Details for Prescott Park Docks

Prescott Park Docks

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Average rating 3.2 stars from 18 reviews

Address Portsmouth, NH 03801


After hours contact

Facility type

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


Right in the park and just a short walk to downtown Portsmouth. There are plays/musicals in the summer at the park that can be somewhat heard at the dock.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Checks and cash only.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

The slips are somewhat out of the current, call for specifics.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 55
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2011-06-25)

Other price info: Dockage at Prescott docks is as follows:
35-40 feet is $70.
41'-50 feet is $85.
51-55 feet is $100.
They doubled their prices from last year and the web site still shows the old pricing. 72 hour maximum stay.

Hourly rates also available approximately $0.10 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - 7/1010: Dinghy dock was $5 per hour.

Liveaboard info

No - 3 day maximum stay.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out







Yes - Small convience stores downtown, just a few blocks away.



Yes - Many to choose from downtown, just a few blocks away.


Yes - Many to choose from downtown, just a few blocks away.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - There is a free city WiFi called ecoastwifi.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Prescott Park Docks
4 stars for location, 2017-06-24
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (500)

Nice downtown location. Walk to everything except the grocery store. Yes there's wakes from boats but it stops at dark. We stayed 3 nights. Wait for slack tide or dock into the current, it is strong.

Great Town Dock, 2016-10-29
Captain: , Cedar Point NH (10)

This a great town dock. Negative reviewers, keep in mind this in not a marina, its a town dock. And for a town dock it is very good. Michael W manages Prescott Park and the docks and does a great job. I do hope they clean up the power issues and they could use some additional cleats on the new concrete floating docks.

Great spot, 2016-08-21
Captain: , Portland Maine (10)

This is a hidden jewel, small but nice. Dock hands great, had an outside slip and lots of rocking so moved us, no big deal for them..... Next to the Prescott Park and waking to over 20 places in Portsmouth to eat. You cant go wrong for the cost per night to have power and water. However, if you cant dock a boat too good ..... then this location is not right for you, current is fierce......

Cool Place, Marina in the Ruff?, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Oakdale NY (140)

Prescott Park is really cool, we got to sit back on our boat and listen to a concert in the park, which is right behind the marina. The currents are really strong there and getting into a slip is a real challenge. Staff was super helpful.
There was no power available for 50 Amp at the dock I was assigned to. There is also no security there as well. A gate leads into the park from the docks, with no key code lock etc, just a regular latch. Locals pull up with their boats after the dock master leaves. So people come and go as they please. The floating docks have no protection from the harbor, so with wakes and currents, expect to roll.
For a town dock it's OK, and the location led us to stop here twice. It's walking distance to downtown Portsmouth.
All said and done though $100 a night for a basic dock without any services is a bit pricey.

Prescott Park Marina - four night stay, 2016-07-29
Captain: , Hyde Park, New York (10)

1. limited marina help. No one was in the office when we arrived. Therefore, on VHF communications.
2. Marina electrical system, new GFP pedestals, would not allow hookup on the preferred,, steady, dock We changed dock location three times. Had to go to old dock that had no GRP issues. Old dock was very unstable and the boat was exposed to significant wave action from the harbor.
3. The location at the park was a benefit as a musical was presented one night.

Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH., 2016-07-27
Captain: , Newburyport (10)

All in all not a bad place to spend the night.
A bit rough due to no retaining wall to knock down the waves made by passing boats.
Had a bit of a power issue using two 30 amp cords. Had to reposition my boat in order to split power between two legs.

Outstanding value, Very friendly staff., 2016-06-22
Captain: , Charlotte NC (40)

Spent one night here. Great spot in a park dowtoen. Close to everything. Bathrooms are shared with the park so they close when the park closes if im not mistaken but very clean. No showers which for us was the only negative. Cool spot very close to drawbridge. wicked strong current!

Good and Bad, 2015-09-25
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

The Good - great location for access to downtown. One section of docks is brand new. A pretty park setting as the location. Staff was generally concerned and responsive (except for eletric breaker tripping after hours).

The Bad - $90 for a 34 foot boat wth electric is expensive, especially with no private heads or any showers or other amenties. The brand new electrical pedestals caused us problems with tripping of breakers that can only be accessed by staff that is not on site. We lost power at 1800 and nothing was done. We understand new codes with GFCIs cause these problems with many boats. We hope this was just an isolated incident, but we had 3 youths trespass on the docks and one even boarded us. It was only 1900 and I was able to scare him off and reported the incident to the police. This is obviously possible at any of the public landings/docks to be found anywhere. Lastly, the wakes from the river traffic were very bad at times.

