Details for The Anchorage Inn and Marina

The Anchorage Inn and Marina

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 30 reviews

Address PO Box 880, NC Highway 12
Ocracoke Island, NC 27960

Phone252-928-6661 (Fax: 252-928-6322)

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 - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


The approach is a little tricky. Pay close attention to the markers and you'll be fine or follow a ferry in.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2012-09-30)

Other price info: Off Season Dockage Range: $1.75/foot/night.
In Season Dockage Range: $2.50/foot/night.
Includes Power, Water, Showers, & Swimming Pool Privileges


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)

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:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - In the Ships Store.


Yes - On the docks.


Yes - Across the street at the Inn with key access. No known AC in the shower.


Yes - Across the street at the Inn with key access. No known AC in the shower.



Yes - The grocery and ABC store is about 1 mile from the marina.


Yes - Hardware store about 1 mile from the marina.


Yes - Dockside cafe.


Yes - Beer and wine at the dockside cafe.

Hotels or motels

Yes - There are many in walking distance.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Bait and tackle in the Ships Store.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Open AP.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Bike rentals.

Other services


Light house. Check for operating days/hours.

Reviews for The Anchorage Inn and Marina
Still customer oriented, 2017-07-22
Captain: , Oriental, NC (151)

Brian McLamb 7-20-17. Great assist in fueling and ice sales even though I was at NPS docks this trip.

What a Great Visit, 2017-05-20
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (986)

4 Boats arrived and were greeted by a highly professional staff. Marco was great! Channel is wide and has plenty of water. A dog leg at 10A requires your attention. Had a great time...great shopping and fantastic restaurants. Recommend marina dock bar for drinks and lunch and Dajio or Ocracoke Oyster Company for dinner.

nice place to stop, 2016-07-15
Captain: , Lighthouse Point, Fl (320)

The Marina was nice. The pool is right along the docks. The crew is terrific. Dylan and Juan ties us up...great job. Robert he dock master very accommodating . Loaner car available. Had to walk down the dock through the outdoor restaurant to throw out our garbage. Nice stop. But the town of Ocracoke. Very very busy. Many ferries arrive daily with cars and people. To many cars for such a small island. Many golf carts to rent but even they created traffic jams. Nice food and bar at the Marina. We recommend Back Porch restaurant about a mile away. Very good!
Safe Returns 65 ft Fairline Squadron

Very accomidating, 2016-07-01
Captain: , Oriental, NC (20)

They were full but found a place on an adjacent finger that I was told was privately owned. The dock hands were fantastic in lending us a hand getting in. Helped a newbie like me get tied up and even found an extra power cable since I didn't have one. Next time however, I do think I would use the public docks right next door as they are 1/2 the price and only about 50 yards further down.

Good to CLSA!, 2016-06-16
Captain: , Little Creek VA (605)

Visited many times over three decades, and not much has changed in terms of the quality of services. Always has a great staff. They have treated our little flotilla of 20-something foot trailer-sailors from the Claytor Lake Sailing Association like the big boys spending many times more. And, the pool is great to have when it is blowing stink at the beach.

Great dock team, 2016-05-14
Captain: , Southport, NC (140)

Came in on high winds. Dock crew very attentive, put us on a T easy in, easy out. Great sandwich bar at the marina. Lots of good fishing info and charters.

Beutiful day to visit Ocracoke, 2016-04-19
Captain: , Barron, Wi (90)

30 mile run from Grinace Harvor, Oriental, to Silver Lke on 4/17.. Great little harbor at Oracoke. Great help tieing up and signing in. Facilities rustic but adequate, give them a 3. Rented bikes and toured island. Lots of restaurants and shops within walking and biking distance. Overall a 4 and worth the visit.

overpriced, 2014-10-02
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (290)

Unless you are located on the end of the dock, the slips are tight. The marina provides water and electricity, but little else. The marina shares a pool with the hotel. However, Ocracoke has world class beaches why go to a pool? The shower facility consists of two showers located about 50 yards across the street behind the hotel. The showers are rustic and w/o AC. Bicycles are available for rent, but rates are better in town. Wifi is available at the hotel, NOT at the marina. The marina is adjacent to a bar with music, so you may want a slip on the far side of the marina. For essentially the same very basic amenities you can stay at the NPS Marina for half the price (for seniors).

Average Marina, 2014-08-31
Captain: , Oriental,NC (588)

Friendly dockmaster and decent slip at the end of the dock, with nice walkable places (bar, store, etc.)

Recent visit June 2014, 2014-06-15
Captain: , Beaufort (40)

Bill and his staff go out of their way to insure a good visit. I would like to see them re-install cable tv which apparenly was taken out during a recent hurricane. Pool and surrounding area is always clean and tidy.

