Details for Newburyport Municipal Marina

Newburyport Municipal Marina

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 11 reviews

Address Newburyport, MA


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager


Paul Hogg


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Transient vessel tie up at the City docks is available on a first come first serve basis from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.


It is best to travel this section of the river 1.5 hours before or after slack current. Current reaches over 6 knots on spring tides. The inlet can also get tricky when the current is high.





Tide & current additional info

Strong tidal currents along the docks. Set foreward and aft spring lines!


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:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 15
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Starting Mid-July 2010, they charge the hourly rate before 5 pm, plus the nightly rate for the overnight.

Rates are:
Less than 20' = $2/hr, $30 overnight.
20'-39' = $3/hr, $45 overnight.
40' and up = $4/hr, $60 overnight.


Transient: 4
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $25 per night.

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

Additional info: Available

Pricing info: No charge.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - There is a dinghy dock located at the west end of the municipal docks where there is a small cove in the seawall. Dinghies should be parked in the far right (westernmost) corner of this cove.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Park nearby.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Available on weekends.







Yes - There are public heads near the far entrance to the park. Go right along the docks all the way to the parking lot, then up toward the street. It's a bit of a hike.


Yes - There is a very clean, staffed laundromat just one block from the marina. It has many washers and dryers, all in great condition. It is located right in town, allowing you to grab a bit to eat, visit shops, or walk the town while your laundry is going round and round. Or, you can drop off your laundry and they will wash and fold it for you.


Yes - There is a convenience store (Richdale) on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets, about a 5-minute walk from the docks.


Yes - Hardware store nearby.


Yes - Many restaurants and ice cream shops within a few blocks.

Enzo, located in the Tannery, is a farm-to-table, all fresh, prepared to order restaurant serving interesting recipes and the most delicious food.


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing charters.

Internet access

Yes - Internet service from two commercial providers, ecolink is $7.95 per day and the other was $15. The $15 option was reported to have a stronger signal. Good cell phone coverage (ATT). Verizon has a good voice signal and a fair data signal.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Nearby - Cashman Park.


Other services


Reviews for Newburyport Municipal Marina
Another return location, 2016-02-12
Captain: , Bourne, Ma (230)

We spent three nights tied to the municipal dock while on our trip North in July of 2015. Extremely friendly and helpful dock hands and harbor master. While we were there the rates continually changed. Not sure why the change. Actually I don't the dock hands or harbor master were sure why the daily rates were changing either. Looks like they were discouraging long term stays. So, not only do the rates change based on hours but the town was changing rates while we were there. Still, I found dockage very reasonable and they tried to hold price as best they could. While there I had a charger shipped to town hall and installed it. Great town to be in while working on boat. Also, dingyed under bridges to north at low to mid tide to swim at exposed sand bar about 1 mile up river. Warm clean swimming.

Great Town..., 2015-09-02
Captain: , Pittsburgh (80)

We had a mooring ball. Currents are amazingly swift, but a very enjoyable fun stay. Very nice well protected dinghy dock. Fantastic restaurants, coffee shops, shops a very short walk away. No shower facilities. That would be a helpful addition. Very busy harbor, lots of boats. The dockmaster was very helpful!

Great mooring at resonable price, 2014-07-18
Captain: , Blackbeard, New Bern NC (138)

What a great town. We got a mooring for our 44 ft sailboat, and went to the dinghy dock, which is well protecgted from the currents. Very nice people. Current is strong, so come in at slack tide if possible. A little rolly, but not bad. Try Port City Sandwitch compny at the end of the dock, for a realy great breakfast/lunch at modest prices. Several good pubs and restruaunts, and many little shops.

Great in-town location, close to everything, 2014-06-20
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

The bar at the mouth of the Merrimack can be dangerous if the winds oppose the current, which is swift. The CG will issue warnings on channel 16 if warranted. Otherwise, follow the charts carefully, the harbor is wide but the channel is narrow.

