Details for Onancock Wharf and Marina
Name

Onancock Wharf and Marina
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.3 stars from 74 reviews

Address 15 North St
Onancock, VA 23417

Phone757-787-7911

After hours contact



Facility type

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

Notes



VHF channel

16

Web siteonancock.com/wharf.html

Email contact

toowharf@gmail.com

Owner, manager

Town of Onancock

Harbormaster

Ruth Melcher

Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, cash, or personal check are accepted. Does not accept American Express. 3% surcharge for credit cards.

Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Seasonal

Additional info:

Approach

About 5 miles from the "No. 1" marker. The channel in winds a bit, but is deep and easy to follow.

Tide

Unknown

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 90
Beam max: 20

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 15
Total: 15
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-12-06)

Other price info: $1.50 per foot per night includes free pump out, WiFi & 24/7 access to free laundry and bathroom facility.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $5.00 for 30 amps, $10.00 for 50 amps.

Winter Seasonal Rates Electric can range from $5-15 per night.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes - City water included in dockage fee.

Dinghy access

Yes - At the east end of the docks. No charge, if space is available.

Liveaboard info



FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: Non-ethanol gas available.

Gas price$3.15/gal (2016-12-06)

Other price info: Cash price is $3.149 for 89 octane non-ethanol (including all taxes).
Credit price is $3.239 for 89 octane non-ethanol (including all taxes).

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm, Friday's from 8 am to 7 pm and weekends 7 am to 7 pm.

Diesel price$2.40/gal (2016-12-06)

Other price info: Cash price is $2.399 for marine diesel (including all taxes).
Credit price is $2.469 for marine diesel (including.all taxes).

Hours of Operation: CLOSED on Monday, Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, Weekends 10 am to 3 pm.

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pet-friendly town.

Disability access

Yes - There's a ramp to handicap accessible restrooms and showers.

Launch service

No

Pump out

Yes

Ice

Yes - They sell 16 lb. bags and 10 lb. blocks of ice.

Trash

Yes - There are two trash receptacles on-site. They also offer a place for recycling.

Showers

Yes - 4 unisex shower/bathrooms (handicap accessible). Included in dockage fee.

Heads

Yes - New, 2014.

Laundry

Yes - One large washer and one large dryer, no charge, 2015. The washer cycle time is one hour.

Grocery

Yes - No grocery in walking distance but special arrangements can be made with the Harbormaster for transportation to nearby grocery.

Hardware

No

Restaurants

Yes - A complete list of 10 or more Onancock restaurants (many are pet-friendly) is available online at:
http://www.onancock.com/wharf.html

Bars

Yes - Many of the town's restaurants offer beer, wine, and liquor.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Short walk.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Marine Electronics Sales & Service at Shore Electronics, Inc., 67 Market St, Onancock, Andy Dize shoreelectronics@verizon.net 757-787-7777

Haul out capabilities

No

Storage facilities



Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities

Yes - Light Tackle Charters with Capt. Walt www.LTCharters.com 410-957-1664


Internet access

Yes - Good WiFi signal reported from the marina in July 2016. Also, a WiFi Extender installed in 2016 directed at the slips.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Ramp Fee $5 per day or $30 annually.

Transportation

Yes - Transportation may be arranged thru Enterprise Rent-A-Car
30444 Lankford Hwy
Keller, VA 23401
757-442-2182

There is also public transportation thru Star Transit, 21250 Cooperative Way, Tasley, VA 23441, 757-787-8322

Other services



Attractions

You can catch a passenger-only ferry to Tangier Island from here May 13 - Sep 30. Delightful historic town; Farmer's Market Sat morning 9 am - 12 noon from May-October; Art walk 2nd Fridays.

Reviews for Onancock Wharf and Marina
Working Hard to Please, 2016-11-23
Captain: , Flag Harbor, MD (157)

The town of Onancock is working very hard to improve its wharf and marina. Hiring Ruth as dockmaster was a master stroke! She is great! She is genuinely interested in making your stay as good as it can possibly be. I have never gotten such a complete briefing on the marina AND the town. Yeah, ok -- the docks need work but that is coming. Give it a try -- you won't be sorry.



WONDERFUL STOP, 2016-10-12
Captain: , Hampton, VA (321)

Had not been to Onancock in a number of years, but glad we made the trek across the bay to come here.
The harbor master, Ruth, and her assistant expertly helped us moor and secure our large trawler and took the time to describe all the marina and town had to offer. Although the docks themselves are a bit worn, they are totally serviceable with good city water and stable power. As noted by others, wifi is a bit weak.
Onancock, like several other bay towns, is struggling through a revitalization effort, trying to attract more business's and tourists. As part of that, the marina is scheduled for a big upgrade which will make it even more attractive for cruisers. It will be fun to watch this place succeed.




YPYC visits Onancock, 2016-10-07
Captain: , Lancaster VA (10)

8 of planned 12 boats cruised from Lancaster VA to Onancock. Dock Mistress was very helpful. Facilities are first rate, with free wifi, fuel on site, and a robust pump-out facility.
We will return!



