Details for Fort Walton Beach City Dock

Fort Walton Beach City Dock

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 43 reviews

Address Brooks Street SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


After hours contact

Police dept.

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Ft Walton Beach





Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

None required.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Pass NE of red marker R6 toward docks. Watch out for sand bar running west of R8. Dock lies behind and just west of marker R6.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 9
Transient dockage: 6.5
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Outer slips are 6.5-8 feet, less in the inner slips. Some inner slips are reported to have barely 4 feet at low tide. Sustained North winds can draw down waterlevel 1 to 2 feet below MLLW.

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

Additional info: 100 feet of face dock, three 45 foot long by 20 foot wide slips, and two 35 foot slips. Only the T-head and the first slip on western side have 5 feet or more water.

Most of the face dock is reserved for the pump out station, which actually works and is frequently used by the locals.

There is no help with dockage unless other boaters are there.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 6
Total: 6
Transient price: $0.00/ft (0000-00-00)

Other price info: No charges for overnight stay. Only one night unless additional permission obtained (apparently not often given). Sometimes one night ignored when not crowded but not officially.

Note: You must call the Police Department (number is posted) and let them know you are there. Do that as soon as you are tied off. They are wonderful about wanting you to enjoy your free stay as long as you follow the rules. The police will patrol while you are there so it is fine to leave the boat and go into town. It is still important to lock your boat.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: No power

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Free water available. You must suply a hose.

Dinghy access

Yes - Inside north finger piers.

Liveaboard info

No - 24-hour limit unless City Manager's office approves additional time.

It is reported that the 24 hour limit is "unoffically" ignored if the dock is not crowded and boat traffic light, e.g. off season.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Ramp onto pier.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Free pumpout.


Yes - Available at the Publix.


Yes - Trash receptacle in park.




Yes - In the adjacent park, not great but OK. Nicer restrooms in nearby library and museum, Publix, restaurants, etc


Yes - In town.


Yes - There is a Publix nearby.


Yes - Various stores including a new (replacement) West Marine about 8-9 blocks from the park. NAPA short walk.


Yes - 4-5 restaurants within 5 blocks, including a Waffle House at the Publix (Grocery) shopping center.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon signal strength is good. Reported to have no open APs for WiFi, as of June 2016.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Nearby ramp.


Yes - Trolly bus at street.

Other services

Library and other facilities within walking distance of dock.


The park itself is a nice attraction. Can sit on benches, overlooking your boat and the waterway.

There is a nice tourist area with gift shops close by as well.

Reviews for Fort Walton Beach City Dock
Very convenient free dock, 2016-06-28
Captain: , United States (2386)

We spent a pleasant night here. Easy walk to several restaurants from super-casual to white tablecloth. Publix supermarket also an easy walk. There were no derelict boats on our visit nor did anyone try to mess with our boat. With a 6' draft we opted to use the outside T-head; we stayed to one end to avoid blocking the pumpout. We did not need the pumpout but it appeared to be operational.

Great place to Visit, 2016-06-11
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

Walked the town, ate dinner and shopped at Publix. Shot pool and sang Karaoke at The Block. Hit NAPA for some supplies. Wish more towns did this. You are right at the start/end of the "No Wake Zone" so make sure things are stored. Free bands in the park on Fridays...

Derelict boats gone, 2016-04-18
Captain: , Grafton, IL (100)

Spent the night here April 2016. No derelict boats in any of the slips. 4 boats spent the night here. We draw 4 ft and had 3 ft below the keel in the second slip on the western side. Walked to Publix for supplies. Ate downtown.

Free is good!, 2016-02-04
Captain: , Madison, Wisconsin (20)

We tied up on the outside (side tied) as the inner slips appeared fairly shallow. The first two slips on the west side were showing 6-7' of depth, but the deeper outer slip is still occupied by an abandoned sailboat. The local police have posted a notice on the junk boat and will have it removed in a few weeks. This boat was there 5 months ago when we passed through heading west. Some boat wake, but not too bad in the two times we have used this dock. The free pump out is no longer in operation. There is an after hours number posted you can call to get permission to use the dock overnight. One night maximum stay. Bathrooms in the adjacent park are available, but there are not any shower facilities. A nice place to dock up for one night as you travel the ICW.

