Details for Peoria Municipal Docks

Peoria Municipal Docks

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 27 reviews

Address 3505 N. Dries Lane
Peoria, IL 61614

Phone309-673-6523 (Detwiller Marina)

After hours contact

Facility type

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


First come, first served day use, no overnight is ignored by all. Several locals here for a week.

VHF channel

Not monitored.

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Pay meter broken for several years, so no one pays.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:







Tide & current additional info


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Only a few slips for over 30 foot vessels. Dockage is available both north and south of the Spirit of Peoria dock. The south dock also has space on the wall, access over the wall during normal pool level would be difficult. There is a floating dock alongside wall with cleats and power.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Parking meter at $1 per hour under 28 feet, $2 per hour over 28 feet.

Parking meter is and has been broken for several years, so basically it is free.

Reported May 2011, locals all indicated the meter doesn't work, no one pays and you can stay overnight. The signs say otherwise so stay at your own risk.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Popular party anchorage other side of the river opposite the docks.

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

Additional info: Included

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - 10 over the air channel TV reception with NBC and CBS among them.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - Same docks.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Floating docks with ramps.

Launch service

Pump out


Yes - In town.





Yes - At the building across from the docks. May be locked.


Yes - In town, best with a car.


No - A long walk across the bridge to a Walmart.


No - Need a car.


Yes - Many nice restaurants.


Yes - Nice Bars.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Across the river is a Bass Pro Shop.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Peoria Municipal Docks
Minimal But FREE, 2017-08-10
Captain: , Marissa IL (52)

In 2001 when I passed through there were working parking meeters, no over night and an active riverfront area. Times have changed. Today the parking meters have long ago ceased to function and are not enforced in any way. Although the old signage is still up overnights are allowed, infact suggested by the City Marina. There are no charges for use. The long dack and short slips along the sea wall were clean and accessable.

Now the bad news. The outer docks were heavily covered with gull droppings. Not just some - a lot! Although there were power pedestals none were non-functioning. No water.

Also the riverfront area has declined and although not objectional sure not the thriving area of the past. There is a Hooters and The Blue Duck Barbecue Tavern (closed Sun + Mon) within easy walking distance.

Over all a decent stop - if you can avoid the outer docks. Even if you can't the price is right. Four stars because it is downtown access and no charge.

FREE dock w power., 2017-01-14
Captain: , Charlevoix, MI (290)

We explored town but left someone at the boat the whole time as the "homeless" locals showed interest in our boat and fishing poles on deck. The dock was great. used local restraunts facilites and pressed on early in the morning. 6' draft.

Downtown Peoria, 2016-10-19
Captain: , North East, MD (385)

Free docks with power, room for two medium cruisers/trawlers. We agree with the earlier reviews. We would stay there again for the downtown tourist and restaurant facilities. Shopping is 1.5 miles across the river bridge; we used our bikes for those trips.

Free Docks with power. , 2016-09-22
Captain: , Portsmouth (553)

Docks on north end are hard to tie to as there are no cleats. We found cleats on the south docks with room for two cruisers. Pay stations were not working. Signs say no overnight stays but we found that's not enforced. Signs also warned against skin contact with water, we payed attention to that part. We kept the boat locked as there were some interesting folks around. We had no problems with anyone. Some wake action from passing tows but not bad. I would stop here again.

Excellent stop - and indeed free, 2016-08-26
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

We spent 2 nights here in 8/16. Call the marina on the sign for permission to stay. No charge. Docks both north and south of the tour boat are municipal docks.

Restaurants easy walk. Walmart a bike ride away across the south bridge. Close to the museum and IMAX as well as the Catepillar welcome center.

make sure you visit the Blue Duck, 2015-10-04
Captain: , Bayou Bonfouca, LA- Great Loop Cruiser (708)

The Blue Duck has the best BBQ we've had in a long time. It's called a tavern, but is really a BBQ restaurant with a cool vibe. Next door is the Martini Bar, another Looper must stop.
Both are in the same building about a blocks walk along the railroad tracks.
Rizzi's, the Italian Restaurant closed back in April.
There is a great local brew pub just 4 blocks up Water St.

The marina has a few power pedestals with 30 amp. Some pedestals don't have power and look for slips with "Cleats" that's where you'll find power.
The best area is south of the Spirit of Peoria dock if it's not already taken.
No water, so to speak. And the bathrooms were locked the entire time we were there.

