Details for New River Downtown Docks

New River Downtown Docks

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 36 reviews

Address 2 South New River Dr. East
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Fort Lauderdale



Matt Domke

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Caution LARGE boat traffic, can have strong current, and blind corners to get there, but what a view!





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 9

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Pilings, use fenders.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Alongside dockage for vessels up to about 100 feet. Larger vessels can be accommodated, but navigating the river can be hazardous for larger vessels.


Transient: 100
Total: 100
Transient price: $1.10/ft (2016-03-21)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: One time hookup charge of $10 for 30 amps, $15 for 50 amps, $30 for 100 amps, and $60 for 3-phase, plus $0.12 per KWH.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water hookup at every dock.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - Living aboard OK. Dockside parking. Dueling site with two pumpout stations. Location on the Riverfront is near shopping, restaurants, attractions.


Fuel brand: Available from local suppliers by truck. Call the office for recommendations.

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Great area to walk pets. Free Dog park five minutes from 4th Avenue Bridge (by car).

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Takes you to the beach and Hollywood.

Pump out

Yes - Two pump out stations. Dockside pump out is available but it is reported that it seldom works.




Yes - Located alongside slips.




No - It is available, but not within easy walking distance.


Yes - A nice Publix is just a two block walk.

Publix at Las Olas
601 S Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2833



Yes - Several within walking distance, most convenient is The Downtowner.



Hotels or motels

Yes - Several

Repair capabilities

Yes - Harold Gomez - 954-937-6065, mechanical and logistics and Captains available. Yacht Management - Nick Veselica (washes, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and props), 219-588-9971.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Taxi, water taxi, and bus are good.

Other services


Reviews for New River Downtown Docks
Downtown is nice, but watch out for the current!, 2017-04-05
Captain: , Bay City, MI (730)

Stayed for almost a week visiting a friend. Had a great time with her spending lots of time downtown. Bustling all the time and the weekends have special events. Since you are on the river, you can watch (or listen) from your boat.

Great to be in the "thick" of things
Lots of tasty restaurants with 1/2 off Happy Hours. No excuse to pass up a quality restaurant. Just go early!
Luis and staff were helpful and accommodating.
Lots of room to run or ride your bikes

Incredibly strong current. I would not go in or out at any other time than slack. I'm not kiddng...
Bridges, bridges bridges. Reserve a slip as far east as possible to avoid the bridges.
No bathrooms of any type. No bathrooms nearby for anything!
Bridge noise and traffic can drive you crazy, unless you get a slip away from the bascule bridges. Every heavy vehicle that goes over the bridge sounds like thunder!

Great Place and Value, 2016-05-14
Captain: , Annapolis (70)

City staff were super with docking and general assistance.

Fun Stop!!, 2016-04-24
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (728)

It was a bit tricky getting up here with currents and wind but well worth the trip. We spent the first weekend in April here and were treated to a blues concert and art show just steps from the docks. Publix is a short walk from the south docks and the mega West Marine is about a mile away. Would stay here again for sure

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1633)

We spent 2 weeks here and never lacked for something to do. The harbormasters and dock hands are very knowledgeable and helpful. There are pumpouts dockside and there's even an outdoor gym in the adajacent park. It's just a short walk to Las Olas Blvd where shops and restaurants abound. There is usually some majoe event going on every Saturday or Sunday. We were there during the St. Paddys Day Parade. The daily boat parade was always fun to watch. Litterally hundreds of boats goo by, from dinghies to 200' yachts, especially on weekends. The only negatives we see are, there is no wifi, and your boat gets dirty from all the bridge traffic. In spite of this Nwe River is still 5 star IMHO.

New River downtown docks / great location / I'll be back...., 2016-02-08
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (110)

Right in downtown Fort Lauderdale in a now gentrified area with high rise condos. There is a a brick pathway (both banks) and restaurants/bars two blocks away/ Los Olas Blvd. The park area has three draw bridges and one active rail bridge / usually up. There are people on lunch breaks and many dog walkers. A bus runs on the 3rd Av route (draw bridge) to Rt 84: ( bus line #1). This stop is for both West Marine superstore and the boat stuff store, Sailorman. bus fare $1. for us oldsters. great sailing/ trawler boat friendlies. Oh, and by the way, you often see the mega yachts being towed ( bow and stern) past you for service or prepping to host their owners. The New River has some sharp turns for 90+ footers. You need to monitor channel 09 both for bridges and big boat traffic...and keep an eye out for manatees.... No fuel dock. fuel delivery by arranged truck. I believe there is a minimum... pump out on the South shore. laundry a short dink ride up to Cooleys Landing If it had fuel, I'd give it 5 stars.

