Details for McKinley Marina

McKinley Marina

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 13 reviews

Address 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202-1336


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin





Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Transients check in at the fuel dock, northeast corner of basin, next to the boat launch ramps.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 110
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: (1) 110 foot slip availble, (1) 90 foot slip availble, and (1) 80 foot slip available.


Transient: 10
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $37.49 + $2.30 per foot over 25 feet (tax included)
Minimum of (10) 40 foot slips availble plus any open slips in the marina.


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Mooring balls are privately owned.

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

Additional info: 50Amp power is 125/250volt.

Pricing info: Included with Slip rental.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available at each slip.

Dinghy access

Yes - The west side of the fuel dock has a dinghy tie up area, against the north wall.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: The fuel dock is located next to the boat ramp.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets must be on a leash.

Disability access

Yes - All docks have ramps from the parking lot, all bath houses are HA.

Launch service

No - The tender is for the private yacht club and sailing center.

Pump out

Yes - Free with a fill up or $13.00 without.


Yes - $2.00 for a 5# bag, 2014.


Yes - Its a Clean marina so you should seperate your trash and recycle.


Yes - Clean


Yes - The heads are at the 'Round House' (gas dock area) and are public. Bathrooms for overnighters are new, big and clean.

The Round House bathrooms were redone in 2012.


Yes - Several coin machines are available at each bathhouse.


No - Not close! Maybe a 2 mile walk in fairly safe area!


No - You will need a taxi to a hardware store.
West Marine is a 20 minute ride away.


Yes - Round House has a deli, which boaters do not recommend. At the south end, the kite shop has a hot grill.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Yes - Limited, fenced in area for boats, trailers, and dinghies.

Fishing supplies

Yes - There are very limited supplies at the Round House.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability

Yes - 4 piers, 8 ramps.


Other services


Summerfest grounds are a 15 minute walk away, via a nice mark system. Art Museum is about a 10 minute walk on the same path.

Reviews for McKinley Marina
Any port in a storm., 2016-04-24
Captain: , Milwaukee (70)

Mackinley Marina is a government run facility and act it. With limited anchoring areas in the Milwaukee Harbor and significant distances between safe harbors on the western shore, you should at least review this area if you are passing Milwaukee. A less know issue would be for a late night arrival to find a safe and easy place to tie up for the night,and for free... Use the face dock of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and you should be fine if you are out of there first thing in the morning. USe the docks under the yard cranes. There is a power outlet on the crane. This is not an approved nor official dockage area, but could be used in a pinch. If you get there after sunset and leave first thing in the morning, no harm no foul.

Clean and Protected, 2016-03-21
Captain: , Muskegon MI (169)

We came to McKinley Marina after crossing from Muskegon the week of the the 4th. We initially came to port at the fuel dock. The staff member there was very nice and gave us directions to the office where we found a bar and cafe. The person in the office was reasonably helpful. She would only take payment for one night and said to just call her if we deciede to stay longer (ended up staying a week). Making our way over the K dock we found ourselves right in front of the park. The slips were easy to find and floating. Our slip was quite far away from the office but close enough to the bath house. The view of the fireworks from our slip was absolutely spectacular! Not a single obstruction and practically right over top of us. Remember you are interacting with park district staff and not your typical marina staff. Planning to make the trip again next season.

Plenty of space, 2015-08-17
Captain: , Fort Worth, TX (450)

We had no problem securing dockage for our 46' M/V as plenty of space available. Plenty of green space around marina and plenty of parking if you rent a car. Marina also provides you with a parking placard so your rent car doesn't get towed. Mooring balls available. Wifi doesn't work well. No one came to assist us with docking. Walking/biking distance to Art Museum. Dinghy distance to restaurants up the river. Docks are sturdy and well maintained.