Walk to iMax theatre, 2015-09-29
Captain: , Gibson Island, Maryland (150)

This a town pier with no one monitoring it, or so it seems. No one collecting fees, and the payment machine was broken, so it was free. We were there 9/27/15 with another Looper boat. We had 30amp power, but no water. The other boat was boarded by kids at 3am. They ran off when boat owner yelled at them.
We enjoyed the riverfront museum, which has an IMAX a theatre and a planetarium. Also across the street is the Caterpillar information center. We liked that, especially the hands on exhibits.
We hired a taxi, dropped my mother at the laundromat, then we went to Krogers for groceries. Picked up my mother and the clean laundry, and stopped by Le Bakery. The German bakery is closed on Mondays. Stopped at a bank, and then returned to our boat.

Looked good but limited space, 2015-09-25
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (370)

If your boat is larger than 30' you will find only one space that can accomodate you (with power). Signage says to contact a marina for charges, but no one returns calls, so it is presumably free. Easy walk to town and Caterpillar Museum, City Museum, restaurants.

Yes you can fit in multiple loopers, 2015-09-25
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (300)

Other reviews make this place sound unusable for larger boats, but by being a little creative you can get six larger loopers and two medium size looper boats tied up. There are two small boat harbors on either side of the brown roofed building on a pier where the Pride of Peoria, a stern wheel river boat ties up. Working from upriver to down river...the first small boat harbor has a face dock immediately inside the entrance on the starboard side as you enter that will fit two large boats and has some power...30 or 15 amp available. Next is a pier that extends at a angle into the river. Two 36 foot size boats can tie on either side. You must get creative with your lines because there are no cleats. Boats tie to signs, poles and to the structure under the floating docks. There is one 30 and multiple 15 amp pedestals. Between that pier and before the brown roofed building, with the tires hanging out front, is room for two large loopers to dock parallel to the wall and tied to the floating walkway. Once again, no cleats, creative tie ups are required. We ran our lines across the floating walkway and then under the dock to the supporting structure underneath. The boat in front of us used the fence to tie up. 15 amp power is available here. The southern small boat harbor has a face dock as you enter on the port side parallel to the wall. It has cleats and 30 amp power. Water can be had with a long hose from the little park above the docks. The water spigots are camouflaged inside boxes on the side walk. Showers can be had at a running club nearby for a nominal fee. We enjoyed Peoria...good restaurants, museums, and a variety of entertainment...all alongside your boat. The IVY is the stop for a lot off loopers, but the convenience of being in town is hard to beat. No one monitors the docks, there are no fees to stay here, and there is no time limit. We had no strangers walking by our boat, just other boaters using the slips.

Free is good, 2015-09-05
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1242)

Larger boats over 30 feet will find limited space for any more than 2 boats. Electric is a plus.

Great Stop With Things To Do, 2014-10-07
Captain: , Green Cove Springs FL (1394)

We spent 2 nights 10-6 and 10-7-14 Here Gold Looper Ron Matuska (Adagio) arrived in time to take our lines having drrven down from Ivy (Illinois Valley Yacht Club) just as I was trying to lasso a cleat. Great timing. The long tie along pier is 100 to 120 ft long, we fit nicely some 30 ft slips for smaller boats. Your off the river and out of harms way. Just south of Murray Baker Bridge look for tall black pillings with white caps to starboard going south. Spent a day at the Caterpillar Corp Visitor Center one block away. Fantastic time. Dockage and Power are free. 2 ea 30amp to 1 ea 50amp cord works well with Hubbell Smart Box. 10 Over the Air T.V. Channels. Good stop! We had the whole place to ourselves. Rest Rooms at Pavilion at top of dock. No Showers. Maybe locked at night. Capt Helen and Chief

great spot to tie up for free, 2014-09-28
Captain: , Michigan (40)

Stay here 09/22/14. it was us and one other boat on the south end of the docks. they have power which is free as the pay thing is broken. we did go over the bridge (someone drove us) to the walmart to get supplies. bathrooms are available as well.

Not bad for free, 2014-09-18
Captain: , little current (272)

There are lots of 30 foot slips as previously mentioned. bigger boats can use floating docks along the river wall. we used the south end and are moored in 12 feet. There is 60 feet of dock available in front. 30 amp power works. on the north side of the paddle wheeler a similar section of dock exists as well. Noise from the street was nominal. we walked the two miles to shopping on the other side of the river. there was a bassproshop where I found a part for the dinghy I needed.

Free town dock, 2014-09-10
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (1176)

Free floating dock with electric right in town. Plenty of depth in the slips. Busy on weekends, but dead during the weak. Several restaurants, Catapillar museum, other museums, free concerts. Walmart across the river.

