Details for National Harbor Marina

National Harbor Marina

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 29 reviews

Address 168 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20795


After hours contact

None - Voicemail

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

Peterson Cos/IGY Marinas


Paul Ash


Andrew Eichhorn

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Marina Hours
May - August: Every day 9 am - 8 pm
September - April: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm


The primary marked channel is from the Potomac River when you're northbound and always has at least 12 feet. This channel is a no-wake zone. There is another channel that parallels the Wilson Bridge when you're coming from the north. It is marked, but don't stray out of it. This is what the water taxis and tour boats use.

Update September 2017: Depths are generally fine. However, a boater reported seeing deep draft, 6 foot MV run aground between the channel markers and the docks at low tide.

Update May 2012: It is reported that the Northern Channel has become silted in and the commercial vessels no longer use this route.





Tide & current additional info

The river current is not strong but it is usually very windy here, which can make getting into your slip a challenge.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Be sure to the check hours. After September, not open on Sunday. This includes dockage to just visit the national harbor.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 200
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: 48 and 60 foot floating slips with full length finger piers. Slips at finger piers are 20 feet wide, along side, no restrictions.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: 6
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: $5.00 for single 30 amp.
$10.00 for single 50 amp or twin 30 amps.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Excellent wireless and WiFi.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - City water.

Dinghy access

Yes - Clear with dock master...probably will be a charge.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Wharf and docks are wheelchair friendly.

Launch service

Yes - Water taxis to Alexandria and Washington DC for a fee. Many different boat tours and rentals available. One-way water taxi fee from National Harbour to Old Town Alexandria is $8 (2011) and takes approximately 15 minutes.

Pump out

Yes - At the fuel dock.




Yes - Bins on the wharf at the foot of each floating dock.


Yes - Nice and clean. Requires key fob style access. They are located quite a distance from the piers ...two blocks from closest pier.


Yes - Same as showers, a hike away.


Yes - Free but same as showers, quite a distance thru the complex.


Yes - A nice gourmet market opened in 2010 about 2 blocks up from the marina. There's also a CVS across the street from the market.


Yes - Car only.


Yes - Many very upscale, fine dining. Reservations are recommended for Fridays and Saturdays most of the year (it's only not crowded in the winter). Almost all the restaurants are listed on


Yes - Many nearby.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Several a short walk away.

Repair capabilities

Yes - No haul out on site. Repairs limited to in water technicians. Must check in with dock master to be cleared.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - Many available.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi at the marina. Excellent cellular strengths on all carriers. Marina WiFi is very weak, only works if you are docked very close.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Taxis

Other services

Two 10,000 square foot platforms for corporate and private events.
Huge Gaylord Convention Center. Largest on East Coast.

November 2012 update: Will likely be the site of a full service casino within a couple of years after a gambling referendum passed in MD.


Big name concert site up the hill (long walk).

MGM resort opened up the hill from National Harbor in December 2016.

Reviews for National Harbor Marina
Good place to re-provision on a Potomac cruise, 2016-10-28
Captain: , Coconut Grove, FL (10)

National Harbor is a bit of a tourist trap but a great place to re-provision with a grocery, pharmacy and dry cleaner within two blocks. The marina has great facilities but is surprising rolly for being on a river. Greg the dockmaster is an absolute class act!

National Harbor, 2016-09-26
Captain: , Idaho (20)

It's a great place to go. Getting dock space can be a challenge. I have a sailboat and have on occasions had speed boats slide in as I'm trying to moor on the gas docks so the docks can get pretty crazy at times. It has a friendly staff that are very helpful. There always a lot going on in the square and lots of people. It takes about an hour to 2 hours to go through all the shops. There are plenty of resturants and bars. Most resturants have their menu with pricing posted. My wife and I have moored there a few times now and if you frequent there it can get pretty small very quickly.