Tight quarters!, 2014-05-30
Captain: , Charleston, SC (91)

Super friendly and helpful dock hands! They need to be to fit boats into the tiny spaces! Our 42' Uniflite was a squeeze. A NE wind made it difficult to back inside the t-fuel dock. Fixed docks which required numerous fenders. Make reservations in season as there are few "available" slips. The shower/head is a walk across the street or share the head with the dockside grille/bar. Be prepared to pay in season rates.
That all said, Ocracoke is a wonderful harbor and town to visit. A quick assessment had us extending our visit to enjoy all the art/craft galleries and great foodie yummies! When they say "fresh fish" they are for real!

Nice Place!, 2014-05-13
Captain: , Annapolis (1465)

Bill (Dock Master) was very helpful and a font of knowledge. Had a T Head which worked out fine. Finger piers very short. Great little village to visit.

Great staff, 2013-10-09
Captain: , New Bern (30)

Stayed at AIM for two nights beginning October 4th. Cannot say enough about the staff and especially Marco. He will help you with anything you need and is great at getting you in and out of your slip. Mcnallly's at the end of the dock is a nice place for a drink at the end of a long sail.

Very helpful dock hands, 2013-08-23
Captain: , Charlotte (50)

Nice docks with water and power. Bathroom/shower facilities are clean but not luxurious and there are only two plus they are across the road beside the hotel. They accommodated our request for the end of a T and were friendly about it as well.

Very short walk to nice restaurants/bars/shops. I recommend Dajio as a very good and friendly restaurant and the nice folks at Okracoke Island Golf Carts.

It is on the expensive side as mentioned by others. The price and the bathroom/shower facilities accounted for the lack of the 5th star.

Enjoyed our stay!, 2013-06-20
Captain: , Between Boats, USA (623)

We stayed at AIM in June of 2013 and really enjoyed our 4-day stay. We can't say enough about the staff. They are world class. I called ahead on cell and, since it was our first visit there, got a very good rundown of what we needed to know to navigate our way into Ocracoke.

We were put out on the very end of the east dock (I'm sure it has a number, but I don't know what it is). We were, however, changed at the last minute to this slip and had to scramble a bit to setup for a stern tie instead of the original port tie we were told. That said, there was good and bad to that. The good was that we REALLY liked the slip location. The view was awesome. The bad was that because we carry our dinghy on our swim platform and we needed to remove it before we could get fully tied up. The finger piers are very short out there and our sundeck trawler doesn't do stern ties very well. However the staff did a GREAT job of assisting us. Kudos!

The facilities are ok. Not great, but good. Three or four piers with all sorts of tie-up options; t-head, side-tie face docks, and slips in a variety of sizes. There is a pretty nice pool shared with the Inn, but the bathrooms are far away and there are only two unisex bathrooms with head and shower to be shared with a few dozen slips. Not ideal, but we made do. 50A power was available everywhere as was hose water hookup.

I suppose the biggest downside is cost. At $2.50/ft, you pay a premium here. It's a small town that relies 100% on summer-only tourism and there is effectively zero competition (nearby town docks or anchoring is about it). So if you want it... they got it... and they know it. As I mentioned in my rating of the Beaufort Town Docks, for that price, I would like to see much nicer shore side facilities, but location is king here.

Nothing compares to a trip to Ocracoke. The town and this marina are worth the trip (even if you come by ferry). We were very happy with what we saw. Get there any way you can, but if you go by boat, the Anchorage Inn Marina is a top shelf option.

Good bailout., 2013-05-19
Captain: , redondo Beach, CA (272)

We stopped for the night when we ran into rough weather. Pleasant enough.

Fascinating & Friendly Side Trip, 2012-12-19
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1011)

Stopped here when running the sounds southbound in early December. We were the only boat at this charming marina with all the amps and water you could wish for.

Dockmaster loaned us the inn's van for a afternoon tour of the historic sights and the most spectacular Atlantic beach imaginable.

When entering from the Sound via Big Foot Slough note that the red marks are on the port hand until you reach the bifurcation into Silver Lake harbor. They are marking the passage from the inlet inward.

Frequent ferry traffic indicates frequent dredging and adequate water in the slough.

Great stop, 2012-09-30
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

The marina isn't fancy but the people are great. It has a pool, clean showers and a bar/restaruant right at the dock. The island is small and you can easily get around by bike or rent an electric car.

Always a great visit, 2012-09-05
Captain: , Oriental (100)

Yes may be more pricey than the USPS docks but the extras are worth the cost. The pool is refreshing. Showers are not climate controlled but we have visited in cold weather and were given a room key for showers.
Bill waited at the marina when we were arriving late at night in a 26 ft under a small craft warning. Marina car is useful for restocking.

