Details for Morehead City Docks

Morehead City Docks

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 27 reviews

Address 811 Shepard St.
Morehead City, NC 28557

Phone252-726-2457 and/or 252-726-7678 (Portside Marina)

After hours contact

Denard Harris, 252-725-0317.

Facility type

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


This city facility was constructed around 2009. The docks are new with up to date electrical and water pedestals.

Important Notes: the current runs in a crossing direction to the docks and at peak could be as much as 4 mph.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Town of Morehead City, NC / Waterfront Ferry, Inc 252-726-2457


Denard Harris


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payments made through Waterfront Ferry, Inc. located at Portside Marina, 209 Arendell St. Morehead City, N.C.

Payment discounts

Call for multiple day discount program.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Leave the ICW to the North and enter the channel between the mainland and Charted Sugar Loaf Island. Morehead City Docks are on the mainland side. They are new, floating docks perpendicular to the current, which can be 2 kts or more at ebb and flood. Try to arrive around slack water for easiest docking.





Tide & current additional info

Monitor currents and plan to arrive/depart around slack water for easiest access to slips, which are perpendicular to the currents.
Current timing is about 1 1/2 hour after the tide.

Important Notes: The current runs in a crossing direction to the docks and at peak could be as much as 4 mph.


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: 24

Other info:


Transient: 15
Total: 15
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2014-07-21)

Other price info: Includes electric and water.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included in slip price.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: None

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes tax.


Yes - Available nearby.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out











Yes - In the comfort station.




Yes - Many within walking distance.


Yes - Many within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Repairs on-call.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

No - Not available.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Many fishing charters within walking distance.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi. Reported 2014 to have good signal strength, 2.8Mbps, and it is secure.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Taxis

Other services

Library and Post Office nearby.


Reviews for Morehead City Docks
Good municipal marina, 2016-05-02
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1156)

Clean basic municipal marina. Day dockage is free on a first come first served basis. Heads, showers, and power are available to overnight guests only.

There is almost always a cross current and whether you back in or back out it can be a challenge. A local who considers watching people dock entertainment said "You only took two tries to back in and didn't hit anything." He seemed disappointed. *grin*

Dockmaster Denard Harris, who owns Portside Marina, has a plan before the City to expand the City marina and make slips perpendicular to the current which would help a lot.

Good place to hold up, 2016-04-18
Captain: , Cape May, NJ (130)

We ended up being here 5 days during the recent NNE winds. The docks are floating and in good shape. You should call for assistance as their is a strong cross current here. The location is close to restaurants and shops. Ruddy Duck and Beach Bumz good food. We did rent a car from Enterprise for a day to go to the Super Walmart and Harris Teeter Grocery. Enterprise picked us up and dropped us back off at the marina. Friendly town, very clean. Showers are clean and basic. Only negative is that there is no laundry. You have to go to Portside Marina for that and it is a hike. The harbormaster will come pick you up if need be as they manage both marinas. Overall very nice stay in a friendly town. For the ladies, if you need a haircut, I highly recommend Morehair Salon. It is close to the marinas and staff is A1.

Morehead City Dock update, 2016-03-20
Captain: , New Bern, NC (40)

Spent 2 nights at the City Docks. Facilities are clean. Laundry not available on-site, but offered at Portside Marina. Manager Denard Harris quite helpful. Wifi was out during our stay, line was cut by a contractor shortly before arrival. Repairs are expected within the next week. Approach dock during slack tide only. Cross current is tricky. Convenient to many things to see / do. Beware of no-see-ums on shore.

