Details for Eastport Breakwater and Public Floats

Eastport Breakwater and Public Floats

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Average rating 3.2 stars from 12 reviews

Address 3 Madison St
Eastport, ME


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2014-07-22)

Other price info: Call the harbormaster at 207-853-4614 to see about availability.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Reported on July 2011, that there's two 20/30/50 amp boxes along the inside of the straight pier, and what might have been a 100 amp box that was locked. On the outside of that pier, therer is only one 20 amp and one 50 amp outlet on a broken box, not even sure if it worked.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

No - No water available on the dock. A boater was told that water is available at the outside north dock, July 2014.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out









Yes - About a 15-minute walk up Washington or Boynton treets is an IGA supermarket.


Yes - Moose Island Marine - see the separate write-up for more detail.


Yes - Several options available.


Yes - Several

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Our AT&T phones picked up various Canadian carriers. Locals say you can call the phone company to get the roaming charges reversed. Also the phones displayed Atlantic time. That got confusing.

Was able to pick up a usable WiFi signal from the new bakery just inshore of the breakwater entrance.

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Reviews for Eastport Breakwater and Public Floats
nothing there, 2016-08-20
Captain: , Baltimore (189)

Passed by appears very little to tie up to. Construction equipment occupies the majority of available dock space.

Hard to dock, 2016-07-23
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

Since the main pier collapsed in 2015, space is at a premium. Call the Harbor Authority to get a spot at the fish pier to check in. The new pier is scheduled to be ready midsummer 2017. Call Bob at the Eastport Chowder House to see if he has room.

CBP Office closed on Mondays, 2015-08-22
Captain: , Cassiopea A (507)

If you're planning to check into the U.S. at Eastport, please be aware that the local CBP office is not staffed on Mondays, and they need to send an officer to Eastport from Lubec. This takes a minimum of 1 hour, so call ahead.

If you are a participant in the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS), be very explicit about it when you call in. Otherwise, the local office just ignores the SVRS float plans.

Finally, I was told that Jonesport is not an appoved Port of Entry for pleasure craft, despite information to the contrary on the CBP web site. Any attempt to clear in at Cutler is a definite no-no, even though it's a shorter drive than Eastport from their Lubec office.

The only place to tie up inside the man-made harbor is on the north side of the Fish Wharf. The northern portion of the harbor is under construction following the December 2014 collapse. If you call the Port Authority (207-853-4614) you may get a permission to stay at the Fish Wharf overnight.

While I give an overall rating of "good" to Eastport, the CBP seems disorganized and uninformative about clearing in procedures.

Entering Eastport, 2015-08-12
Captain: , Fredericton (275)

To follow up on Whisky John's review, this was our first entry into the US by boat and the process was very easy and friendly. The officer met us at this wharf and walked us up to the office.

The wharf is well maintained and easy to access. You can't stay long on the wharf because of limited space, since the wharf collapse.

Eastport is a great community and definitely worth a stay.

Limited, if any, operations 2015 and beyond, 2015-07-25
Captain: , Boston (21)

The wharf collapsed, on top of a local boat, last winter and is being rebuilt. It may take two years or more. Call ahead. Eastport itself is still 5 stars for the artsy, laid back but still optimistic vibe. I agree that it "seems to be looking up" but it has been just like this for at least ten years. People and businesses come and go, start and fail. Always interesting, never busy or crowded. Bar July 4th. Last winter, 17 feet of snow, probably drove more people away than usual. Closure of Deer Island ferry and wharf collapse also taking a toll on the local economy.

Good place to clear in USA., 2014-08-28
Captain: , Forked River, NJ (604)

We cleared back into the US here. Customs folks happened to be walking the dock & after watching my mates superb line handling skills they directed us to the Customs Border Protection office which is about a block away. Same bldg as Post Office. Both were shrouded in green canvas for some restoration work. The clear in process was easy & efficient. We had the current customs sticker on our boat so we were already on the system.
The town appears to be trying to be a tourist destination. The downtown historic district was in nice shape. Wifi free at library. No cell coverage here on our Verizon dongle.

