Details for Fort McAllister Marina

Fort McAllister Marina

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 13 reviews

Address 3203 Fort McAllister Rd
Richmond Hill, GA 31324-4804


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Butch and Sherri Broome


Butch Broome


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Upon leaving the ICW, initially hug the left bank - follow the green - and avoid the center just beyond the departure from the ICW. Then in the charted 10 foot tongue cut across to the right side and hug the shore with the greens to port all the way to the first waypoint listed below. Then cut back to the left side to the second waypoint. Then hug the shore again all the way to the marina. Water depths along the shore will run anywhere from 12-18 feet at MLW. Crossing between the waypoints at MLW you might see 7 feet. Tide runs about 8 feet, so if you're concerned about the depth wait until mid-tide or higher. Don't be afraid of getting too close to either shore - 50 to 100 yards is about right!

First waypoint (on the right bank): 31-54.1759N/081-11.2374W
Second waypoint (on the left bank): 31-53.7890N/081-11.3404
Note: Positions are in degress and minutes.

Avoid the stakes in the water just downstream of the marina - they mark a shallow area. There may be a red and green ball in the water where you cut across, but you can't count on them being there or in the correct location. If you have any concerns call the marina by phone and they'll find someone to guide you in.





Tide & current additional info

Very strong current.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 24
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 80
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-09-28)

Other price info: Plus electricity.

Monthly rate:
$11.50 per foot plus electric (Short term-under 3 months)
$9.00 per foot plus electric (long term-over 3 months).


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $5.00 nightly or $40 per month.
50 amp is $7.50 nightly.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboards are welcome.


Fuel brand:

Gas price$3.80/gal (2016-09-28)

Other price info:

Diesel price$2.90/gal (2016-09-28)

Other price info:


Yes - Can be obtained at a hardware store in town with the use of the loaner car.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Near by PawParazzi Pet Boutique for all your pet grooming and pet supply.

Near by Richmond, Hill has two excellant Veterinarians.

Cedar Animal Hospital - Dr. Kyle Christiansen, DVM Phone: 912-756-7560 and
Richmond Hill Animal Hospital - Patrick Hudspeth DVM
502 Ford Way, Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - $40




Yes - Trash receptacles on the dock.




Yes - Restrooms are available in the attached restaurant.


Yes - Coin washer and dryer in the rental rooms across the street.


Yes - No grocery within walking distance but a good Publix store just four miles away - use the loaner car to get there and back.


Yes - ACE Hardware, Richmond Hills, 8 miles from the marina.


Yes - A boater reported that Fish Tales is a great place to eat with great food and friendly staff.

Fish Tales Restaurant
3203 Fort Mcallister Rd
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Monday - Thursday 4 pm - 9 pm
Friday and Saturday - 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday 11 am - 8 pm


Yes - Fish Tales at the marina.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Fishing supplies and live bait available.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Charter fishing, Big Game, Deep Sea and in the intracoastal waterway.

Internet access


Boat ramp availability

Yes - Public boat ramp is about 1/4 mile away.


Other services


Ft. McAllister State Park is about a quarter of a mile away. It has a Confederate war museum and has the best preserved Confederate Earthen Fort in the USA. Major battles for the capture of Savannah occurred here.

Reviews for Fort McAllister Marina
Great Place. Great Staff., 2016-07-11
Captain: , Savannah, GA (41)

This is not your "middle-of-town" marina where you walk or bike everywhere. It is a long way to grocery stores, etc. But the marina is super quiet most days, and much less expensive than the others, too. Fish Tales restaurant has great food. Maybe some sloud music, but it ends before 11PM, usually. Beautiful sunsets over the marsh with light reflecting off the water. Have cameras ready! Current can be CRAZY STRONG. If you are a sailboat, make sure you can make 6 knots under power. If not, you may not be able to dock. Strongest current is ebb tide after lots of rain. Enter transient side docks (east side) on ebb tide. Enter long term side (west side) on flood tide. Makes for much less drama. No showers. No laundry. Ice, snacks, and fishing supples at the marina store. Deep draft sailboats, do your math to keep from becoming a temporary channel marker!

Captain Jim Rogers Deltaviile, Va, 2016-02-17
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (10)

This marina is great! After suffering a bearing failure on the way down the waterway, we were able to slowly work our way to their docks. after calling ahead we were met by a great staff who assisted immediately with help analyzing the problem. They immediately lifted our 30 foot lobster boat out of the water even though it was late on a Sunday afternoon. They subsequently arranged for a mechanic the next day to confirm the problem. We left the boat there for two weeks until a transport hauler was able to pick up the boat and truck back to Maine. Butch and Sherri are the new owners and they are the best. Great restaurant right on the docks. The dock staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Great place to launch or haul mid size power boats or lay over going down the waterway. Only one hour from the Savannah Airport.

Great Fort -- Poor Marina, 2015-05-04
Captain: , Solomons, MD (882)

We had made reservations several days earlier, but when we called on the radio, we received no answer. We tried the telephone. Again, no answer. We tried for about 20 minites and could not raise anyone. By that time we were just outside the marina, so we cruised the outer dock. Although we could not see anyone, we picked a spot, decided THAT would be our slip and docked ourselves. Now, we have a 52 foot boat with six feet of freeboard. Pulling in with substantial current without help from the dock is, at best, difficult. I can understand why the dockhand couldn't hear us (he was blowing leaves), but even now I don't get how he could not SEE us. We are a big boat.

The dockhand could tell I was a bit upset when we went up to register. He was going to move us to a different slip, but after a look at my face, he decided we could stay where we were (the best deciison he made that day). Both the dockhand and the owner later apologized, but the owner offered no recompense of any kind, so I gotta say that apparently he wasn't THAT sorry.