VERY WELCOMING, 2016-10-03
Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1533)

Harbormaster Ruth greeted us with a smile and a great attitude. She made us feel like she was very happy that we chose to stay in Onancock and made us feel happy to be there. Unlike some marinas that make you feel like you are an interuption to their businesss in stead of the reason for it, Ruth made us feel welcome. The marina it self is small and at the end of a wide long creek but was very clean and well run. There are 4 restrooms with showers that were spotlessly clean, a free washer dryer and a small lounge. The town is a short walk but unfortunately we arrived on a Sunday and most everything was closed.



a good place to visit, 2016-09-25
Captain: , Urbanna,va (49)

Ruth is most helpfull



Nice little town, 2016-09-19
Captain: , Seaford, VA (783)

Update 9/9/2016 Dockmaster Ruth was all about service, with pre-arrival email and confirmations. Bathhouse is well kept and close by, wives appreciated the fresh bath mats provided. Neat little town just a short walk up the hill. Dinner at the Blarney Stone Pub again was excellent.

9/2014 Dockmaster Kathleen was very helpful in guiding us to our (very wide) slip. Good power and water, but the bath house is not quite ready--- any day now. A number of restaurants and shops in town for the ladies. Easy bike ride to the hardware store, etc.



Great town/Marina is getting there, 2016-09-11
Captain: , Arnold, MD (263)

As most of the other reviews detail, it is a great little town. The town gets five stars. One little caveat: it basically closes down on Monday and Tuesday. The Charlott Hotel restaurant is top notch in terms of food, service, and ambiance (closed Mondays). The Marina is a quantum improvement in terms of facilities, service and staffing from our visit and review two years ago. I would say that this is the most improved operation on the Bay that we have observed over the two year period. The new bathrooms at the marina were an improvement two years ago, but now they are even better. The individual bathrooms with separate shower stalls are the way to go, and the fresh shower mats provided for each person is a really nice touch. As far as service, Ruth, the new Harbormaster, is all about service. From the welcoming and follow up emails to the docking assistance and welcome package upon arrival, she and her assistants deliver a top notch product. The pumpout was free and cheerfully provided. In terms of value, I forgot to check whether they were still applying the 3% credit card surcharge. If so, that would be a negative factor as is the fact that they still have not reinstated the Boat/US discount. Overall, I would have rated the marina at five stars but for the limited and outdated slips which can make tying up an adventure and access to your boat marginal (although they now provide portable stairs for each slip which is very helpful). They have plans to improve the slip situation, but that will be down the road some time. Meanwhile, Onancock is a great cruising destination, just get ready with the dock lines - - especially if the winds are up!



Perfect stop on the Eastern Shore, 2016-08-22
Captain: , Gibson Island (10)

We were traveling back north from the James River and made an afternoon and overnight stop at Onancock. Super friendly and helpful folks at the marina. Cute town.



ONANCOCK HARBORMASTER - Ruth Melcher, 2016-08-16
Captain: , Onancock, VA (21)

We always appreciate our guests feedback. In fact, we encourage it, as it will only make us better. Thank you to all of our guest for letting us know where we can improve your experience and for being specific with your notes on your recent visit.

Weather and Tides are a tough thing to control. That said, Onanocock Marina does everything within it's power to make our guest feel welcome and to handle the logistics of our small, but quaint Marina. Our protected Marina does come with some issues, however, we normally can accommodate vessels with drafts of 7' or less. Since we are approximately 4.5 miles in from the bay, our depths are limited at the Marina. The trip in is not limited with 15' of water and per a recent review, I will quote one of our guest: "Channel is well marked and carries no less that 12 feet all the way in. Gravel barges use the channel so it's well maintained." Many times throughout the season we have been the "Safe Haven" to boaters who are literally looking to come in from bad or rough seas/weather. When we do have more than one boat with deep drafts, we do our best to accommodate those vessels by keeping them in the deepest water we can provide. We have had vessels as long as 55-85' in our Marina, this season. We also do our best to get information out to our incoming guest, prior to their visit, so they are aware of their slip assignments in advance.


In response to our guests experience this weekend, we have taken the following steps to avoid these issues going forward:

Guest who prepay in Dockwa or by other means, upon confirmation of their reservation request, will get an immediate welcome package, sent electronically. We will still encourage all of our guest to check-in, upon arrival, but this will allow guest who pay in advance to access our new facility.
Electric issues: We have checked the electric pedestals several times this season. The salt air can cause many issues with exterior electrical wiring. This past Monday, our Town Maintenance Supervisor addressed the issues with the 30 AMP pedestal, parts have been ordered and it should be fixed ASAP.
Posted Contact Numbers: We have revised our hours of operation sign to include a 24/7 point of contact number, for guest arriving after hours.
Onancock Marina is run by the Town of Onancock and it's Waterfront Committee was immediately apprised of the conditions that prevented our guest from docking in the exteremely low tide conditions we experienced this weekend. They will check and provide a good list of parameters for the slip depths, so we can provide the most accurate information to our incoming guest, going forward.
Special Thanks to all of our guests for your time, business and consideration.