Good overnight resupply, 2016-01-09
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (300)

Two loopers used the T-head and outmost western slip...we both had over 8 ft of water at low tide. Middle western inner slip "occupied " by two well worn sailboats that appeared to be permanent residents. They had an anchor out and a line to the slip. They were friendly and helpful, but loved to share their music a little too much. A couple of the other slips blocked by "dinghies" used by other permanently anchored boats to access them. Easy place to replenish food, liquor and water. Don't expect the free pumpout to didn't for us. Numerous restaurants close by...we enjoyed Magnolias. No open WIFI nearby.

Free but that's all., 2016-01-08
Captain: , Boyd, Texas (390)

Derelict boats are all around the area. Only the face dock appeared usable. Nice pumpout but it would not develop enough suction to do the job. A few sketchy people around, but it was free.

You'lll enjoy it, 2015-12-26
Captain: , Gallatin, TN (10)

We docked overnight at the face dock in a 53' Hat with 4.5 draft no problem. Larger boats won't want to try anything but the face dock outside. It was clean, peaceful and quiet, and safe...and don't forget fully complementary of the City of Ft. Walton. You should be aware however that this is full public access and you can expect to have some harmless gawkers walking up to your boat (and in our case even curiously peeking in the windows unaware that we could see them). The public docks are integrated into a really nice public park for a walk, and a full retail area and publix are within walking distance. Great way to cut the trip on the way into Sandestin!

Be very careful here , 2015-12-07
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (780)

Fixed wooden dock and some slips in decent order. We tied up on the t head and it was ok. Depth was over 8 feet. We called police dept after arriving to register and were told this was an area with lots of vagrants and that we needed to be extremely cautious. Were also told that if we left anything on the boat not locked down it was likely to be gone when we came back. So much for our plans for a nice evening stroll and dinner. Won't be back.

Convenient, and FREE!, 2015-11-12
Captain: , Bay St. Louis, MS (714)

Nice wooden docks. We had 9' depth on outside dock, another boat found 7' in middle slip on west side. Short walk to Publix grocery store. There are many restaurants within just a few blocks. There is some riff raff hanging out in the adjacent park, but the local police visit frequently to keep trouble at bay.

The wakes can be a problem on busy days. But this is a great place to stop for a night. Convenient to everything, and you can't beat the price!

Derelict boats, 2015-11-11
Captain: , Michigan City, IN (748)

Easy to approach from main channel. Two boats (48' and 36' with 4' max draft) fit along outside dock wall in 8' water.
Two derelict boats were tied up when we arrived. Another was anchored inside the channel posts. There was activity on all three through the evening, some of it loud.
We were unsuccessful using the free p/o.

Too shallow for our 4' draft, 2015-11-05
Captain: , Guthrie OK (50)

We tried to get in during a rain shower with poor visibility. We rubbed bottom a couple of times. It looks like a nice area, and the City Manager's secretary was very nice, and disappointed that we couldn't get in. Maybe with a little better signage, and directions, we could have made it.

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1523)

The dock has several slips parallel to the shore. The closest ones to the shore were very shallow and one of them was damaged. We tied up on the end with no problem. The adjacent park was very clean and nice. We stopped at the local Chamber of Commerce and they were very welcoming. The town is just a short walk and there are several restaurants nearby. I do not recomment the waterfront Italian restaurant as the food was mediocre and the prices high. The only Italian rest. I have been to that serves mashed potatoes with veal parm, and doesn't serv bread.

Free Dock, 2014-12-01
Captain: , Westport CT (311)

This is a free dock with water and pumpout doesn't get much better than that. Easy walk to town that has an antique store and some shopping and interesting restaurants, and a Publix nearby.

Great stop, 2014-11-16
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1897)

Stopped agin in 2014 not much changed police still very friendly and a few of the homeless were still begging for food.


Well worth the stop a little shallow on the outside but we draft over 5' and were fine.
Call city managers office or police department to register and they will also keep an eye out for you
Close to good restaurants etc and can't beat the price
Thanks Ft Walton

Wonderful stop in a Wonderful town!, 2014-07-19
Captain: , Pensacola (160)

Spent the night last night, called into police at number on sign w no problems. Docks in excellent shape, found 5' on first slip on the East side. Shortly after docking, walked to publix (two blocks out, three blocks to the east)... Then bought some gas at the circle K (two blocks out, three blocks West). Came back to the boat to find a dance performance set up in the park! Wonderful evening, and all free. Thanks to the city for their making it easy to enjoy their home.

Great stop, 2014-06-30
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

Docks are in excellent shape. Water and pump out only. Must call City to get permission to dock. Magnolia's Restaurant just east of dock is a must stop. Several other restaurants and bars nearby. Grocery store is a short walk. A few homeless types in the park, but no issues. Well worth the stop and we will return

Free Dock revisited, 2014-04-16
Captain: , Absarokee Mt (1228)

Good restuarant, Maginolia Inn, just down street. we were warned this time by City Manager to lock the boat when we leave it to go shopping.

