Details for Palatka City Dock

Palatka City Dock

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 18 reviews

Address 3rd St
Palatka, FL 32177


After hours contact

386-326-2704 (recorded message after hours)

Facility type

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

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: New floating pier on the north side of the fixed wood dock accepts up to 50 foot vessel at the north end of the T dock. Most slips 20 feet long.
From late summer through October/November the main pier is taken over nightly by shrimpers, especially on the weekend evenings. No shrimping (or fishing) is permitted on the floating piers, but getting to or from shore requires navigating the shrimpers.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Much longer cruise ships tie to the dolphins at the end of the pier.


Transient: 28
Total: 28
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Overnight dockage up to 48 hours is available. Daily dockage is free. Floating piers are routinely used for daily and overnight dockage by boats up to 35 feet with no complaints from city officials.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 2017, the power system is in disrepair. Many of the electrical boxes are open with the power receptacles hanging free and unsafe. They are also only installed on the main, fixed pier. If you need shorepower, you should go to the Boathouse Marina 500 feet to the SW.

Pricing info: If it were turned on, it would be free. There is talk of plans to install metered power (and water) on the floating piers as the renovations go on.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

No - There are a few spigots running under the main, fixed pier. Sometimes the water is turned on, but of late (Summer 2017) it is usually shut off.

Dinghy access

Yes - Plenty of space at the floating docks for dinghies and kayaks.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Cruisers welcome.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump out is free but you have to call the park people to get it. Call Jeff at 386-937-3093 or the city park office at 386-329-0100.


Yes - Available at the Boathouse Marina to the south.






No - Only Port-o-let routinely available is inside the construction area. Construction should be complete late 2017 (as of August 2017).






Yes - Several cafes and a diner are within a short walk.


Yes - Within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Hampton Inn is 750 feet to the NNE.
Quality Inn (with a Beef O' Brady's attached) is another 1000 feet beyond that (on the north side of the bridge).

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

No - Haulout available at Gibson Dry Dock in San Mateo, 5 miles to the south on the St. Johns River.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Renovated with additional ramps and parking. Old restrooms have been torn down and are due to be replaced with new facilities.


Yes - Enterprise Rent a Car within walking distance.

Other services


Reviews for Palatka City Dock
restrooms are under construction, 2017-04-06
Captain: , Jacksonville (61)

The city is breaking ground on a pavilion that will include restrooms. The docks are a nice quiet place to overnight or just to tieup for a while without launching the dingy. The only place we found to eat was at a diner that claims to be the oldest in Fl. Its busy with good, old fashioned burgers . The nearest grocery is a dollar general many blocks away.

Park closed 9pm to 5am unless fishing/shrimping, 2016-12-11
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (3163)

Pump out station completely defunt. No hoses or whatever. No Porta Potty. Signs up to beware of Gators and poisonus snakes. Very nice ramp and docks. Nice setting though.

Here to serve the bass boater, 2015-12-22
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1422)

Confirming what others have said, no barhs, no power, nor water. Pump-out hose appears to be padlocked in a dock-box. Sign at northern end reads "No boat trash. But otherwise lovely slips & huge six lane ramp. Park has a porta-poty.

Palatka Town Dock, 2015-04-22
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (1176)

Free dock with water next to a park & town.

Palatka Waterfront Newly Renovated, 2015-02-01
Captain: , Palatka FL (109)

Don't let the old Google Earth photos let you think that nothing has changed! There are new launch ramps and floating docks. The old bathrooms have been removed, parking improved, and more improvements coming. The only reason that this is not a 5 star rating is the new restrooms have not been completed.

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1643)

The are no longer any fixed wood docks. There are 2 aluminum floats about 120' long perpendicular to shore. Room enough for at least 4 boats in the 40'-45- range on each float on both sides. Depth was 8' at the floats. They are secured by several piles and are in excellent condition. The down side, is the town is in poor shape. At least 50% of the stores in the first 2 blocks were vacant. This is a good stop fpr an overnight, but not for things to do. We tied up for about an hour then went to Corky Bells for dock & dine.