Sincerely,
Ruth Melcher, Onancock Marina Harbormaster



Onancock Town Wharf and Marina Va., 2016-08-15
Captain: , Deltaville Va (10)

I visited Onancock Marina Saturday the 13th August with five other boats from Fishing Bay Y.C. The Dock Master was asked on three separate occasions if they could accommodate boats with drafts of 7 feet she assured us that this was no problem. As it turned out my boat was docked along side the Wharf which put the boat in a high potential of being damaged by the dock pilings. Another of our party could not get into their assigned slip because it was too shallow so they had to raft up to my boat on the Wharf. One of the boats got into their slip but hit the bottom soon after. There were other problems with at least two other boats in the group with slip issues.
After securing my boat safely to the Wharf the pedestal I connected to for shore power did not work. Fortunately my shore power cord was long enough to reach another pedestal. To put the "icing on the cake", so to speak, I was not given the key code to the showers and head. So when the office closed and I went to used the facilities I could not. There is a printed notice on the office door giving a phone number which I called just to hear the phone in the office on the other side of the glass ringing. This was of course less than useless and only added to the building frustration. After a short time one of the other slip holders (not in our party) came along and instructed me so I could gain accesses to the head and shower.

At the very least Onancock Wharf and Marina is misrepresenting its self or the staff have on idea how deep their slips are and are delinquent in the up keep of their equipment (pedestal).

The excuses I heard were "you came in at low tide", "I have never seen the tide as low as this before". Another member of our club had visited this marina two weeks before and experienced the same issues with the water depth in their allocated slip. That is why the Dock Master was contacted three times to confirm that they could handle 7 foot draft boats.

Needless to say I will NEVER take my boat to Onancock again, which is a pity as the people and the town are worth visiting.

I believe that our group should receive an apology and perhaps a refund for the inconvenience experienced by our group.


David Clark



Wee Dram Cruise/Race , 2016-08-15
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (10)

Eight sailboats from Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA made a Saturday afternoon arrival for the annual Wee Dram cruise/race event. We arrived on a low tide and several wound up rafting rather than slips. The dock master and her crew were very helpful, the town mayor showed up to welcome us, and the restaurants in town were friendly and happy to see us arrive. The shower house is very nice and the wharf accommodations and amenities are pristine. It's certainly worth a visit.



Shallow water getting to and in the slip, 2016-08-14
Captain: , Deltaville (10)

Nice town, long distance up the creek to get the town docks.
Dock hands were helpful.
Problems with depth.
Aground going to slips and in slip. 6 foot draft.
6 foot draft was on the bottom at low tide in the slip #2, 7 foot draft only available on bulk .
During check-in was not informed access code was needed to get into restroom/showers, info provided by other slip occupants.



Wonderful staff, clean restrooms, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Kilmarnock, VA (50)

The staff was very accommodating and so helpful!! Ruth, the Dockmaster, was great and even arranged transportation for our group. Clean bathrooms. Very nice stay. Looking forward to coming back again!



Wonderful Stop Over, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Virginia Beach (10)

Ruth & her marina staff could not have been more helpful. The shopping area/dining in Onancock is small, but the residents are welcoming. Not much to see but a nice stop none the less.



Tiny marina, great town, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Patuxent River, MD (387)

Spent two nights here and enjoyed our stay. New office, heads & laundry (which is free). Docks are older fixed wood with short finger piers. Dockmaster was great, as was here staff. The town is a joy. Great places to eat and if you are an art lover, lots to see. Only real downsides are a lack of green space (docks back up to a suprisingly busy parking lot) and no pool.



Will be going back!, 2016-07-13
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (352)

We made a second visit to Onancock this year and once again were made to feel very welcome by the new dock master Ruth. The town os a real gem and this is one port of call that everyone should make on the bay. The channel entrance is a bit confusing but once past that, the creek is very well marked and has plenty of water depth for a boat with 5 foot draft.


We aboslutely loved the port of call. The marina staff (Scott) could not do enough for us. The town is full of history and the people are very friendly. It is a very sheltered harbor and the channel is well marked. We need at least a 4 foot draft and never had a nervous moment. The only down side is there is no pool. There are many good places to eat and a unique store with an olive oil and balsamic vinigar tasting room. All in all a must experience for bay cruisers.



Onancock Wharf and Marina, 2016-07-09
Captain: , Solomons (30)

Onancock is one of our favorite cruising destinations on the entire bay and the Onancock Wharf is one of the reasons why. The staff are top notch professionals, and super friendly. The facitlity is clean, plus free laundry. You can walk to restaurants, shops (the North Street Market is a fave). The mussels at Bizzottos, the mussels and the linguine with clams at Mallards, and the Cuban sandwhich at Janets are awesome and worth the trip.



Great time at Onancock, 2016-05-08
Captain: , Wilmington,NC (290)

Stayed here two days because there were small craft warnings on the Chesapeake. It is well protected and easy dockage. Finger piers are about 10 feet long so bow in or stern in to make getting off the boat easy. Ruth, the dockmaster, was very helpful with directions in to the marina and then helping us with lines. She told us about the town and called someone to give us a ride to church the next morning as part of their transient boater assist program. Town an easy walk; everyone very friendly. Marina has clean showers and free washer and dryer.
Very pleasant experience.



Nice new facility, 2015-11-01
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (210)

As previously mentioned the showers and bath facilities are new. Fuel is now available via a large above ground tank. Easy to get in and out but the depth drops to about 5-6 ft near the slips. One washer and one dryer are free to transits. Including us there were 2 transits. Farmers market on Saturdays will allow you to stock up o fresh veggies. Market closes in November. Marina is about 5 miles up Onancock Creek.



