Details for Pope's Island Marina

Pope's Island Marina

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 32 reviews

Address 102 Pope's Island
New Bedford, MA 02740


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Penny Raimondo


Assistant Harbormaster, Brian Joseph


Peter Wahl

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: April 15 - October 31.


Follow the channel markers to R8, turn east thru the mooring field. Popes Island Marina is 500 yards.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 9
Transient dockage: 11
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 198
Transient price: $2.75/ft (2015-09-28)

Other price info: T-Head solid dock vessels up to 120 feet.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Vessels under 44 feet LOA are $35.00 per night.
Vessels 45 feet LOA and above are $45.00 per night.

Contact Assistant Harbormaster and Marine Superintendent Brian Joseph at 508-989-4279 with any questions regarding moorings or mooring reservations

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Available

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - There's a large dinghy dock on the west side of the marina on Pope's Island (Slip F-176). Dinghy dock on New Bedford side in CG Park to the south side of the state pier, also on the north side of the state pier at the visitor's center. On the Fairhave side, across from R6 look for the most southern church steeple and the huge travel lift - aim for the basin just to the right. In the center of the basin is a private dock for a rowing club, but to the right of the rowing boat dock is a dinghy dock {Union wharf} Walk to Margarets Restaurant. No overnight dockage on any dinghy dock.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: They do not offer fuel, however, Sea Fuels, Fairhaven Shipyard, and the Acushnet River Safe Boating Club offer fuel services in the harbor. They monitor channel 09.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There is a lovely park right outside the marina fence for easy dog walks. Pets must remain on a leash when in the marina.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Hail "New Bedford Launch" on channel 09 or by phone at 508-989-1328

Hours: Sunday - Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 9:00 am -10:00 pm.

Cost: $3.00 per person each way (children 12 and under ride free).

Pick-up/Drop-off: Anywhere within the harbor.

Pump out

Yes - Pump-out dock located in the middle of the T-head at Pope's Island Marina. Open from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm during the season.

Pump-out boat will come directly to your slip or mooring. Begins at 12:00 pm.

For both, hail "New Bedford Pump-out" on channel 09.

Pump-outs are offered free of charge.






Yes - Showers are included in the price for a slip reservation.

Showers are $5.00 per person per day for anyone on a mooring, regardless of the mooring assigned.


Yes - Showers/heads are included in the price for a slip reservation.

Showers/heads are $5.00 per person per day for anyone on a mooring, regardless of the mooring assigned.


Yes - Coin-op


Yes - Farmer's Markets:
Thursday - Downtown New Bedford Farmer's Market in Custom House Square from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday - Fairhaven Farmer's Market at Fairhaven High School from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Both Farmer's Markets are within walking distance from the marina. Stop and Shop is about 2 miles into Fairhaven on Huttleston Ave.


Yes - West Marine is 1 mile to the east. True Value Hardware is located across the street.


Yes - Margaret's is on the Fairhaven side, inexpensive. Next door, by the same owners, is a more trendy, upscale restaurant, Elizabeth's.

There is a Dunkin Donuts across the street, next to True Value Hardware.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

No - The marina does not offer services for repairs and/or maintenance, however, Fairhaven Shipyard, Bayline Boatyard, and Niemic Marine are located within and around the New Bedford Harbor and are able to assist with vessel repairs.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

No - Winter storage is not available at this time.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability

No - There's a public ramp located in Fairhaven, 1/4 mile.


Other services

Picinic area with free gas grilles.


Do not miss the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and some of the other buildings that are part of the Whaling National Park. Dinghy to the CG Park on the New Bedford side and walk a few blocks. Nice shops in the area and restaurants as well.

Reviews for Pope's Island Marina
Friendly and helpful, 2017-09-03
Captain: , Phoenix, AZ (484)

They were onsite in the launch and offered a substitute mooring when the original one was too close to a big cat to be easy to pick up. Launch service is prompt, friendly and full of good info, costs $3/person each way.

Nice place, but very basic. , 2017-09-01
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (470)

I think the title pretty much says it.  Toilet and shower facilities are locker room standard.  Any wifi was available only around the marina office.  Very convenient laundry facility, two machines each.  Nicely stocked and friendly True Value Hardware store just across the road, Route 6.  Launch service is a pay as you go, 3 dollars per person each way.  Launch drivers were very friendly and helpful.  Transient moorings are on the outside edge of the field, so take the brunt of wind, seas, and passing boat wake.  I am not sure why so many marinas with moorings put their transient guests on the outside, exposed locations.  Leaves a very bad impression on these folks after they attempted to sleep onboard and watched all those unoccupied boats sit much more calmly inside the field and closer to the marina docks.  Perhaps something to think about.

