Details for Smith Island Marina

Smith Island Marina

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Average rating 3.6 stars from 30 reviews

Address 20880 Caleb Jones Rd.
Ewell, MD 21824


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

78/79. If no answer on the radio, try the marina phone.


Email contact;

Owner, manager

Pauli and Steve Eades



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Currently cash or cheque.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Call in winter


Follow the markers and keep an eye on the temp markers the fisherman drop in. Keep to the northern side of the channel. It can drop to 4.5 feet in one spot. Some boats follow the ferry in.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: They can accommodate a 23 foot beam cat.


Transient: 6
Total: 6
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2014-09-14)

Other price info: There are three piers at the marina and you can also tie up at the city dock. $10.00 docking daytime, up to 2 hours. Bow in, water in the slips is skinny.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

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

Additional info: Power at the pier is at the start so bring a long cord.

Pricing info: $5 daily.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water is via a garden hose from the house, which reaches about halfway down the dock. If not long enough it is easy to attach your boat hose to the end.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out






Yes - Nice head and shower at the marina. Single use only, 1 toilet, 1 sink (water very hot) 1 shower, older shack but functional.






Yes - They have a very small grocery just a few buildings down from the marina. Everything is shipped in. Great pizza.
A boater reported that there was very little available, nothing fresh. The Oil Company has a marginally better selection and some hardware.



Yes - Nearby. There are 2 restaurants, both with limited menus, both close at 4 pm. Dining options are reported to only be open when the tourists arrive and closed when they depart.


No - Smith Island is dry, although you may bring your own booze.

Hotels or motels

Yes - The marina has a nice B and B.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - The marina offers free WiFi for patrons. The signal is reported to be marginal, but no problem with computer topside. Router is in the owner's house. Very good Verizon signal, 2014.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Bicycles, either free loan from the marina owners or there is a bike hire shop next door.

Other services


Reviews for Smith Island Marina
Quaint, likeable, friendly, and peaceful island marina, 2017-08-09
Captain: , Moyock, NC (1084)

2017 Aug 05 The owners Capt. Steve and Pauli cannot always be at the marina or answer the telephone. Regulars probably have their cell telephone number or new boatersfind it posted upon arrival. Smith Island has been a regular annual stop for us for many years.

Channel shoaling is well marked, follow the directions in Active Captain caution areas. We've never had a probem coming in the channel. Our boat requires 4 ft and the lowest reading was 5.3 ft in the east side channel and 7 ft. in the west side channel hugging G15. There maybe more depth in the west channel, which is closer to the marina. We always figure that if the ferry can come in, then we can too.

There are 4-6 slips. Usually 2-3 are available when we arrived. Those directly in front of the marina are said to be the deepest (?). The facilities are usually open, available, clean, and inviting. If your looking for the 5-star aminities, it's not here. However, we found a cordial note providing the owners cell telephone number. They were away attending to business on the mainland, and invited us to make ourselves at home, which we did.

There's activity from 11 am to 6 pm, when the tourist come and go by ferry boat. Golf carts can be rented for sightseeing. There are at least two active Bed & Breakfast places on the islands, which people do stay and enjoy.

The Bay Side restaurant serves good meals and has a take out counter at a back side entrance, that serves a variety of ice cream and sells the locally made Smith Island Cakes.

This is a fishing village; suppling both crabs and fish to the mainland.

The marina's fixed docks are safe and in good condition. The fixed dock is easy to get on and off from our trawler without the steps or ladder.

The slips are shallow at the bulkhead, we found the bow sits in mud at low tide.

Small island living is different than larger cities and marinas. You have to love it and we do! Thank you Capt. Steve and Pauli for keeping this island retreat for those that appreciate it.

Owner is away, 2017-07-27
Captain: , Gloucester Point, VA (10)

I was on the island this past weekend, locals told me the owners are away taking care of a sick relative. There is a payment box in the marina to pay on your honor if you need a slip, we rented a house with a dock so we did not need a slip but they seem to always be available if you need.

Couldn't make a connection., 2017-07-19
Captain: , Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 (200)

I called a couple of times on 7/18 and left a message and no one has yet to call me back. After talking to others who've been there and reading reviews I decided to go elsewhere.
Captain Jim Thrift

Answer Email or Phone Please!, 2017-07-08
Captain: , Little River SC (586)

I emailed and called them several times. No response so we went elsewhere. I guess they don't need the business.

