Details for LaBelle City Wharf

LaBelle City Wharf

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 50 reviews

Address Riverfront
Labelle, FL 33935


After hours contact

Facility type

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


3 day limit then must leave and not return for 8 days.

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Free dockage!


Directly off the waterway downstream of the bridge on the south side.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Bow or stern in, limited to three days. Then must stay off for eight days.

The new dock (09/2013) has piles designating 6 berths. The three downstream berths appear slightly wider than the others. The 4th slip downstream measures 20 feet. There are two finger piers that are 21 feet long and are seperated by 22 feet (that could be used as two 11 foot slips). It appears that a 13 foot wide boat could dock downstream of the downstream pier. A boat can apparently dock upstream of the piers in unknown water depth. The piers close to the bridge are in unknown depth but shallow water, approach with care.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 8
Total: 8
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2013-10-06)

Other price info: Free docks. There are 6 slips, designated by pilings, that have power and water. The two finger piers do not have power or water.

Bow or stern in. The downstream end of the dock is shallower than the upstream and may require docking bow first. With careful docking 6 boats can use this dock.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 10 outlets. There are 8 30 amp outlets, 2 50 amp outlets on the center pedestal and 10 20 amp outlets.

Pricing info: Free

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Free

Dinghy access

Yes - The dock is about 3.5' above the water and is used for dingy access on a regular basis.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Propane refill available at the Ace Hardware. Exchange can be made north across the bridge at the Handy convenience store and at the bait shop east of the boat ramp.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - The dock is handicap accessible. The finger piers require 2 steps down.

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - The closest ice is at the Handy convenience store, north across the bridge.








Yes - In town, walkable.


Yes - In town, walkable. A Winne Dixie is approximately 2 miles south on RT 29. There is a Save Alot store at the intersection of Lee St. and RT 80 (Hickpochee Ave.), approximately, .5 miles. Dollar General has opened a store at Main and Hickpochee (RT 80), approximately, 0.3 miles that has groceries.


Yes - Ace is west on Route 80 aproximately 0.5 mile.


Yes - 2 blks south on Bridge Street: Forrey Grill, 280 N Bridge St, Labelle, FL 33935, 863-612-0423. Bridge Street Coffee and Tea Company, 23 Ft. Thompson Ave., LaBelle, Fl 33935. Free WiFi at Bridge Street Coffee.


Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - In the library across the street from dock. The library (Netgear Guest) is usually on with no password required. Sprint EVDO works here. WiFi is available 2 blocks south at Bridge Street Coffee and 0.5 mile south at McDonalds.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Hendry County Boat Ramp is nearby, across the river.


Yes - Taxi service is available, check the bulletin board by the street for phone numbers.

Other services

There's a post office 3 blocks south on Main St.

When visiting the free dock at LaBelle, Florida you can now enjoy the gazebo that has been added beside the library. This provides another spot to relax and use the Internet connection. Ask in the library for a copy of the listing of grocery stores, restaurants, auto parts, etc. This information is posted on the bulletin board beside the dock.


City park is nearby. Library is across the street south.

Reviews for LaBelle City Wharf
Great Free Stop!, 2016-05-27
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach, FL (90)

It's hard to complain about free, but sometimes you get what you pay for. The two east most power poles had no power and were only 30 amp capable. The middle pole is the only one with 50 amps, I think, and it worked. The free water was brownish don't fill your tanks with it.
The town has some places definitely worth visiting. The Harold P. Curtis Honey Store a must see, Log Cabin BBQ was awesome and Forrey Grill was very good.
For a free stop, some issues, but worth every penny...

Laughter on return stop 5/6/16, 2016-05-06
Captain: , Burns Harbor Indiana (881)

We have stopped on the way to and from Fort Myers. We love this stop. Friendly locals stop to chat, a couple of cute shops, a restaurant and coffee shop with great muffins only 2 blocks away. A dollar general market that is just like a grocery store with all your provisioning needs is a 5 block walk, if you have a bike there is a Winn Dixie, great barbecue restaurant and dollar store close. There is free wifi at the library across the street from the docks and a nice park on the other side of the bridge. Only downside is width of docks and noise at night from bridge.

excellent stop. , 2016-03-03
Captain: , Annapolis (2677)

There are no finger piers, so you board over the end of your boat. Note, as you get out of the river current and approach the slips, you are likely to experience a counter current eddy pushing up east. Free water, electric and WiFi. Forrey Grill is excellent and fair prices. There is a Dollar General that sells groceries about 4 blocks from the waterfront. the last weekend in February is the Swamp Cabbage Festival. Huge event. Lots of fun.