Nice new Dockmaster office, 2015-09-27
Captain: , Branford, CT (910)

The new dockmaster building has new, clean showers and free washers and dryers. Nice little town with good places to eat and a decent hardware store. The marina hand out (thanks, Karen) is very complete. I was surprised to see a list of locals who are willing to drive boaters to grocery shopping, parts store etc.

We have been here 3 nights. We are currently the only transient boat in the marina. We are right in front of the marina office, but the wifi is still too slow to be useful.



Simple pleasure, 2015-08-25
Captain: , Crisfield, MD (70)

As the previous review states, it' simple but gets the job done. Fuel pumps with gas and diesel were put in operation August 20th. Fuel pier is right in front of dockmaster office but if you are longer than 40' it's tight, if longer than 45' it's impossible. There are 7 good restaurants within 2 blocks plus a real bakery. The bakery makes stuff fresh every morning and closes when it's sold, usually by noon or 2:00 at the latest. Janet's place, in the general store, is a must for breakfast. None of the restaurants are bad, just some are better than others.



We will be back!, 2015-07-27
Captain: , Annapolis (160)

Beautiful ride up a deep creek.
Marina is simple but works just fine.
Short walk to downtown. We tried most of the restaurants by appatiser hopping. Great fun.
Fuel pump should be hooked up in the next 2 weeks. Aug '15?
Nice stop.



Marina and anchorage, 2015-05-30
Captain: , Hampton, Va (210)

Great town, although many closed and vacant shops. Anchorage is small, limited number of boats. It you draw more than 5 feet you may sit on the bottom in slips at low tide. No space to turn around if you ground.



A most favored anchorage, 2015-04-19
Captain: , Frog Mortar Creek, Middle R., Chesapeake (420)

This is pure Eastern Shore unlike St. Michaels and others, Onancock is quite untouched by modernity. With the new facilities and harbor master, it is up there with the others in terms of accommodations. Even without that, the anchorage is very comfortable. The restaurant at the wharf is in an old general store buildkng, very quaint; but, don't let that dissuade you, the food has always been very good. There are other food/drink venues in town.
The walk into town is easy and there is a lot to see if you are there when the town is open: Wed-Sat. Sun-Tue can be quiet.
On occasion, a huge barge may bring gravel to a local business. Watching the tug turn this huge barge on a dime is a sight to see.
We love this place and can%u2019t wait to go back.




great place, 2014-09-24
Captain: , Chester Md (130)

I'd concur with the past posts. The trip up the Onancock Creek is beautiful for starters. We weren't sure whether we wanted to stay at the marina or spend the afternoon in town and then anchor out at the end of the creek. The dockmaster said he will work with us whatever we decided and he did... he gave us a very fair price to tie up for the afternoon and use the brand new facilities. The town surely is welcoming to boaters. Plentry of places to eat, beautiful homes and unique shops. Don'y miss the coffee shop in the old bank. Well worth the trip.



The new showers add a star, 2014-09-18
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1340)

... so if not in need, take it back to 3. Scott helped us tie up to a shortish fixed finger pier.



A Friendly Place, 2014-09-10
Captain: , New Rochelle, NY (1000)

I agree with the previous comments. This was my first visit and will certainly not be my last. We came for two days and stayed eight. We had the luxury of having a good friend living in the area who gave us a car to use. But we also thoroughly enjoyed the village. Mallard's had wonderful food, drinks, late night apps and great entertainment whenever the natives got restless. We had an incredible Prix Fixe dinner at The Charlotte Hotel, great burgers and sandwiches at The Blarney Stone, breakfasts and lunches at Janet's Cafe. The marina staff, Charles and Scott, couldn't be more helpful. The facilities are spotless and the price is more than reasonable.



This marina is a jewel., 2014-08-30
Captain: , Annapolis (30)

The staff is fantastic, the facilities first rate. The four to five block walk into Onancock%u2019s downtown makes this a great place to stay. The town wharf is new this year with more improvements on the way as it matures into a real destination. The only drawback is that provisions (groceries and marine supplies) are a couple of miles away, with limited options for getting there. This is something I they are going to address in the near term.



Near Perfect, 2014-08-29
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Staff was amazing, facilities are great, including free laundry. Price was $1.50 plus $12 with BUS. Stayed here two days because we loved it. Navigating into here for first timers like us is nerve racking, but now we've done it, not so bad. Be careful - we never saw less than 10'



A Must See, 2014-07-28
Captain: , Baltimore (40)

The town of Onancock is one of our favorite places on the Bay. It got even better with the new marina bath house and laundry facility! A must-stop if you have never been. Good food, good shopping, and a very boater-friendly town!



Nice place!, 2014-07-01
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (334)

We stopped on our way north. The Onancock Wharf is a recenly rennovated building with four very nice bathrooms and free laundry (one washer, one dryer). Next door is Mallards, a nice little restaurant. Up Market St. is the downtown area which contains some antique shops, a bakery, and cafe. The ice cream shop is a mile from the wharf; walkable unless it is bad weather. Things close early in the day, so get there early. The entrance to the creek looks daunting, but is clearly marked with daymarks. We saw no less than 11 ft all the way in at mid tide. Onancock is all the way up the creek, so it is a great place to hide from high winds or a major storm. There is a 3% surcharge to use a credit card for dockage.