Get What You Pay For, 2016-09-01
Captain: , North Charleston, SC (752)

I don't understand the four and five star ratings. It's a dollar a foot and you get what you pay for.

The slips are shoaled in so we had to ti up at the far end. That meant our shorepower cord wouldn't reach the pedestal and we had to use two cords in series. We had difficulty, but finally got the power to work. We never did find out why.

There is only one head and that includes the toilet and shower so if anyone else is there, you ight or might not be able to use the head when you need to. The hot water in the shower only lasted less than a minute when we tried to use it.

The owners seemed friendly enough when we saw and talked to them but they didn't seem overly concerned about keeping up the marina.

Smith Island is the draw here and for anyone interested in the history of the Chesapeake watermen, it's not to be missed. Unfortunately, a lot of "outsiders" are moving in, tearing down the original homes and generally changing the character of the place. I suppose that's progress.

Good place to buy and eat crab, 2016-06-29
Captain: , Tempe, AZ (240)

Not much here, but the restaurant is open until 6:00 in the summer, and you can buy fresh crab nearby. If coming through the inlet in the summer be sure to close up your boat and cover any exposed skin with insect repellent with Deet. You will be attacked by swarms of green-headed biting flies. Not quite as thick in the Marina area. The "Marina" is a small house with a front room and a bathroom with shower. Clean. Cash or check $1 per foot plus $5 for $50 amp. Good food in the restaurant. If you want beer or wine with your meal you have to take your own.

Smith Island Marina (Ewell), 2015-09-20
Captain: , ColonialBeach, VA (330)

This is a nice marina to access Smith Island. This is a peaceful place to visit.

No place for cruisers, 2015-06-15
Captain: , EAST COAST (210)

We have been going to Smith for over 40 years and enjoyed meals in Mrs. Kitchings dinning room in the old days. We liked Smith because it was less commercialized than Tangier, we quit going there when the tourist trolly/train arrived.
Unfortunately on Smith Island things have changed for the worse. The marina slips are shoaled in and any boat over 30 ft would find it hard to get into a slip. No one answered the phone or VHF. We decided to move to Ruke's Dock. This is one of the most delapidated docks I have landed at. No electric, water, toilets, showers or Wi FI and warped and lose decking boards. After we tied up I was asked to pay $1.00/ft or $48 for docking at this great dock. Also the town closes at 4pm and doesn't open until the tour boats arrive in the morning. Of course you have to leave the dock so the ferry can dock. The old restaurant at the dock is now shut down. We declined to pay and headed for Solomons with about 200 Smith Island greenhead flies for company. I do not exagerate, I could swat 3 at a time they were so thick on the boat. Their fly traps have been removed. I lament the loss of this unique place to boaters, now the orientation has been placed on the tour boats.
If you go, do not go during the buggy season.

Great Crab Cakes!!!!!!! Rukes!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 2015-06-11
Captain: , Cutty Sark Marina (10)

Stopped there on my way from Annapolis to Norfolk.
It is a must see, it takes you back in time in some ways.
Lots of history and culture.
Great crab cakes and burgers! Thanks to the great ladies at Rukes!!!
I will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Easy in - good channel., 2014-09-14
Captain: , London, UK (339)

We arrived at half tide and entered a well marked channel which had excellent depths. Our sailboat draws 5.5ft and there was good water all the way through. Smith Island is a regular stop on our runs through the Chesapeake. No frills, no fuss just one of the most scenic places we have visited. Take an island tour by walking, cycling or hiring a golf buggy. The marinas owners are most helpful. Dont miss it.

We don't see it, 2013-08-30
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

Came in for one night and even though we had a reservation at the marina all the slips were full with daytimers. We ended up staying on Ruke's dock, no electricity. The current in the harbor channel is substantial. Even one of the excursion boats had a tough time getting into their dock. Nothing against the lovely people of the island (who all disappear at 4:00) but we just did not see it as a better island destination than some of the others we have been at on the eastern seaboard such as Bald Head Island or Jekyll Island. Or staying at San Domingo Creek. If you are heading up or down the east side of the bay this is a logical stop and that's fine.
Sailboats - the entrance channel is very shallow in places for all but the shallowest draught boats. When we arrived there was a sailboat just at the channel's edge shoaled waiting for the tide to rise.
Verizon was at best weak, at worst nothing. phone, text or data.