Morehead City Docks, 2015-11-11
Captain: , Sandusky, OH (280)

Strong current runs across face of docks I set up in front of dock 2 slips prior and let the current push me in. Dock hand Pete very helpful and gives excellent advice 7 ft of depth follow the markers around the huge building from ICW pretty island across and good anchorage in front of docks out of channel near bridge no tv great wifi nice little park with picnic tables restaurant all close Red Fish restaurant was great had a lamb gyro and chicken Parm

A nice stay with bad weather, 2015-11-11
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (105)

We stayed 3 days November 18-20, 2015 Deonard (not Leonard) the dock master was super friendly. When we asked where we could buy some fresh fish he brought us some king mackeral so we didn't have to walk in the rain. (Uh that was very special and nice) The shower and bathrooms were clean. It was raining a lot and lots of wind as well. Easy walking to plenty of restaurants. Ate at Ruddy Duck Tavern and Red Fish Grill. Both excellent. Will be staying here again on the return trip in the spring.

Fast, friendly stop, 2015-09-13
Captain: , Newport (30)

Stopped here to pick up a couple guests from Morehead City and some fuel. The dockhands were ready and happy to catch us at the dock allow us to load the passengers and fill up the water.

They were happy to have us come by the next day to drop of our friends without purchasing more fuel or anything at drop off.

Great Location, 2015-07-26
Captain: , Little River SC (365)

Great location for access to Morehead City. Restroom and Showers are excellent. The docks are perpendicular to the current. When docking choose a slip that will push you up against the dock with the current, otherwise you may get pushed into another boat or pylon. We had to clean our AC strainer twice a day here due to the grass in the water.

Morehead City, 2014-12-20
Captain: , Alex Bay, NY (431)

I had to leave the boat for a few weeks and found both the facility and the staff to be of very high standards. The restrooms are very clean and convenient, along with an attached laundry room. They provide a courtesy car for a very nominal fee. There are several very good places to eat and drink within a 10 minute walk of the marina. I would definately stop back there the next time I'm in the area.

Adequate in a pinch, 2014-11-17
Captain: , Nashville (315)

We called Portside Marina based on the great reviews as we were in the turning basin at Beaufort Inlet but were told there was no space there (our fault for not making an earlier reservation), so they told us to go to the City Docks (run by same management as Portside). The city docks got great reviews on here so that was no problem. When we got there, however, the docks were so covered in bird poop which made the docks very slippery (as it was fresh). We also docked ourselves (which was fine - we prefer it that way and the 2 dockhands were busy helping a catamaran get in, but the dockhands barely even acknowledged us). We were told we could call the Portside Marina and give them our payment info. However when we called Portside, they took our card # but never gave us the bathroom or wifi codes (and we didn't know if codes were needed so we didn't ask). Once we realized you did need a code, we ended up getting the codes from another boater. Our shore power cord was about 5 feet short of reaching the pedestal, so we called them to ask if they had an extender that we could borrow for the night, as there was a freeze warning in effect that evening, and we wanted to use our heater. They did let us borrow an extender, but my husband had to walk over to Portside Marina to get it (only about a mile and a half both ways, but in 34 degree weather, that's no fun). The next morning, they did drive over to pick it up. The 4 stars is only because they let us use the extender. Otherwise I would have given it 3. It was an adequate experience. We were just glad to have heat that night.

Why is this place so empty?, 2014-08-25
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (606)

32' and 5' draft. I arrived and it was empty and I only saw one other boat here in the 3 days I was here. Excellent facilities and people here are something else......friendly as all get out. Watch the tide though. You can really only get in and out completely safely at slack water which is a half hour after the published one for Beaufort. I watched a family having a screaming match in a motor boat trying to get out of the slip because the current kept pushing them against the dock. Beaufort Museum is a must see.

Basic docks, 2013-12-02
Captain: , Ft. Myers Fl (230)

Good protection from north and south, open to east and west weather. Denard from portsidemarina manages the city docks, and is very helpful and knowledgeable about everything in the area. Excellent marine hardware store a couple blocks away.

OK, but there's room for improvement, 2013-11-01
Captain: , Portsmouth, Va (174)

We stopped at Portside marina to fuel up and pumpout before moving down to the city docks. Staff met us at the city docks and were very helpful. Bathrooms and showers were OK, but could have been a little cleaner. Trash was left in shower rooms by others, maybe because there were no trash cans. The admiral was upset because there were no electrical outlets in the shower or restrooms to use her blow dryer.