Great Marina, 2015-05-07
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (185)

We were in this Marina recently, it is a beatiful, every weekend is like a boat show, all kind of yacht passing by just beside you, also it is full of restorant all around, very nice staff, Matt the Dock Master is a wonderful person, we would love to come back to this marina.

An excellet value in great location, 2015-03-03
Captain: , brewerton ny (303)

This is a 5 star marina and location, the traffic and current is the only negetive, it can be a little bumpy due to some of the water taxi traffic, but in my veiw,worth the ride! I cant say enough about Matt and his staff, They were right there to help with lines and pump out, very helpful with suggestions for the area. We have been here before and have found it to be the same on previous visits. large beautiful (intimidating) yachts pass by all day long. Quite a sight if you enjoy such things! You would be hard pressed to find a better value for your cruising budget anywhere in South Florida.

Excellent, but no wifi !!, 2014-12-10
Captain: , Key Largo (122)

Good location, price, parking included, and docking assistance, but NO WiFi. Be sure to monitor channel 9 (not 16) on the river. Larger yachts are towed up and down the river, large commercial tour boats are fairly frequent, and there are areas near the downtown area where safe passage is difficult or impossible when they are present. They normally do announce their location and direction of travel, so pay close attention and talk to them as necessary to avoid a problem. Downriver (with the current) normally has priority at the bridges.

Best deal in town, 2014-05-20
Captain: , United States (3192)

We had a great stay here for a couple of nights, and we will be back on our next visit to Fort Lauderdale. At $1.40/ft (for our 52' boat), less 15% BoatUS discount, this is one of the least expensive docks in the city. Dockage includes parking, which is otherwise expensive in the city -- great if you are expecting visitors or renting a car.

The location right downtown means easy access to everything, with a Publix and several restaurants an easy walk, and almost anything else you can want an inexpensive bus ride away.

There is no fuel dock, but guests of the marina are welcome to have fuel delivered by truck. You will be asked to move to a specific spot when your delivery is scheduled. We found Anchor Petroleum to have the best diesel price on the date we fueled ($3.43/gal plus 6% tax 5/2014).

The only thing keeping me from awarding the final star is the lack of rest rooms. Pumpouts are available at many slips on the south bulkhead, and at the day docks also on the south side.

Check it out, 2014-05-14
Captain: , Bonita Springs, FL (221)

All of the previous reviews are right on. Definately an excellant facility. Matt, Bolivia, and all the guys are as helpful as can be. Proximity to everything is amazing and other then the inconsiderate power boaters (wakes) it well worth a stay. The "real deal" comes June 1st when they almost pay you to stay there.

Close to Downtown, 2014-04-23
Captain: , Phoenix, AZ (960)

Lots of wakes by passing boats, extremely busy waterway. Noisy area. Grocery shopping within dinghy or walking distance.

New River downtown docks, 2014-04-12
Captain: , Palmetto Fl (545)

We just finished 5 days here on the north side where all the action is, but the opposite side from the Marina office. We were just east of the 3rd Avenue bridge. We love the location to everything...good restaurants, Publix 4 blocks away, CVS 5 blocks away. Boat watching is awesome, but the boat wakes can be very annoying especially on the weekends. The wakes do die down at night. The water taxis are the worst. They installed dock poles which keep you off the wall, but it also poses a problem for getting off the boat. Great place to walk your dog. Very dog friendly. Las Olas Blvd. is a must see, especially at night. The staff are helpful and will allow you to borrow a cable TV box for free if you need it and you can stay for more days by just calling the office on the phone. We caught the Sun Trolley on Las Olas Blvd. just 2 blocks from the boat and took the 10-15 minute ride to the beach for the day. $1 a ride. First Sunday of the month in the summer is Jazz Brunch in the park just across the RR track. Free music and a place to sit by the river and enjoy watching the boat traffic. Cooley's Landing farther down the river is also operated by the city and has showers and a very nice laundromat ($1.25). We went by dinghy to do laundry there. There is a boat launch to dock the dinghy. Call Cooley's Landing and get the door code for entrance. There is absolutely no gas available anywhere on the New River so come prepared.

No changes from last year, 2014-02-02
Captain: , Lewis Creek, Md (1304)

The dock space is as good as preveously, and the staff are helpful. It is a great place to supply.

Awesome city and docks, 2013-08-30
Captain: , Oviedo, FL (200)

Repeat customer and will always be a repeat customer. Neat stop in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

Great stop in the middle of everything, 2013-03-19
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

This is our 4th time here and we will return. The price is right with a Boat US discount. Previous posts are correct. Everything is nearby and people (boat) watching is great. Can get a little bumpy due to the boat traffic, especially on the week end--just use plenty of fenders. Las Olas Blvd has many eateries and retail stores.