Smith Isalnd Marina, 2013-08-15
Captain: , Annapolis (532)

8/13/2013 Came in for dinner. Rates were $1.50pf for overnight and .50 for up to 4 hours. Everything closed before 1600 (book says everything closes at 4 pm). Still had a fine time and bought crabs from local watermen. Great to talk to and listen to stories. Docks are sturdy but in poor condition. Did not get elec or water.

July 4 2013, 2013-07-07
Captain: , Annapolis (3379)

It can be tough contacting the marina, but Smith Island is out of the way so there is not much chance you'll go without a slip. This is a lovely spot. We were able to watch the blue heron rookery in the top of the pines on goat island. The MArina club house was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. The island got no FEMA help, so they are rebuildin it on their own. Showers were not operational as of July, but expected to be operational later this summer. Took the dinghy down to Tylerton. Drum Point Market has superior crab cakes! Best on the bay as far as I can tell. Such an out of the way place but very much worth going out of your way to get there. (Watermen and families from Tangier will come here for a crab cake!)

Smith Isalnd in October 2012, 2013-01-31
Captain: , Virginia Beach (17)

Followed friend who lives on Smith Island from Sommers cove Boat ramp Eastern Shores. I have a 28ft Albemarle and stayed 3 nights. The channel is very tricky and very shallow, pay attention to the markers, we seen a sailboat grounded but the locals got her to the dock. Tie up bow facing the Marina, and far back as possible low tide you can see the bulkhead out of the water. The facility, 1 shower, sink and head, not luxery but clean and efficient, Shore power, need a long ext cord. The rest of the reviews are spot on, nice and quiet. Be sure to bring you own supplies, food, water, liabations (Dry Island). No law inforcement, the local padre does all the Island abertration, you can leave your boat without worries.

Nice place if you have a shallow draft., 2012-11-25
Captain: , Mackeys, NC (10)

We visited Smith Island on our way up. We arrived after sunset and found the marina with just a little trouble. We also discovered a very strong current which turn us completely around while trying to make the turn to go pierside. The next morning, which happened to be low tide, we found ourselves sitting on the bottom (3' 9" draft). The channel is very narrow and very few of the channel markers are lit. I would not recomend transiting in the dark or at low tide.

The town is small but nice. There aren't many resources available here. The grocery store has a few items, in limited quanitity, and one or both of the restaurants are closed during the off-season. That said, everyone is very nice, here, and the stop is well worth it. Diesel fuel (and gasoline?) is available near the marina.

Best Kept Secret on the Bay, 2012-09-14
Captain: , Regent Point Marina (82)

We loved our stay there. We draw 4 feet but stayed at the end of the slip- no problem with depth. Pauli was a fantastic hostess. She loaned us an extension for our power cable and even lined-up a local waterman to guide us out at low tide. We definitely will return.

Very different, but a slice of yesteryear, 2012-08-15
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

Our stay here was very nice. Co-owner, Pauli, is terrific, friendly and very helpful. It is not always easy to get ahold of Pauli or Steve by phone, and they don't monitor a VHF, so it is best to call a few days in advance. Once they know you are coming, it is fine.

The single bath/shower is really nice in all repsects. The power pedestals are at the shore end of the piers, and the water gets shallow fast, so you may have to check if your cables will reach. Our 4.5 foot draft sailboat sat on the bottom at low tide.

We were there in mid-Aug, so it might be different than normal, but the few restaurants close for the day at 1600 once the cruise boat leaves. The town of Ewell is very small and can be walked easily. We rode our bikes through the marsh road to Rhodes Point, as well. Don't expect anything but a small, struggling community of hard-working watermen.

The museum ($3) is new and well done. You must watch the video. It is a worthwhile piece of the bay to experience, in our opinion.

A perfect spot, 2011-12-30
Captain: , San Francisco CA (1301)

Here's the spot to contemplate the Chesapeake's history. A challenge to navigate in the channel to the marina, but a treasure once you're there. I look forward to going back.