Nice 50 ft floating finger piers. The eastern finger piers are the property of gulls and their usual mess. You will need to hose down these piers. Western slips seem to have deeper water. You need to be aware of tide and current when docking. The current is 90 degrees to the slips and the cross current can be terrific. Wifi seemed to work well for us.

The laundry is no more. The room is empty and locked. A shame as the $1.50/ft should justify the amenity. We were told we could come back to Portside and use their laundry. That%u2019s a long schlep with a load of laundry.

Nice Municipal Marina, 2013-08-22
Captain: , Rochester, NY (493)

Nothing but good to say for this Mariina -
* Friendly, professional staff
* Easy access
* Not ritzy, but clean, modern facilitiies
* Secure
* Loaner car

One of the BEST, 2013-07-02
Captain: , St. Augustine ,FL (20)

Staff, excellent
Docks, excellent
Fuel, best price and high volumn turn over. very good deal.

They all went out of thier way to help us. Very good restaurants within walking, marina car to get groceries. Couldn't ask for more.

Great Food, 2012-12-18
Captain: , Woodbridge, Va (126)

I stopped at Portside marina first and waited for slag tide to move down to the city docks. Denard was very helpful and as said knowledgeable. There are lots of good places to eat. It was $7 to go to Beaufort much better then paying the $2.35 a foot. Very clean bath house and new floating docks with cable tv. I will stay here again.

Salty waterfront dock, 2012-11-14
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (624)

Small city owned facility, managed by Denard Harris, who also owns the Portside Marina a little to the east. He's a friendly, knowledgable guy (Master, 100 ton).

The docks are perpendicular to the current so it can be tough to get in when the tide is running. Also, Denard is often offsite, so unless there is a helpful dockmate to help you in, it makes sense to call ahead. Denard's cell is 252-725-0317.

As mentioned Ace marine is a must stop and it's an easy walk. Plenty of restaurants also along the waterfront.

Bathrooms are newer and clean, one shower each for men and women. We paid $67.50 including electric, might be a flat rate.

Oh, we went out westbound at low tide and wished we hadn't. We didn't touch bottom (4'6" draft) but it was close. Suggest leaving to the east unless you are shallow draft or it's half tide and rising.

visit May 2012, 2012-09-05
Captain: , Oriental (100)

New floating docks. Need to be aware of tides when docking Denard from Portside is very helpful. During our stay dryer was not working well. Bath house clean. Wifi iffy at both ends of the dock. Location is close by restaurants. Ace marine is a must visit

Tight but alright, 2012-07-02
Captain: , St. Thomas, USVI (624)

Great communication and assistance from the dockmaster and staff. The courtesy car for $10/2 hours is a great touch. Only 1 washer and 1 dryer, but everything is clean, well maintained and it is close to great restaurants. It was a bit tight getting in and turning our 53' motor sailor (tub) around to dock, but it is do-able if you are comfortable with your boat and with the assistance of the staff.

We like it!, 2012-07-01
Captain: , Between Boats, USA (623)

This place is pretty nice for a government facility... Bathrooms are better than Beaufort (with a few quirks) and are clean and new. Although, the showers are separate from the sink/toilet room and that is pretty awkward. Showers are combination access and toilet/sink is key access... open to public by day with key-only access after dark.

The location is awesome. The facility is run by Portside Marina and is $1.50/ft and you get a $10 discount for additional nights.

I would advise you call ahead if you want some help with your lines getting in. The current rips thru there pretty good and it can be tricky to get in. The guy (Denard) they sent, while late to help us with our lines by 20 minutes, was as nice as you can imagine! WiFi is good, a little slow and weak, but we are at the far end of the docks. It would likely be better in one of the first five slips. They have also installed security cameras and, according to the dockhand, the feed goes directly to the assistant cheif of police's desk.

