Details for Nashville Riverfront Courtesy (A) Dock

Nashville Riverfront Courtesy (A) Dock

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Average rating 2.5 stars from 14 reviews

Address Nashville, TN

Phone 615-862-8472

After hours contact

Facility type

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


For specific information on dock reservations and fees check at near the bottom of the page there is a PDF file PDF 'DocumentTennessee Titan's Games and Downtown Boat Docking'.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Russell Lackey

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

There is a 2.35% convenience fee for credit and debt cards.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Directly on the river channel at mile 191 left descending bank.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Easy approach, as of 7/21/14there is a fire boat at the upriver end, dock has good cleats.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: None


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2012-07-09)

Other price info: Reservations required for weekends during NFL season - 2 day minimum. Docks are closed during events with fireworks, i.e., 4th of July, etc. Call ahead for specific information.


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Some pedistals not working. Each has one 30 and one 50.

Pricing info: Reported 07-08-2012 the electric was included in $1.00 per foot rate.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Limited

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out













Yes - Two local markets are within walking distance on Church Street between 4th and 5th.




Yes - Within walking distance.
Many options - if you want to get away from the crowds for a very good meal try Sanbuccas on 12th at Pine.


Yes - Within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Within walking distance.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Cell service all providers; no WiFi.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Bus and taxi service. At the top of the ramp is a commuter rail station and bus depot for free downtown circulator buses.
Taxis can be reached at 615-333-3333 or 615-888-8888; also check "lift" application - rates are about 20% less.

Other services

Metro Nashville Fire and Police boats moored at upstream end of the floating pier.


This is the place to stop to visit all major Nashville downtown toursit attractions, Bridgestone Arena, Country Music Hall of Fame, and restaurants, most within walking distance. Across the pedestrian bridge is the NFL stadium; Riverfront Play Park water park which includes walking trails, spray park, a green lawn, and a kayak and canoe launch.

Opening in July, 2015 is The Ascend Amphitheater. Twenty-seven shows are booked for this inaugural season. The stage alone is 100 feet wide by 55 feet deep, and a custom electronic bandshell allows the stage to remain open, with views of downtown behind it. The amphitheater has 60 microphones embedded in the roof overhang, taking care of the acoustics. The amphitheater includes a 5,000-square-foot artist wing, a 3,400-square-foot area for the kitchen and crew and a 2,500-square-foot meet-and-greet room facing the lawn that can be rented for private events.

Reviews for Nashville Riverfront Courtesy (A) Dock
Good City Dock, 2015-11-11
Captain: , Nashvile, TN (133)

I use this dock for downtown events. Very easy to approach, but as other have warned park as far down from the walking bridge as possible. It may be the south, and it may be friendly, but some people are still jerks!

Power and water worked fine. Very secure location. Be mindful of the river after storms and high water as trees and everything else come rolling downstream.

Stayed 2 nights with no problems, 2015-08-03
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (612)

As everyone has stated, don%u2019t dock too close or under the bridge! A boat can be an easy target for the people on the walking bridge above. We had no issues with electric or water (although we did not hook up to the water, but it was available). The area was clean, trash picked up and we did not have any problems with anyone around the docks. The docks are not very long, and the current was pretty swift. There was one other boat docked and due to where he decided to tie off, it left us very little space to maneuver and we were much closer to the bridge than we were comfortable with (though we did not have any problems with anything thrown on board). So when you dock, please be considerate of others and don%u2019t go for the middle and leave the rest of us hanging out in the breeze.
Looks like the new docks across the river will be very nice when they open.
All in all it's the best place to stay if you want to visit Broadway easilly.

Stayed 3 days, no problems, 2014-11-10
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

Arrived Thursday, left Sunday, after CMAs on Wed night. We docked on the end away from the ped bridge, a houseboat and fire dept boat were both directly under the bridge. We only tried one power pedestal and both the 50 and 30 amp outlets worked fine. Did not use their water. No homeless people or anyone else on the dock that we saw (but we were gone a lot). I do not think most people even know the dock is there as it is hidden from view for most pedestrian traffic. As noted, great location for downtown Nashville, city buses, etc.. Our only complaint is the wakes from passing boat traffic, particularly the barges. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

The best music downtown is at The Stage (food is good also), Honky Tonk Central, and Legends (all on Broadway). Great food at Demo's and Rock Bottom Brewery and Grill.

Be wary of danger, 2014-09-30
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2153)

This is a good dock - convenient to downtown Nashville.


The dock is not secure - there are several homeless men in the area.

The power pedestals do not all work, those that do are loose in the housing and suspect as far as safety.

There is one water source and the water is rusty - even after running it for several minutes to get clear water, it returned to the rust filled water.

Pedestrians from the bridge that goes directly over the dock throw debris on to the boats. We found several cigarette butts - one of which burned a small hole in our bimini - chewing gum, and evidence of spittle.

If you decide to stay on this dock, take precautions. Put away all gear from your decks and outside lockers. ONLY dock on the extreme end of the dock away from the pedestrian bridge.

The only reason this didn't receive a 'one star' was because it is convenient to the downtown area...but with a hole in our bimini I wished we would have stayed elsewhere!

Watch out under the bridge, 2014-09-30
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

The location is great to see the sites of Broadway, Nashville etc. However, as the previous reviewer stated, don't dock under the bridge. While I had no real issues, I did find a cigarette butt on the bow (fiberglass) of my boat, no burns were found in my bimini--thank goodness! Pedestals are in poor shape on one had no power. Nevertheless, I would stay there again, just not where someone could drop things on my boat!

