Details for Pickering Wharf Marina

Pickering Wharf Marina

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 14 reviews

Address 23 Congress Street
Salem, MA 01970

Phone978-744-2727 Reservations / 978-740-6990 Office

After hours contact

Facility type

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


While Pickering Wharf Marina is in close proximity to the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina, the facilities and features of that complex are not available to transient boaters. In particular, pool services are not available and the marina reports that there are no exceptions to this.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


From the Red 16 marker in Salem Sound, take a course heading of 217 degrees True, putting you inline with Red 2 Day Marker in the center of Salem Harbor.

After passing Red 2 Day Marker to starboard, come West and head 273 degrees True, toward the Red 4 flashing bouy.

Passing the Red 4 flasher to starboard, you will be able to identify a small white lighthouse with the black top visible at the end of Derby Wharf. Keeping the lighthouse off to the starboard and the Green 5 Marker to port, head straight down the channel towards the S/V Friendship and just off your port bow you will see the entrance to Pickering Wharf Marina.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 120
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2013-10-05)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings.

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

Additional info: $10

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets welcome.

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out












Yes - Nearby



Yes - On site.


Yes - On site.

Hotels or motels

Yes - On site.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability


Other services

Bunghole Liquors
204 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970


Reviews for Pickering Wharf Marina
Good Stop and good balls and launch, 2016-07-18
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Salem is a nice stop and much to see. Called the day before and was told plenty of room for us on mooring. Not so. When arrived, they were confused as to what to do with us. We had to idle around for 30 minutes before they found a spot for us. I am sure this was a rare occasion because they were very sorry for the mistake. So, even though we give them 3 stars, we are sure they most likley deserve 4 otherwise.

100% protected docks, 2016-06-22
Captain: , Charlotte NC (40)

Enjoyed our stay. Lucky enough to score the dock space across from the Schooner FAME. What a beutiful boat. shared a beer with the owner of Fame for 1 1/2 hours swapping stories. A special boat with a great story. Took my daughter to WYKNOTS WAND SHOP. the wand shop was one of the highlights of our trip for her (5) Bunghole Liqours is 100 yards from the dock with a great craft beer selection. Bambolina Pizza was extremly high quality and a 5 minute walk. Bathrooms were a bit of a hike but nice.

Nice but..., 2013-08-06
Captain: , Winthrop MA (23)

certainly lacking amenities.

Positives, great location (tough to find the first time, for me anyway), very protected. Lots of resturants to choose from (although they close early) looking in at the resturants at high tide, great for people watching. A lot happening around the area. Nice docks, friendly staff.

Negatives, no WIFI, bathrooms/trash a little to far away.

Location is only upside, 2013-07-15
Captain: , Barrington RI (127)

I hate giving negative reviews so I will start with the positives. The location is excellent. In the heart of Salem with easy access to everything the town has to offer. Floating docks are in very good condition and security is good. But that's it.

Bathrooms are very far away as is trash. No WIFI or ice available at dock. Head to local cafe or liquer store. Dock hands are friendly but ineffectual. No one answered our hails on their working channel, dock hand was gone. We docked ourselves. All this would earn it 2-3 stars in my book.

But our main gripe was the rude treatment we received from Kathy, the manager, as well as staff at the adjacent hotel. We arrived as part of a 3 boat group with a total of 8 kids. We had choosen this marina based on their website which indicateds it's part of a complex called the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina. We INCORRECTLY believed that as part of a complex, we would be able to use hotel amenities, chiefly the pool. As we were in the middle of a heat wave on arrival and there is no other place to swim this became an important missunderstanding. I believe it was a reasonable one, others will have to decide after looking at the website and marketing which package them as one. BUT when I addressed my issue very politely to Kathy, the manager, I was greated with a frosty and unsympathetic response of "no exceptions". She was not overtly rude. But if you've ever dealt with passive aggressive customer service that suggests it's "all your fault" then you'll know what I mean. She further refused to refer me to anyone who was in a position to make an exception, claiming that it was not within her power. She became hostile when I pressed the point so I ended the conversation.