Great Stay at NHM, 2016-09-18
Captain: , Occoquan (10)

We stayed at NHM and could not rate our experience more highly. Great location with attentive Marina staff, very nice shower and bathroom facilities and a very attentive Marina Manager (Greg). All in all a great trip at a great location, keep up the great work, we will be back. -JAG

Disappointing Expectations, 2016-08-23
Captain: , Eastern Shore, MD (10)

National harbor and Washington DC is at the top of the Navigable Potomac and thus requires a relatively long run up to it. Within 15 miles of DC there are only 4 marinas that list that they carry Diesel Fuel, with National Harbor being one of them. It has not had Fuel of any kind since 2012, though its website and listing on Dockwa and all other publications says it does. The other places are ok but if you are at National harbor you now have to go somewhere else. Also, the Marina has a lot of hourly/late night traffic that seems to have access to everything without paying, etc. On a positive note, people who work here are extremely helpful and friendly, slips and amenities are fine (though to take a shower the walk is longer than any other place I have ever been), All the other National Harbor activities and people watching are fun, but the marina was a disappointment especially at the price.

Not sure what to think, 2016-08-14
Captain: , Lottsburg, Va (264)

Stayed one night on our trip up the Potomac. The entrance was straight forward with 8-12 feet of water. The biggest challenge was staying out of the way of water taxi boats. Had one just pull away from the dock 30 feet in front of us, no horn just go.Docks are good, electric connection was cracked; didn't see this until I unplugged to leave, the dockhand plugged in. Long walk to showers but the facilities were nice and well kept. No fuel on site. The shore scene was hectic almost like a circus; It was the height of summer tourist season but it seemed like all of them were here. Plenty of good resturants all full. Met some permanant slip holders who were good people, the staff was fair, of our two man crew one was new to the docks. Don't expect to go back.

Always a great stay, 2016-07-19
Captain: , Prince William Marina, Woodbridge (100)

We stay at Nat'h Harbor usually around 2-3 times a year. Greg is the Dockmaster there who does a great job. They have very clean bathrooms, free washer and dryers, even coffee in the am. National Harbor always has a huge amount of things going on, as well as places to eat, or go out at night...Always a good time

Still No Fuel, 2015-11-28
Captain: , Alexandria, VA (50)

As of 11/28/15, the fuel dock is still not open. The marina manager "hopes" it wil be open "no later than spring [2016]"

Nice facilities, 2015-11-08
Captain: , United States (3192)

We spent a night here in October. No trouble getting a slip on short notice in the off season. Expensive, but the facilities are very new and in great shape; nice floating docks with full-service pedestals.

Staff was friendly and helpful.

That said, we found the retail facilities ashore to be well short of the mark for all the hype. The restaurants are expensive with lackluster service; none save for the high-end steakhouse in the Gaylord had a review above three stars. The Capital Wheel was interesting but also expensive for a short ride; fortunately we were able to get some complimentary tickets.

It was a great place to meet up with some friends, and we'd do it again for that reason.

A bit boring, 2015-03-27
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (123)

Maybe I'm the only one, but National Harbor is pretty lame. The docks are brand new and nice, just like all of the restaurants, but I'm looking to have fun on the water, which they don't really embrace. They did host a RedBull wakeboarding event and also the FlugTag one year which was sweet, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen again.

They also did away with 4th of July fireworks and once when all of the slips were full for an event, I asked if I could rent a mooring, but the dockmaster on duty didn't even know they had moorings.

Way overpriced too.

Great marina, 2015-01-24
Captain: , Washington DC (150)

Greg and pat (the managers) are awesome - during the summer pat grows herbs and tomatoes on the dock that boaters can use - the slips are wide with long finger piers - individual showers - free laundry - free coffee - dinghy to old town or go out at national harbor - restaurants are mediocre except for happy hour at grace mandarin with Cameron making the leche Martinis - awesome!

Nice But Pricey, 2014-10-06
Captain: , Washington DC (80)

My home dock is just up River in DC, but we stop at National Harbor a few times a season for lunch or dinner.

A few things to be aware of:
-There is no fuel here. Maryland forced them to close their fuel dock. As of 9/14 there is no fuel.
-Docking for 4 Hours is now $30 in season on weekends and holidays. (Plus Friday)
-National Harbor has some decent restaurants, but it is definitely a tourist trap. Expect to pay more for dining than just across the river in Alexandria.