Great Town and Marina!, 2014-06-29
Captain: , Heathsville, VA (50)

We have visited Onancock multiple times over the years. It just keeps getting better! The new marina building is lovely and the dock master and staff warm, helpful, and receptive. Very easy to make reservations. The slips can be a bit narrow, and our beam is almost 15'. I called ahead to request a spot on the bulkhead, and it was waiting for us when we arrived. Mallards restaurant is at the dock and has good food. We find that we especially enjoy having dinner at the Charlotte Hotel, where the food is superb. This is a great stop on the bay, and the cruise up Onancock Creek is lovely. Watch the channel. Narrow in places but not a problem at all if you pay attention.




Superb staff, 2014-06-25
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (465)

Arrived high tide and had no water depth concern w 4.5 draft. Dockhand and staff very helpful and informative.

Had lunch at Blarney Stone pub 0.25 miles from marina. Good drafts and pub fare.

Bathhouse complete, spacious, clean and accessible.

Easy pumpout adjacent to marina office.

Picture perfect ride up creek to marina from bay.



Onancock wharf, 2014-06-16
Captain: , Frisco Co (92)

06/03/2014 Arrived at the Onancock Wharf. The place was really busy with boats wanting a slip. However the dockmaster was not harried in anyway and assigned me to a slip and was there to help with lines. The slips are fixed short finger piers. The new building is wonderful. Two mens and two womens private showers and heads. A room with a free washer and dryer. All air conditioned. The town itself is wonderful, lots of history! 300 years worth. I can recommend at least three places to eat. Mallards on the wharf, right next to the slips. Janet's for breakfast and the Irish pub. Over all this place is worth the visit!



Overnight dockage stay, 2014-06-12
Captain: , Oriental, NC (90)

We stayed at the Onancock Town Wharf. We are a 34' with 4'10" draft, 17,000 pound sailboat. Approaching the wharf, the slips cannot be seen but from the side. A bridge at the far end of the harbor, the shallow depths being read on our depth finder, and our poor ability to maneuver effectively in reverse, prevented us from driving by the slip to check it out as we normally like to do. We entrusted in the Dockmaster our decision to drive into the slip. I was a little worried about that decision when I asked him would we be tying port tie or starboard tie. He seemed to pause as if he was wondering "what kind of question is that?". Then he answered bow and stern. ....
We got in with the help of the boat neighbor in the slip upwind of us. Once in I was able to further take care of the dock lines and power. There is only a very short finger pier and no dock cleats. I would recommend sailboats (34' and up) request bulkhead tie up. There is room for about 3 sailboats. .....
The facilities were very nice: private bathrooms, washer and dryer (free). They need a Dockmaster with more experience with cruisers and their boats and lines. The people we met from the town were really nice. It was clear that they liked their town and were welcoming to boaters. The walk to town was short and nice. Parks, historic houses, and great landscapes. We found an Irish Pub type bar for Evo Lot #3 IPA beer and a good meal....




Enjoyed our visit!, 2014-05-29
Captain: , St Pete Beach FL (82)

Nice little marina...pretty town ...great harbor master!
Charles will go out of his way to make your visit memorable. New facilities...bath/shower and laundry (still free). Got a good haircut & pedicure at Hair Affair. Sweet pastries at the Corner Bakery. Excellent meals at Mallards and the Blarney Stone. Had a really good time in Onancock.



Nice dock at the end of a pretty creek, 2014-05-19
Captain: , Sea Cliff, NY (1022)

Made a reservation with Charles, the new Dockmaster. Very pleasant. The run from the Bay to the dock is about 5.5 nm and is very scenic. The entrance requires paying attention, as there are several dog-legs, but there is plenty of water in the channel. We never saw less than 10 ft. the entire way in.

There are a number of individual slips plus a long face dock. All the slips are within dozen several feet of the town parking lot, so privacy is not on the top of the amenity list. However, there is a brand new bathhouse facility with two complete bathroom/shower rooms each for men and women. Also, the laundry units are no charge as of today!

The slips have very short finger piers, forcing us to stern in. it would be much better for both privacy and for views if the piers were longer, giving us the choice of bow or stern-in.

The town is small and many shops are closed Monday and Tuesday. Enjoyable walk-around.



Beautiful town and nice, new marina, 2014-05-14
Captain: , Pensacola, Fl (70)

The marina facilities are new and very nice. The laundry with one washer and one dryer is free. It is a short walk to the town center where there are shops and restaurants.



New Facility in 2014, 2014-04-10
Captain: , Deltaville (51)

The place is as beautiful as ever but now with a new facility. Very nice individual baths (2 Men & 2 Women) and a laundry facility. Habormaster resigned. Assistant Harbormaster is great. It still takes an hour at 5 1/2 knots to travel from the number 1 marker to the Wharf. The channel is well marked and beautiful.
The Town is very nice with cute shops. The Bakery is excellent and there is a very nice wine and cheese shop. There is good food next to the Wharf. (The Fish Tacos were great!)



Re-opened and better than ever,, 2014-04-10
Captain: , Gloucester, VA (694)

A simple marina, Onancock Wharf, is now modernized. If you llike a laid back setting with just the right amount of amenities, this just might be what you're looking for. Therie's even a electronics repair facility a couple of blocks away in case your chart plotter goes tango uniform...



Nice town, limited marina, 2013-10-17
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (552)

Walking distance into town. Ride up the creek is scenic. Bathroom block still incomplete October 2013. Perpendicular style old fixed docks with 15' fingers that are too small for any boat over 40'. stir up lots of mud at low tide. Good restaurant close.