Noisy but Cheap, 2014-09-07
Captain: , Wickford, RI (560)

We're too wide for Detwiellers so they directed us here. We tied-up in the south basin at the southern most inside wall where there is space for a couple boats longer than 35'. Free power is very nice. Several restaurants within easy walking distance and the Catapillar visitor center has a nice tour. Four different outdoor bands were playing at various waterfront venues. It was a bit loud until around 10:00PM.

Currently Free until meter fixed downtown Dockage, 2014-07-16
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Conveniently located midtown Peoria. Locals all ignore the no overnight docking. Power is 30 amps two phases on each pedistal so smart "Y" makes 240. Most slips are for 25' max however there are 2 easy access along side slips available for over 25'. I went into the over length inside slip on the north dock. A little rolly That said it they take some careful boat handling to get into. There is also Wall space on south dock ... but very tall wall no ramp or walkway. There is some other floating dock wall space but I could not see any cleats and don't see how to secure the boat.
Back 07-16-14 and went to the along side inside dock on the down river docks. Same deal pay machine doesn't work and np hassle with staying over night. 30 amp power two per pedistal in separate phases so with smart y you can get 208/30 amp power.
This is commercial 3 phase 120 degree sine wave but still is good power and FREE. Check out the new Caterpilllar Museum even with the heavy shameless commercial content it is worth a visit.

Tourist Area, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (165)

Right downtown but no shopping close by. We were there during the Tornado that hit the area right before Thanksgiving 2013. We were fairly well protected. There was no water available when we were there. We stayed 4 nights after Detweiller said their harbor was too shallow. No one bothered us.

Noisey but convenient, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Absarokee Mt (1228)

City docks have signs about fees and no overnight dockage, these have been here for a couple of years and no one inforces either restriction. There is a face dock as you enter on the port side that would fit two 40+ ft boats if they tie stern to each other. This is a noisey dock due to the party atomsphere right above the docks. There does not seem to be a problem with people walking down to the docks, but take precautions. The Caterpillar museum is good, kid friendly, the river musem is good. I prefer to anchor across in the anchorage area and dinghy to the city dock.

Nice, free docks, 2012-10-29
Captain: , Detroit (767)

Free docks with 30 amp power (can be combined to give 50 amp service). May have to kick asian carp off the dock. Caterpillar Museum has opened and looks very nice. Great restaurants within walking distance (try 225 restaurant in the Mark Twain hotel).

Small Dock , 2012-09-25
Captain: , Jacksonville, Fl (245)

The dock here is setup for small boats. An earler review is right on the details. I just wanted to add that Caterpillar has a new museum set to open next month. I expect it will be a fantastic and it is only one block from the dock.

Adequate Aok, 2012-09-21
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

There are two docks here, one of each side of a paddlewheel excursion boat dock. Both have room for big boats on facing docks. Downside - facing dock about 80' is against the sea wall. Upside - 60' facing dock is inside the docks itself but on the channel side. Docking access to both are good. 30 amp power. Public restoorms nearby. No showers nor laundry. Restaurants on shore nearby. There is a Walmart across the river.

Good place to stop and see a working city, 2011-10-24
Captain: , Channel Islands, California (1149)

Peoria has some nice upscale places to visit. The docks were stable and secure. 30 amp power was readily available. They say no overnight docking, but nobody enforces this. There is a pay meter that had spiders in it and is broken. Nobody around.

Locals say it is free, 2011-10-13
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1896)

Good dock, no power for big boat but convenient to city and walked to Walmart. Good stop.

Peoria docks, 2011-05-26
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

We actually stayed at the peoria boat club but walked down to check the docks out.

Docks are nice and they provide great access to the touristy waterfront.

Signs indicate no overnight and $2/hr for larger boats but the boat club members we spoke to said the meter doesn't work and lots of people spend the night. Worst case there is an anchorage just across the river you can move to if they did kick you off.

Great stay.....Still Free.....payment machine is still broke, 2009-10-25
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

We pulled in, had dinner, hit the local bars and had a great time. No one gave us a hard time for staying ONE night.

Peoria town docks, 2009-09-16
Captain: , Howard Prairie (510)

Day use only but gives you access to Peoria. There is a hardware store a short walk away from the marina. Scattered resteraunts on the waterfront. Not much happening in town.

Downtown Docks, 2009-09-05
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

$2 an hour, metered, for a vessel over 30 ft. Overnite rates may be available, HOWEVER, both payment machines are busted, and have been for a could probably stay for free here.
Exposed docks. right downtown.

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