Beach city dock just fine for us, 2014-02-06
Captain: , Columbus Indiana (41)

excellent never wood docks, with a free pump out and water but no electric. Approached inside the finger docks from east side seemed a bit shallow but found 6 foot inside first pier on west side.
Tied boat both sides, walk to everything and try the german plate lunch at Fokkers, the new music and wine venue upstairs nice too.

A gem in Ft. Walton, 2013-12-30
Captain: , Chicago, IL (958)

Docks/pilings in very good shape, may have been replaced recently. We draw 4.5', plenty of depth on approach and at face dock (did not attempt. Publix, pubs & liquor store are a short walk away. And no charge for overnight dockage - how rare is that?!

Loved the oysters, 2013-12-04
Captain: , Meredith, NH (638)

A terreffic marina with excelent facilities located in downtown with numerous good restaurants in easy walk distance.

Great location and new docks, 2013-12-02
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

Stayed in the western outermost slip for one night. There is a telno posted to call to arrange overnight if the city hall is closed for the day (gets the police station). About 1 mile walk to West Marine for parts; many restaurants close. No water or electricity. Docks fully rebuilt and in great shape, but depth may be a problem in the slips for anything over 4 foot draft. Outside on T-head showed about 8-9 feet at high tide while inside slip showed 6-7 feet. Slips closer to shore were very shallow.

Thank you Fort Walton Beach for making this dock possible.

Great free dockage, 2013-11-18
Captain: , Marblehead, OH (255)

Everything is up and running as described. The only thing missing are clean heads and showers. This is our second night here, only 2 other Loopers besides us. There is a number posted to call the police department to check in 24/7 if the main office is closed.

Pier is open, 2013-08-12
Captain: , Orange Beach (21)

I called today and they are open.. you can stay for free but you must call... the office that takes calls is open Monday-Thursday (probably 8-4 pm) but on Friday, they close at 11 am..

Confirmation - Closed, 2012-11-27
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

Made a call today to the City Manager's office to check on the status. They said they had found some structural problems below the water level that made the docks unsafe to use. They anticipate at least another 2 months before repairs can be completed. Pump out is also OTS.

CLOSED - not usable, 2012-11-01
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4176)

Got here today 11/1/2012 and found this dock in shambles and closed. Yellow caution tape all around and all the piers are blocked off on the dock. Keep going.....went to Destin instead.

Easy shopping access, 2012-05-15
Captain: , Pensacola (430)

Stopped here due to a thunderstorm moving in to our NE. The storm moved away and we took advantage of the chance to get a few groceries across the street at Publix. Clean restroom, no showers though. Police regularly patrol the area. Lots of restaurants and bars nearby. If staying overnite they have a number posted to call.

Loved it!, 2011-12-28
Captain: , Earth (561)

We actually anchored and dingied into the dock, but there is a great park, public restroom free pumpout, publix is two blocks away with a liquor store and chinese place, west marine was two miles away all for no cost!

Free is good, 2011-12-11
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (6425)

Solid docks in city park, near restaurants, grocery. We stayed two nights, no problem in December. Three other boats there with us. The two on the outside and the boat in front of us in the first west side slip had no depth problems at low tide. We were in the first slip on the east side, touched bottom on backing out, draft 3.8 ft. Got out be springing over to the outside pier. Great location for walking our dog.

Nice Stop Over, 2011-11-19
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2153)

We waited here a couple of nights for the wind to die down enough to cross the big bay to the east - called the City and gave them our info, very nice folks. Publix, liquor store, restaurants, bars, etc all within walking distance - very convenient. There's a lot of transients and bums hanging about...use caution when leaving your boat.

Fort Walton Beach Dock, 2011-11-18
Captain: , Stillwater, MN (287)

Nice spot to tie up for the night. Pump out is slow but works. Walk to convenience store. Wife on crutches got there. Had 8 feet on outside tie-up.

free convenient secure dock, 2011-11-16
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

This is a great deal for cruiser as is within 200yds of the GIWW has water enough to get in and finger piers to sprider web the boat in if bad weather. Plenty of nearby shopping including a Publix and a nearby movie theater. Big West Marina a bike ride 1.2 miles. Pump free but slow. Water but no power.

