Details for James Creek Marina

James Creek Marina

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Average rating 3.3 stars from 16 reviews

Address 200 V Street SW
Washington, DC 20024


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Operated for the National Park Service by Guest Services Inc.


Greg Smith



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Visa, MC, AMEX, and Discover. Payment by check is not available for fuel.

Payment discounts

Fuel discounts available for 1000 gal or more. Call for details.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Pumpout and water are turned off during the winter months.


North up the Potomac to the Anacostia River. East into the mouth of the Anacostia, just past a point of land on the left called East Potomac Park (with Hains Point Golf Course), just past the Washington Harbour entrance on the left, and you will see a very large, lit sign for James Creek Marina. The fuel dock is located just past the long outside dock.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Transient dockage available for vessels 100+ feet.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 297
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-09-12)

Other price info: Transient agreement available on the website Slip Rates page.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $3.00 for 30 amp shore power.
$5.00 for 50 amp shore power.
$10.00 for 2x50 amp or 100 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

No - Not allowed by the National Park Service.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 89 octane with 10% ethanol.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Ultra low sulfur with Fuel Right treatment.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Leashes and clean up required.

Disability access


Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Bagged ice at the fuel dock and dock office. $2.00 per 7 lbs bag.





Yes - Clean showers and changing rooms.








Hotels or motels

No - There are hotels and motels, within 1 mile.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Local mobile contractors available. Call for details.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Limited. Taxi is your best option. The marina can call one for you.

Other services


Physically close to downtown Washington DC and the National Mall. Taxi service available 24/7. Limited bus service.
Nationals Park 1/2 mile walking distance.

Reviews for James Creek Marina
very nice for he price, 2016-07-29
Captain: , Lighthouse Point, Fl (280)

65 ft Fairline Squadron. SAFE RETURNS

It was a long walk to the T dock. But the dog and myself needed the exercise. Some docks are being replaced. Wifi is being replaced. Good grass for the dog. Uber was only $6.00 to resturants. So our boat is 65 ft. The other marinas about a mile from us were 3 to 4 dollars a foot per day. They only charged us $310 for three days including electric. Now I have to say Walter the dock master asked if I needed anything.....he drove me to a Safeway and took me back. Wow that's service. If they get good wifi and tidy up a little they go to 4 stars. A pool 5 stars. Waking distance to the Washington Nationals

Peaceful, nice location, 2015-03-18
Captain: , Washington,DC (83)

This is the most peaceful setting of all the DC marinas - away from the trains, metro and bridge traffic. There is some helo traffic that will go by since the rivers are the helo traffic routes. The floating docks are serviceable and the staff are generally friendly - though sometimes a challenge to find either physically or via email. The fairway is a little narrow if you are single screw. The Anacostia River does have a lot of trash and debris and because of the tides it can get lodged/stuck in the Marina. They employ bubblers in the corners to help but there is always some left. The river itself determines how much will be in the marina. Transient space is often available. We have a year round slip. The water and pumpout are seasonal. The heads are serviceable and have a/c and heat. There is one shower in each. There are approx 3 charcoal grills available and some picnic tables. There is also a sand volleyball court. In general the boaters in the Marina are extremely friendly and C dock are "boaters" vice "floaters" during the boating months.

Stopped for fuel; 1st time not tipping, 2014-09-06
Captain: , Oxford, MD (610)

We stopped here for fuel before leaving Washington. The posted fuel dock hours were from 7:00 AM. Radio calls went unanswered. We docked ourselves and called the telephone number. It sounded as though we woke "Carlos" and his attitude was "whatever" . This was at 09:03, he finally ambled down the dock at 09:16 and turned the closed sign on the shack to open. He was not rude but barely spoke as we tried to engage him in conversation. After taking on fuel, we departed without tipping, something we have never done before.

Friendly Staff, 2014-06-07
Captain: , Aventura, Florida (330)

I stopped here on our transit around DC for 2 nights. The floating docks are very old and need some repair. The trash in the marina such as floating debris was said to be there because of the extreme high tides. I needed a cab it took aboiut an hour to get one. Easy access to the Nationals Stadium about 1/2 mile walk.

Good Destination, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Quantico, VA (261)

The marina has both gas and diesel fuel and a pump out station. It is a state owned marina and offers a limited number of transient slips with mostly 30A power. All docks are floating and there is easy access to the new Washington National's stadium and the Nation's Capital.

Wath out for trash, 2013-09-17
Captain: , Stafford, VA (305)

We stayed here during a trip to D.C. for July 4th fireworks. My main memories are a tight fairway (though that might have had more to do with my docking ability at the time) and that trash floating down the Anacostia River seems to collect in the marina.