Quiet place, so-so restaurant, 2013-08-30
Captain: , Stafford, VA (305)

The harbor master's office, along with rest rooms, pumpout, etc. are still under construction. We enjoyed exploring via dinghy, but the town was only enjoyable for those who love to shop. Others quickly retreated to the boat to do some reading.
I was less than impressed with the on-site restaurant, Mallards. The server asked how my mussels were, and I told her they were good, except that the chef should know not to serve unopened shellfish. She told me they were fine, that "they probably had a pinhole in the shell that prevented steam from building up and popping them open." I'm no classically educated chef, but I know that shellfish that don't open when cooked are to be discarded. Crab cakes were very good, as were scallops after being sent back to be cooked a bit past raw. Garlic mashed potatoes were salted to the point where I left them on my plate, though my wife and another friend thought they were acceptable.



Nice little marina, nice harbor, 2013-08-30
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1777)

We stayed here two nights 8/26, 27.
UPDATE on new office/bathhouse. They had a crew of four workers working on it. It looked they were within a few days of completion.
Onancock Wharf Marina is a very nice little marina that is pleasant to stay at. There is a 80ish foot wharf wall for bigger boats and a shorter wall for pump out. (a boat ramp separates them). There are 18(?) slips towards the bridge. The four or so slips closest to the marina office are VERY wide. Cats should fit easily. The other slips appear to be much narrower, less than 15' wide. The finger docks at the slips are very short and narrow, stern in. We stayed at the wall. The harbor is pleasant and picturesque. Mallards Restaraunt has is quite good with a nice patio area on the water.
The town near the marina is pleasant. Downtown is not a boating mecca-ish kind of place but there are a couple of restaurants and shops. It is clean and well kept. The Joyce Marie II ferry runs from the marina to Tangier Island - $25 per person round trip. Capt. Mark Crockett is very friendly and the boat is a genuine deadrise bay boat. Fun ride.
The channel coming in is typical for the area. STAY IN THE CHANNEL and you'll be fine There are also several anchorages on Onancock Creek. This would be a great buddy boating location to hang out for a couple of nights and to visit Tangier Island. We enjoyed it. We would return there.



Nice marina in quiet eastern shore town, 2013-08-30
Captain: , Austin, TX (346)

Five miles up the meandering, scenic Onancock Creek brings you to the interesting little town of Onancock. The fixed docks at the marina are in good shape. The new marina building is nearing completion. Kathleen, the dock master, says construction is going 7 days a week. Until completion, there are no showers and only a portable plastic john. The town has some beautiful old houses, several shops and a couple of restaurants overtown as well as Mallards by the marina. We had a excellent dinner at the upscale Charlotte Hotel and Restaurant. It was a bit of a celebration as our first two planned trips to Onancock fell through. We also ate breakfast at the Corner Bakery. The pasteries and coffee were good but the selection was limited. The town does not have any marine supply stores or a grocery store. Recommend calling for reservations ahead of going. They usually have space but it is a long ways to another marina.



Very Pretty, 2013-07-21
Captain: , Annapolis (2892)

The approach up river is very scenic. Kathleen the
harbormaster goes out of her way to be helpfull. The new heads/shoers are not yet ready. The town is beautifull with many restored houses. Several good restaurands. Excellent creeks and prongs to explore by dinghy.



Call Ahead, 2013-07-06
Captain: , Norfolk Virginia (469)

Call ahead to confirm status of new facilities for showers/heads which are well underway but no firm estimate for completion. Harbor Master is most accommodating and helpful. Transit up well marked Onancock Creek is pleasant and picturesque.

When new facillities are available, definitely will become "destination".



Cant wait to go back, 2013-06-17
Captain: , East Greenwich RI (504)

WE stopped here on our way south in October 11 2011 and fell in love with the little town of Onancock. Shops and small town resturaunts were delightfull. Rented a car from Enterprize (they had a bit of a drive to get us and bring us back-but weekend rate was great)..
After two years away in Florida etc we drove a car home and stopped to visit. June 5th 2013 Theygot beat up in Sandy but are rebuilding--better than before. We'll be back there on our way north next year --or when ever.



Always a nice stop, 2013-06-07
Captain: , Callao, Virginia (34)

Stayed for one night on June 5. The harbor master's building is still under construction so there are no bathrooms or showers. However there is power and water at the slips and on the bulkhead. In spite of all that, it is still a wonderful stop. The town is nice and Kathleen, the new harbor master, and Al were very friendly and helpful. Would have liked to stay another night, but wanted to beat the rain from TS Andrea home.



Check First, 2013-05-13
Captain: , Delegal Marina (121)

Mother's Day - And they are rebuilding the dockmaster's house. No head or showers or Wifi. Discounted rate though (3% charge for credit) . 4 1/2 ft at dock at high tide, so moved to T-head. They should have the building done soon - so check first Everything in town closed for Sunday.



Charming visit, 2012-10-20
Captain: , Edenton, NC (91)

A nice ride in from the Bay. The town marina has the basics with clean restrooms. The town is accessible by foot and has several good places to eat. We visited 20 October and caught the farmer's market with fresh veggies and great prices on oysters. This time of year the town has few visitors. Everyone we met was very friendly. We enjoyed our visit and will keep Onancock on our list of places to return to.



