Details for Erwin Marine Riverfront

Erwin Marine Riverfront

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 17 reviews

Address 201 Riverfront Pkwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37402


After hours contact

Facility type

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


Erwin Marina took over all docks as Marine Max pulled out late August of 2015.

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Jill Price

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


MM 464





Tide & current additional info

Current is moderate to strong - be careful.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
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: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2015-10-02)

Other price info: Looper discount to $0.75 per foot.


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Incuded

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Except in winter when the water may be turned off at the docks, except for the fuel dock.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: 

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Call and ask for docking in front of the Erwin Marine Office as they have a full ramp. New dock in front of the aquarium (still under construction) also has a ramp.

Launch service

Pump out




Yes - Cans




Yes - At the office.







Yes - Many nearby in downtown Chattanooga.


Yes - Many in downtown Chattanooga.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many nearby in downtown Chattanooga.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon and Sprint have LTE coverage. Erwin Marine WiFi visible near the office. Free "NoogaNet" city WiFi visible at all docks.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Free Chattanooga downtown shuttle.

Other services

Buehler's Fresh Foods
429 Market St
A short walk or ride the shuttle. Full service small supermarket, a local institution.
Ride the electric shuttle to the North Shore.Publix is a three bock walk.

Jax Liquor Store
216 Market St
Reported to have very good prices.


TN Aquarium, IMAX theatre, Creative Discovery Museum (for kids), Chattanooga Choo Choo, Coolidge Park, Chattanooga visitor center - all in short walking distance.

Reviews for Erwin Marine Riverfront
Not to be missed when cruising the Tennessee, 2016-10-16
Captain: , United States (2375)

This review is for the Erwin Marine Riverfront facilities in downtown Chattanooga. While there are three separate Active Captain markers for these facilities, they are managed as a single marina out of the Erwin Marine Riverfront office, just west of the Olgiati Bridge. When you call the marina to book dockage, they'll work out which of the four locations (including the commercial dock) you can use depending on your vessel's size, draft, and power requirements.

I'm placing this same review on all three markers so that there is no confusion. We actually stayed at the "Commercial Dock" attached to the Chattanooga Pier, which has no marker of its own. The commercial dock is home to the Tennessee Aquarium's "River Gorge Explorer" high-speed tour boat and the Chattanooga Cycleboats pedal-powered paddlewheel tourboat. Unused space on the dock is sometimes assigned by the marina to transient vessels depending on need. We had to move once during our stay to accommodate another tour boat.

We planned to stop here for a week and ended up staying two months due to a medical issue. In that time we became very familiar with the waterfront, all the Erwin Marine facilities here, and the staff.

Most of the docks are in good to excellent condition. Erwin's own docks, west of the Olgiati Bridge, the Bluff Docks, east of the Market Street (Ross) bridge, and the commercial dock are all floating docks. The "Aquarium Wall" is a fixed concrete quay; the river level varies by as much as five feet. The aquarium wall also has large fixed fenders protruding from the wall spaced at 61' intervals. These are for river cruise ships and other large vessels that occasionally visit here; if your vessel does not fit between them you will have a challenge using this dock.

The Erwin Marine docks west of the Olgiati Bridge, which the office refers to as "the Olgiati docks," is probably closest to a "full service" marina. There is a fuel and pumpout dock nearby, the office is a short walk, and there are rest rooms at the office with code access after hours. Jill, the dockmaster, is in the office during business hours and Jimmy the dockhand is available to help you tie up. That said, there is no store, no dock carts, no snacks, no courtesy car, and no other trappings you might associate with full-service transient marinas. Ice, however, is available from the office.

Pricing reflects the spartan nature of the facilities; make sure to tell them you are looping to get the discounted rate. If you are staying at the Bluff Docks, the Aquarium Wall, or the commercial dock, they will come to you in a golf cart to help you tie up and fill out your paperwork; the office is a long walk. The rest rooms at the office are also available to all customers, but at the Bluffs or the wall you will find the public restrooms in the park adjacent to the aquarium to be much closer when they are open. Pumpout facilities at the Olgiati docks are available to all customers.

Chattanooga's waterfront is vibrant and hosts events from spring through fall. In the summer there is some kind of event every weekend. Some events have the docks sold out as much as a year in advance, such as the River Bend festival; dockage rates increase to $1.50 per foot for special events with no discounts. We had to leave the dock for two nights during the Three Sisters festival because they had been sold out well in advance. Some events have a stage and live music, which will be loudest at the Aquarium Wall and the commercial dock. The Bluff Docks and Olgiati docks, while still an easy walk to the festivals, are further away and much quieter.

The city operates two free electric shuttle routes which leave from a terminal just a block from the docks, next door to the Courtyard Hotel or the Mellow Mushroom restaurant. One route goes south to the Choo-Choo and runs all day, every day, every few minutes. The other crosses the bridge to North Shore and operates until late afternoon six days a week. This latter shuttle gets you within three blocks of a Publix grocery. There is also a very nice local grocery a short walk from the docks, Buehler's at 429 Market, a local institution.