A refreshing change, a boater friendly town!, 2016-02-25
Captain: , Cocoa FL (400)

We beat a cold front and backed into the slip closest to the bridge. Water level is up as the Okeechobee is at 16 feet, we saw about 5 feet and had no problems. We are 14' beam and although tight, had no issues between pilings. Hats off to the City of La Belle for creating such a great spot for boaters to explore their city! Other reviews have described it well...pretty much everything is within walking distance. Yes, there is noise from the bridge traffic, but take the monay you save with free dockage, free water, free electricity, and open wifi and go buy some ear plugs. The only caution I can give is to make sure that you filter your water as there is a visible amount of iron in the water here.

Very tight for larger boats, 2016-02-22
Captain: , St. Petersburg (749)

Our 44ft trawler has a 14.5 beam and was squeezed between the pilings which were only about 20 feet from the landside dock. If smaller boats take up one double wide slip, then there's not a good option for a larger boat. We moved and parked in the 2nd slip from the bridge which only had about 4ft depth closer to land. Very noisy with traffic crossing the bridge that has metal grates

Friendly quiet town, 2016-01-11
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (606)

No problem getting someone to take your photo. Didn't make it to the BBQ because the Little Caesar got in our way. Ace Hardware very helpful as was the Staff at the Dollar General, even putting our groc bags into the trolley at check-out. Amazing place.

Surprisingly Nice, 2016-01-08
Captain: , Sunset Beach, NC (1122)

We were a little concerned about the first come first served basis, but a boat ahead of us advised us that there were three slips open. No fingers so you pretty much need to back in. Our dink was on a davit so we had to lower it into the water to get off the boat but once we got situated with our stern close to the dock we were able to get on and off easily. Forrey's restaurant a few blocks away is excellent. Other people on the dock gathered and had an ad-hoc party right there. Fun place and we may stay a few days, since did I mention it is FREE? Three day limit, so what could be better?

I thought the wind might be a problem to back in, but once I approached it is protected so it was easy, and some of the other boaters were there to catch our lines. Glad I stopped, but also glad I got here early because now it is full. Space for six boats with power and a few more with no power, but with fingers.

You can't beat free, 2016-01-08
Captain: , Boyd, Texas (390)

Get here early to get a spot. Nice new docks w/ power & water for free( 3 day max). Good shopping in town & a great BBQ place about 5 blocks west on the main drag. what more could you need?

You can't beat this stopover, 2015-08-10
Captain: , High Springs, FL (686)

We stopped overnight here and you can't beat it! Free docking, water and electricity. A short walk into town.

Since we had the dinghy on the davit we had to nose in but other than that it was great.

The two slips to the west of the dock do not have working power.

Very nice and free, 2015-04-29
Captain: , Trenton ON (658)

The only thing I will add to the reviews is that Miss Patty' store (Formerly yours) has bicycles and a dock cart for the boaters to use. Just ask Miss Patty and she will let you use these for shopping or sightseeing.

Docking can be fun. We went stern in and were able to bet on and off easily. Many sailboats go now in and some acrobatics is required to get in and off.

But it is free with power and water so no complaints from me. I agree, do spend some money here in appreciation for the community's hospitality.

extras provided, 2015-04-19
Captain: , Owen Sound, Ontario (10)

Miss Patty's, just south on Bridge Street provides loaner bikes and a cart to carry groceries

Pleasant Suprise, 2015-04-17
Captain: , Grand Haven, MI (674)

Was tentative about the city marina, but hey it's FREE. Slips are 15' wide so could be narrow. Having to bow in made me a bit nervous about getting on and off. Worked out better than expected. We were able to duck under the bow pulpit rail and slide onto the dock. Used a small step stool to boost back on but worked out very well.
We had only 30 amp and the power pendant was loose but everything worked well. The docks further to the east had 50 amp power available. Road traffic was a bit noisy but with the boat closed up and AC going didn't make a lot of difference.
Plus it's FREE

Very nice free dock, 2015-04-02
Captain: , Wilmington NC (400)

Awesome free dock with power and water. Made a point of going into town and spend a few dollars because of the amenities offered for free. Sal-Cal pizza delivers to the dock. Good pizza after being on the hock for weeks. Was concerned about the med style anchoring recommended as I'm sailing solo. No one else had a bow hook out. Pulled in and felt really safe in a 34' cat. Bigger boats were doing the same thing and tying spring lines to the outside piles that hit me about 1/3 from the stern. Will go back and stay longer.

