Details for Jim King Park Marina

Jim King Park Marina

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Average rating 3.6 stars from 20 reviews

Address 8203 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

PhoneCapt.Jim 904-509-0588

After hours contact

Facility type

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


The site of a former commercial marina, this property was acquired in 1997. It was developed through a series of FRDAP and FIND grants, with the legislative assistance of Senator Jim King. It is the site of the annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. The Canoe Launch is on the back side of the park and there is a 200 foot floating dock on the back side of the park for transient (72 hours) visits. There is live security at the facility.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager

City of jacksonville



Scott, 904-502-2864

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: The marina is closed for the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament (usually the middle of July) call 904-251-3011.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 3
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Three feet depth at extreme low tides. The shore side of the floating docks may be aground but large trailerable boats can dock.

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

Additional info: There is overnight (72 hours maximum) docking for other than commercial vessels allowed on the floating dock on the north side of the marina. You need to watch your draft as you approach. Contact Capt. Jim Suber at 904-509-0588 or in advance for permission to dock overnight on the river front docks. There is a good anchorage opposite the river front river front floating docks. You may land your dinghy.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No overnight dockage except for commercial vessels. Contact Capt. Jim Suber, in advance, at 904-509-0588 or
for permission to dock overnight.

There is a 200 foot floating concrete dock on the north end of the park for transient boats. 72 hours free wiht potable water only.


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings. There is a good anchorage across the ICW from the docks.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - You may land your dinghy but there is no security. If you bring it up the launching ramp, then you may take it ashore and lock it to a tree.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: A good place to give your dog shore leave, but clean up behind it please.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - The facility has a new pump out dock that is free for use. North of the ramp docks there is a dedicated separate dock for the pump out.

It was reported January 2017 that there is a construction barge at the dock and the hose is missing. Don't plan on using this station until after construction is complete and they add a hose.



Yes - Many large trash cans throughout the park.









Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Strong Verizon signal.

Boat ramp availability



Other services

Rest rooms available, fishing, picnic area, play ground. City Policeman lives in the trailer on the property.


Reviews for Jim King Park Marina
Peaceful and quiet!, 2017-02-02
Captain: , Fanning Island, FL (248)

With the new higher bridge the marina is great for a quiet stop over along your travels. We used the south docks facing the ICW this time and found 7 feet of water at low tide. As you get closer to the ramp the water gets shallowier. We noted the north docks facing the ICW on the bottom at low tide so would not recommend using those docks. The new docks on the north end of the island are nice but you have to contend with fisherman who might not want you to obstruct their fishing. Be careful of their lines and let them know you plan to dock so they can move if you need them to.

Can't Reach Pump Out Area , 2017-01-28
Captain: , Confetti, Kadey Krogen (1619)

Area is not accessible for pump out due to barge and construction

Pump Out Not Working, 2017-01-07
Captain: , Maple Shade NJ (612)

Stopped to get a pump out yesterday and it is not working. Also the area is all muddy from the bridge removal work. Hopefully it will be fixed soon and the area cleaned up after the bridge work is complete.

North end docks, 2016-02-01
Captain: , Jacksonville,Florida (155)

Someone clogged the pumpout with some unknown object. we are waiting on the city plumbers to repair. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Pump Out Not Working, 2016-01-31
Captain: , Newport RI (490)

Tried the pump out, but it would not turn on. Not sure if it is turned off for the winter or just inop.

not much here, 2014-09-25
Captain: , Cape Coral Fl (12354)

stopped in used the free pumout waited for the tide to change not much here to do just wait.

Good overnight stop, 2014-01-23
Captain: , Boulder, Co (319)

I've stayed here several times without problems. I agree there is more water on the south dock. I draw 4.5 ft and I'm ok on that dock. The dock in Sister Creek might be better though. The first time I stayed I called for permission and the guy was like "of course you can stay, why are you calling me?" so since then I haven't asked. Bathroom is open all night. The place seems deserted except for fishermen.

Pumpout is on north end here, free!, 2013-11-02
Captain: , Charlotte Harbor, FL (1588)

I think the free dock is actually around the corner to the north in Sister Creek, better wake protection too!

Free Dock, 72hr max, 2013-04-10
Captain: , Oviedo (306)

South end has best depth (more than 4 ft low tide). Some boat launch traffic. Also take a look at Jax Free Dock just North, and off the ICW to the west.

