Details for Rod and Reel Docks at Chesapeake Beach Hotel

Rod and Reel Docks at Chesapeake Beach Hotel

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Average rating 3.2 stars from 18 reviews

Address 4165 Mears Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC, Visa, and AE.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 4
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info: Can be shallow in spots. Be careful at low tide.

Reported 6/24/12, favor the starboard side of the marked channel while entering. Reported depths of approximately 3.6 feet nearer the port side of the marked channel at approaching low tide. Local knowledge confirmed favoring the northern side of the channel is currently appropriate, since dredging hasn't happened recently.

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

Additional info: It is reported that if it's 10 knots of wind or more, you will rock in your slip even though the marina is protected by breakwaters on all sides.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 65
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 120
Transient price: $2.25/ft (2014-06-12)

Other price info: $2.25 per foot Sunday thru Thursday.
$3.00 per foot Friday and Saturday.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $6.00 per day for 30 amp service.
$12.00 per day for 50 amp service.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Regular grade (87 octane).

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Semi-long walk through the parking lot to the designated pet areas, but otherwise pet friendly.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - At the fuel dock.





Yes - Included as an amenity of the adjoining hotel.


Yes - In the Tackle Shop and the adjoining hotel.



Yes - Walking distance. Includes package liquor store.



Yes - Three onsite restaurants: Rod 'n' Reel, Smokey Joe's, and (outside) Boardwalk Cafe.

Many nearby, including fast food (McDonald's, Subway), pizza, Chinese, ice cream, all within easy walking distance.


Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Tackle shop.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - 25 charter boats.

Internet access

Yes - Available as one of the amenties of the adjoining hotel; signal strength on A dock (about halfway out) is OK with booster adapter/antenna.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - As part of Marina West, which is separated from the main marina/restaurant/hotel facility by a low fixed bridge.


Other services

Indoor pool, sauna, and weight room in the adjoining hotel included as amenities.


Water Park.

Reviews for Rod and Reel Docks at Chesapeake Beach Hotel
Nice place to stay, good but not great, 2017-08-20
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (79)

The admiral and I spent a night last week in a transient slip at Rod and Reel Marina. We came for a live music event taking place at Chesapeake Bay Resort, which is part of the same business with the hotel, restaurant, spa, etc.

I called them on the phone a few minutes before arrival and received approach instructions. Two young ladies were present to assist. Neither had any experience as a dock hand, but their presence was better than nothing. I taught them how to tie a cleat hitch.

Pleasant staff
Marina store open 5am-8pm
Composite decking on piers
Interesting history of the area/railroad museum on premises

Fixed piers
Resort restaurant was so-so and expensive
No actual beach to dip in the water, just imported white sand above rip rap

Hotel amenities are good., 2017-07-08
Captain: , Little River SC (586)

Access to hotel amenities makes this place a good stop fixed docks are in good shape. Poor wifi!

Trophy Season, 2017-05-01
Captain: , Middle River, MD (80)

We stay here every year for trophy rockfish season, this year with the larger boat we're on A dock on the inside. Water depth is OK, it was dredges a couple years ago but is already filing in. Prices at the Rod n Reel restuarant and the hotel have increased drastically from last year. Great location for fishing.

Enjoyed our stay, 2016-10-14
Captain: , Southport, NC (20)

We almost passed this spit in favor of Tilghman Island but we're so happy we decided to stop here. the docks are new, you have access to all the amenities in the resort, shopping is right next door, and the small town is just lovely. Recomnend it highly. Tje only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because we were quoted one price when we made the reservation but actually charged a higher price when we checked in. But it was worth every penny, even at the higher rate.

Lttle to NO dock assistance, 2016-07-28
Captain: , Solomons Island (53)

On a recent transient visit, which was reserved over the phone in advance and boat length/beam were given and confirmed multiple times, we were assigned a slip that was narrower than my 14' beam. When I told the dockhand that the slip appeared too narrow, he insisted that it was wide enough. I tried to back the boat into the slip and the stern promptly wedged between the pilings. Only then did they agree to find an alternate. The alternate had the same issue but this time I refused to back up too far.
When we finally agreed on a slip of the proper width, backed in, the dockhand promptly asked that he be excused. NO ASSISTANCE.
I did witness, shortly after we tied up, the exact scenario with another vessel that was trying to dock. Arguments ensued and the captain elected to leave and go elsewhere.
Overall it%u2019s a nice place with decent facilities. The Rod And Real restaurant has a real decent Sunday brunch. We were advised, by a couple of other transients, that in the future we should head just a bit more north to Herrington Harbour South.

Don't stop here, 2016-07-12
Captain: , Stafford, VA (1079)

We echo the poor earlier reviews, with 2 additional points: We made a reservation 2 weeks in advance. When we arrived and were directed to a slip we allegedly fit in (we have a 16 ft beam), we wedged between the slip's center pilings. And they had the nerve to argue with me that the slip was over 17 ft wide. Then they moved us to a T-head where we tossed our spring line to a dockhand who proceeded to stand there with it. When we asked him to tie it to a piling, he said he didn't know how. After we tied up the boat ourselves, we found out there was no power on the T-head. So we left and won't return.

Functional, but no Exceptional, 2015-08-23
Captain: , Annapolis (127)

"Meh" would be the best way to describe this marina. The reservation process was easy enough, and we called (they don't monitor VHF) as we entered the channel, and a dockhand came to get us situated.