Terrible experience!, 2015-07-22
Captain: , Bloomington, IN (156)

We pulled into McKinley based on the 5 star rating at that time, planning to stay two nights. Never again! The first thing I learned it that you have to realize you are dealing here with big city Park Department employees, not private marina employees who have a vested interest in you enjoying your stay. We arrived at 11am on a Wednesday. I disturbed the gal at the marina office while she was reading her book. I indicated we planned to stay for two nights, and she said "I'll only book you for one night. We don't do refunds." - That should have been my first clue. We were assigned a slip in the south marina. After I requested if anything was available closer, she said "No, that's it" - in a 655 slip marina on a Wens morning!!! We went to our slip past literally dozens of closer, open, suitable slips. Trying to make lemonade from lemons, we decided to do some exploring. Our slip was literally 1.0 MILE walking from the main office and the beach - this was measured by gps!!! The beach was filthy! There were 6 Parks Department employees standing in a huddle, talking and leaning on their rakes by several piles of seaweed. We watched for several minutes. None of these employees did any work during the time we stood there. There were no patrons at the beach. The south marina did have a dedicated restroom and shower facility that was much closer to our slip than the main office. The restrooms were clean. I needed 2 30 amp plugs, and amazingly, they both worked. That's about all I can say for this place. Absolutely our worst experience on our 1 month circumnavigation of Lake Michigan! I generally write positive reviews, but I could not let this go. We pulled out a day early and headed south for better accomodations and a marina that is actually interested in providing a good transient boater experience.

Great location, staff is great, 2014-09-15
Captain: , Nowhere,OK (1314)

We stayed here 3 days on our plan and another 2 because of weather. Nice floating dock (E) that put us out right at the Brady Street bridge, good access to palaces to eat.

Walking / Bike distance to the Art musume, Discovery Center (+++) lots of brewpubs. You'll need a taxi to ge to the Casino and the Harley Musem.

We had packages delivered there and the staff broght them to the boat as they arrived. Milwaulkee was great and we are very pleased we stayed at McKinley

Great Location, 2014-09-08
Captain: , Wilmington, De. (152)

Big, busy marina right near parks, walking & bike trails, Brady Street, and not too far from the art museum. Friendly people on the docks, nice, clean restrooms. Boats heading in and out of the adjacent yacht club give you lots to look at on a weekend afternoon.

Great marina near a big city, 2014-08-28
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (986)

Great marina in a park & near a big city. Cheap fuel prices. Very friendly staff. Plenty of restaurants. Can take dinghy to many restaurants & shopping. Easy to rent a car from Enterprise. Fun to go to Harley Museum & MillerCoors Brewery.

Nice marina, great surroundings., 2014-06-29
Captain: , LaSalle MI (575)

Beautiful marina located in a huge city park. be sure to get a lobster roll at harbor house, just south of marina near art museum. Good fuel prices, easy access to dock, nice heads and showers.

Milwaukee- Great City, 2013-02-06
Captain: , Lakeside Yacht Club (250)

If you're heading to Milwaukee, this is a great marina. Not walkable to the city, but cabs are available. You can walk over to Milwaukee YC and get a great dinner. Check out the public market while downtown.

McKinley Marina, 2012-10-21
Captain: , Milwaukee, Wi. (218)

Very nice marina with floating docks. A bit of a walk to resturants and stores but doable.

Well protected and cordial, 2012-09-23
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1826)

Great staff, waited 30 minutes past close to fuel us and stayed two hours past close. Diesel was 3.90 gal on 9-21-12. Comped dock as power inop, stayed on fuel dock as it was quite late.

Small Town atmosphere in a Big City, 2011-02-21
Captain: , Holland, MI (117)

The staff goes out of their way to make you comfortable. The marina is very large and can be a bit confusing, Tie up at the fuel dock and head to the office to register where they will give you a map to the docks. The facilities are very clean; nice hot showers. Walk up the bluff to Milwaukee%u2019s Famous Brady Street where you will find enough Night Life and Entertainment to keep you busy for several days. I also recommend you catch a cab and make your way to Mader%u2019s, one of Milwaukee%u2019s best German Restaurants; order the Schnitzel, you won%u2019t be disappointed.

Big and protected, 2007-08-08
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (909)

Nice marina with nice facilities. Transients are asked to stop at fuel dock and check in with harbormaster before proceeding to slip. Fuel dock is pretty small and access a little cramped. We had to use forward spring and back out (sailboat) due to congestion. Nice floating docks.

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