Good mooring field, 2017-08-16
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (628)

We stayed here three nights. The staff is very accommodating and Penny, the manager is excellent. The marina will allow you to ship packages to them and hold them for your arrival. Sea G assessment is right on. I would add that we had a diver come to our boat to fix a feathering prop and clean the bottom. He was excellent. He is a commercial diver with great stories and does this on the side, if he is not on a commercial job. His name is Chad Lucas and his phone is (774) 644-9024. BoatUS in New Bedford recommended him to us.

nice and easy, 2017-07-26
Captain: , Montreal, Canada (140)

the mooring are at good rates and very close to the city.

AWESOME MARINA, 2017-07-07
Captain: , Hampton, VA (581)

Yes, there are some free moorings inside the hurricane wall but if the wind is up at all, it is a pretty long, wet ride to/from the dingy dock in New Bedford. Pope's Marina solves this with reasonably priced mooring balls (they manage just about all the moorings in the harbor) and a staff that cannot have been any more helpful. Penny and the rest of the folks at the marina went out of the way to ensure our stay was enjoyable. We happened to be there over the 4th of July holiday, and they had free coffee and pastries on the patio that morning followed by live music in the afternoon/evening right on the dock. If you plan a multiple day stop in New Bedford (and why wouldn't you!) this is THE place to stop.

Very nice stop, 2017-05-30
Captain: , Providence (443)

We spent Memorial Day weekend here. Very helpful staff. Friendly people. Museums and restaurants are a short walk to New Bedford.

Free mooring between R6 and Crow Is, 2016-11-03
Captain: , South Freeport (750)

Following Towboat US instructions, found yellow mooring balls that are reported free for overnight.

Restful Stay after a Rough Transit of Buzzards Bay, 2016-10-09
Captain: , Avondale, PA (448)

(9/14-15/2016) We stayed on a mooring the first night following a rough passage west through Buzzards Bay after passing through the Cape Cod Canal. The marina responded quickly to our calls on VHF Channel 9 and sent the launch out to guide us to a mooring and help us pick it up. We spent the night cleaning up the boat and decided to take a slip at the marina for the second day/night so we could clean the boat more thoroughly. The transition to the slip went smoothly with good help from the dock staff. The floating docks are in good condition.

The heads and showers were clean and well maintained. We also made use of the laundry which was also well equipped. Wi-fi on the dock was strong.

We took a long walk to West Marine and Stop & Shop on Route 6 in Fairhaven. It was a bit of a hike, but did allow re-provisioning.

Pope's Island Services, 2016-09-08
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (10)

Pope%u2019s Island Marina
Pope%u2019s Island Marina is an extremely well-managed, municipal facility in the heart of New Bedford. Our mooring had a double bridle, which makes it much easier to land a catamaran.
We were there to have our watermaker repaired by Noreast Marine Systems and Pope%u2019s Island manager Penny Raymondo did all she could to help us with our arrangements. We were very appreciative of her efforts and the good will it represented. 
We were given a welcome packet with maps and guides to the city when we arrived. The restrooms were very clean the the facility is secure. Our marina entrance cards required a $10 deposit, which was no problem for us and was quickly refunded when we left. 
New Bedford has a launch for $3 per person each way, which we used our first night and we are glad we did. It drops you off right at the ferry terminal near the dining district of New Bedford. We enjoyed the Napolitano pizzeria which uses a brick over to cook their pizzas, which were excellent. 
Pope%u2019s Island sits between New Bedford and Fairhaven, and is protected from the sea surge by an impressive hurricane wall. This area is rich with history and is one of the largest, industrial and most colorful fishing town we experienced during our trip to Maine this summer. There is a shipyard across the harbor that can haul wide cats. 
No provisioning nearby but a large hardware store is across the street.

wonderful hurricane hole, 2016-09-08
Captain: , Panama City, FL (645)

We came for a couple days but due to Hermine stayed a week. All the best service from an emailed map of the mooring field before our arrival to careful attention from the staff through out the storm. Penny and Brian followed up on all our questions. Phone calls were answered and receipts emailed. They have one of the best welcome packets we have seen. Then there are all the things to do in both New Bedford and Fairhaven easily reached with the launch. A great place to sit out a storm behind a secure dike. Plan to make it a regular stop.