Docks are excellent and new. The Capital Wheel is now next to the marina and appears to be very popular. If I recall it's $20 for adults.

Be sure to check hours, 2014-09-14
Captain: , Washington, DC (24)

Loaded up the boat with friends in town and didn't think to check hours at the marina before we headed out. Arrived at 6:10 pm on Sunday, Sept 14th and the Marina was closed with signs posted saying "Marina Closed - NO DOCKING - Illegally Docked Boats will be Impounded"

Called the Marina and just got voicemail. Don't understand why they don't at least have a quick drop off or quick in and out that is 24 hours or at a minimum open 7 days a week. Dropped off my friends at the dock and then just took my boat back out in the channel and watched the sunset while they explored National Harbor.

It is quite pricey as well.

May - August: Every day 9am %u2013 8pm
September - April: Monday %u2013 Saturday 9am %u2013 5pm
Hours subject to change

Very nice but pricey!, 2014-08-25
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (354)

This is a good marina and well maintained. The slips are very wide and plenty long for boats up yo 75 feet. Mind the markers comming in as the channel winds around a good bit. There is much to do here and too many good bars and restauraunts to mention. Everything from white table cloths to sub shops. As long as you use the showers and heads on your boat, this stop is just fine as it is quite a hike to the facilities.

Great Destination, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Quantico, VA (261)

They have both gas and diesel and pump out access at the fuel dock. All floating docks have water, 30A, and 50A outlets at each of their very spacious slips and there are a limited number of transient slips available. The bath and landry facilities are excellent and there are restaurants, a grocery store, hotels, and many shops within a short walk of the marina. The marina host the Wine and Food Festival each year which is a must attend event.
You can call them 301-749-1582 or hail them on channel 16.

Perfect complement with a stay at a downtown marina, 2013-08-12
Captain: , Key West, FL (758)

This is a really first class operation, with multiple free shows (roving performers, orchestra performances, car shows, free zumba and yoga, etc.) nearly every night in season, great restaurants, a fanastic conference center (that is worth your time just to hang out there, even if you are not a guest), and some great dog walking areas. Greg, the dockmaster, and his wife, Pat, are real pros with extensive cruising experience. The piers are floating and in excellent condition. It is, in general, a most pleasant experience.

We had originally planned to only go to the much older, somewhat dirty Maine Ave. marina area (the city's failure to keep the downtown area maintained and the dirt, smell and atmosphere resulting from the sizeable homeless population is a little off-putting). Though no trip to DC is complete without going downtown, spending some time here at the National Harbor will dramatically improve the experience.

Additionally, though we didn't do it, you CAN stay here and bike into town on park paths.

Just one more point, follow the marked and dredged channel, and NOT your chart (which if like mine is out of date). The depths are MUCH better if you stay the course following each of the numbered markers (nothing less than 12 feet or so).

National Harbor, 2013-08-05
Captain: , Annapolis (532)

8/4/2013 Pulled in yesterday. reserved a morring, but changed my mnind and took a slip due to being tired and a NW'er @ 18-20 knots. Staff seems firnedly and helpful. Since I'm here for the week I'll update my review.
Parking seems hard to get, and the mall area was very crowded. Nice floating docks. More to follow...

A lot of wake but great food, 2013-07-10
Captain: , Washington D.C. (252)

I like to stop here for the 4 hour $20 charge and go to a nice dinner, great marina and docks. Lot of Movement from wakes.
If you stop, make sure you walk up to the cupcake shop well worth the trouble.

Nice marina, but no diesel, 2013-05-22
Captain: , Bluffton, South Carolina (327)

This is a great marina, very clean and good security, convenient to nice restaurants. Greg and staff are very friendly and helpful. However, at this time there is no fuel, at least no diesel, due to som yep of certification glitch with the local government. Call ahead to see if this situation has changed. Unfortunate, as this is/was one of very few marinas on the river with diesel fuel.

