Details for Smithville Marina

Smithville Marina

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Average rating 2.5 stars from 26 reviews

Address 60036 Marina Trail
Smithville, MS 38870


After hours contact

Scott, 662-651-4334

Facility type

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

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Jesse Cox - perished in the tornado


Scott Cox


Scott Cox

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MasterCard and Visa.

Payment discounts

Boat U.S. fuel discount $0.10 per gallon.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Approach the lock long wall in the channel and approximately 150 yards from the long wall make a 90 degree turn to port (heading downstream toward the lock) and head straight to the marina. Approach carried 10 feet true water depth at normal pool which does not change more then 6". 180 feet of transient dockage is along the outside of the covered boat slips and carries 9 feet of true depth.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 4
Total: 4
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2014-10-08)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included in dockage.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Included in slip fee.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Must be on a leash.

Disability access

Yes - Ramps, gravel parking lot.

Launch service


Pump out









Yes - Two separate rooms with inside locks.


Yes - Two each washers and dryers, $1.00 per wash and $0.50 to dry.


Yes - Nearby



Yes - Achinson's Steak House (locally known as Petes). Dry county they serve no alcohol, byob.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Boat and engine repairs.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon signal is weak.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Courtesy car and rental cars.

Other services


Reviews for Smithville Marina
only if you have to, 2017-01-25
Captain: , Alabama (252)

they helped with directon guiding us in, tricky. No lights on dock

Good stop over, 2016-12-06
Captain: , Bedford, NH (775)

The place may not look like miuch but it has everything you need. The people couldn't be more helpful. We had to do an oil change after having some engine work done in GTB. After searching though his tools and not having the right size filter wrench, he offered his car to us to go to the store and get one. They even took care of disposing of our old oil. We were traveling with 4 other boats and while the 2 sailboats chose to anchor out, they found room at the dock for us 3 and 2 more coming in later, for a total of 5 boats with a couple 50+ footers and the others around 45+. We didnt find the deeper channel coming in but we had enougjh water, around 6-7 feet.
Nothing within walking distance but they will lend you a vehicle. In these somewhat remote areas, I don't think it is fair to expect facilities like you would get in the large cities. It is a decent place with the nicest and most helpful people. We need places like this along the route and I would definitely stay here again.

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover, 2016-11-25
Captain: , Somerville, TN (201)

We called and got the answer machine but Scott (owner) returned our call in no time.

We were concerned with water depth however Scott assured us there was plenty and offered to provide progressive instructions as we neared the marina.

After leaving the channel the water dropped to 7ish feet and stayed that way to the face dock.

As we were traveling southbound Scott recommended we turn to port half way between the last red nun and the long wall of the lock. Then head straight towards the marina. We never saw the 11-13 foot trough but didn't kick up any dust until near the face dock.

Scott and a local live aboard met us and helped with the lines and power.

Yes the marina is a little worn and needs some TLC, but you won't find a more helpful crew on the TennTom.

We didn't use the car or need fuel, just a place to stay and this fit the bill. We will be back.

The wireless was the fastest I've seen anywhere!!

Great overnight stay, 2016-11-16
Captain: , Panama City (40)

Friendly people, great dog walk with free WiFi and cable t.v. Power and water where good. Older marina but a great place to stop for a overnight stay. Courtesy car avalible, we ate at Mel's Dinner (great food) just a mile or so away from marina.

great stop for us, 2016-11-10
Captain: , Anna Maria Island (573)

We are a 52' trawler we draw 5.5 we called and they assured us of depth. Follow a line from the main channel head directly toward the marina there is a trough of 13 to 18' of water leading into the marina. Split the distance from the red buoy & shore staying slightly closer to shore. There is a long fixed dock aprox. 200' with 7' of water at the dock we had Great power as well KA-DEE-ANNA we stayed 11/2016

Small, old, friendly, 2016-10-28
Captain: , North East, MD (385)

This marina primarily serves friendly liveaboards, both in houseboats and in RVs. No diesel, the pump is still broken. Owner is helpful. Docks are old and cluttered. Two restrooms are at the top of the hill, with two separate shower rooms (a good thing) and a laundry room. A courtesy car was available. The nearest supermarket is 7 miles in Amory; the one two miles away was destroyed in the 2011 tornado.