Excellent restaurants abound and are too numerous to list here. Many are an easy walk; some are a longer walk, and more are available with a short shuttle ride. The Tennessee Aquarium is not to be missed, with the world's largest freshwater aquarium and a somewhat newer saltwater venue in a separate building. While it is something of a busman's holiday, I can recommend both the Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer cruise and the Chattanooga Ducks tour.

Enterprise Car Rental is just south of downtown and will pick you up at the docks. Attractions accessible by car include Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga Battlefield, and Ruby Falls. Big-box shopping is an easy drive to centers in Tennessee or just across the line in Georgia, where the sales tax is considerably lower.

After two months here, we still have not seen everything there is to see. Of all the places we might have been waylaid for this long, Chattanooga was perfect. A highly recommended stop, and a highly recommended marina.

Wonderful stop, 2015-11-04
Captain: , Ocala FL (351)

Call first if you have any special needs, like ramps for disabilily scooters and they'll do their best to accomodate your needs!
Tennessee Aquarium is FABULOUS and also give a military discount.

Highly recommended, Chattanooga is great stop, 2015-10-28
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1663)

Marina is clean although small. We stayed at the western most dock not the Bluffs. We preferred this location because u can park your rental car for free and it is very private. Only a few hundred yards further from town than the bluffs, the buffs are managed by the same Co and are also very good and a bit longer docks.
You can moor on both sides of the floating dock. Have to phone for help docking as there are no regular dock hands.Fuel and Pumpout on fuel dock.
Chattanooga is a must see stop. Lookout Mtn/Rock City, ChooChoo Hotel, Whiskey Distillery, Aquarium, IMAX, downtown 8 screen theatre, many excellent restaurants, Enterprise will pick u up, dock is right on a very long and cool bike/walking path, cool rock climbing facility in town. Easy walk to anywhere in downtown, good public bus system.
Jill does a good job in the office on the phone.
Occasionally some wake but most boaters are courteous.

No longer Marine Max, 2015-10-14
Captain: , Portsmouth, VA (430)

The marina is a city owned marina operated now by ERWIN MARINE, phone no. 423-266-1316. Jill continues as the executive assistant and does a great job. Manages the Bluff floating docks and the down river docks near the office where we stayed for three nights. This location is a must stop! So convenient to everything.

Marine Max, 2014-04-22
Captain: , scottsboro, Al. (141)

Great location to visit the city, close to everything and free public buses. Dockage under or near the Walnut street bridge should be avoided if possible. Cases of objects tossed off the bridge by nere do wells. Also when crowded dockage between the shore line and docks can be very scary given the river down stream current and the shore line rocks. Marine Max agent will collect dockage usually in the PM and tag the boat. Don't miss stopping in and sampling the micro-brews at the Big River Grill.

Marine Max Marina, 2013-10-12
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (602)

We were put on the wall between the bridges about 4 blocks from the marina office and restroom facilities. No help with docking in a strong wind and moderate current even though I called the marina office to ask for information and directions. After tie up, I found that the water did not work at the slip I had chosen. No WiFi available. Shelby said it works sometimes.
Pumpout is available at the gas dock near the marina office.
Now the good stuff. The location is excellent. Shops, restaurants, aquarium, movie theaters are all much closer than the marina office. Free city electric shuttle bus will get you to most places you need to go.
Hennen's was a great restaurant for dinner and Big River Bistro served an excellent lunch. Both are less than three blocks away.
Location is why you want to dock at Marine Max.

very customer service friendly!, 2013-09-27
Captain: , Chapin, South Carolina (410)

The staff are great and very accommodating. Electricity and water. In walking distance to downtown! Marine max went out of their way to help us!!!!

A favorite local spot, 2013-03-11
Captain: , Harbor Lights, Soddy Daisy (56)

Admittedly we are locals and keep our boat above the dam which is only a few miles upstream. This is one of our favorite local places to visit and the marina staff are always very nice and helpful. In the past there were some security problems and they have put up gates with a lock code to help with the situation, definitely not a cure-all but we've been once since they were installed and pass-thru traffic was virtually non-existent on the Bluff dock. The Aquarium dock and Olgati docks aren't secured that way so we have no experience with them. We bring our bikes to ride on the river walk, the downtown area is very bike friendly. Free electric shuttle will get you as far as the Choo-Choo and rental bike stations are scattered around downtown too. The facility is lacking in the bath house/shower department but we use our on board facilities anyway so no big deal to us. this has been rated as one of the top downtown water front facilities that is boater friendly in the U.S. I'd recommend staying a few days to take in all the sites, lots of things to do and history to explore. Great aquarium too.