Best in DC, 2012-07-02
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (200)

If you're gonna go to DC, there's no place better. Amenities galore surround this top notch facility. Nothing has been over-looked here.

Expensive but Nice, 2012-06-07
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (695)

Great place to stay in the DC Area but still a bit of a transportation problem to get into DC proper. Great restaurants and hotels in the immediate area. Costly Marina but very new and nice.

Nations Capitol, 2012-02-08
Captain: , SeaScape Marina (310)

Beautiful marina, great location, very pricy. Lots to do in the area.

Pricey Resort, 2011-09-20
Captain: , Solomons, MD (464)

Slips are very wide with easy access, dock master Eric very helpful and friendly. Heads and showers so ar outside the secured gates that we did not use them so can not comment. Lots to do near the marina, but every thing is very expensive and not worth the cost for the places we went, Ketchup, Harrington's and Bobby McKey. Very resort like and didn't feel very welcoming.

FABULOUS: brand new and so much to do, 2011-07-12
Captain: , Washington, DC (350)

Great docks, great service, great mechanics, great dining, and a nice hotel as well, if you care to sleep in a luxury hotel.

WARNING: Charts not updated for access to this new facility, so follow southern markers closely, going outside them can be dangerous, many a lost prop at low tide - due to Wilson Bridge reconstruction dumping of rebar and such.

Shopping and Dining, 2011-07-07
Captain: , Annapolis (3379)

Convenient to shopping and lots of restaurants. This is a very nice clean upscale marina. Facilities including heads, showers and laundry facilities are neat clean air conditioned and free, but are a bit of a hike from the docks. Most of the boats appear to be local slip holders. Only about 6 transients were here the day after the 4th of July. Marina lacks a pool. The facility offers shuttle service to DC; the museums there are world renown.

costly ..., 2011-05-26
Captain: , Washington DC (152)

We just called for prices. There's a 40-foot minimum on weekends, or $100 a day for a slip. The price for a mooring is $25 per night. According to reviews read here, it looks like laundry, showers, and wifi are free so that does offset the cost a little. The person who answered the phone was new and didn't know the rates - actually seemed surprised someone actually wanted to come in - but was very helpful and called back with the information within ten minutes.

We live in DC and have visited the harbor on land. My general impression is that the marina is there to provide ambiance to customers on dinner boats, water taxis, and those attending conventions held in hotels on the site. Actual boaters are an after thought. Three stars for concerts, coffee, and floating docks.

We will review further after staying one night.

A modern and entertaining stop, 2010-08-08
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay, MD (311)

Spent one evening at NH. We arrived late after waiting out summer storms on the Potomace, the dockmaster was off but waited for us to get secured and assisted us. Great floating docks, attractive surroundings with very modern surroundings. Many choices in eateries and bars. Great proximity to explore the cities off Alexandria and Wash DC.

Restort style marina, 2010-07-27
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

The marina is part of a restort style development that is rapidly expanding to include a soon to come Disney addition. Great(albeit very up scale) Restaruants, shops, entertainment.... Really a classy sites. A surprising amount of wake movement which was enough to bother on board guests and yhe bathrooms/laundry is a pretty long walk thru the site .

Great (simulated) urban location, 2010-01-12
Captain: , Albemarle Plantation, NC (389)

Easy access just outside Wilson Bridge. Sort of like a Disney interpretation of downtown USA. Numerous restaurants and shopping options in very easy walk. Events. Easy cab ride into DC or over the bridge to authentic Old Town Alexandria. Easy dink ride to Alexandria waterfront. All you could expect in a fun easy urban stop-over. Good location from which to stage your assault on Washington. Newly finished (higher) Wilson Bridge is no longer an issue for sail planning. Bridge noise might be an issue at all hours, but, hey, you're in the city! (I have personally visited this marina, but have not stayed there so I can't speak to services, staff responsiveness, etc.)

Great new destination, 2008-09-15
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1080)

The marina at National Harbor is very nicely done. The National Harbor complex will be a great place to visit when completed in a year or too, but it's fun now for a 1 day stop. There are concerts every Friday night in the summer that you can hear from the boat.

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