Details for Rockland Public Landing

Rockland Public Landing

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 23 reviews

Address 1 Harbor Park
Rockland, ME 04841


After hours contact

Facility type

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


If the parking lot is full here or closed for events you can use the parking lot at the Rockland Public Boat Ramp located in the South End at Snow Marine Park.

The Rockland Yacht club has reached an agreement that allows them the use of about half of the Harbormasters building.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Rockland


Matt Ripley


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Approach via channel off the fish pier. Keep the green cans to port. Alternative - use the approach fairway from the east through the mooring field. Keep the yellow nun near the docks to starboard. Don't venture in too far to the east of the docks there is a shallow rock. It lies between the docks and the promenent building on pilings. There is a dinghy mooring very near the rock.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 14
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: There is no fuel at the public landing.

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

Additional info: North side has 6-8' at low. East side has 14' at low.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: 30

Other info: Moderate size cruise ships have been known to dock on the face dock. 60' boats are easily accommodated.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2016-04-11)

Other price info:


Transient: 30
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $30.00 (2017-08-10)

Other price info: Check with harbormaster's office. Town moorings are usually available.

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

Additional info: Not all slips have 50 amp power, but 30 amp combiner is available.

Pricing info: 50 amp power is $0.50 per foot per day, August 2016.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - 2016

Water (and pricing)

Yes - $3 fee for water. Pump out is free.

Dinghy access

Yes - Has a dinghy dock. Access is $5 a day.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - 'Two-toots' commercial launch service and Rockland Yacht Club to and from moored boats.

Pump out

Yes - No charge for pumpout but a little difficult to access.


Yes - Available from the harbor master's office. Located on the dock. $2 for cubes or block.


Yes - Dumpster


Yes - If you pay for an overnight tie-up or mooring, you get access to the showers. Access in the building with a combination lock. $2 token required for each 8 minutes of water obtainable only during business hours from harbormaster or asistants.



Yes - Single coin op washer and dryer.

Park Street Laundromat and Dry
117 Park Street
Rockland, ME
Nice laundromat, just under half mile from the Rockland Town Dock. Drop off or do it yourself. Clean and all machines were serviceable.


Yes - Hanaford and Shaws more than 1.5 mi. (Taxi distance). There is a free shuttle bus that runs in the summer. Inquire with the harbormaster about the schedule.

Rite Aid2
8 Park St
Rockland ME 04841
Has some food items.


Yes - Hamilton Marine 2 blocks N.


Yes - None on site but too many to list within a short walk. World class seafood, pubs, and other eateries, the list goes on and on.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - When the harbormaster's office is open, you can take your laptop there and get WiFi access to the net. You can also get access outside the building within about 100 feet.

AT&T: 5 bars 3G at dock with slow data
Verizon 4 bars on mooring
Sprint 4 bars roaming voice no data.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Ferries to the islands and bus station are a 10-minute walk away.

Other services

Very nice visitor center with plenty of information about the surrounding area and also a small gift shop is located between Park Drive and Police Plaza.


North Atlantic Blues Festival mid-July. Venue is over-looking the harbor. Several events make the dock area and access crowded and at times challenging. The festivals - Lobster and NABF make accommodation for access to your boat, but getting gear and groceries to your boat is very difficult during these events. Better to use the south end dock for transfering provisions and crew. The airport at Owls Head is a short taxi ride away and has sceduled airline service from Boston. The airport has a fascinating transportation museum. Main Street in the town has all kinds of art galleries and the Farnsworth Art Museum which houses a large collection of Weyth works.

Reviews for Rockland Public Landing
Convenient location; good price for the area, 2017-08-21
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (1453)

Stayed 2 nights at a slip and 2 nights on a mooring 8/8-11/17. Slip rate was $2.50/ft, no extra for 50a power or water; mooring was $30. Docks are in very good shape and staff was helpful in making a short-notice reservation and tying up on arrival. Restrooms are old but clean; didn't use the laundry. Couldn't connect to marina wifi but used open wifi from nearby restaurant. Bought John Deere oil from Art's Marine in Owls Head and he charged almost twice what we have been paying at other JD service centers - ouch! Nice farmers market on Thursdays. Nice town!

Nice for a night, 2017-07-15
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (500)

It is a municipal marina and they don't operate like a commercial marina. First come first served, no reservations etc.. it's not expensive compared to others nearby and it is right down downtown. We just pulled up to the dock and into a slip after trying the vhf and phone. The staff is nice and mostly just summer workers in a small coastal town. We enjoyed our one night stay.

