Details for Erwin Marine Riverfront - Aquarium Wall

Erwin Marine Riverfront - Aquarium Wall

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 9 reviews

Address One Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
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This city-owned dock is managed by Erwin Marine Riverfront, as are the docks downstream and upstream. They have nothing to do with the Aquarium itself other than location.

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Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

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Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

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

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Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2012-10-13)

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Transient: Unknown
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Transient price: Unknown

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

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Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - The inside quay wall, between the Aquarium overnight berths and the City Pier, is free for four hours, no overnight docking. Tie your dinghy up here, but note it can be a long step onto the quay depending on the river level.

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Pets welcomeYes

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump out is available (self service) free to overnight guests at the Erwin Marine Riverfront fuel dock on the other side of the Olgiatti Bridge.









Yes - 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



Yes - Many restaurants (casual to fine dining) are available within easy walking distance.


Yes - Several bars are located within easy walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Hilton Garden Inn, Mariott Courtyard, DoubleTree and several others are within easy walking distance.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi is available with three bars or more.

Boat ramp availability


Other services

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


World's largest fresh water acquarium is just across the road, a salt water acquarium is next door and IMAX theater is just around the corner.

Reviews for Erwin Marine Riverfront - Aquarium Wall
Nice and Quiet, 2016-10-26
Captain: , Lake Burton, GA (150)

Spent Saturday 10/22/16 here. 2 days cruising the gorge just south of Chattanooga. I called ahead for reservations, they couldn't have been nicer. I docked in front of the Springhill Suites. New docks, very little wake, 10 minute walk to everything. Very quiet and no noise from the hotel or bridge. Don't miss the cruise from Hales Bar to Chattanooga! Will definitely be back.

Not to be missed when cruising the Tennessee, 2016-10-16
Captain: , United States (3192)

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.

Great stop., 2015-06-26
Captain: , Kingston Tennessee (121)

After several days on the river this is a stop back in civilization. We were on the long dock between the bridges. They have a security gate now at both ends. However, walk down before bedtime and make sure they are shut. Get codes and prmission from Marine Max.
So many great restaurants and attraction down town. Paddle boarders and kyackers are all up and down the dock. Rental place close by.

Two sets of docks here, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Cleveland, OH (344)

There are two separate dock walls here. One, referred to as "cleats only" has no water or power. Marine Max refers to these as "hard edge" docks.

Great Cruising Destination, 2012-11-21
Captain: , Plantation Yacht Harbor, Islamorada, Fla. Keys (4666)

Chattanooga is a great cruising destination,truly earning its nickname ass the "Scenic Center of the South". From here it is an easy walk to many restaruants, and venues, including the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX theater, Children's Discovery Meuseum, and the Chattanooga Lookouts minor league balllpark. Take the electric bus to the Chattanooga Cho-choo. Rent a car and visit the civil war battlefields of Chickamauga and Lookout Mountian.

Chatt Great Fall Destination, 2012-11-02
Captain: , Roswell, GA (467)

There is a lot to do and see. Great food a short walk away. One of our favorite places to visit during autumn season.

Great for exploring downtown., 2011-07-18
Captain: , Illinois (2471)

We tied to the day use area. No fees to do that. Between the day use area and the fountain is the fee area. This is the area for overnighting.
Easy and short walk to visit the Aquarium and many restaurants. A must stop.

Not bad, if the water is not rising, 2009-11-30
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

Fixed wall, so if the water is rising all of your cleats will be under water and the cement wall where you tie up is lower so you have the possibility for you boat to ride up on the cement. Lots of lookers walking around. We moved to the floating docks in between the bridges. Great city to explore.

Great downtown location, 2009-11-24
Captain: , Chattanooga (202)

This hard (non-floating) dock is in a terrific location with easy walking access to downtown Chattanooga attractions. This convenience far exceeds the negatives of occasional wake, people strolling by and depth changes with the river flow. MarineMax manages this space (channel 16) and when the river is high this dock may be closed or even flooded.

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