Great Stop in the middle of Lauderdale, 2013-02-24
Captain: , Rising Sun, DE (210)

We just finished 6 days here for the fourth year. Publix close by, West Marine & Boat Owners Warehouse 2.5 miles away. Great bike access everywhere. Charges are $1.25/ft less a 25% discount for Boat US. The electric is a daily fee of $15 for 50 amp. The set-up electric fee applies only to the 1st day, then the daily rate per day. The only restroom and shower facility in the downtown location is over at Cooleys Landing office but you have self-serve pumpouts at the riverfront sites. There are slip-renter only parking spots right next to the slips but remember to get a hangtag for them from the staff- they are wonderful "how else can i help you" folks. One of our all-time favorite stops. Don't miss it.

Good price, nice plac, 2013-01-17
Captain: , Edmonds, WA (460)

You can get a side tie east of the third save bridge, that way there are no bridges to open on the way from the ICW.
Enterprise will pickup here for a decent price on a rental car.
On SR84 is McDonalds Hardware. Just past West Marine in a beige building. Great little HW store with 1/3 of West price for stainless, plus good drill selection and ect.

Updates and service comments, 2013-01-07
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

We just finished 6 days here, had only planned to stay 3. All of the previous comments are good - great stop, lots of boats, lots to do, great scenery, Publix close by, etc etc. I'll add that it is only a couple of miles off the ICW. Bikes are very handy to see everything. There is no 3-day limit and current charges are $1.25/ft less a 25% discount for Boat US. The electric is a daily fee of $15 for 50 amp. The set-up electric fee applies only to the 1st day, then the daily rate per day. You get a break on this if you stay a month or longer, in which case you pay the set-up fee and metered electric thereafter. The only restroom and shower facility in the downtown location is over at Cooleys office but you have self-serve pumpouts at the riverfront sites. There are slip-renter only parking spots right next to the slips but remember to get a hangtag for them from the staff- they are wonderful "how else can i help you" folks. One of our all-time favorite stops. Don't miss it.

Do nt miss this stop for an experience, 2012-07-05
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Rolling is cost and location, one can only give this 5 stars. The previous posts are very good. To help with the wakles from boats, make sure whn you tie up, that two poles are situated one at the very aft and the other such that you can then put fenders out horizontal(best with a fenderboard). Make sure that you have fore and aft spring lines set well, and then you can leave your boat all day wothout wolrrying about banging into the wall. One needs at least three days. One for water taxi to beach for a day, two for shopping - Day three is for a dink ride up the river - eat out along the way.

A must see stop just off the ICW, 2012-03-30
Captain: , baltimore md (644)

We stoped here 3/27 and 3/28/12. We followed a 100' yacht in. Nice to have someone like that clear a path for you. The traffic uses channel 9 to announce their progress in and out of the New river. Inbound the first sharp curve is Tarpon Bend then the girls school then the tunnel and finally the 3rd st. bridge. We tied up at #63 a side tie on the North side just past the 3rd ave bridge. Matt the excellent dockmaster helped with our lines. It is all here! We loved this stop.

Greatest Deal In South Florida, 2012-02-01
Captain: , Vero Beach, Florida (118)

Great opportunity to enjoy the Los Olas shops, the local market and the monthly jazz festival. One caution - On low tide there is a possibility of hitting bottom (barnacles?) at slip 62 & 63 if you draw greater than 4.5 feet. We struck under those conditions and fortunately, APEX marine just up the river lifted the boat and changed the prop quickly.

That said - We make a point of staying at the City of Fort Lauderdale Marina every time we are in port.

Right downtown in the middle of everything., 2011-11-27
Captain: , Buffalo (1154)

For us, that is a plus, but I can understand that some may not like the location. Great restaurants and shopping close by. The channel is narrow and crooked, and there is some really big boats, so go slow and stay alert and you won't have any problem.

Nov/11 Our second visit, Because there are no facilities other than a face wall and elec, Cooley's Landing is a better place unless your boat is too big for Cooleys

ditto the previous, 2011-08-04
Captain: , ft myers beach (790)

Cheap docks, clean, walking paths, near Las Olas. Fun time.

Great change of pace, 2011-05-26
Captain: , Silverthorne, CO (419)

A fun and inexpensive place to oogle mega-yachts, walk the beautiful Riverwalk, access a huge Publix just two blocks off the river, etc. Very entertaining to watch the yachts, water taxis, and tourist boats come and go. Wakes quiet down at night. Very helpful, personable dockmaster.