The visit to the fort, however, was a different story. It was fun, interesting, informative and a bit different from the normal colonial and Revolutionary forts we see on the ICW.

Great Place to Stay, 2015-03-10
Captain: , Lizella GA (1414)

I arrived at low tide but still had over 7 feet of water all the way in, just follow the markers. They have installed private markers that they keep up to date. The owners and dock staff are always ready to help and make your docking easy. They current is extremely strong but he new floating docks are parallel and the staff will direct you on the best approach to docking. Fish Tales is a popular place to eat with friendly staff and really good food. The owners and staff are committed to making your stay a good one.

Ft McAllister Marina Must stop!, 2014-12-30
Captain: , Sanford, Fl. (887)

We Stopped here again in Novermber of 2014 to have some engine work done. Since we were here last they have upgraded their WIFI acess to broadband. They have also installed new navigation aids to make the trip to the marina hassel free. I have to also say that the restaurant (Fish Tails) has to be one of the most consistent on the waterway. The food is always excellent and service is consistently outstanding!

This is a great little hidden spot only 5 miles off the ICW. We ended up staying a week. It is worth the trip just for the great food in the restaurant. Be sure to try their Shrimp and Grits!

The marina has fairly new floating docks parallel to the current. There are plenty of cleats and good clean power. The dock help is great and the owners work hard to make your stay enjoyable. A loaner vehicle is available to go into town for shopping etc. The WiFi is free with a good signal. There is also a local car rental that will come pick you up and bring you back and charges reasonable rates.
Ft McAllister is a nice walk down the road, and is well worth the trip. Since the road deadends at the fort it has little traffic.
The only problem is navigating from one side of the river to the other at low tide. The owners have new bouys on order to mark a better channel. And a new write up for the navagation is currently being written.

Jewell off the ICW, 2014-11-24
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (272)

Channel to Ft. McAllister Marina is not all that difficult. Call them for instructions. We had deep water all the way in and as you get closer they have markers in place. For sure visit Ft. McAllister as the history is very interesting. Good biking.

Great Home Port or Layover, 2014-01-29
Captain: , Richmond Hill, GA, USA (20)

Docks are in excellent condition and Marina staff is very resp[onsive to concerns of boater. No yard service. Houl out for trailerable boats only. Local diver available to clean hull, etc.

Excellent resaurant and bar.
Facilities are clean and well maintained.
Channel up river is not difficult if you watch the chart and depth gauge with the only difficult part at Shady Syhoal.

New Management, 2013-04-17
Captain: , Richmond Hills, GA (200)

There was a time I would not be recommend Fort McAllister, but that has changed. Mr. Butch Broome and his wife Sherri are now the owners of Fort McAllister Marina, and have made many great improvements to the marina. I highly recommend this marina, and the the restaurant attached Fish Tales. Do not miss this marina if you are heading north or south on the ICW, it just 5miles up the Ogeechee River.

Nice folks but hard approach, 2013-04-01
Captain: , Port Royal, SC (231)

Folks here were very friendly, but the approach is tough and the bathroom facilities will disappoint the ladies. Great Fish Tales resturant on the premises. Rates are very reasonable

Nice family owned facility, 2011-05-22
Captain: , Mexico Beach, Florida (20)

Very nice marina just about 4 miles west of ICW marker 98. They worked with me on a monthly rate along with the power cost. Nice restaruant and a loner car to run local. Floating docks. About 5 1/2 ft. at low tide. Nothing fancy but nice and clean.

Excellent Marina with hoist for Trailerable boats and Resturant, 2010-07-13
Captain: , Richmond Hill GA (10)

I keep my Aft Cabin Motoryacht at this marina. The docks are in excellent shape. Diesel and Gas as well as great food at the Resturant. Call for local knowledge up the Ogechee river.

Nice marina, off the beaten path, good food, 2010-04-06
Captain: , Savannah,GA (376)

We docked there on 3-April-10 and the facility is adequate with a "back-woods" flavor, dock-hands were very helpful, the on-site seafood restaurant is great, it is a haul from the ICW but if you want to explore Ft. MacCallister it is close.Navigation is tricky so choose your approach time, currents are very strong around the docks so be careful. Showers are across the street and not very nice, bring your "shower shoes".

Ft. McAllister Marina, 2009-10-22
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

This marina is a jewel of a place to stay if you need access to the southern area of Savannah. It's about 7 miles off the ICW, so may not be suitable for those just passing through the area. The rates are extremely reasonable.

Friendly, helpful marina staff. You'll need to consult them to find your way into the marina through the shoal water about a mile downstream of the marina, but it's easy enough once you are told how to proceed. Former private ATONS washed away in the tidal current (up to 2.5 knots), but the Coast Guard is in the process of adding light-listed markers. Hopefully they'll also conduct a bottom survey to update the chart of the area.

The Maptech chartbook of the area does not cover the Ogeechee River beyond the ICW, but electronics charts on a laptop and chartplotter did; however, they were not accurate by any stretch of the imagination within 2 miles of the marina - that's where you need to call for local knowledge.

In the lower river, the charted 8 foot shoal extending from the north bank extends much further than shown. Stay close to the south bank (port side when going upstream) until past the 8 foot tongue and then move to the north (starboard) side the rest of the way up the river until coming around the last broad bend to port when you'll need to switch to the port side of the river (and call for local knowledge).

The on-site casual restaurant specializes in seafood and has a commanding view of the river and docks. Try the shrimp and grits - they're great!

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