Good Location, ok dockage, 2014-07-22
Captain: , santa barbara (696)

Major benefit is access to the downtown area - easy walk to museums , Rhyman, Opraland, and much more. We made reservations via Russell at 615-862-8472 - 112.50 for two nights. We called at arrival, no call back but easy docking; understand "office" is closed Monday. Dock was clean, trash containers empty - some of the power hookups are not operative but we were able to get good power for 2 50a hookups.
Discovered free bus connections at train station (up steps and to right) - takes you to great Farmers Market as well as other sites.

Disappointing, 2014-07-08
Captain: , Riverton, AL (80)

Nashville needs to take notice of Chattanooga and Clarksville in the way they are using their riverfront dockage facilities. Both Chattanooga and Clarksville are first class facilities, catering to the boating public. Nashville%u2019s riverfront dockage is obviously an afterthought.

After making reservations two weeks in advance for July 5, 6, 7 we attempted calling, as we were told to do, to arrange for someone to meet us on the dock. Nobody answered the phone or called me back after I left several voice messages.

No restrooms. No laundry. No courtesy car. No dock attendant. No security or even a coded, locked gate. Trash cans overflowing. Homeless wandering down to wash in the water faucets.

The only thing going for it is the easy walk to downtown Nashville and the wonderful, fun city it is.

The %u201Cgood news%u201D is that the city is working on improving the docks on the upstream, port side (across from downtown) with anticipated completion in 2015.

I dont recommend it until improvements are made.

Great stop to see Nashville, 2012-07-18
Captain: , Seabrook TX (100)

Spent 3 nights on the dock without incident or feeling unsafe. Great walk-to-everythng location in a super city. Greyline hop tour worked very well as opposed to the longer and more expensive general city tour. Still having problems with discolored water but was assured that it was safe to drink (didn't try it) Otherwise every thing was great - especioally enjoyed the shaded dock in the afternoon. Would go back again.

Nice to Have Downtown Dockage, 2012-06-15
Captain: , Aquia Harbour, VA (1177)

Price was $42.50 with electric for our 37' boat in June 2012. Glad we had another boat at the dock. Always feel there are safety in numbers especially at remote city docks. We had no problems though. Electric worked fine although we did have a problem with the water at their connection. Did everything we were suppose to: let it run for 10-15 min. before putting it in the tank, ran it through a water softener. Water ran clear for a while from our faucet then noticed it was a rust/mud color. Don't know what happened. Something must have broken loose in their pipes. And their high water pressure may have over powered our filter. Filter was brown, apparently could not keep up. Reported our problem to Mr. Lakey. Thanked us for the feedback. Said he would have the system flushed. We would go back. Can't beat the convenience of being right downtown.

Love it or hate it., 2011-11-05
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, FL (603)

This is a nice courtest dock just downhill from the honky-tonk part of Nashville. Much to see and do in the area; local bus at top of hill. Area is a little spooky for an overnight with more than a few street people around.

Convenient but Unpleasant, 2011-10-13
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4015)

Right downtown with 2 free bus routes. Loud commuter trains, city noises, and people throw things off the overhead pedistrian bridge onto the boats at night -- a rude awakening. Price was 4 times as much as we paid in Old Hickory Lake -- probably appropriate for a Titans football weekend, but not for week day cruising boats. Wish there were other options.

Dockage for toursists in the heart of the city, 2010-12-15
Captain: , currently Plantation Yacht Harbor, Islamorada, Fla. Keys (4407)

This is the place to stop to visit downtown Nashville - it is a landing - not a marina - although there is electricity and water. No on-site personnel, you must call Metro Parks to reserve a space. You will hear city noise, and experience city life, including the undesirable elements of traffic and nearby homelessness, so don't think of this stop as a resort. With that said, you can't beat the location for visisting all that Nashville has to offer as you are steps away from the downtown tourist district with music, food and other attractions. Visit the Ryman, Symphony Hall, Frist Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, the Bridgestone Arena and many others. Two urban grocery stores are within walking distance on Church Street between 4th and 5th, and bus service - including the free Music City Circulator - is available at the top of the ramp. Be aware, however, that the landing is reserved space only for each weekend of NFL football, and the Music City Bowl; and is closed whenever there are fireworks [which is pretty often, as Nashville has a reputation for its fireworks displays]. So, call ahead before you decide to stop here. The closest marinas with fuel are Rock Harbor - 15 miles downstream, and Anchor High - 25 miles, and a lockage upstream.

Nashville Riverfront City Dock A, 2010-06-25
Captain: , Rockport, Texas (167)

The dock is downtown a block or two from all the restaurants, bars, and grery tour lines. The dock has electricity and one water outlet. That is all that it has going for it. And the fact that there are no other marinas within 15 miles of it. There are no laundry, no restrooms, no pump out, no security (homeless people are on the dock every evening and every morning), and no marina office (you call on the phone to make reservations and pay for the mooring). The cost is way out of line compared to other city docks ($42 for a 36') and marinas on the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. The dock itself is ugly and the surrondings are unsightley. What can I say, except for the fact that it is downtown, it is the worst dock that I have ever paid for.

great way to see Nashville, 2009-10-19
Captain: , placida,fl (330)

Super location to see town. Our electric pedestal worked. be sure to make your first stop the exceptional visitor center at 5th and Broadway. Good bus service.

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