Best deal in LaTiDa, 2011-05-21
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (639)

Side tie to sewall on New River. Beautiful brick walking path. Free do-it-yourself Pump-out at your slip. 30-50-100 amp power with good amperage. Water hook-up. Fantastic view of New River boating activity. Walk to great restaurants and shopping. Free Trolley thurs-Sun. city bus service at reasonable rates. All for less than $1/foot. What's not to like?

wow what a place, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Kilmarnock, VA (300)

We stayed here for 3 days and found the location to be great and convientant to shopping and great resturants. All side ties along the river with good power and secuirty. The New River traffic is always entertaining but can get down right hectic at times. Would advise against tieing up close to the 3rd ave bridge where it makes a slight turn, some boaters going outbound in a current have some troubles here and can bang into the boats along the wall. Nice staff and great Boat US discount.

Great Spot, 2011-03-30
Captain: , Morristown, NJ (383)

We've been here several times. You definitely have to plan your arrival for slack tide. If you decide to come on a weekend be prepared to jockey around boat traffic which can be a little harrowing but if you don't act like a bull in a china shop your fine. Put a good amount of fenders because the wall is bouncy with the traffic. It is great fun to watch the mega yachts along the canal.There is always some kind of festiviity happening check out the Fort Lauderdale website. We've experienced plays at the Broward, concerts, great restaurants, St. Patrick's Day festivities. If you rent a car the downtown marina will give you a parking pass. There is a trolly that will take you to the beach and sometimes its free. Well worth it up the New River

Downtown Docks, 2011-03-10
Captain: , Private Dock (30)

Stayed here on 16 & 17 Feb. Enjoyed the stay. Good facilities
and the management was very accomodating. Tied up side to
so the boat traffic on the river had an effect, but it weasn't too bad
to handle. I would stay here again.

New River Madness, 2011-02-16
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (227)

We came up the river in our Nordhavn 46 on a Sunday afternoon and it was madness. Hundreds of outboards zoomed around the sport fishing, yachts and mega yachts trying to get up river on a flood tide. The river is more of a cement canal now with mansions and mega yachts lining the walls. The current is strong and the turns are sharp. When we got to the landing, the open waterway could only have been 50 yards wide, with a bascule bridge down current. We managed to get turned around and to the side tie, but it was a white knuckle experience. You must definately plan going up this river at 30 minutes before high tide on a weekday to avoid the danger. The city was nice, with Farraris and Lamborginis on every block, and a Publix with free WiFi within walking distance. Did I say, no WiFi at the dock?

Worth the Maddness, 2011-02-16
Captain: , Mattituck, NY. (391)

Great place to visit during the week. Very busy , boats passing all day long, quiets down at night. You could sit on your boat all day just to watch the mega yachts going by.
Publics within walking distance, many restaurants.

Close to downtown, 2011-02-04
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (215)

Stayed a week in January. The bridges can be noisy and river traffic can make things a little bouncy but it was an interesting place to stay for a while. Quite reasonable but no internet.

Right in the middle of everything, 2010-11-21
Captain: , Cape May (75)

Not you usual dock. Right in the middle of everything, restaurants, bars, weekend festivals nearby. Megayachts parade by. Million Dollar condos all around. Friendly staff. Grocery store a few blocks away. Even the performing arts center is a short walk away. This isn't the place for a quiet getaway, but if you want a safe (24 hour security patrols the docks) and exciting stay. This is a great place

Great dockage in downtown in a residential setting, 2010-03-26
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

We enjoy mooring along the New River. It can be a big noisy; cities are noisy. Green space alongside the slips. Rolly on weekends due to wakes from small boats. Wonderful proximity to Las Olas Blvd restuarants, shops, Post Office.

Sailboat Bend is better, 2009-06-22
Captain: , Captiva (173)

We have stayed several times at Sailboat Bend. It is across the river from the very busy commercial area of New River Docks where the restaurants and stores are located. Sailboat Bend is right next to the 4th Avenue Bridge across from Cooleys. You can walk across the bridge to use the facilities at Cooleys and also walk to the restaurants. Walking traffic is basically people from the high rise condos walking their dogs and a few people fishing. Boat traffic is constant, but not bothersome. All the boats here are not necessarily sailboats, but most are. We've stayed here a total of several months between two trips to Fort Lauderdale and have never had a problem with theft or worried about it. There are pumpouts at each slip, cable, water, and shore power.

right downtown, 2009-04-07
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

lots and LOTS of traffic, lots of boat noise, and not secure. put up anything you don't want to disapear. My neighbor had a cabled locked bike stolen in broad daylite! however we had no problems while there.,

It 's an intresting stop, and not dangerous, but I don't think I will be back.

New River Wall, 2009-02-19
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Decent facilities at a low price for the area.

The main attaction is the over the top wealth (the next smallest boat while we were there was a 108' motor yatch). 100'+ yatchs went by on a regular basis.

There is a grocrery store to the south within walking distance. Never felt concerned with saftey or robbery, but the walkway is public so lock the boat and use common sense.

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