Noisy but Free!, 2015-03-07
Captain: , Stuart FL (478)

Tucked up to south end of LaBelle Bridge. Surprising amount of truck traffic overnight which rattles expansion plates at center of span. Also were serenaded by screech owl nearby through night. Must be nimble to get off bow, onto pier. BUT it is free, boat can be made secure (tie fore-and-aft spring lines to piling on either side, plus bow lines) and is super convenient for early transit through bridge (no openings 7AM-9AM)

Free dock with water and electric!, 2015-02-16
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1120)

Hard to complain about free, but they sure could have used some boater's help in the placement/spacing of the piles. We went bow in (as did everyone else) and used our gymnastist skills to get on and off the boat. Some other reviewers have complained about noise from the nearby bridge traffic, but we had a quiet night.

Thanks, LaBelle, 2015-02-09
Captain: , Delaware city (80)

Nice dock. Look like they are very new. We got into a slip with a 5'4" draft so depth to the dock is adequate. The town of LaBelle has a few nice restaurants, hardware store and groceries are available but a bit of a hike. The restrooms are part of the park on the east side of the bridge and pretty nasty, but maybe our visit was an exception. No security and there were locals on the dock late at night. But, a big THANK YOU to the City of LaBelle for making this available to the boating community!

One wide slip, 2015-01-20
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1459)

The center slip will accomodate a cat, pilings are 20+ ft apart. You can also slide one in on the east side of the last slip, just be cautious of the depth at shore. The area just west of the designated slips is very shallow at the shore end. It is all good,iti is all free. Bathrooms and showers would make it 5 star.

Great stop on the OWW, 2014-07-09
Captain: , Corpus Christi (301)

I tied up bow in and used one of the pilings to keep the bow from bumping. Great town good food at the cafe.

Gift Horse, 2014-06-13
Captain: , Galveston, TX (599)

Free water and power. Who could complain. Shallow. Noisy next to the bridge. Tying up and boarding are no for the timid. But across the street from the library and down the street from restaurants and stores.
Great spot.

Labelle City Docks, 2014-05-19
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

New docks are a great improvement over the old ones.
New dock has ramp walking access, free everything as noted by others. Library is at top of ramp, then across the street.
Pilings used for docking are quite close to the dock. I estimate about 20 feet. As others have noted they are about 15 ft apart. Can enter bow in or stern in. In either case, the distance from dock to piling can make arranging lines problematic.
West most dock had about 5 ft depth for our visit

Journey. 44 ft, 3.5 draft, 2014-04-24
Captain: , lenoir city, tn (200)

A new dock structure, well made, clean. Slips were about 15 ft wide. pelican poles were close to the dock. We stuck out pass the pelican poles. It is a free clean structure that had free water, free electricity, free garbage pickup, and a public library less than a block away. It was a great stop. And did we mention, everything was free.

Omg. Its free!!!, 2014-03-09
Captain: , MONARCH. COLORADO (1156)

This is a great stop when crossing the ditch. The city has put in brand new med style docks with large outer pilings which make backing in a breeze. The slips are 15.5 feet wide with the pilings approximately 20 feet from the wall. The electric (50 or 30) and water ad trash are free. Can you believe it? There are bathrooms in the park to the east under the bridge. The bridge is a little noisy but not bad. The facility is top notch. A couple blocks south on the main drag is Forreys. Great food, especailly their lasagne. About five blocks South you will find three auto supply stores in a row. Ace is nearby as are several fast food places and a Save A Lot. Good stop.

New Labelle City dock, 2014-03-04
Captain: , Pasadena,Maryland (510)

new facility. Completely rebuilt with bulkhead, ramps, pilings, power. Moor stern to, outboard pilings are about midships. Slips may be narrow for some larger boats. Power, water available. My 36 foot trawler fit, but larger boats may have a problem.

An excellent free facility, 2014-02-13
Captain: , Newcastle upon Tyne (463)

Parked our 38 foot trawler here for one night. Pleased to find free water, power and trash facilities. Not much within walking distance, one griil and a honey shop. Bridge traffic a bit noisy.

Really a nice place, 2014-01-24
Captain: , Rocky Hock N.C. (30)

This is really a nice stop, it's all new, I'm using the libary wifi, with no booster, bit of a walk to the Winn Dixie, you need a bike, but 3 days for free, we will be back when we head back north

Can't beat the price, 2014-01-01
Captain: , Houma, LA (386)

We are 48 LOA and 15 and 1/2 feet wide. Came in bow first and wedged between the pilings. Had just enough room to rappel off the bow pulpit to the dock. Used a 30 amp splitter for our 50 amp connection, and all worked. The dockage is free for a short stay. We had been underway all day, and this proved a great stop for the night. Some bridge noise at night but not too bad. There is a grocery store, banks, laundry and several fast food spots within walking distance. Also free wifi at the library next door.