Nice tie-up, 2011-11-13
Captain: , Pensacola (429)

We tied up here (on the outside dock) for just one night. We checked in with the city manager's office in advance and they were super nice. They said they would inform the police dept so they would know that we had permission. They also warned us that the area was not secure and to be sure and lock up good if we went out. There were a number of homeless people hanging around the area, although no one caused any issues, and the dock is very well lit at night which was good.

Very nice free dock located in a very clean park., 2011-04-03
Captain: , baltimore md (634)

Thanks Ft. Walton for the nice stop in bad weather! We docked our 40 footer in the first slip in from the T head, West side. Very big slip and easy to get into. The next slip in should be ok also. Favor the south side of that slip for more depth. The first slip in on the east side looked ok also. The rest of the slips are to shallow for most cruising boats. We made the call to the town as requested all ok there. Fokkers a local bar with early entertainment was fun. Publix close by. The pump out worked. We experienced very little wave action. We were the only boat there on a tue & wed. 3/30/11. No negative experience with the local park people. Great stop!

FW Beach City Dock - Nice Facility, Nearby Stores, 2011-02-27
Captain: , Atlanta (314)

Be SURE to call the posted phone number.

Captain: , Channel Islands, California (1149)

The dock is in good shape although the pumpout was out of order. Before we got there, we called the City Manager but there was only a voice mail service. If it tells you to push "1" for the receptionist, it connects you with the police department. We stayed 2 nights because of weather. Lots of nice restaurants in the immediate area. I would stay here again.

Free dockage, 2010-12-01
Captain: , Cincinnati (1800)

Stayed one night. There is no electric or hookups but the docks are in good shape. Need to watch the depth but there is plenty to use the western end 2 docks are to stay on the face of the docks where the pumpout is located. The only sign to let you know you have the right dock is a sign that only shows the icon for pumpout. The docks are busy with folks in the park but all were nice and friendly. You can walk to a shopping area. There are numerous homeless people in the area. They did not bother us at all.

watch your "stuff", 2010-11-09
Captain: , Thibodaux, Louisiana (190)

We overnighted Feb 2010, late at night I heard a clatter outside a guy was trying to steal a dinghy tied two slips over when he saw my light he ran up the dock, got into a car in the park and took off. The homeless who hang around wanting to watch your boat for you, or help tie up are a bother. Too bad becoause otherwise it would be a great stop with shopping and restaurants nearby!
I called the city the next day and reported the attempted theft.
Steve W.

Flort Walton Beach City Dock, 2010-11-08
Captain: , Grand Haven, Mi (2283)

Skipper Bob says to call City Hall to register for the night. We did and the first Girl we talked to didn%u2019t know what I was talking about so transferred me to the City Clerk. The City Clerk said we could probably stay for the night but the City manager was out of the office at the moment but would return within the hour and if there is a problem she would have him call us. There is no sign on the dock for instructions to call anyone. We went for a walk to West Marine and when we returned we noticed a sign as we were walking onto the dock to call City Hall and gave a phone number but no area code. Soooo, do they really expect out of Towner%u2019s to call??? The docks are well built but the water depth in most slips is too shallow for cruising boats to get into. We and our buddy boat pulled into the first two slips on the west side at low tide and made it without a problem but any of the other slips would have been a real problem. The %u201CT%u201D head had plenty of water. West Marine has moved so now it is about a mile (or more) walk from the dock. Shopping and restaurants are close by.

A good place to stop for a while, 2010-10-26
Captain: , Belfast, Maine (215)

Stayed here for several days. Nice spot. Anchored mostly, good holding, but also went along side. We had 6+ ft at the dock. Called the town for permision to do minor work on the boat and they were very nice and helpful. A very plesent place.

Ft. Walton Bch City Dock, 2009-05-27
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (822)

No electric, only room for one large boat. The city really does not have very good control of the dock, but an excellent if you have a dog.

Fort Walton Beach City Dock, 2009-02-19
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Nice stop with good provisioning.

There were some homeless people around. We never felt threatened, but make sure the boat is locked and there is nothing easily stolen on deck unless you can have another boater keep an eye on things.

Watch out for the homeless, 2008-11-01
Captain: , Carrabelle, FL (62)

Would be much nicer if it were not for some scary people hanging out in the park. Easy walk to great shopping and eating. May be safer to anchor out just off the dock. No power. Free water and pump out.

City Dock at Fort Walton Beach, 2007-12-20
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (305)

Very nice free dock next to city park. Pumpout and water on dock are free. Wakes may be troublesome on summer weekends, but is in a "no wake" area.

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