I would only say to NOT tie up here if there is a predicted SW blow. Guess what direction the wind is blowing as I type........ Yep! We are rocking areound like CRAZY! I would avoid this place in a SW blow if you don't like the rocking around.

Still, if you ARE here, one of the closest (and by far the BEST) places to eat is a short walk to City Kitchen on 11th Street (you are docked oin 9th). My goodness. What a meal! Brian is an amazing chef and the place is small enough to really enjoy the staff and the atmosphere (good wine selection too).

I can't give it 5 stars until we stay with the wind more calm. It's nuts right now and I doubt I'll (we'll) sleep well tonight.

Close to town and maintained, 2012-05-08
Captain: , Jaluit (622)

We had a great visit in Morehead City. Denard, incharge of the docks, was like the unofficial town mayor checking in to make sure we were having a good time. If you need any history of the area, call Denard.

The slips are cross current and we arrived right at a spring tide maximum current. We got the bow on a piling and nosed the boat in to the slip, using the piling to "lean against". No chance of a stern dockage. We waited for slack current and turned the boat, pedastals ar the base of the slips. The 50' restriction wasn't a problem for our 52' boat. The pilings all have cleats on them.

Morehead has charm. We ate at Picata restaurant, best was the tuna sashimi starter and the scallops. The museum is worth a visit. Food Lion and the Atlantic Station Cinema is over on Atlantic Beach, about a 10 minute and $10 cab.

Great place - and docks, 2011-11-18
Captain: , Cleveland (2008)

We arrived during bad weather (wind and rain) - with 2 people there at the dock to help us in as the tide runs sideways to the slips. Excellent floating docks, new restrooms (public during the day but locked at night - very clean) and showers. Stop at Portside Marina to pay your docking fees to make it easier. The dockmaster will then make sure someone comes to the docks to assist.

Walk 2 blocks to the main drag and left for a great breakfast place. We were fortunate to be there for the Veteran's Day Parade - also on the main drag through town. Will definitely come back - many other restaurants nearby. Also the public library is 1 block from the docks.

Nice marina with clean bathrooms and facilities, 2011-07-03
Captain: , Beach haven NJ (510)

Nice docks and found a great restaurant within walking distance of the marina. Bathrooms and showers were very clean. The marina manager was great. Will definetly return someday.

nice docks, 2011-06-09
Captain: , Mattituck, NY. (371)

New, long, easy on and off fingers, clean baths. STRONG cross current getting in and out.. Lots of restaurants, good stop. Pay at the library.

Underutilized, 2011-05-04
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (521)

There are fairly new floating docks with bathrooms and showers across the street. Price includes water and electric. Docking can be tricky with the current. It can also be a bit noisy if they are having a concert in the park. These docks are right in the middle of Morehead City, so you can walk to just about everything.

Ace Marine Rigging and Supply, has a great selection of items at reasonable prices. It is located a few blocks away at 600 Aredell Street. There is also a large West Marine located a few miles away.

Relatively New Docks, 2009-11-05
Captain: , Aquia Harbour, VA (1177)

This city run dock so far seems to be under-utilized. Not listed yet in many of the cruising guides. It is just south of the Sanitary Restaurant. There are 10 slips. Each is about 18-20 feet wide. The slips are perpendular to the waterway. The floating finger piers run the entire lengh of the slips, about 50 feet. Made getting off and on at our swim platform easy. The day we pulled in, we were the only boat there. If you can deal with the current while docking, it is a great place to stay.

Excellent stop if the currents are right, 2009-10-31
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

There is a swift current behind Sugar Loaf Island, so plan to arrive/depart around slack. Many restaurants available withing walking distance. EXCELLENT Marine store 4 blocks, ACE Marine and Rigging, 600 Rundel St, MC, NC.

Nice Docks, 2009-06-11
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

We called and were told it is free for the day, $1.50 to stay the night. Water and Electricity. Very close to shops and resturants. We filled up on water. Our 41' trawler had no problem getting in and out.

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