Good stop, med moor, 2013-12-29
Captain: , Edenton, NC (887)

Dec 2013 update: Our 16 ft beam Great Harbour trawler would not fit between the new pilings. We backed in as far as the pilings would allow and med moored. Used dink to get to dock. So new construction has made this a little less convenient. That is made up for by the availability of free 50amp power (50 amp is only on the middle pedestal). Remains a great stop.

Good stop as previous reviews indicate, ACE hardware store in walking distance, with propane refill. Med moor is easy if you drop anchor correctly off where you want to end up tying and not over others chain. We were first boat in, by evening 6 boats were docked so glad they require med moor, otherwise 4 boats would have been turned away.

Labelle FREE CITY DOCKS Rebuilt, 2013-12-21
Captain: , Key Largo (5304)

Concrete fixed docks new with pilings.
You must stern or bow in, free dockage, electric and water. library on hill above dock, walkable to groceries, ace hardware and mcdondalds. SMall town, fun to visit.

Great new docks, quiet town, tricky tieing up, 2013-12-09
Captain: , Annapolis (30)

Well built small dock but only two (of eight) slips have finger piers and those slips have skinny water up by the dock. The other slips have only two piles to tie off from and they're about 18' out. So our 37' Tartan's stern was well out from the pile. NBD. Great breakfast and lunch at Bridge Street Coffee and Tea Company a few blocks away - 23 Ft. Thompson Ave

New docks, power and water - but, 2013-12-05
Captain: , algoma, WI (140)

New docks are well done, but one must either bow in or stern in and there are no finger piers so step off either the bow of your boat or the stern (take your dingy off first) Docks are well built. To hold you from going forward, one must tie off of two side poles and spring back - there are no cleats on the poles; We are a 12' beam, 34' trawler with 4' draft and it all worked.

Construction Update, 2013-09-13
Captain: , Hite, Utah (15667)

We are docked across the river from the LaBelle City Dock. The workmen reported today that they expect to complete work next week. Email with questions. See for updated photos of the progress.

city dock removed, 2013-08-25
Captain: , Tampa, Florida (100)

We have stayed at the LaBelle City dock on previous Okeechobee transits and enjoyed it. When last there on August 20/21, 2013, the docks were gone and construction was underway on something new with no identification of what was being built. We stayed across the river at the floating dock near the boat ramp. No power or water, but easy access ashore for us and the dog into a county park. Miss the old city dock, but the boat ramp was very nice.

Docks under construction, 2013-08-08
Captain: , Stuart, Florida (35)

Passed by today and saw a new concrete seawall being built. Not sure if the City of Labelle plans on building replacement docks. Looks like it will be a while.

Shut down for repairs, 2013-07-24
Captain: , St. Augustine, Florida (246)

Went by and found yellow tape and a sign saying "sorry we are closed" The docks were in pretty bad shape and probably no money to fix so at this time dont plan on this free dock!

Nice place, 2013-04-30
Captain: , wichita falls (260)

We stayed here on Apr 4,2013 for a night. We liked the price! If you don't have experience with Mediterranean anchor style might be tricky. Would stayed here again!

Friendly Place, 2013-01-04
Captain: , New Hampshire (20)

The town docks at LaBellle were a wonderful stop with amenities close by and friendly people stopping to inquire if you needed a ride anywhere and need anything! Clean well kept and boater friendly. There is power and water at the dock free.

Worth the med moor, 2012-12-01
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (624)

For us the med mooring requires dropping our dinghy and quite a lot more farting around than the usual docking. But once you're set, yes free power and water is hard to beat.

As mentioned this facility is showing is age, but the town of Labelle is a neat smalll town to walk through and enjoy. It's massive spreading oak trees are magnificent.

We left early the next day, but you can hang here for 3 days if you like, again the price is hard to beat.

Very nice "old Florida" town, 2012-10-21
Captain: , Palmetto (412)

The dock is starting to show some age, but it is fully functional and with power and water for free it is a great deal. We enjoyed the town and recommend Forrey%u2019s Grill for an evening meal and Charlie%u2019s for morning coffee, both are a short walk from the city dock. Handy%u2019s (the CITGO station across the bridge) is convenient for ice or other minor purchases.