If you're fortunate enough to get a spot on the municipal floats, you're in for a treat. The town also rents moorings, but dockage is so inexpensive it's worth the convenience. Newburyport is one of New England's best "walking" cities, with tons of great shops, bakeries, bars, restaurants, museums, etc. all in the downtown area.

The only negatives are the difficulty in finding dock space, especially on weekends, and possibly the proximity of the park just above the dock, but everybody is friendly.

As mentioned in another review, boaters in this area live up to their reputation as "Massachusetts drivers" even when on the water. Don't let them pressure you into leaving the safety of the channel or ignoring the no-wake zones.

Just refreshing this review, not much has changed. If anything, there are more people (and their dogs) walking in the park, but it's a very casual, friendly atmosphere. We stopped here twice this trip, mid-week, and both times found space on the dock.

Friendly Harbor Master, but not much going on, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

We stayed on a mooring ball here for 2 nights. As other folks have mentioned the current can be quite strong so time yourself accordingly. The dinghy dock was very convienent and protected so access to town is very simple.

Not what sure folks do in this town except shop for trinkets and antiques. We took a cab to see a movie on a rainy day and left the following morning for more somewhere a bit more interesting.

great location, 2013-07-31
Captain: , Boston, MA (40)

I spent one night on a mooring and one night at the dock. They are both quite comfortable. The current really is as strong as they say, so time your arrival and departure with the tides and rig extra dock lines. The attendant and harbormaster's office were very friendly and helpful, and they accept credit cards right at your boat (they'll take the card and bring back a receipt). I enjoyed the easy shore access from the dock; the gangway dumps you out onto a lively walkway near open spaces used for music performances, at least during the Yankee Homecoming festival. There is a lively restaurant and shops area less than a 5 minute walk inland.

Interesting Lively Town, 2013-06-24
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

We, unfortunately, found ourselves in Newburyport on a weekend. The wakes and hoards of people and boats were a bit over whelming, but the town was so nice that it was still a great stop.

The mooring were filled when we arrived, so we took a space at the dock. On a busy weekend, this was the best options with all the wakes and boat traffic.

The meal we had at the Enzo restaurant was worth the stop in itself. One of the best meals ever.

The town seems devoid of touristy T-shirt shops. Interesting stores and restaurants fill the town. The streets are filled with people walking. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.

The docks are along a waterfront park, which is great for walking the dog. But, it puts you on display as the people walk down the waterfrong sidwalk just above your boat.

Why Have I Passed This Place Before?, 2011-08-02
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (108)

This is a great stop. Too many times I've been Maine bound and passed this great town. Town dock space was easily obtained despite being Yankee Homecoming WEEK. Activity all over town all week. What a fun place to be. Again great accessibility to all necessary conveniences.

NEVER On a Weekend, 2009-07-19
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (456)

I found the other reviews accurate with the exception that weekends are not to be believed. Boat traffic on the Merrimac reaches epic state with boats moving at speed right beside the municipal mooring field. And I do mean right beside. Marinas will feel the same effect. Otherwise, the town is superb! Oh, the pumpout boat operates only on weekends - plan accordingly.

Delightful stop, 2008-11-10
Captain: , San Diego (5)

We were so happy we stopped here. The dockmaster could not have been nicer or more helpful. The public dock is new'ish and very clean. It sits by a beautiful park with a path along the water that is well used by runners, people walking dogs, and families out for a stroll. The charming town is a short walk away; when we were there in October the town was all decked out for fall. The marina rates were very reasonable.

A Wonderful Experience, 2008-08-30
Captain: , Saint Petersburg, FL (181)

Newburyport Municipal Marina is a wonderful surprise. We found this place by luck. The cruising guides are not positive on the entrance to the Merrimack River, but a call to Ralph, the harbormaster changed our minds. The docks are right adjacent to the town of Newburyport and sit in a park-like setting. The town is a delightful mix of big and small. All the accoutrements are here. This will me a "MUST STOP" the next time we are in the area.

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