Historical Harbor, 2016-08-23
Captain: , Honolulu (712)

Pope Island Marine was convenient and easy to navigate to in the rear of this historic and very well protected harbor. Clean facility with accomadating staff. The harbor shuttle was located right down the dock from our slip. $2.75 a foot per night in late June, 2016

Popes Island, 2016-08-15
Captain: , Hyannis (20)

Pluses...New Bedford is center of whaling and fishing industry...Great museums and restaurants and a very helpful and friendly staff. Cheap fuel close by, reasonable transient rates and god launch service into NB and Fairhaven. Negatives...New Bedford still a town in transition, a lot of empty buildings in historic district; location of marina not ideal right on busy road, and internet hit or miss. We always enjoy our visit to this marina and will return.

Pope's Island Marina, 2016-08-05
Captain: , Chesapeake YC, Shady SIde, MD (101)

Moorings were spaced well, pendants in good shape. Launch service from the town was very responsive.

Pope's Island stay., 2016-07-28
Captain: , East Greenwich (20)

Marina was initial stop on our cruising club's summer cruise. The accommodated us with ease and professionalism. Marina is a short walk or dinghy ride to New Bedford's historic attractions and restaurants.

VenChar's stay at Pope Island marina, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Yarmouth Port, MA (30)

Nice docks, fair price, good launch service and a very help fUu

Pooka 7/21-23, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Jamestown, ri (32)

charge to use bathrooms.

Pope's Island Marina, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Noank, CT (20)

I was in a slip and the maneuverability space was good for my 38' boat. Two docks hands were dispatched to help me get in which was fine. I was on a dock with only 50 amp power for my 30 amp system, but the marina gladly provided an adapter for free (with a $150.00 deposit to ensure my honesty).

There are laundry facilities and showers. The showers were in fair condition.

Crew are generally friendly and helpful and the Pope's Island Marina is very close (walking distance) to may New Bedford attractions.

We plan to go back and spend more time to see New Bedford.

Nice marina, but charging to use the heads?, 2016-06-15
Captain: , Amelia Island (141)

Asst. Harbormaster Brian Joseph helped us find oiur mooring and came out in the launch to make sure we were secure. Generally nice facilities, centrally located between New Bedford & Fairhaven. We were taken aback, however, by the tacking on to our $35 mooring fee of an additional charge of $5/person/day for bathroom privileges. From talking with the other assistant harbormaster (not Brian) I got the impression that this fee was added because the mooring we were directed to happend to be one owned by another marina, Whale City, and managed by Pope Island, rather than one owned by Pope Island. I can understand taking a deposit on electronic key cards to ensure their return (although the lock on the men's bathroom was broken and no key card was needed) but have never run into a fee like this before, especially one arbitrarily imposed on some boats but not others.

Good dinner at Fathoms down the street toward New Bedford.

moorings and marina, 2015-09-27
Captain: , Fairhaven Ma (132)

Marina is excellent place for transient dockage - or a permanent slip !! cement floating docks, solid fixed t head pier can accommodate vessels up to 150 ft - 35 amp, 50 amp , and 100 amp electric, - clean restrooms and showers, trash cans at each floating dock emptied continuously thru the day, laundry available, plenty of parking . Very secure facility launch service available thru-out the harbor .
Moorings also available for vessels up to 55 ft.
hail Popes island Marina on channel 09 for assistance

Brewers Rendevous, 2014-07-29
Captain: , wickford, R.I. (222)

Spent a weekend on a mooring for a BYY rendevous for the Charles Morgan return to New Bedford. Harbor is well protected with multiple dingy docks or a shuttle to get you around town. The whaling museum is very interesting with good restaurants in town. Interesting working harbor to enjoy on the hook wathing the various fishing vessels come and go. We didn't use the marina facilities so I can't speak to them - but we will return to New Bedford in the future.

Moorings Update, 2014-07-12
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (778)

Some further info on the moorings. The mooring field in front of the Pope Island Marina has many moorings available. Bob said they try to keep the yellow moorings available for boats of 45' and greater! He said to pick up any of the white moorings and someone would come out to collect. The fee is apparently $1.00/ft per night. There is launch service available via contact on VHF channel 09. The cost for launch service is $3.00 per person, each way. We arrived today, and on this Saturday, there are many moorings available. By the way, the launch will take you wherever you wish to go in the harbor.

Bob also said there is a construction project in progress in the harbor and when completed, they will reestablish anchoring in the harbor.

A little help, 2014-07-06
Captain: , Newburyport, MA (149)

Maybe it was just the end of a long day. But, was a little annoying to have to make repeated VHF calls to get someone to pay attention and tell us where to tie up. When he did appear he didn't indicate which side of the fairway - leaving us to guess (incorrectly) and having to reposition fenders in a hurry. But, I will say that this enormous and solidly built marina with concrete floating docks and an attractive, broad wooden pier is a nice place to stay.