Beautiful calm stop, 2012-08-02
Captain: , Sanford, FL (657)

We pulled in just before 5 pm without realizing that water and electric are also available. That was a bonus. There is a bulletin board with a sign in log for boats which dock. Limit 3 days then you have to go away for at least 8 days. Barron Library just up the hill with free public wifi. Bridge traffic at night not a major problem with AC or fans running. A short walk to a few stores and restaurants and a post office. Very nice, very calm, no current, no wake, no tide. Price that can't be beat - FREE! we met a diesel mech there who found a faulty breaker for us and then took us to Ace Hardware for propane and to Winn Dixie for food. Doug the dockmaster called him for us, and Don responded quite quickly. Nice people all around.

GREAT STOP, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (40)

Pulled in about thirty minutes before sunset. One boat was already docked there port side to. Not Med moored. We pulled in port side to right in back of the boat that was there. Will Med moor next time. Bridge noise and a little buggy, but, can't beat the price for an overnight tie, 30 amp and water.

Can't beat the price!, 2012-04-05
Captain: , Murfreesboro, TN (360)

We went stern in to the dock and there was only one other boat there at the time. By dark, there were 3 sailboats and us. A little noisy with the bridge traffice, but the price is right!
Friendly people in this little town.

Free dock, with power and water - what's not to like?, 2012-04-02
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1476)

We pulled in at 5 pm with just one other boat on the dock. Dropped a bow anchor and backed in - no current or wind this day, so easy maneuver. Free 30 amp power and water. The bridge is noisy, but it was hot enough that we turned the air conditioning on and we couldn't hear the bridge noise after that. Nice stop, and we'll stop here again.

Need better phone number, 2011-11-27
Captain: , Branford, CT (900)

The phone number on the "General" tab gets you to a municipal switchboard. Press "O" for operator, but no one answered for 4 tries. Other options let you type in a name....

If anyone gets a helpful human, please add the extension to the "General" tab.

If you have a 50 amp cord, make sure you have a 30 amp adaptor. The kids on the sailboat next to us have wire twisted around the prongs of of their power cord, with the other ends of the wires shoved into the dock socket. Not safe at all!

Local seniors come down to the dock for fresh air and to chat. Good source of local info.

We stopped here and it is fantastic, 2011-11-06
Captain: , Whitfield Estates, Sarasota, FL (928)

It is super easy to tie the bow or stern to the dock and have an anchor out to hold the boat perpenducular to the dock. The library is right there and we walked two blocks south to one of the best restaurants we found on the entire trip. There was a trawler tied up when we got there. The noise on the bridge next to us was no problem at all. Our Garman 192C showed the center line of the ICW well to the north of the ICW. Stopping here made the trip a true delight.

Best FREE Dock We Ever Stayed At, 2011-04-20
Captain: , St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (404)

Like all the other reviews already say, the dock is old, rough splintery wood, but 30 amp power and great fresh spring water from the hose is all free. Everything you need is close by within walking distance and the town folks are very friendly. Great BBQ restaurant about 1 mile away gives free ice cream with every meal.

La Belle Free Dock, 2011-03-01
Captain: , Morehead City (390)

We gave it 5 stars instead of 4 because its free. Good water and 30 amp power. Lots of shopping with Ace Hardware within walking distance. Plenty of restaurants and groceries within walking distance.
We were concerned about anchor holding, but with the anchor pulling up against the bank, we had no trouble with our DeFever 49.

Free Dock with power and water, 2011-01-27
Captain: , brewerton ny (303)

This is a "Med" style tie up. Piece of cake, seems like there is alway someone there to help you.Free 30A power hookup and water.All the shopping of a big town all with in walking distance.Sign in at billboard. 3 day limit enforced.Dockmaster/code enforcement guy very friendly and helpful. Forrys Italian resteraunt 2 blocks up quite good little pricey

good stopping place, 2010-12-12
Captain: , Washington DC (152)

The Labelle City Dock is also one block away from Bridge Street Coffee, a city-style establishment with internet access, leather sofas, good food, and excellent lattes. :-) And, next to the coffee house, there's a decent diner and a place to get your hair cut. No showers anywhere close though ...

Still Free, 2009-02-22
Captain: , Jacksonville Florida (125)

I was there February 09 and had the place to myself. Water and 30 Amp electric is free and theres a grocery store about four blocks south.

It is free, 2007-12-03
Captain: , fairland (2653)

Great for monohulls. Cats have a bot more problem with med moors. Very noisy bridge 100 yards away. But necessities are close by and it is free. Local boats come here to paint, etc. so it may be difficult to get a spot.

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