Best service ever at a fuel dock, 2013-07-27
Captain: , Apollo Beach, FL (928)

We stopped here for fuel, water, and pump out before anchoring in Washington Channel. Two people were at the dock to help us tie up. They handed me the fuel hose and handed my wife the water hose, then Curtis came aboard (after asking permission) with the pump out hose and took care of that. We were not in any hurry, but were in and out very quickly.

Great Place, Fuel dock can be busy, 2013-07-10
Captain: , Washington D.C. (231)

Great place to get fuel, but watch out as some of the commercial boats fill up here and it can take A LONG time for them. I find getting into the fuel dock tricky at times but that is more me and my boat than the dock. The staff is always friendly and helpful.

Nationals Game, 2013-06-20
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (123)

Great place to tie up for the day and attend a Nationals game which only about 1/4 mile walk away. I think this is the closest marina. Definitely cheaper than parking.

Best Deal in DC, 2012-06-20
Captain: , Potomac (30)

We have spent the last 3 Summers at this marina. Great staff and it is easy to get to the marina from the Highway and quick access to the Potomac river. As the others have said the surrounding neighborhood is not the greatest (ie it puts the hood in neighborhood) it is surrounded by Fort McNair on one side and the Coast Guard on the other. You can walk to Nationals stadium and grocery store just stay near the army base.

Nice, Clean Marina, 2012-05-14
Captain: , Washington DC (80)

We've been at James Creek for 2 years now. the docks are nice and the slips are very spacious. The grounds are always well maintained and the staff is friendly.

Yes the location is not perfect, but hopefully the new development around the ballpark will help bring things up. There is ample parking.

I second the last guys remarks. I don't get the guy who complained about having the provide proof of insurance and who was angry he couldn't grill at the dock. This is pretty standard around here and I'm glad these rules exist. It is also the marina's job to charge people appropriately for the size of their vessel. This is why boats are required to check in at the fuel dock and be measured and inspected.

Overall I would recommend James Creek to other responsible boaters.

Convenient and inexpensive, 2011-08-07
Captain: , Washington, DC (10)

I don%u2019t know what the last guy was griping about. Personally, I like where we are. There%u2019s a short no-wake zone (2 minutes), lots of parking, the place is clean and well kept.
I%u2019m actually glad that last guy isn%u2019t here anymore. Complaining about having to provide insurance and grilling at the docks? Good luck buddy finding a place that will let you come in without proof of insurance and you can go ahead and burn down their docks. Good riddance!
The place isn%u2019t the best but for the price and the flexibility good luck James Creek has all we need.

TERRIBLE - to much trouble!, 2011-08-01
Captain: , Germantown, TN (181)

The neighborhood is not that great. There is nothing you can walk to. The restrooms are NOT air conditioned and are a long way from the docks. They required us to give them a copy of our latest survery, they inspected our boat at the fuel dock before we were allowed in our slip. The lease agreement is 7 or 8 pages long. They required a Certificate of Insurance. You are not allowed to grill on your boat - even if its propane. So I cooked on my propane stove inside my boat (go figure?). And to top it all off they required a $300 deposit when we made the reservation. We thought when we checked in they would charge the difference between the slip fees and the deposit. We were shocked to see they charged the full slip fees in addition to the deposit. We were told they will mail us a check for our $300 deposit (charged to our credit card) 3 - 6 weeks after we leave. Obviously this marina is owned and run by the Government. We will never go back.

getting a lot safer, 2010-07-18
Captain: , miami,fl (2105)

the area has changed a lot with the new baseball park nearby - we walked all over and no issues as it is a neighbor in transition - fort mcnair is right next door so lots of security around and cg headquarters is on other side

dock staff opened fuel docks early for us so we could leave early - reeally nice helpul staff

Nice Marina, Tough Location, 2007-11-30
Captain: , annapolis (183)

James Creek is a decent facility, with floating docks and a fuel dock. It is located where the Anacostia and Potomac rivers merge and debris -- mostly tree branches and wood -- is sometimes an issue. Watch for debris on the approach and in the marina itself.

Also, it is located in a tough part of town. Walking or biking is not advisable, and there is little in the way of public transportation. Best bet is to call a cab.

Generally Available, 2007-01-19
Captain: , Woodbridge, VA (137)

You can often get transient space here when the other DC marinas are full. This is run by the U.S. Park Service, so the price is fair. It's also the only fuel stop in the DC area. The heads and showers are not spectacular, but are clean. The biggest down fall to this marina is it has the worse access to downtown. It's not in the best of neighborhoods, so walking at night not far from the marina is not recommended. Although DHS' headquarters in next door. There's no public transportation nearby, but the marina staff may volunteer to drop you downtown. The staff is friendly.

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