I get it! Very nice place to visit., 2012-10-17
Captain: , Hurricane, WV (252)

It was an hour long but very scenic tram up the creek against a tide but well worth the trip. We visited on Sunday, October 14th and were greeted by the dock master who was very helpful. We were relaxing in the cockpit a little later and when a local county official stopped by to welcome us and point out must sees. We had a nice walk around town before dinner at Mallards. A very nice place to visit, we will be back.



Worth the trip up the river, 2012-10-06
Captain: , Kent Narrows, MD (200)

The Onancock Wharf and Marina is a basic wharf, but with clean facilities and a very nice town a short walk away. The local restaurants are very good and the dockmaster was friendly and helpful. It is worth the trip up the river which is rather windy and intricate. The scenery is very beautiful with lovely homes and treed shorelines after you pass the lowlands coming in.



Mallards at Onancock, VA, 2012-08-22
Captain: , New Haven, CT (145)

Anchored just off Mallards and went in for dinner on a Monday. Technically they only serve off the lunch menu, but Chef Johnny Mo was there and cooked for us "off the menu". Cannot express how wonderful this meal was, though along the lines of NYC prices. He complemented each course with a hand-picked wine. Just amazing. The town is beautiful. The people are friendly. We did find a little shoaling at the entrance to the river, but once past that it was an easy drive to the very secure anchorage. Onancock will permanently be on our list of places to visit!



I did'nt Get it??, 2012-08-16
Captain: , St Augustine, Fl (477)

I read all the reviews in this section. While they are all accurate I did not see anything special. Sorry... it looks like most towns that I have visited along eastern seaboard, quite and sleepy, if that is for you then tis is a great place to stop and see.



Great place to visit Our stay July 18/19 2012, 2012-08-06
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (640)

Now my favorite stop on eastern side of Chesapeake for small town atmosphere. Wharf and piers right down town. Councilmen from town council came to ask what we needed. Nothing as Dock Master did fine job. Easy town to walk. Great restaurants, 1/2 block from boat. Beautiful 4 mile creek ride from Bay to town. Inexpensive transit system to get to larger shops, such as Wal Mart, and needed as it is too far to walk to large stores. Will come again.



back to the 60's, 2012-06-17
Captain: , North Fort Myers, FL. (268)

Spent a weekend here and had a great time. The marina is not very big but very cosy and friendly. The town is an easy walk and a real step back in time. I kept looking for " leave it to beaver" , the restaurant was the same, very friendly and good food. Walked around the area homes and the place was mowed, trimed and very clean. It all looked like what I remembered life to be as a kid. One great weekend.



Quiet place to stop over., 2012-06-11
Captain: , Gloucester, VA (514)

We were met by the Harbor Master upon our arrival and at first were the only ones here but later that night a couple of sailboats arrived and tied up. Did a walk-through of the town and being a Sunday afternoon hardly anything was open. The Harbor Master informed us that there is no %u201CGrocery%u201D store in town so do your shopping prior to getting here. Mallard%u2019s is a great place to eat and is right next door so you would be well advised to partake of their delicious fare. A beautiful little village.



Very Protected - must go to The Mallard Restaurant, 2012-05-06
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (5686)

We were met by two dockhands to tie us up, very helpful. If you arrive after 4:30, you may have to fend for yourself since that's when the dockmaster leaves for the day. Be sure to ask for the WiFi code when you check in, it's not posted or otherwise offered. A walk through town is a must, it reminds me of a typical Maine town.

I strongly urge you to have a meal at Malllards restaurant next door. The chef, Johnny Mo, was professionally trained and now has his own restaurant, you won't be disappointed. The wine list is very reasonable too. We could keep an eye out on our boat from our table. His cookbook is perfect for use on a boat, not complicated but very good.



very laid back facility, 2011-11-18
Captain: , Hampton, VA (2502)

We came here often with our Freedom 40 and thorughly appreciated the small town relaxed approach to the marina. We've since tied up to the face pier with our catamaran without issue. If you are here in the summer and don't have AC, bring or buy a fan. There just isn't a breeze.

On our last visit this summer, town is struggling. Very artsy!



Onacock in September, 2011-09-10
Captain: , Charleston (241)

We loved the town but found the people a bit unfriendly. Dock hands don't exist and if you want to take the ferry to Tangiers be sure to ask about the reservation sheet - we didn't and the Dock Master didn't offer any suggestions resulting in a missed trip to Tangiers. The town is worth seeing



Scenic ride up river, 2011-04-29
Captain: , Pensacola (307)

The town marina is small but has everything; power, Water, good restrooms and a bench where locals gather to swap wisdom.

Even without the quaint town, the scenery alone makes the trip up the river worth while.





Now $1.50/ft & hardware store closed., 2011-04-26
Captain: , Eastport, MD (491)

Pulled up to face dock to get the scoop. After hours, so no dockmaster but 2 transients materialized to help with dock lines, although it's so well protected help isn't really needed. They said price now is $1.50 plus electric. Since we were tired & planned on leaving early the next day to beat weather, we opted to anchor just around the corner. We've been here before - nice quaint town. We were also told the hardware/general store mentioned in many guides has closed.