Walk to the New Bedford side and you will find a collection of nice restaurants, pubs, and shopping. They have made a real effort to transform the waterfront into a destination area that takes advantage of the town's rich whaling history. And, it is working. We ate at the Rose Ale House. It looks like a WWII pill box from the outside. But, when you walk up the stairs you are greeted by a room full of happy people enjoying drinks and snacks. Incidentally, New Bedford's prominence as an active fishing port means that just about every establishment in town has the freshest seafood around. No kidding. And, the people are (rightfully) proud of it. Enjoy!

Delightful discovery, 2013-07-19
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

We were absolutely delighted discovering New Bedford. It's Americas most prosperous fishing town so as a mariner you feel like you belong. The historic area is terrific as is the whaling museum (which is much more extensive than Nantucket's). The nautical history of the town captures you. Popes Island is very nice with very friendly staff. And there's a great park surrounding the marina that put a big smile on our dog. All around a great stop.

Moorings new number, 2012-09-01
Captain: , Essex, CT (295)

Bob is now in charge of the yellow moorings as John died in a car crash. His number is 508-989-4279. There are no pickup floats and the single line was heavily encrusted with barnacles making it difficult and painful to capture.

Good Stopover , 2012-08-13
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1144)

This is a good place to stop either before or after the canal. We were there on August 6, 2012. Unlike other harbors to pull into on Buzzards Bay this approach is simple and well marked. Narrow opening at breakaway (it's a lock gate that is closed for major storms) and we waited for a high speed ferry to pass thru. Pope Island has 5 transient mooring balls (HDC1,2,4,5 and 6). The marina office was closed by the time we got secured so we called the next day to pay over the phone. 6-8' single pendant with easy pickup. Surprisingly constant ferry traffic is far enough away to not rock the mooring field.

Great town, 2011-09-26
Captain: , Cruising (3535)

New Bedford was a pleasant surprise - good fuel price at the local commercial dock, very friendly and helpful mooring manager (John) with excellent maps and info. Whaling museum is not to be missed, as well as other buildings - part of the National Park Service Whaling Historical Park. This town is really trying to lure more tourists and cruisers and they are doing a good job. It looks very industrial, but it's very accessible and friendly.

Hurricane Shelter, 2011-09-08
Captain: , Padanaram,S.Dartmouth,MA (20)

The place to find shelter from a hurricane. They were great during Irene.

It's a great stop, 2011-07-01
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Well protected with hurricane barrier, contact John on motor sail, T'MORN (Scottish expression) for yellow mooring ball @ $35. John gives you a great info packet of the area and is knowledgeable about local facilities and sites. Several dingy docks available. West Marine and True Value Hardware on causeway, excellent whaling musem, ate at Freestones for lunch and check the Fair Haven side. Inexpensive fuel.

No restaurant here., 2011-06-10
Captain: , marion (112)

Stopped there 6/7/11. No restaurant now and none planned according to site manager.
There is a nice new restaurant (Fathoms) across Rt.6 and a short walk toward the bridge.
Some transient moorings available here and in the mooring field immediatly to port as you enter the harbor.

Convenient to services - good folks - secure - little pricey, 2011-05-25
Captain: , Boulder, CO (60)

Good docks, helpful people, close to services where you can use their wheelbarrels to move heavy stuff (like batteries) from West Marine. If you have a few projects to attend to this is a good place. Dockage a little pricey but for just a day or two ok.

Clean, secure, and great towns to visit, 2010-07-09
Captain: , Milford (530)

The marina was half empty when we arrived, dockmaster very helpful. Showers and bathrooms clean, with ice and laundramat also nice. shorepower, water, and pumpout included, as well as good security and nice floating docks. There is a constant breeze and chop during the day, but once the sun goes down and the fishing boats and ferries stop running the marina is very peaceful and the water placid. Both New Bedford and Fairhaven have lots of great, historical buildings and streets to see, as well as the Joshua Slocam plaque where he launched Spray and the Moby Dick tour. We also loved the Spanish and Mexican restaurants in New Bedford, as well as the major grocery stores and a West Marine across the street. Crazy combination of New England/ Norwegian/ Portuguese cultures. We liked it all so much we stayed an extra day.

Away from the commercial traffic, 2010-05-18
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (465)

Public marina, good facilities, secure docks, some services across the street - west marine. Walking distance to New Bedford. Enjoyed the Whaling Museum.

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