Details for River's Rest Motel and Marina

River's Rest Motel and Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 10 reviews

Address 9100 Wilcox Neck Road
Charles City, VA 23030


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel

16 / 69


Email contact

Owner, manager


Charly Brown


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

Current can run swiftly and is affected by rainfall upstream.


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 52
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 14
Total: 52
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2017-08-21)

Other price info: Offers transient slips.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Price included in the slip fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Small dockage, fixed pier, must share with those using the boat ramp.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Only two or three persons liveaboard year round at the marina. Water is disconnected during winter months to avoid freezing. Roadways can be difficult to navigate with snow and ice and are low priority for snowplows and sanding.

Nearest grocery is 15 miles (30 minutes). No amenities nearby. Must have personal vehicle.


Fuel brand: Diesel fuel can be trucked in with advance notice. 24 hours notice required.

Gas price$3.46/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: 89 octane, ValvTect.

Diesel price$3.68/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: Valvtect diesel


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service

Yes - Rivers Rest Marina and the attached Blue Heron Restaurant operate a water taxi at no fee to the neighborhoods bordering the marina and the Chickahominy River.

Pump out



Yes - Bag - 7# and 10#.










No - Nearest full service grocery is located in Providence Forge, approximately 20 minutes one way from the marina.


Yes - Small Ship's Store. Anything major needs to be picked up from Williamsburg. Can normally recieve via UPS / FedEx within 24 hours.


Yes - The Blue Heron Restaurant is located right on the premises. Excellent prices and the menu offers a great selection. It's a smoke free environment, and the meals are delicious. They offer plenty of seafood, broiled or fried. Closed Mondays. Their hours are usually 12 - 8 during the week.



Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Weak to fair WiFi reception. The dockmaster is looking into Hughes. Verizon air card has a weak signal

Boat ramp availability



Other services

There is an outdoor pool, and its open during the summer season until 10 pm. They have 2 great functions, Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations with live band music and fireworks.


Nearby Williamsburg and Jamestown, with Kingsmill Resorts, and Busch Gardens 'The Old Country' and Water Country USA, all within 30 minutes drive of the marina.

Reviews for River's Rest Motel and Marina
Marina and resturant, 2016-07-12
Captain: , Richmond (62)

We stopped by for food and fuel and boy was it great service and very friendly deck hands. I highly recommend for your trips in the area we will be back.

A quiet stop on a scenic river, 2015-04-09
Captain: , Gloucester, VA (694)

Food's good at the restaraunt. Gas is reasonable (3.00 with Valvtec) and free pump out. Floating docks are showing there age but are certainly serviceable. Dockmaster was on dock as we arrived and was handy at line handeling. We had eaten at the restaraunt prior to our arrival by boat and that was one of the primary reasons for our staying at this particular marina while investigating the "Chick".

Peaceful Stay, 2015-02-21
Captain: , Summerlin, NV (350)

We enjoyed a beautiful cruise up the river before arriving at this peaceful but bustling marina. The docks were well maintained, but manuevering on and off the finger of the gas dock can be a bit tricky, especially for larger boats. We enjoyed the restaurant several times while there. The restrooms and showers were good, but located past the pool in the side of the motel building and a bit of a walk from the docks - not a problem though. We would definiitley look forward to staying here again. It provides a wonderful location for exploring the historic river.

Very good restaurant, 2014-03-29
Captain: , Lanexa VA. (260)

Nice marina and the food in the on site restaurant is great. They also have a water taxi service for people close to the restaurant.

Nice Marina with Super Restaurant, 2013-08-05
Captain: , Richmond (56)

The marina is nice and appears to be well maintained. Not much wake/current protection when docking, else would be 5 stars. The on-site restaurant (The Blue Heron) is a solid 5 stars. Food is great and so is the service.

Nice, quiet getaway, 2013-01-09
Captain: , Yorktown, Virginia (391)

The marina is nice, and they also feature a carefree boat club if you're looking for something to play with. The restaurant here is fantastic! I highly recommend it. The marina also has a pool and motel rooms available on site.

Nice Marina, 2012-05-30
Captain: , North Fort Myers, FL. (268)

Nice Marina and restaurant. Floating docks are nice but the passing boats on the weekend will rock and roll you. Still worth the trip and has a pool.

Nice quiet marina on a nice quiet river, 2011-05-09
Captain: , Orwell, VT (74)

This is a quiet marina with lots of friendly people. We were a little late getting in and were called by the marina. They did not want us to struggle after dark. Restaurant on site was very good and reasonable prices. Very pet friendly. Rest rooms/showers modern and clean. There is also a motel here if you want to get off the boat for a night. Gasoline price (no diesel) was $4.90.

short trip, 2010-02-10
Captain: , Deltaville Va (531)

stopped for fuel and food on a short weekend trip in spring of 09 and we enjoyed it very much and it was very clean and welcoming

Nice Marina in a Great River, 2009-08-29
Captain: , South Portland, ME (537)

Can handle baots up to about 55 feet with 15 feet of water at the dock. Small family run marina with hotel and restaurant. Food was good. Carries gasoline but not diesel.

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