Another review mentioned a "seagull problem." It's not a problem, but an epidemic. Not a deal-breaker, but everything (including your boat) ends-up covered in seagull waste.

Overall, the "resort" isn't bad, but saw it's hayday quite a while back. The heads are above average, but the pool is below. The smell of the charter fleet is fairly contained, and the live music was nice in the evenings, but some of the clientel was a little rough.

If you make a reservation, be sure to have them put you on the inside. We were on the outside of "A" dock and got rocked quit a bit by the wind and the boats in the channel not controlling their wakes.

It's not a bad place, but with Herrington Harbor just around the bend, that is the MUCH nicer facility.

Dockmaster didn't even apologize, 2015-08-16
Captain: , Chesapeake Yacht Club (70)

Made a reservation for my 65 over a month ago, knowing the T head was the only place they had for me. Called again to confirm 3 days before coming in. Arrived at 4pm (high tide) and there were 2 smaller boats parked on the T head. With no one monitoring VHF, I tied up directly adjacent to the pump out. I was there to meet business clients, so I could not leave. My clients entered the boat literally next to the pump out. I ran the generator for 28 hours, as there was no electric there. Dockmaster Heather never so much as came out to apologize for the mistake. The owner has a decent place there. He should hire a new dockmaster if he wants to make the most of it.

OK but Expensive, 2014-12-08
Captain: , North Charleston, SC (752)

We stayed one night in June 2014. Someone came out to help us in but said he wasn't allowed to tie up boats. It was a Friday so we paid the premium weekend rate, the highest we paid on our 2 1/2 month cruise.

The restrooms and pool are in the attached hotel and provide no privacy for showering. The hotel part is nice though. The entertainment was cancelled because of the weather.

There are several restaurants and you can walk to a grocery store.

Not seriously a marina, 2014-09-09
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (185)

The staff, of one, who was too busy doing paper work to help me in or even direct me, makes one think that they are not terribly interested in being a marina. They don't monitor a vhf channel, don't even answer phone calls on a regular basis, and the phone rings the front desk of the resort, not the marina office. In fact, the marina office can't see the transient docks.
The transient docks also have a serious sea gull problem. In three hours, they've made a mess of my boat. I went out to adjust bow lines, and there were 6 of them perched on the bow rail and fender racks.
There are also not enough power stanchions to go around.
Can't recommend.

2013 summer cruise, 2013-06-30
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (57)

This was the first stop on a 2 week cruise. We found all the previously reviewed information to stilll be correct. Great stop, great live entertainment and very accomodating. The only short coming is the voltage. It is 100 volts per leg. 6/29/13 diesel is $3.63/gal

Bring Your Heavy Docklines, 2012-10-01
Captain: , Magothy River (319)

We ducked in here because of large wave action rolling up the bay. The particular conditions really worked our docklines while we overnighted in a slip. No damage suffered, but our visit convinced us to equip our boat with heavier and longer docklines.

Found a jewel, 2012-09-21
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1550)

We found this place after ending up in a nothern blow going up in the spring, great stop. We were welcomed in by the dockmaster in his dock boat, pointed us right into a slip. Thip place is tied in with the hotel and you get to use their many amenities. Lots of wonderful bike and walking paths all the way up to north beach.

Pleasant stopover, 2012-06-25
Captain: , Londontowne, MD (470)

We enjoyed our brief overnight stay, after not having visited for perhaps 8-9 years. The hotel/restaurant facilities are all comfortable, the charter fishing fleet makes for a picturesque scene, and just watching the boat traffic go by was relatively relaxing. The Tackle Shop folks who run the marina (Fred and Melvin) were very friendly, and Fred was particiularly helpful while we were docking. We appreciated the full-length "finger" pier that just happened to be available for the slip we were in (A-15). The marina is protected by breakwaters, but open to breezes from the Bay... which can be good in hot weather, less so during storms. The docks and piles are all in good condition, though, so being less sheltered here isn't usually a particular drawback. The Tackle Shop doesn't really monitor VHF, so best to contact them via phone to make reservations or to coordinate the approach.

Nice resort, 2012-05-21
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (195)

Facilities are excellent with access to the hotel pool, sauna, and showers. The hotel even provided towels, shampoo and soap! The entrance is a bit shallow. I entered near low tide and got nervous with the depth readings of 3.6 feet. Winds shifted to the East at night and although there is a nice breaker wall, the surge rocked us all night long, even though there were only ripples on the water around the slips. I left near high tide and had no problems. My boat draws just under 4'.

Mostly m/v, 2010-08-09
Captain: , Albemarle Plantation, NC (389)

We stopped in on Father's Day for a quick refresh/resupply. Very pleasant. Reservations a must at the restaurant on a busy summer weekend.

Shoals in/out; narrow/tight turns; traffic. 4.5'-6' in the channel, so shallow draft only.

Fishing Oriented but worth a visit for cruisers, 2010-07-24
Captain: , Sassafras River, MD (137)

The marina facilities are OK at best. Docks are a bit old and the electric service is weak. The entrance and depth at the docks is shallow. Be wary if drawing more than 40". On the upside, the hotel and restaurant on-site are pretty nice and the water park across the street, although small, is worth a visit with kids.

Great Time, 2009-07-19
Captain: , Middle River (186)

We were there on the 4th of july and it was very busy, but fun.
The waterpark across the street was great. It was $18 per person and well worth it.

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