Great Looper Deal, 2012-09-25
Captain: , Oneida, TN (415)

Stopped there last night. At $1.25 a foot, I would have normally offered a mediocre review, as the facility has no showers. BUT, they offer 50A and 30A power, water, the rest rooms are nice, the staff helpful AND, best of all, this fall Loopers get a special rate of 75 cents a foot. NOW we're talkin'! Stop by and let these folks know you appreciate the consideration.

Docks are good, security still a problem. No typical marina facilities., 2012-07-25
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Two locations run by MarineMax. Down stream by office & fuel dock is a floating dock which is lonely and open to public. But movement from commercial boats is less because you can tie up inside the dock.
The upstream floating dock is beyond the sea wall and does have a locked gate (usually open), but the movement is constant. Partiers from bars after 1 am tend to hang out near the waterfront.
Both locations are close to downtown. A night guard patrols both locations from the MarineMax office, but we had a general feeling that night visitors could be a problem. Chattanooga is a great city to visit if you can deal with the lack of a marina facilities. Bicycles are placed around the city for visitors to use and there is some free transportation.

Ross's Landing, 2012-05-22
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (483)

Very nice and helpfull overall. Facilities are limited but close to many restuarants and fun places close to the waterfront. My only dissapointment was when I had diesel problems. Their mechanic informed me that he could fix a Cummings diesel in a snap but didn't know anything about a Universal (Westerbeke). After a TowBoat US towed us to to our home slip (9 miles) I fixed it my self. As it turned out, it was just air in the fuel line where I had neglected to fully tighten a clamp. Thanks to Unlinited towing policy. It was an $800 tow.

Bad Experience, 2011-12-09
Captain: , Earth (561)

We arrived at Ross's Landing late, and hailed 16 on the VHF twice, there was no responce. We tied up and soon a security guard came by on a golf cart, we asked him about dockage and he told us that it was free.

The next day we hailed 16 again at 10:00 am, and no responce. Around 12 a man came buy on a golf cart demanding to know how long we had been there ect. We told him we came in the night before and that his security guard had told us it was free. The man was very rude, told us it was 1.25 a foot and we should have called the phone number, and that the security guard didnt know anything. I pointed to the sign that said to hail vhf 16.

He drove us in the golf cart up to the office and we paid for the night....but we were not able to get on the wifi, and told him that we couldnt and he shrugged his shoulders and "I don't know anything about that".

We would have stayed in Chattanooga longer, but after the experience we had at Ross's Landing with MarineMax we left, and do not plan to go back.

Ross's Landing, 2011-10-09
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2153)

Marine Max does an excellent job of managing this dock...I would assume the other docks in Chattanooga are equally efficient. Ross's Landing is a great dock with up to date power pedestals and floating docks. Chattanooga is a great city with many restaurants, bars and attractions. HOWEVER, the face dock is directly off of the river with no breakwater...the wakes from passing boats, both pleasure and commercial are significant. If you don't mind getting rocked all day long it's a great place to stay.

Marine Max Chattanoogas only dockage (Ross Landings), 2009-10-17
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Marine Max manages all the available transient dockage in Chattanooga. The dockages are stretched along the waterfront from the Marine Max Brokerage fuel dock to the City dock upstream at the Pedestrian Bridge set beside the striking Hunter Art Building. The upstream dock portion has some power problems for some boats. It was wired as 208 three phase (divided into 2 phase at the pedistals) and some boat systems won't tolerate it. So for consistent power stay in the middle or at the Marine Max down stream dock end. Power and water and trash cans is about it, no bathrooms, showers etc. The only pump out is at the Marine Max fuel dock and is pretty weak. The town is a great visit but needs a rental car to be done justice. Enterprise at w. 20th St. is the only bet. Make reservations with them directly as they did not honor my online confirmed booking. Marina staff are very nice and helpful.

Nice town, 2009-09-30
Captain: , Charlotte Harbor, FL (1548)

There are three or four different docking facilities.
The wall in front of the Aquarium is fixed. The docks further upstream. known as Bluff Dock are floating and nicely situated by the pedestrian bridge (Walnut) and has a view of the Delta Queen Hotel across the river. There is also a natural food store (Greenleaf) across the river. Lots of nice walking and biking opportunities and a good restaurant nearby at 212 Market.

A GREAT TOWN !, 2008-08-26
Captain: , baltimore md (634)

We stayed on the wall in front of the aquarium. Lots of sightseers, but pretty quiet at night. Wonderful downtown area. Electric and water at about a buck a foot. Some bothersome wakes. Call ahead on weekends and event days to insure a spot on the wall.

Must stop here!!, 2007-02-08
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1236)

The folks at MarineMax operate this marina for the city of Chattanooga. Best call ahead in the fall. Plenty of water but some current from Chickamauga Dam. This is only part of the marina, under the next bridge is some floating dock and a large concrete pier. All of this is a very short walk to everything in Downtown Chattanooga.

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