Nice Docks-Nice Overnight, 2014-03-16
Captain: , Everett, Washington (824)

Do not confuse this new city dock with the older ones at the boat ramp. This new pair of docks is nearest the highway bridge. There are two floatinging docks, about 75 feet long with tie-ups on both sides. The noise from the nearby highway bridge is evident but not a deal breaker. There is not power and the bathrooms are at the boat ramp but they are disgusting: old, broken, plugged-up and over flowing. We were fine with all of it because we are self-sufficient. There is some current but very do-able. The depth was about 7 feet.

Free dock at Palatka, 2014-02-12
Captain: , Camp Lejeune, NC (180)

Beautiful aluminum floating docks. Some side current while docking Stayed 2 days in a very nice park setting. A few restaurants close by but no grocery store. No signs limiting tme at dock.

Palatka Free Dock, 2013-02-07
Captain: , Athens, GA (130)

We stopped at the floating aluminum docks after trying the wood docks. Wood docks were covered with birds and droppings. Easy entry into aluminum docks just adjacent to clock tower. Nice walk around town. People were friendly.

Free Pumpout, 2013-01-15
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4257)

The free pumpout (by calling the city) makes this a good day stop. You can get the boat pumped out, visit town, and then continue on to one of the many great anchorages just a few miles south.

If you need to get off the boat awhile....., 2012-03-12
Captain: , Illinois (2471)

Docks were in good condition. Water and electricity some slips, not all.
Down town like all downtowns these days. Gas station, Dollar General and some restaurants within walking distance. Updated river park landscaping. Nice. Posted as not available for staying overnight but approved if you are having any difficulty and can leave in the morning letting others use the dock.

Skanky. No Overnight., 2012-01-17
Captain: , St Johns, FL (160)

Skanky. Primarily used for fishing now. Too bad, these once were nice docks. Now covered with bird droppings, fish hooks, etc. Overnight stays are no longer officially permitted, although there are a few sad looking refugee boats there, I suppose the cops look the other way.

Nice for free, but very exposed, 2011-11-30
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

We were a little depressed walking the 80% empty downtown. Docks are in good repair, but it would be too open in a strong breeze.

it's not bad for free, but dont' count on electric., 2011-10-23
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

LImited electric, ours works ok , but others were having problems. Not always on. only for special events.
Exposed docks in a blow.
Was not impressed with the local dinner. No supplies close. Small bar in town.and Elks club walkable
on my 2nd visit, no electric, no response from phone calls, ended up going to BoatHouse Marina, at $1 a foot, as it was HOT!

NO overnight dockage, 2011-09-13
Captain: , Midway,GA (261)

I talked with the Parks Dept. today in the city of Palatka and was told there is NO longer overnight dockage at the city docks. The spokesperson told me they did allow up to 48 hours but people were taking advantage of it so they stopped it all together. The phone number to call is still the same number listed here on Active Captain.

Palatka City Dock, 2009-03-02
Captain: , On the water (1501)

Stayed on the BRAND NEW docks on 2/28/09 and really enjoyed the stay! There was no charge for the stay, at least no signage saying you needed to pay?? There is about 70' of face dock on the N.E. corner with 12' of water. There is also another 50' of face dock on the S.W. corner of the dock, not sure of the depth there? They have now installed a pump-out and they give you a number to call to have someone come down and unlock the pump. Water & power (110v) at every-other-slip, we tried to plug in but the GFCI box kept tripping?? Kudos to the City of Palatka for their new docks!

Worth a stop, 2009-02-21
Captain: , Knoxville, TN (64)

St Johns Ave a few blocks away is worth a stroll and old main street feel and some shops and restaurants. Not really thriving and would be better if the coffee shop hadn't closed. Ravine Gardens State Park is well worth the 1.3 mile walk/bike down River St. Clear springs, suspension bridges, wildlife and flowers.

20 amp outlets are inconveniently placed away from slips. I didn't take the hint and floated a line under the dock for a trip-hazard-free connection.

Free Marina?, 2008-03-11
Captain: , Jacksonville Florida (125)

This is a city owned park and marina next to a public boat ramp. They are fixed docks with 20 amp receptacles and some slips have water. They have restrooms but no showers. There is no dock master or anyone there. When I was there the other boaters said if you wished to pay you walk about 4 blocks to city hall fill out a form and pay $10 per night. City hall is closed on saturday and sunday and from what I learned from the other boaters no one seemed to care if you pay or not. There are a few business's within walking distance but it's about a mile to a real grocery store. The neighborhood looked kind of rough.

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