Great visit, 2014-08-01
Captain: , Cape Elizabeth (492)

After many years of decline Eastport seems to be looking up - most of the store fronts are full and the wharf is to be expanded this coming winter. The area behind the "L" shaped wharf is fully occupied by lobster boats but we found an empty spot on the north side of the southerly straight wharf and there are now two lengthy floats northerly of the "L" pier. The excellent open air seafood restaurant is just south of the old brick factory building along the shore, the IGA supermarket is a 15 minute walk west of town and the award winning Raye's Mustard factory is across the street from the supermarket.

We will be back, 2014-07-22
Captain: , Milford CT (658)

The tide range creates some issues with power hookup but we plugged in during the top of the tide cycle only. The view from the dock is worth it. We sat on our bow and watched a whale pass by. Good food , exceptional bakery and the nicest people you will find anywhere. The town has a calming effect on the soul.

Eastport... gateway to the US, 2011-08-26
Captain: , St. Andrews, New Brunswick (435)

Not a review but another comment to add to the previous posts. This is, for Canadians, generally the first port of call when entering US waters. Tie up at the Public float and walk to the post office with your documents (Boat registration & passports) the Border Patrol and Customs office is in the basement. Apparently, in the past the skipper would take all the paperwork to the office, but in our post 9/11 world they now want to see everyone from the boat. In our case the Customs official saw us arriving (we were flying our Quaratine flag) and waited for us at the dock. They drove us to the office and within 5 minutes, we were issued with our 12 month cruising permit. Painless.

Well worth the tirp, 2011-07-14
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

We were allowed to tie up on the inside of the "straight" pier because the seasonal who keeps his boat there was away. Apparently they can sometimes find room inside the "L shaped" pier for transients, or on the outside of the straight pier. The inside had two power boxes, each with one 20A, one 30A and one 50A outlet. The outside had one falling-apart box at the bottom of the brow with one 20A outlet and one 50A.

This is a great location, with the whole of Passamaquoddy Bay above, Campabello Island to the East, and of course bragging rights for having made it as far "Down East" as you can go on the US side. You can spend a day browsing the shops and galleries in town, and there is a wide variety of restaurants from fine dining to pub atmosphere, along with greek, mexican, pizza and of course seafood places.

This summer a great new bakery opened right above the entrance to the breakwater (turn right from the straight pier, or left from the L-shaped side). A must-stop to reprovision for the trip back West or farther North and East.

The closest grocery is a good-sized IGA about a 10 or 15 minute walk up Boynton St. or Washington St.

This would be a 4 or 5 if the docks had water and more reliable electric hookups. The lack of heads and showers also detracts somewhat.

Eastport appears in a state of transition, with lots of "for sale" signs and vacant buildings dating back to the 1800s, but also a lot of renovation. It seems to be taking on a new role as an artists' community. There is history all around. One artist rents an old store that still has the soda fountain, counter, seats, even the syrup pumps, meat scale and cooler still in place. His work is worth seeing, but so is probably one of the last original soda fountains. The remnants of the old peirs and canneries also bring the past into focus.

No Facilities, 2010-10-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Got to watch your electrical hook ups during the tides since they are not on the floats. Kind of a pain, but a safe, nice place to stay and clear customs. The town is neat to see, and everyone is very helpful. We will definitley stay here agin.

Pretty Far Down East, 2009-08-02
Captain: , Barnegat NJ USA (610)

This location is just about "it" when it comes to the end of the US road. The breakwater, an enormous concrete facility built by the US Government, was inended to aid in developing commercial interests in and around Eastport, but today it is used primarily by local fishing interests. However there is usually space for visiting yachts within the breakwater at floating facilities (the tide here may reach 30 feet). At the north end of the facility on the outside of the breakwater there is usually a float in season where 2 or 3 yachts can be accommodated. The harbor is convenient to the town of Eastport, which itself is surprisingly active both culturally and economically. It's only a short sail over Passamaquoddy Bay to Saint Andrews in New Brunswick, and for the adventurous ther's Cobscook Bay just around the corner. A "must see" location.

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