Good place to get off the water, 2016-05-04
Captain: , St Petersburg, FL (115)

Came in after dark. No marked channel but good water. Owner stood on the dock and directed us in with his flashlight and cell phone. Diesel fuel pump was out of service.

Really sad, 2015-11-16
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

The only thing nice to be said for this place is it's owner. Tom Cox has taken over after his dad was killed in the horendous tornado that struck a few years ago. Tom is trying to make a go of it -- but it's a struggle. The place is literally where boats go to die. And the docks and all systems need such repair that I doubt Tom can keep up. Sad really as he's a good and generous guy. Loaned us his car and was very helpful in guiding us about.

Old and Needs Updating, 2015-05-25
Captain: , Currently living aboard and cruising the Gulf Coast (260)

Owner was very nice and accomodating. Courtesy car had incredibly bad wipers and it was raining out and so we never made it to town.
The place is falling apart and the tenant boats looked like derelict boats. It is however a place to stay if you need it.

Old and Friendly, 2014-11-29
Captain: , Bay Springs, MS (120)

We stayed two nights here (Oct 25/26). Deep water coming in and at the docks. Folks were helpful. Power and water were good. It is a short walk to the Snagboat Montgomery and a recreation of an antebellum house. We toured both on our own (no guide).

Old time marina, 2014-11-23
Captain: , Guntersville, AL (451)

Tom Cox guided us in on a dark night. He was there to assist with the lines and power, good power. Tom also offered a car and good assistance in getting a crew member to the hospital. We had a calm night on the transient dock. Didn't use any other facilities. Good value for an overnight stop.

Friendly and helpful!, 2014-10-27
Captain: , Petoskey MI (240)

Definitely old. But the power worked. Wifi available. The bathrooms were old but clean. The live-aboard locals were very friendly. Scott Cox was waiting for us the dock. Very accommodating. We would stop there again.

Not destroyed but is operating and needs updating, 2014-10-19
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

180' of dockage permits 4 40'ish trawlers/sailboats if docked tight.
Exposed from the N to east quadrant, so do not recommend this in substantial winds from that direction. Owner Scott Cox is only accessible by phone 662-651-4334 or 662-327-8450. No one monitors the VHF. This is a very rustic marina but functional with working plain simple showers and bathrooms (two each) in separate lockable rooms. It is a strategic place to run to columbus and is 1 mile from the lock. We ate at Atkinsons in Smithville via courtesy car and it was great. Fish was wonderfully prepared and cooked perfectly (baked or fried), steaks as well and the Gumbo was as good or better than any I've had south or east. A great meal as rated by all 7 of us. This makes this marina a repeat stop for me just to eat at this long as weather permited e.g. no north to east heavy winds. Stopped again 10-19-14. The dockage is all a face dock so no assistance should be needed but was there. The owner Scott travels a good bit but a dock resident live aboard "John" will meet you and help. We had another great steak at Atkinson's vis the old courtesy car (but hey at a $1 a foot what do you want?) . The docks are rough but work. Scott is a very hard working guy taking care of his mom and marina after a tornado killed his father, destroyed his mom's house and damaged the marina. Call ahaed if planning to stop as room is limited to 4 - 5 40'+ boats.