Great location, but few amenities at marina, 2015-07-08
Captain: , Constitution Marina, Boston (80)

The location is excellent. Its just a shortwalk to downtown Portsmouth where there are plentiful restaurants, bars and things to do. This is the second time that we have stayed here and it has improved significantly with new concrete docks and power. The current is less severe than out in the river and it is manageable, but be careful of nearby lobster pots. When we arrived someone had just got a pot caught in their prop as they were docking.

We called to get a reservation, but when we arrived nobody was at the dock. It was fine as others were there to help.

During the day it does rock from all of the boat traffic but calms at night.

Although this is not as good as a marina across on Badger's island, I prefer this location, for amenities, and because the current is less severe here.

Right in town but not much of a marina, 2014-09-18
Captain: , Portland, Oregon (576)

We enjoyed a couple of days in Portsmouth thanks to the location of this marina but there aren't many services provided for the fees charged. We did get help docking from a self-admitted land lubber and that was the last we saw of anyone related to the marina. The power was less than satisfactory and I eventually had to turn it off and run my generator just to get 110 volts consistently.

Portsmouth i great, Prescott is the best choice, 2014-08-02
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (380)

All the other reviews are correct - the facility is a bit creaky, it rocks during the day (much calmer at night), the Piscataqua does have some fierce tides....but you're right downtown in Portsmouth, which makes it all OK in my book. It's a great, friendly town with lot to do and lots of places to eat/drink within blocks of the Park. Or walk across the newly-rebuilt Memorial Bridge (literally right above the docks) and visit downtown Kittery and Badgers Island. All fun!

Park has no showers, but restrooms are clean and accessible during the day (not sure when/if the are locked up in summer). Hannaford's market is a good food store, either long walk or short bus ride. Time arrival to approximate slack water to avoid current issues.

I stay here whenever I have a chance. Never had a bad experience.

Great town but tough docking, 2013-07-21
Captain: , East Greenwich, R.I. (40)

We had a difficult time contacting the dockmaster by phone, it took several days ahead of time. We finally got the reservation through the help of a local friend who knows him. When we arrived with our 46 foot trawler, the current was flooding into the harbor at 3 or 4 knots. Fortunately, we had the end of the "T" dock and the flooding current pushed us in to the dock. Our friend helped us with the dock lines, otherwise it would have been very difficult. Approaching the docks during a strong ebb tide would be extremely difficult because the strong current pushes you away from the dock. We made sure we left the dock on an ebb tide. Slack water doesn't last very long and does not coinside with high and low water, so consult the current charts. Other than that, we had a great two day stay. The town has dozens of great restaurants, many right on the water, and good shopping for anything you want. The park has an outdoor theater and we were able to watch an excellent play right from the boat for no charge.

Good location, 2013-06-02
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (279)

Walking from Prescott within 5 minutes there are dozens of fine eating and drinking establishments. Walking due north along Bow Street, there are several waterfront docks with food and drink; and walking directly up State Street there are many more restaurants.

The Prescott docks are my home location and the stories about the waters being a little rocky are true at busy times but then many marinas are during peak traffic times. The staff is extremely helpful, the docks have plenty of water and electricity, and the public restrooms on shore in the park are usually clean. As a resident there, my only complaint is the lack of car parking.

Public transporatation runs right by the entrance to the park though. And, the park is one of Portsmouth's showcase sites with some of the most gorgeous gardens in the state during the summer.

prescott park, 2012-02-21
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (10)

This is my home port and I read the reviews. They are all true. New changes to the public docks(2010). They have become also seasonal slips making the public dockage smaller with the less desirable slips available for transits however Portsmouth is a great place to visit.

Prescott Park Docks, 2011-06-30
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (360)

The location is great for walking to downtown and activities in the Park where they put on great shows/music. Between the boat traffic & the current you will get rocked & need good fenders. The staff was helpful upon arrival but not there most of the time tho can be contacted by phone.

Dinghy Dock was $5/HR !!!!!!!!!!!!!, 2010-07-24
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3181)

I decided not to spend my money here. I docked under the walkway and got the quote from the totally disinterested attendent. No other place downtown to stop after dinghy trip frpm Portsmouth YC.

Close to great eating, 2009-06-05
Captain: , Fredericton, NB, CAN (477)

Right downtown, but as the previous poster stated - bouncy and noisey. This is a working harbour - fish boats, tugs and the like!

No moorings, just docks, and yes, watch the current!

We like the Rusty Hammer restaurant.

Tired docks, lots of current and wakes, 2008-09-23
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

The docks are very tired and there's a ton of current flowing through here. There's a large lift bridge next door that operates 24 hrs a day with associated alarms. Boats fly past here throwing up large wakes. But you're near the downtown.

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