Closed on Sunday and Monday, 2011-09-30
Captain: , Lavallette, NJ (251)

We knew that everything would be closed for Sunday, but were surprised on our Monday arrival that almost everything is also closed on Monday. Nevertheless, this is such a unique place that a visit is worthwhile. Be sure to see the museum (open Monday ~1-4 PM).
Smith Island Marina operates on an honor system on Sunday/Monday. Note only 30 Amp service.

Almost too quiet!, 2011-07-06
Captain: , bear, de (364)

SIx slips, a little shallow at low tide, power is ok. One kayak availabe. Way too many mosquitos and green heads. Great kayaking

Met my expectations exactly, 2011-07-06
Captain: , Hacks Point (87)

Smith Island is what it is... an island community of 200 people. Everyone we encountered is nice, the marina people are nice and helpful, but we didn't need much. The good news is that the dredging job is fantastic and I had 6-10' below the boat the whole way in. 3' below the boat at the slip at high tide, which swings 2 feet, so bow in is the smart thing to do.

Once here, wandering around is the order of the day. We walked all the way down to Rhodes Point and back, got caught in the rain, but so what. I'm reasonably confident that had I asked anyone they would have gladly dropped us back at the marina.

Smith Island is about 80 miles from Kent Narrows, where we fueled up on the way here, but it might as well be the other side of the planet. A great place to unwind slowly.

Great spot!, 2011-05-11
Captain: , Eastport (41)

Stayed at SIM in '09 following and during severe storms. Received first rate treatment, and enjoyed fresh, off the boat, steamed crabs! Facilities clean and staff friendly.

Quiet enjoyment, 2010-07-21
Captain: , Campbell Creek, NC (564)

Pauli is the best. I've not seen anyone that tries harder to make you feel at home. Not an elegant facility, but it makes up for that in the quiet enjoyment of life on the water as it was years ago (not much changes on Smith Island - my family has roots there from generations back). Watch the channel between 14 and 15 when you approach from the bay side.

The propreitor made our day!, 2010-06-11
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (142)

Pauli is awesome! The marina dock house is clean, convienent, and stocked with movies and board games. They don't have courtesey bicycles anymore, but you can rent bikes and golf carts at the resturant/gift store next door. The rentals were overpriced in our opinion, so we explored on foot.

Homey Marina with noice poeple, 2010-02-26
Captain: , Lewis Creek, Md (1304)

There are four slips. The ones to the south have less water. Only one place to get on Smith Island- Rooks. It closes about 6 pm. There is a waterman south of the marina who will sell crab meat when he has it. Call the marina before arrival, they will check on the crab.

The real deal, 2010-01-16
Captain: , Albemarle Plantation, NC (389)

It's an island. They make their living on the water. There were no facilities last time I was there; very limited transient slips available now. They don't speak the King's English. They speak Eastern Shore. Dogs welcome. Yankees must be on a leash. Just tie up and try not to get in the way. Getting in and out is very tricky -- pay very close attention to markers and your depth gauge. Twenty years ago, you could have called Frances Kitchings and be real polite, and she might invite you over for dinner at her house. She's still there, and still cooking, you just can't see her. It's worth two days' sail. Or buy her cookbook on Amazon. Smith Island is a precious, rare place.

Quiet getaway., 2009-07-21
Captain: , Nabbs Creek (188)

If you want to relax this is the place. Everyone is very friendly. I picked up a dozen large crabs for $20 at Eddy Boys Crab Shack next to the marina.

Smith Island Marina, 2008-05-16
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

Ignore the guy who went to Smith Island and ordered beef! What was he thinking? This is the soft shell crab capitol of the world! EAT CRABS! Take the time to explore the island (inexpensive golf carts and bicycles at the Inn). See the excellent small museum and watch their video. Relax! There is no night life. This is a wonderful place. Take the time to talk to the natives and find out what their lives are all about. If you want swimming pools and pina coladas and rare prime rib and hot and cold running maids, go somehere else!

Smith Island Cruise, 2008-03-23
Captain: , Lancaster, PA (1)

We left Northeast and visited Smith Island for two day and had a wonderful time. Great Crab Cake sandwich at Rucks and overnighted at the Inn of Silent Music B&B in Tylertown that was really very nice.

avoid the resturant, 2007-06-17
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

We had two terrible dinners, roast beef and prime rib. It sucked.! and wasn't cheap. avoid the bayside restruant next to marina, Marina however was $1 a foot, shower, electric, and water.

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