Great hurrican hole and interesting side trip, 2012-05-13
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

After leaaving Oriental NC we took a side trip to Ocracoke Island by way of the Pamilco River and Pamlico Sound. It can be a tricky entrance to Silver Lake, but if you stay within the marks and dodge the ferries, it is very doable. However the ferries were very accomodating and their wakes minimal. When you hale them and ask for guidance they are very helpful.
We tied up on the T-head of Anchorage Inn Marina, which is located on Silver Lake, an historic area as a former PT boast base during WWII . Anchorage Inn Marina provdes basic ammenities, including restrooms, showers and restaurants , along with very helpful, friendly and knowlegable staff. They also have a courtesy car. They is a nearby public dock run by the National Park Service, but there is no suffport and it is much closer to the ferry terminal with its noise and backwash.
Ocracoke is very quaint with numerous historical markers and environaltal center and several restaurants, plus a light house that you can walk to and a beach further away. There is a lot of history and stories about Blackbeard.
Upon leaving we continued north up the Pamlicao Sound to Roanoke Island, before rejoining the ICW.
Beware that there is not a boat mechanic on Ocracoke Island at this time.

You have to visit Ocracoke!, 2012-03-19
Captain: , Smith Mountain Lake (496)

I had a hard time deciding if this was a 4-star marina or 5 and decided that the experience was definitely a 5+ but the actual marina was a very nice 4. This marina has everything you need and a great staff. The pool is nice and the bathhouses seem to have unlimited hot water, but the bathhouse is not climate controlled so the evening air was chilly while showering. We rented bikes and toured the island. It was a spectacular visit and a wonderful stop. They charged us $1.75/foot. I don%u2019t know if that was the off season rate or their normal rate but it was definitely worth every penny. We will be back.

Best option in Silver Lake, 2012-01-23
Captain: , Southport, NC (916)

The staff at Anchorage Inn really went out of their way to make sure you could enjoy Ocracoke. They assisted us with bike rentals and made sure to let us know about all of the available amenities. One thing to watch out for is on 2 of the nights we were there some local kids were walking the docks and horsing around in the middle of the night, they ended up throwing a bike into the harbor.

Tight quarter if windy in a Sailboat, 2011-11-01
Captain: , Daytona Beach, FL (533)

The people are great. Great location. Crew very helpful. The only drawback is that it's a very tight marina. If there's no/light wind, no problem, but if you're in a sailboat without a bow thruster AND short handed, be prepared for some anxiety getting into a slip.

Great stop for touring Ocracoke Island., 2011-06-29
Captain: , Newport,RI (178)

Wind blowing hard out of the SW. Lot's of windage area on Ocean Rose. Fixed docks. But, dock crew did a great job of taking lines from my 3 granddaughers on the trip with me.

Between this help and a powerful bow thruster, "all was well".

Courtesy car to go around the island or the Beach. So close to everything that Ocracoke has to offer. Bar at the head of the marina with live music nightly at happy hour till 9:00 PM. Great Hamburgers and grilled fish sandwich.

Too many places to see in 2 days, will have to come back on the way down late fall 2011.

Bob Wilkins
Ocean Rose
KKY 44

We love the anchorage, 2011-05-31
Captain: , Salter Path, NC (20)

The staff is very nice and extremely helpful, the dock and facilities are great, we have kids and the pool at the foot of the dock is the clincher. It is right there in the village which if you've never been to Ocracoke, well you're missing good life.

The Anchorage Inn and Marina, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Oriental, NC (130)

We've been to this marina a couple times. They have friendly staff and nice docks. There is plenty of water to get in and out of the marina. Ocracoke is a beautiful island. The marina has a swimming pool. The showers are across the street, they are simple but sufficient. We will come here again. There are several bars and restaurants near the marina.

Convienent, 2010-11-14
Captain: , Vandemere NC (418)

Dock hands great, very helpful with steep wind coming in from the west. Great location, convienent to everything but it is a bit pricy, especially in peak season. Off-season not bad ! Couldn't hook up 30A power without an adaqpter. Generally prefer to anchor, or use the park service docks.

Good Place to stay, 2010-11-12
Captain: , Cape May (75)

good docks, right in the middle of town. Lots of restaurants in the area. Off the beaten track, so in November, the town was dead. Would be a reat escape in warm weather. Watch out for the ferries

Great location, 2010-02-16
Captain: , Colington Harbour OuterBanks NC (155)

A little on the high side but they have a pool. The Public dock has no power. Very good dock hands

Too costly, 2009-08-21
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (701)

Marina is close to everything. Helpful dock assistants. Way too expensive what is provided. At this price, $2.50 per foot I expect clean air conditioned restrooms/showers. Go to Park Service docks.

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