Details for Louisville Waterfront Park Public Dock

Louisville Waterfront Park Public Dock

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 9 reviews

Address E. River Rd
Louisville, KY 40202


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Daily, monthly, seasonal or yearly dock rental depending on availability.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Keep toward the dock and watch for the sand bar toward the island.

Approach from downstrream to avoid the tow shoal which extends our from the sunken barge. 14 feet at the docks.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Very low floating docks so set fenders at water level. Good cleats.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: 20

Other info:


Transient: 20
Total: 20
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2013-06-08)

Other price info: This is a free dock except during the Kentucky Derby festival time and some other public events. Call the posted phone number 502-574-3768 and provide basic information.

City of Louisville Police water unit shares the dock.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Not available.

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

Additional info: 50 amp power on the first 4 downstream slips. 30 amp on the rest.

Pricing info: No charge.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

No - Access via steps only.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - At the fire department dock but locked and not accessible as blocked by Police boats.













Yes - Sea Ray of Louisville is a few blocks away, an easy walk. They have some boat supplies.


Yes - Doc's Cantina scheduled to open end of 2015.


Yes - Doc's Cantina scheduled to open end of 2015. Liquor store (Stop Light Liquors) is across the street. Downtown Louisville with big city amenities is a few blocks away.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many downtown.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon strong.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Enterprise and taxis. Also trolley and city buses.

Other services


Thurston Park. There is a playground and water park.

Reviews for Louisville Waterfront Park Public Dock
very good spot, 2016-07-25
Captain: , Beaufort NC (500)

Louisville obviously loves boaters, we stayed here 6 days on good floating docks, free 50 amp and water, behind the island helped with the wake issues. Safe sharing the dock with the water police! A bike ride into the part of Louisville where restaurants, museums and bars are located but a pleasant ride. The city has utilized the waterfront for many events, just go online and submit the form prior to arriving.

Free, Free, Free!, 2016-07-17
Captain: , Branson, MO (50)

John Mills, MO Seascape

Not only free, but wonderful facilities. 50 AMP Electrical, Water, Restrooms, Trash. Great walking area and views of the Big Four Bridge. Enterprise will pick up at the nearby Doc's Cantina.

A very nice free city marina, 2013-09-25
Captain: , Columbus,Ohio (256)

Docks are clean and well maintained. Close to a lot of things downtown including the ballpark.

Protected somewhat from wakes, but there was a lot of debris in the water around the dock when we visited.

Great Free Dock, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Cincinnati (1800)

Stayed there in Oct 2009. Docks are in a public park that is monitored and maintained. Restaurants are in walking distance. Expect a visit from police asking if everything is alright and passing out info when we were there. It also serves as the police dock, usually unmanned. Free to stay with good electric service and water. There are restrooms in the park adjacent to the docks but no bathing facilities. But hey, it is free with a call to the posted phone number. Floating docks are in great repair.

Great dock, great access to city, great place to meet other boaters, 2013-07-10
Captain: , Louisville KY (387)

These are great floating docks with concrete decks. Depth is greater than 10'. First several slips have 50A hookups. Permits required from city of Louisville at 502-574-3768. Best of all they are free! Only reason no five star was given is a pumpout station is not available

Very protected and Safe Free Dock With Power and water, 2012-09-25
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Free but a hike to downtown. float may collect in the slips so beware.
Make sure to call Waterfront Development ph 502-574-3768 to get permission to overnight. No problem, they just want your name, cell number, boat name and length of stay. Enterprise will pick up here and Louisville is a great visit as well as Frankfort 45mins aways by car. Bourbon Trail, Ali Center, Churchill Downs, Old Louisville a must see with many historic homes, Art is everywhere is the City, be sure to check out the 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville Slugger Factory Museum, and Belle of Louisville is the last remaining Steam powered stern wheeler. Across the river is the Howard Mansion Steamboat Museum a worth while visit. A very nice City to Visit

Fills up early on weekend evenings., 2012-08-29
Captain: , Prospect, KY (490)

Louisville Waterfront requests that you call to make "reservations" for overnight 502-574-3768. Unattended, but convenient to restaurant overlooking. 50A electric available.

Nice dock and its free, 2012-06-28
Captain: , Aquia Harbour, VA (1177)

We stayed 3 nights. Very busy on Margarita Monday at Tumbleweeds. Margaritas are .99 from opening until 8pm. Patrons, mostly 20 somethings, like to drink outside on summer days. Waterfront Wednesdays, live music in the park, is also a busy night. At both events the crowds were well behaved. Dock is in great shape and clean. Quite a little walk to get to the Trolley (free) to get into the downtown area. Download the Trolley's map for the closest trolley stop to the park dock and the location of the local attractions on its route. Churchill Downs is beyond the boundry of the trolley. Took a cab there. A $25 ride for 2 of us. More than we expected. Caught a bus back. The bus stop was on 4th and Central just a few blocks from the race track. We will stop at these docks again.

Nice overnight, 2010-07-23
Captain: , Warsaw, Ky (875)

This dock is very nice and free except during Ky Derby Festival Week. You are on your own docking as there is no one there to assist. Should not be a problem as this area is behind an island but current could be a factor if the Ohio River is running faster than normal.

Enter from the West and do not cut the island point short as there are submerged wrecks.

Tumbleweed restaurant at top of steps.

Have stayed here 3 times over the past 2 years. Nice area to walk around. Call the posted number to check in.

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