Agree with previous posts, 2014-10-13
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

Was told someone would meet us but no one was there. Our 2 boats tied up along the face dock with an inop fuel pump on it. We had electric. Docks are old but the few permanent residents were friendly.

not that bad, 2013-10-31
Captain: , Longboat Key, FL (445)

Stayed here for one night as was held up by locks. Stayed here in 2006 and not much different except a new shower house with a washer dryer. Wifi, Verizon weak, good power, courtesy car, cable TV and water. Docks old but solid. Exposed to wind with a North component with long fetch across lake. Friendly folks, a livaboard helped us tie up. Sad that the house of the owner was destroyed and he (Jess) was killed in Tornadoes in 2011. It workded for us staying here.

Old and Worn Out, 2013-10-23
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (602)

Former owner Jesse Cox died in the tornado that devestated this area 3 years ago. Someone needs to fall in love with this marina and do the necessary repairs. No manager on site. Does have laundry, courtesy car, WiFi, power, water, and cable TV. Room for about 4 transients on the face dock totally exposed to waves and wakes.
Looks like a graveyard for derelict boats.

Dieing Marina, 2013-10-23
Captain: , Racine, WI (371)

We stayed her 10/22/13, nice enough people but the marina needs a serious update to keep up with other marinas. Rickety piers, poorly maintained restrooms, no serious marina management. Suggest others save the $1.00 per foot and anchor out.

Appeared closed for years and abandoned, 2012-11-23
Captain: , Hamburg,GER (310)

Spent one night there. Site seems on its way down, lots of repairs needed. Many boats seem to be abandoned or even half sunk. They blended somewhat into the overall scenic... But docks are ok, power is ok, wifi is ok, water is ok.

Surprisingly accommodating, 2012-11-12
Captain: , Sarnia, ON (330)

The facility doesn't look like much, in need of repair, but the power is good, the WiFi is strong and cable TV is excellent. Makes for a good overnighter. Be sure to get instructions from Scott on approach to the dock. (9'ft dephts)

Very Rough in North Wind, 2012-10-29
Captain: , Bay City (144)

Agree with reviews below. Spent last night there in strong north wind. Dock is fully exposed to wind and waves...very rough yeilding poor nights sleep and tough departure. Suggest putting dock on port side for easier departure.

Docks a little rough, but managed OK, 2012-10-27
Captain: , Kuttawa Kentucky (410)

Docks are need of repairs. Building over boats has some supports broken. Owner (Scott) answered phone and said tie up and he would be there in the evening to check on everyone's needs. Took courtesy car to Dollar Store to get ice and a few other items. Gasoline Pump is close to shore and I was afraid I would run aground so opted to get fuel down the river. Diesel pump is on main dock in deeper water. WY-FI was great. Guy on liveaboard was helpful also. Channel to marina is not marked. I turned close to Lock and headed to the south end of the main dock with no problems. Electric Power was OK, but also needs repairs to pedestals. Lots of work needs to be done but I would probably stay again if needed.

Rustic but friendly!, 2011-11-15
Captain: , Niceville FL (102)

Functional courtsey car available. Domino's & Pizza Hut in Smitville. Beer/wine is also available in Nettleton, about 20 miles away.

Marina destroyed, 2011-10-09
Captain: , Warsaw, Ky (875)

Oct 9 - Just saw note on AGLCA Loopers forum that the marina was not destroyed. The owner was killed at home. Current condition not known.

May 1- From newspaper reports the marina was completely destroyed by the F5 tornado that went through Smithville on Wednesday April 27, 2011. The owner, 80+ year old Jesse Cox was one of at least 13 people killed in Smithville.

ship Wrecked, 2010-10-18
Captain: , Nokomis Florida (70)

We spent the night at the fuel dock, oh that's what it was. Every boat there was a rusting hulk. Very nice people. Jesse is pretty darn nice/

Never Again!, 2010-08-18
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, FL (603)

Winds were out of the North and we had a very uncomfortable night on the face dock. We would have and will be better off anchoring out.

Rundown but friendly, 2007-11-23
Captain: , Saint Louis, MO (31)

The marina is a little rundown. Wooden floating docks and no protection from North winds. Very friendly people. Cable tv but no internet/wifi as of Nov 2007.

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