Great Stop, 2017-07-14
Captain: , Confetti, Kadey Krogen (1699)

A very large mooring field. Mooring balls are well maintained. Depth was 10'+ depending on tide. Some rolling and swells with ferry and other boats but it really wasn't a big deal. Staff at harbor masters office were very welcoming. There is a large dinghy dock too at the public landing and it is well marked BUT there are a number of dinghy there that appear to have not moved in a long time. You have to push dinghies around some to get in to the dock. There is room though. Sign says $5 for dinghy dock but staff said no problem, enjoy your day. Great town. If you need any engine work call Art's Marine in Owls Head. They will arrange for a dock for ur boat in Rockland while they repair your boat. They are John Deere authorized mechanics and did an awesome job on our John Deere. Also, check out the Rockland Diner. Delicious breakfast and all day menu. Also Cafe Miranda was fantastic If you get a chance and enjoy bike riding take the ferry or your boat over to North Haven. Great bike riding and hiking. And a wonderful brewery to enjoy while you wait for your ferry.

Bad Experience - updated 7/10/17, 2017-07-10
Captain: , Pensacola,Fl (110)

Our experience at Rockland Public Landing was very negative in that we could not raise the harbormaster on the radio (he had it turned down) and we found the staff to be unhelpful and rude. After tieing up without help in a stiff breeze, a dock person showed up and insisted that we leave so that a cruise ship launch could use the public landing. There was noone else at the dock and plenty of room for the launch without our moving. In addition to our negative experiences with staff, the facility's restrooms are indefinately out of service and all they have is portapotties in the parking lot. No reduction in mooring fees given for this. There is a $3.00 charge for water and $5.00 per day for the dinghy dock. We certainly would not use or recommend this place.
Update: circumstances forced us back to Rockland on a weekend when Journey's End and Rockland Landings were filled. We picked up a city mooring. With different staff, the experience was completely different - Reagan and Abby were warm, welcoming and competent. If they had been our first experience here we would give them 5 stars. It also appears that the shore heads/showers are functional again.

Sailors' Home for 90 years and counting, 2016-07-10
Captain: , Rockland, Maine (20)

Rockland Yacht Club has been established in 1929. Located in one of the best harbors on Maine Coast, the Club unites members with many thousand miles under their belts. The Club offers weekly races, two- to six days group cruises, dinners and barbeques, Open Houses with rich Nautica Sales. Most importantly, the Club offers launch services, delivering members and visiting sailors across the long and wide (1.5 NM) harbor in almost any weather. Moorings are available for daily and seasonal rent.

Great people but can get rocky, 2015-12-09
Captain: , Mashpee River (507)

We have stopped here twice in the last five years. Second time was a great stay on a mooring with wonderful assitance from Ed. First time, a storm came out of the east and we left our boat , tied to the dock, for the protection of a hotel. Came back in the middle of the night and police boat had ripped out its cleats and got jammed under the walkway. If we had not turned our boat earlier in the day, we probably would have had the same result. The people and location are great, but its exposure to wind makes it important to look at the weather

Fine but rocky port, 2015-08-31
Captain: , Salem Ma (790)

Came in early after an all night passage and took a randon mooring while waiting for the harbormaster to get it at 8am. At first they said they didn't know if they had a mooring for me, but seemed to quickly found me one. After a nap where we were awoken twice by some massive wakes we went in and paid for our mooring taking our dinghy into the public landing ($30/night).

The town was smaller than I expected and only really took 1 day to see. Lots of places to eat from basic pubs to semi expensive (like the Tree Crows that couldn't seat us even though it was half empty and we got the feeling it was because we were wearing shorts).

But the real thing that we left with was just how rocky it was out on the mooring from the ferrys etc even when we couldn't even see the wakes.

Excellent cruising destination, 2015-07-03
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (231)

Rockland is a world class cruising destination, and Ed Glaser is a world class harbor master. Agree with earlier reviews. We left our 46 ft Moody on a mooring for a week. A big storm came up, and our staysail cut loose. He came out in a skiff and secured it for us, thus minimizing damage. Kudos to Ed!

Rockland is wonderful!, 2014-11-27
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (380)

Public Landing is a great place to stay for a night or a week -- or more. Ed (harbormaster) is great, Rockland is a really fun Maine town, lots to see and do.

Just watch for weather.....Rockland Harbor is open to the east, so a blow from that direction (which happened this summer) can get ugly.....

Weekly rate, 2013-08-08
Captain: , New Castle, NH PGI, Florida (320)

We've left our 35' sloop on a mooring at the public landing this week. $155 for the week. Rockland is a fun place to visit, there's a Hannaford on the north end of town, there's a movie theater right in town, plenty of stuff to do in rainy weather . . . the facilities at the public landing are very adequate.

Nice place stop spend a week., 2013-07-22
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (242)

Good restraurants and sevices within a mile on so. Landing ramp extremely steep at low tide, dogs had trouble going down

previous review for wrong facility, 2013-07-08
Captain: , Oriental, NC (88)

The review has been corrected

Transient friendly place!, 2012-09-08
Captain: , Wiscasset ME (1435)

Floating docks. We anchored out and came in by dinghy. Tie up free for two hours. There is a pump out, ice, water, showers, and laundry here, all for a nominal fee. Rockland has anything you could need. There is a nice visitor center just a few feet up the street, drug store, Hamilton Marine, museums and restaurants. Grocery stores are a bit of a hike but worth it. Took us 13 minutes to walk to grocery store. A few open wifi signals. Very nice place.