Another dad tried to call the hotel. The woman at the front desk (unidentified) suggested "if we wanted to use a pool we should join the Y". The missunderstanding may have been our fault but we've been to a lot of hotel/marina resorts in a lot of destinations. Our experience has been that marina guests are welcome. It is not the case here. If the hotel and marina are entirely seperate then they should not be marketed together. But it was our treatment when we tried to address it that was unacceptable. We left after one night of our 2 night planned stay.

Friendly, well-protected & good beer, 2013-06-19
Captain: , Boston (331)

They tell me that insurance companies consider this a hurricane hole, however I go here for easy access to shoreside food & drinks. If you arrange for after-hours arrival, they will make arrangements with one of the liveaboards to provide access. Although there are several decent restaurants and bars nearby, my favorite is the Gulu Gulu Cafe, a cozy Czech cafe with a good beer, food & live entertainment. Second choice would be Salem Beer Works, which is a fairly average brewpub.

Good spot - amenities sparse, 2012-07-27
Captain: , walpole, me (101)

We found this to be a great location if you want to be close to dining and nite life - it's right there and it's good!

There is not much for amenities and there is a lot of tour boat and water taxi traffic but the docks look new and are in great shape.

The restrooms and showers are pathetic - they need serious maintenance and a little more regular cleaning.

lots of dining choices., 2012-03-14
Captain: , salem ma (379)

great place to visit, and hang out.

Great location - good docs - weak amenties, 2011-09-19
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

The marina is a perfect stepping off point for touring Salem. Docks are in good condition. Power is stable. Dock staff is helpful.

Amenities are sparse and the absence of any WiFi, paid or free, is surprising. Late night party noise on a Saturday night.

ILLUSIONS, Charlestown, RI, 2011-04-17
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

Nice spot, plenty to do around town, propane is at U-haul on Jefferson street. Easy entry to entrance to marina. The dock hand Jim is very accomodating. It is a long walk to the showers and bathrooms and they are meager. Two heads and two showers and a washer and dryer; not much for so many slips.We were here in mid-April so it was quiet, but I can see it getting real loud at night if you are docked near the resturants. They don't have ice either.

Great way to see Salem, 2011-02-25
Captain: , Waretown, NJ (344)

The Admiral and I travelled to Salem this past October and chose Pickering Wharf, nice surprise. Although late in the season we were able to contact the staff via their cell phones and they couldnt have been more accomodating. The restaurant/bar which I believe is named The Wharf Rat was a great place to share drinks and conversation with some of the locals. As a previous review stated it is somewhat of a challenge to navigate to but all in all not bad. The town of Salem does play to the witch thing but it is entertaining to people watch!

Great Location, 2011-02-22
Captain: , hingham (161)

We always tend to call in last minute from offshore, on a busy saturday asking for a slip for a couple of hours. Always treated like family. Location in in Pickering Wharf is perfect. These guys know how to run a marina. One of my favs.

Great location right in town, 2010-04-23
Captain: , York, ME (1880)

Like all the marinas in Salem, it's a long way in through a narrow, dredged channel, but once there you're in the center of town. There is some traffic noise, but not as bad as you'd expect. Intermittent Internet signal from the restaurant next door, they could do with their own wireless router. There are a few working boats and a charter party boat which use the docks here, so you might find activity late at night and early in the morning, although we weren't bothered by either.

Salem is a great town to walk around, although they play up the "witch" thing a little too much. There's a little of everything here, museums, shops, live music, bars, restaurants to every taste, and of course, witch-themed tourist traps. On the wharf next to the marina is some sort of living history museum with live demonstrations of old-time maritime crafts. Just walking the grounds gives you a taste of what Salem was like in the days of sail.

Great access but it can be noisy, 2007-08-02
Captain: , Boston (601)

Pickering Wharf is a nice facility and perhaps the best access to Salem's attractions. We were somewhat annoyed by the party boats late into the evening.

Pickering Wharf, 2007-01-22
Captain: , Boston,MA (6)

What a great way to see Salem. The staff are as good as it gets anywhere. The location is the best Salem has to offer. Just a short walk to many of Salem's attractions and many fine restaurants.

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