

Propane

Yes

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Dog park on site.

Disability access



Launch service



Pump out

Yes - $5

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes

Showers

Yes

Heads

Yes

Laundry

Yes - A small one.

Grocery

No - Small ships store in the marina office. Grocery is 5 miles away.

Hardware

Yes - Small ship store in the marina office.

Restaurants

Yes - Rick's Riverside Restaurant

Open February 15, 2013 - under new management:
Thursday - Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm
Sunday 8 am - 1 pm
(Bar stays open later)

Beginning April 1st:
Wednesday 4 pm - 9 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11 am - 9 pm Sunday 8 am - 8 pm
(Bar stays open later)

Bars

Yes - Bar in the restaurant and small Tiki bar on the deck of the restaurant.

Hotels or motels



Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service boatyard.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 2 large lifts. Up to 75 tons, up to 25 feet wide. The only 75 ton lift on the Potomac. They are familiar with multihull haul-outs.

Storage facilities

Yes - Land storage is $5.00 per foot per month.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Minimal

Chartering capabilities



Internet access

Yes - Free internet stations. Verizon works here.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Ramp fee of $5.

Transportation



Other services

Pool, campground, rental cabins, tent sites, rental kayaks, restaurant with delivery service, playgrounds, picnic areas with grills, bike rentals, nature trail, volleyball and tetherball courts, horseshoe pits, weekly and special events.

Attractions

Nearby: St. Mary's City (the Birthplace of Maryland), Flat Iron Farm.

Reviews for Dennis Point Marina and Campground
Friendly, Helpful and Efficient, 2016-10-04
Captain: , Pearl Harbor, HI (468)

After grounding among a bunch of crab traps tried to back out and engine stalled. Was towed he arriving late evening. Early next morning they pulled my boat and discovered crab trap and line wrapped around prop. Despite the metal trap being mangled tightly around the prop they were able to remove it and get me back in the water and underway within a hour.



Very friendly staff, eager to make you feel welcome., 2016-07-01
Captain: , Oriental, N.C. (352)

We came in for one night and needed 50 amp power. Most of their slips had 30 amp, but they rearranged some boats so we could tie to the face dock where they had the 50 amps. Tory greeted us, helped us tie up and handled an ad hoc maintenance request with aplomb. We would happily return aagain. Note: clean, individual bathrooms were well above the norm.



2 night stay 25-26 July 2014, 2014-08-02
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (640)

Traveling with several boats stayed two nights. Marina staff friendly. Gave us equipment for bon fire near our boats and let us use large grill for club cookout on second night. We ate at restaurant first night. Food very good. Facilities clean. It is a laid back marina but paid attentiion to our needs. We'll be back.



Nice short stop, 2014-07-23
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1063)

We were looking for a place on the lower Potomac River to stop on a Sunday night with an open restaurant, and Dennis Point fit the bill. The docks were serviceable (didn't see any nailheads) and the power & water were good. The restaurant (said to be in new hands again this year) was very good, with friendly service and fast delivery.



Hit and Miss, but Mostly Miss, 2013-09-17
Captain: , Stafford, VA (305)

The restaurant and marina seem to be subject to frequent ownership and/or management changes. We made reservations for our yacht club for a holiday weekend, which was apparently right in the middle of an ownership/management change. We had no problemes with marina facilities, but the restaurant was in turmoil. The chef had to come out of the kitchen to tell us what she was capable of making. The menu was to be ignored. The coup de grace was the cream of crab soup. One of our party ordered it, and it was a bit thick to say the least. He tried an experiment, sticking a spoon in it and noting that it did not tip over. He went a step further, turning the bowl of soup upside down. The spoon did not fall out.



Avoid this marina, 2013-08-01
Captain: , Hampton, VA (90)

Avoid Dennis Point Marina! We were towed into that marina on Oct. 3rd, 2012. The oil pump on our Perkins 4.108 quit working. Their mechanics, even with all their years of experience and our engine manual as a reference, improperly reassembled our engine. It took 41 days, until Nov 13th, to put in 32 hours of labor because they were too busy with other things. The owner refused to reimburse us for all our costs to correct their mistakes, even though he assured us he would make everything right.
Additionally, the way they tied up the boat in the slip, after they pulled the engine, allowed it to drift under the fixed dock. This trapped the gunwale when the tide came in, tearing a big chunk of the teak off the top of the gunwale. Had we not traveled back to the marina when we did, we would have also lost a turnbuckle on one of the shrouds.
This was probably the worst experience we%u2019ve ever had in 21 years, with any marina or mechanic anywhere, and we%u2019ve sailed from Chicago to the Bahamas. We would never entrust our boat to this marina again, never.