All You Need Close By, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (907)

Rockland's public landing is in close proximity to the handsome downtown. The town is large enough to supply almost any commercial need. Hamilton Marine is a 5 minute walk. Main Street has many galleries, restaurants and specialty shops. The 2 large food stores here are both in the north side of town: Hannafords, 1.2 miles away and Shaw's, 1.7 miles. Two laundromats are close: Park Street laundry is .5 miles west on Rt. 1 (Park St.) and another is across the street from Hannaford's. Bidget Auto Rental is 3.2 miles away at the county airport. Pope Sails and Rigging is at .9 miles away at 237 Park Street.

Good city stop, 2012-08-18
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

Plenty of access to whatever you need in the city. The dinghy dock is just at one end of downtown. Provisioning is a bit of a hike, but Hamilton Marine is as close as you could hope for, so a good stop for the boat. This is definitely a transient-friendly place.

Good value for slip dockage in Maine, 2012-08-16
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

Overnight tie up is $2.00/ft with electric. There is also a large mooring field. Not all slips have electric, so specify your needs when you call. Shower tokens are $2.00 fr 7 minutes. The dockmaster usually offers them to transient boaters. There is a pair of washers/dryers which work, but are aging. It's a block walk to downtown restaurants, the lighthouse museum and the Puffin project exhibit. It's two blocks walk to Hamilton Marine.

very convenient, 2012-08-05
Captain: , Warwick, RI (64)

You can tie up at the dock for 2 hours, free. It is about a 1 mile walk to Hannafords. We use a rolling cart. Laundry is available at the Hbrmstr office but we haven't used it in years. Last we knew, it was cold water only and only one washer and one dryer. There is a laundramat north on Rte. 1 but it's a bit of a walk. We usually go to Belfast to use their laundry, since it's easy access and a large facility (no waiting).

Friendly; good condition; informal., 2011-08-20
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

This is a small, very friendly facility with docks in good condition and a good location on the edge of the Main Street shopping/dining/gallery area.

Very nice informal atmosphere; local kids swimming and diving; locals walking the dock and chatting and home dock to the Rockland Yacht Club.

A bit exposed and can be bit rolly. Only saw two 50A pedestals; others all 30A. At 8/2011, $2/foot.

Parking available, 2011-08-09
Captain: , Glastonbury, CT (262)

Very convenient for crew pick up/drop off. They let my daughter park there free for a week while she joined us on the boat. I have not spent the night. I think it is a little exposed to the east.

Very friendly staff, 2010-08-03
Captain: , Fredericton, NB, CAN (477)

Updated Aug 2010

A "port in a storm" for us this summer. I had a "Y" valve break off in my hand and we headed for Rockland. Worked on the dock for about four hours repairing it. Made two short walks to Hamilton Marine for parts and ended up taking a shower ($2.00) and getting a mooring for the night ($25.00)

We ate at a little diner just up from the marina and had excellent Mexican food.


Close to a GREAT coffee place (Rock Coffee I think) just up from the dock - they roast their own. Opens at 8 am, closes at 4 pm)

Close to a bunch of pubs and eateries.

Laundramat is a LONG walk

RiteAide is close and boasts a FoodMart with very little in the way of food.

Hamilton Marine is about a five minute walk and is very well stocked. Both with supplies and with knowledgeable and friendly people.

Rockland is home to the Andrew Wyeth art gallery.

We stayed two nights.

Rocking Rockland, 2009-09-29
Captain: , Cruising (3535)

Rockland is a great little town, but we were assigned to one of the moorings near the CG station, and we were rocked heavily and constantly by commercial fishing boats coming in and out all day. Request a mooring at the back of the field, or anchor way back there. The lobstermen were already placing traps in the mooring field, against regulations, and the harbormaster said that he was sorry but he was at the mercy of the fishermen. After 15 September, they are allowed to put pots anywhere in the mooring field. We highly recommend the fuel barge Annie for inexpensive diesel delivered right to our mooring - they are very professional and nice.

Rockland City Landing, 2009-03-21
Captain: , Rockland, ME (413)

This is the place for transients to land to get a friendly welcome and advice. Ask Harbormaster Ed Glasier for local knowledge - he has a wealth of information at his command.

Rockland Public Landing/moorings, 2007-09-01
Captain: , Kemah, TX (124)

The plus is that the harbormaster and staff are nice and helpful. We were able to have mail sent here three time during the summer. Rockland harbor moorings (all facilities, not just the public landing) suffer from many wakes from ferries etc. and a relatively large open bay. The public landing itself is good for dinghy dockage ($5 apparently in addition to the mooring fee total $30). The showers also require a special token obtainable only during business hours for $2 each (for 4 minutes of water). Take your kitchen timer if you don't want to be caught soaped up and time running out. The laundry is a single coin operated washer and dryer. It might be a better deal to go to a laundromat if you have more than one load (but haven't seen one close).

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