Free Dock and Free Pump Out, 2013-03-21
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4247)

We docked on the concrete floaters parallel to the ICW, just north of the boat ramp. The docks south of the ramp have a sign that states "no overnight docking." The dock north of the ramp has a sign with a whole list of rules, "no docking" not one of them. It did state to call for permission, but since it was after 5, raining/blowing, and there were no trucks/trailers in the boat ramp parking lot, we felt there would be no problem. There wasn't. We did see a Jacksonvile Sheriff's car patrol the parking lot and at 9pm, there was a knock on the door - it was 2 FWC officers, who identified themselves with badges, and said they just wanted to check to see if we had any problems. They rarely see boat here and were curious. In the morning, we moved a bit north to the pumpout dock and used the nice, new pumpout equipment to do a very thorough cleaning of our tank. It is new, clean and easy to use - press the green button to turn on and the red one to stop. The docks a bit farther north on the creek to the east are the actual marina docks, but dock on the ICW seems to work well at times when there is not a lot of boat ramp traffic. Great condition concrete floaters, strong cleats, protected from fetch, place to walk the dog, nice pumpout equipment - all for free. What more can you ask for?

Jim King free docks, 2013-01-25
Captain: , new bern (317)

When it is free it definitely gets a five star rating! We draw 4.5 ft. and my depth sounder read 5 at MLW. Good sturdy concrete floaters and there is a nice park bathroom.

Vaughan Taylor, 2012-12-19
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (451)

To get to the 72-hour dock, turn north off the ICW, into Sisters Creek. The dock parallel to the ICW is for loading and unloading only and is very shallow at low tide. The Creek itself is about 12 feet deep at low tide, which is also the depth along that 72-hour dock, which is 200 feet long with strong cleats. The grounds of this state park are beautiful.

Nice and Quiet, 2012-12-04
Captain: , Newport Oregon (260)

We stayed here 1 afternoon nd night to get the incoming tide to the city. We had 1 other boat sharing the doc with us. Great views and fun watching the locals catching trout. We plan on staying here again on our way out. Met the deputy that patrols the park and he said we could stay up to 72 hours and no other issues. Had water on the doc but no power. There is nothing to walk to close bye.

Nice, new, FREE docks at a park, 2012-11-16
Captain: , Oriental (321)

We were the only people at this dock tonight. The guide book we have says that there are no docks available in this area, but active captain has the latest and greatest information. This is a Jacksonville city run park, but the floating dock is nice, new and huge. I believe it is relatively unknown you are allowed to dock here, since there were a few boats across the river at anchor, hunkered down for a terribly windy night. This dock is much better protected from the wind and it's nice to be tied up on a night like this. Park restrooms are nearby and water is available via spigots on the dock as well. The website says power is available for $8.50 per 24 hours, but we didn't see that service.

secure docks for a overnight, 2012-07-31
Captain: , jax, fl (111)

We have stayed here several times just to get a head start on the weekend. There is nothing here, but if you dont need anything or a good overnight spot on your way someplace else this is a good stop. There is a pump out station at the boat ramp, not at these docks. the pump worked great and free is a great price. we have a small boat and found it to be a challenge to dock up to the pumps.

Tricky to get in and out of, pump out is somewhat finicky., 2012-04-06
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

Stopped there on 4/3/2012 for pump out. Had problems with pump out working consistently. If you have a bigger boat wait for high tide to approach the pump-out facing dock. The dock is kind of tiny (36' with a nastly looking concrete black/thing at the south end of the dock) and set near the shore.

New docks and kayak launch, 2012-02-16
Captain: , Jacksonville, Fl (525)

There are new concrete floating dock in the creek just north of the riverfront docks. FREE 72 HOUR DOCKAGE. The current can be very strong in this creek which can be helpful if you match your speed with the current and slowly close with the dock beside you. There is no water or electric on the docks or accomidations on the shore.

There is a playground with some equipment for the jounior crew to burn off some energy.

The kayak and canoe launch is at the west end of the dock and provides access to the National Timuquan preserve.

This is a very quiet location.

Great for waiting for current change on St John's River, 2011-11-22
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

These docks are owned and managed by Jacksonville - day use only but great to tie to while waiting for the current change on the St. Johns River. This is not really a marina.

Wrong location, 2009-01-04
Captain: , Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, MS (168)

The Sister's Creek Marina/Boat Ramp...I the one just East of the Sister's Creek Bridge. We hoped to tie up here on 26 Dec but there was a sign that said no overnight docking. Nice floating docks.

King Fish Tournament, 2007-07-21
Captain: , Jacksonville Florida (125)

Site of Greater Jacksonville King Fish Tournament and many other local tournaments. Nice floating metal docks maybe crowded on weekends. No wake zone (manatee area).

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