Sleepy Hollow, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (746)

Quiet, comfortable hideaway. Pleasant staff and fellow cruisers. Walk across the parking lot to one of my favorite restaurants. Picturesque views all the way in and out the crooked little creek. One of our favorite stops on the way to Solomons Island.



Lovely place, 2010-10-08
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1236)

Nice marina... Nice folks... good food... what else could one ask for?
The water was good all the way in. I had at least 5' (usually more) under me and I draw 6'.
Small marina, so call ahead.
Walking distance from everything except a large grocery store.
Good clean bathrooms and showers.
Very pet friendly!



A town not to miss - one of the best on the bay, 2010-08-01
Captain: , miami,fl (2241)

it is a long way up the river but there is a lot of water depth and it is well marked and the corps of eng was doing some dredging at the entrance -
once inside anchor in a small basin, just stay out of channel as barges do come and go - not very often but they do -
dingy dock is just before bridge on the right side - you have to go the bridge and turn right to see the floating dock
town is great place - many artist - there is an old school that still says onancock school just off downtown that is filled with art stuidos - go in and wander and someone may be painting and they will talk to you - we met daniel lawrence there and he talked about his paints with us and then sent us over to king st to see the work of jack richardson - his gallery is great and what a super nice guy - he is an old sailor so he understand cruisers -
do not miss the Blarney Stone Pub -- Alisa is the owner and loves to talk with cruisers - she is a very special lady and great hostess - oh and they have a great happy hour so if after 1500 ask --
Mallards is a mainstay and Jeremy is the afternoon/evening bartender who is great to talk with and knows how to mix a drink - there is really nice wine/kitchen store that had some things we have rarely seen elsewhere - if the admiral wants her hair done go to stuido 129 - tell them you are a cruiser and they will really try to work you in --
the hardware store is closed now - so sad -
when you pull anchor there is a lot of mud and hold is outstanding but be prepared to wash mud off the chain and anchor -
a must see stop

chuck patty and svsoulmates
on the hook deltaville va



Dock help not available. Town worth visit., 2010-07-24
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Quaint town within walking with good restaurants. Visit North Street Market for wine,cheese, & snacks (call for early morning opening). Sit at the bar in Mallards (at the dock) and eat chef prepared seafood small plates with your martinis.



Don Valerio's Mexican Restaurant, Onancock, VA, 2009-09-24
Captain: , Mattituck, NY. (371)

Nice little town. New Mexican Restaurant four of us tried. All thought it was very good, very authentic Mexican food.
Captain George and Mary Kay
East Quogue, LI, NY and Stuart, Fl.
Sept. 21, 2009



Watch your slip sizes, 2009-09-22
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4176)

Had a reservation for a slip. My boat is 14ft beam. They tried to put me into a 14ft wide slip. I looked at the slip and said "no way" and the dock hand said "well its a 14ft slip !". After I rejected the slip a friend of mine took it and his boat was 13.5ft beam and he barely made it in. They do have a few larger width slips but not many.
The people at the Wharf are very friendly. You can come and sit on THE LIARS BECH next to the small boat ramp beside the marina building. But if you do you will have to "spin one". Many local gents are there on Sunday afternoon !



Step Back in Time, 2009-09-21
Captain: , New Kent Virginia (371)

Beautiful run up the Onancock Creek. Keep to the channel markers as it shallows quickly to either side. Lots of "Come Here's" evident by new big houses, big docks and Jet Skis.

Anchorage itself is skinny ... room for four individual vessels with adequate swing room and short rhode. Room just to Starboard outside the channel on the incoming side of green 37, but that puts you outside the "No Wake" zone and it was evident that the watermen didn't pull back until they had to.

Able to walk the town in a little less than three hours, with an obligatory stop at "The Blarney Stone" pub. Classic hardware store with almost anything you can think of, several nice restaurants in town and beautiful homes.

Onancock Wharf is tiny, not much room if you are above 35'. Appears to have good water through the entire dock area. Basic amenities only. Nice for a stop through, but I think you would find it rough for an extended stay.

Would rate it 5 stars on beauty, but only 2 stars due to lack of amenities. So, 3 stars overall.



Very laid back, 2009-08-14
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (495)

Great little place, the people are really friendly, the old timers at the liar's bench are full of advise and humor. Mallard's, next door is a great place to eat. We had a great time.



Onancock City Dock, 2009-07-22
Captain: , Stingray Harbour (386)

Extremely helpful! ice (cube & Block), nice showers/bath house. Fresh water outlets at each slip and dock.
Mallards Restraunt next door has execellent food and happy hour. Music M-F



Cute place but basic., 2009-01-25
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay, MD (311)

This place is "The land that Time Forgot" It's Mayberry on the Virginia Shore. Neat little walking town, fine restaraunts, a real old timey hardware store (old timers playing cards in the back). Rustic and pretty. The admiral and I like it. Don;t forget to say Hi to the gang on the Liars Bench at the Wharf.



Onancock Wharf, 2008-07-16
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

Small marina about 2 blocks from town. $1.50/ft after electric and taxes. Town is unspactacular. No grocery. Nice Irish Pub. Quaint hardware store, but little by way of stainless. Marina facilities are not well maintained. Diesel can be arranged at a dock across the creek at Bagwell's Oil Co. Marina has a pumpout that works intermittantly. Enjoyed the lunch menu at Mallards, across the parking lot.



Onancock, 2008-05-12
Captain: , Annapolis MD (191)



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