As Much Campground as Marina, 2013-07-16
Captain: , Richmond (223)

Didn't notice the problem with nailheads at the fuel dock, I'll have to check for damage, otherwise no problems with fueling, other than awkward cul-de-sac type in and out. I was careful with high flow diesel nozzle. We were assigned an outward slip with a fresh cross breeze that was a bit challenging to get tied up in. Marina itself in nice shape. Bathrooms a long walk from transient slips, but were clean and new. Not enough of them, IMO. Ethernet didn't work and no wifi. Outside restaurant was pretty good with live music, service was a little slow but they were busy, and the crowd was as much campground as marina, and even a contingent of bikers. I did get the sense they are not a well oiled machine, but friendly and they got the job done.



Turmoil & Campground, 2013-07-06
Captain: , Friday Harbor (212)

The marina operation has all the craziness you could want: frequent management turnovers, wars between staff, inconsistent pricing, rule changes and more instability ahead. If you are still inclined to stop, avoid using the dock hose for filling water tanks. It is used to wash out the insides of port-a-potties. All offsite shopping is far away and the on-site restaurant recently caused a grease fire in the clothes dryer.



Friendly Marina, 2013-06-15
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (110)

Nice one-night stay June 2013. Good service, ready to help tie up, went out of the way to get parts for our broken mainsheet traveler. Restaurant on site had excellent food, esp. clam chowder and Key Lime pie. Showers clean and private. Only negative was fuel hoses on top of fuel dock.



Watch out at the fuel dock, 2013-05-31
Captain: , Tipers Creek (56)

The floating fuel dock is fendered by fire hose which is nailed flat to the dock instead of scalloped along the dock. Some of the nails are not laying flat and have the heads protruding. If you lay up against these you will get scratches in your hull. Also, the diesel nozzle is a high flow type and can tend to back up out of your fuel fill.



Late Season Visit, 2012-12-09
Captain: , Charleston SC (733)

I picked up a delivey here (a Mason 43). She was supposed to be in the water and ready to go but there was some confusion with the management. She had to be launched, painted and ready for sea in one day. The guys (especially Fuzzy) did their best but we still couldn't get away until late the following afternoon. This was well into November and the restaurant was closed (but the cook was helping to paint the bottom). It is a really a beautiful setting and not a long sail to the Chesapeake. There is extensive deep water dockage (at least in late fall).



Only marina close to St-Mary's, 2012-07-10
Captain: , Montreal, PQ, Canada (560)

Not much else here than the marina. Great docks, nice facilities and lovely grounds. Marina under new management. Place needs a little facelift, but overall, quite good at this point.



New owners have a lot of heart, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Quantico, VA (10)

The new owners work hard (and late) on the Memorial Day Holiday weekend to make it great for their transients and campers. Bathrooms were busy but clean and they kept the store open late for those of us that forgot to restock ice while we were having fun during the day. It's a long way from home but worth the trip!



Updated but, still working to become a great destination, 2012-05-29
Captain: , Colonial Beach (71)

The owners have dropped some coin in updating this marina/campground. The tiki bar is expanded and updated. New dock planks and finger piers are very noticeable. The small pool is open to all boaters AND campers making it crowded and noisy. We planned on visiting the newly renovated restaurant (which I understand is very nice), but left a day early to find a quieter spot. The new owners are really trying to make this place work and see signs of further improvements. I fully expect a higher rating this time next year.



tide is coming in!!, 2012-05-28
Captain: , Saint marys river (12)

under new management. They're doing alot of work to get it back.Restaurant is opened and has great food.Fixing up piers and adding new stuff every day. Looks like they're here to stay.Pool and deck are now opened!Will be 5 stars very soon!!!



Under New Ownership, 2012-03-25
Captain: , Callao, Virginia (34)

New owners have taken over Dennis Point Marina as of Feb 1, 2012. They have done more to upgrade the place over the past two months than the previous owner ever did. All the docks have new decking and they are fixing up the deck by the pool and the pool area. The bathrooms are clean again, too. The restaurant is now called Watermen's Creekside. Not open yet, but should be by the weekend. They have also added non-ethanol gas and a small ship's store that actually has useful things in it.

We have berthed there for about six years and were about to leave because it was not being maintained, but the place is looking up and we like the location and see the potential for a new life to the place.

I'm giving it a rating of 4 stars in anticipation of the completion of the improvements.

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