Details for Town of York - Moorings via Harbormaster

Town of York - Moorings via Harbormaster

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 16 reviews

Address York, ME

Phone207-363-0433 (Harbormaster)

After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager


John Bridges


Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Currents run swift, but the charts are accurate. Do NOT turn sharply at the red #8, continue toward the West side and approach the narrow passage Southwest of Stage Neck straight-on. Hail the Harbormaster on Channel 9 for help if you haven't been here before.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
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Other price info: Inexpensive moorings with 2 day time limit, $30 per day.

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

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available at the town dock.

Dinghy access

Yes - There are two municipal piers with floating docks for dinghies.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Dinghy docks are on a quiet road, good for dog walking. Cross the Rt 103 bridge for a longer walk along the harbor on the right, or the 'wiggley bridge' on the left, which leads to a wooded park which is a popular dog-walking spot.

Disability access

Launch service

No - There is no launch service. Call the harbormaster in an emergency.

Pump out

Yes - No shoreside facilities, but you can call for a pumpout boat. Check with the harbormast for details.


Yes - Available at York Harbor Marina.


Yes - Municipal barrels on the dock suitable for small amounts of trash only.



Yes - Portable toilets are usually set up on the municipal docks.



No - No grocery stores within walking distance. There is a large supermarket on Route 1.


No - Not withing walking distance. Two hardwares stores on Route 1.


Yes - Dockside Restaurant is closest, right at York Harbor Marina. Stage Neck Inn and York Harbor Inn are a little farther but worth the walk. York Harbor Inn has a formal dining room updstairs and a limited-menu downstairs pub.

Captain TomR states: 'You can't go wrong at any of these three, but if I had to choose I'd go to Stage Neck first.'


Yes - See Restaurants. All three have bars. For a pub atmosphere, go to York Harbor Inn. For a more formal bar, Stage Neck.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon coverage is reportedly very poor in York Beach and York Harbor. ATT is getting much better (2010) and now usable throughout most of the area. Like so many beach communities, the NIMBYs don't allow cell towers in their neighborhoods here. Offshore you can easily pick up the many towers along Route 95. You are unlikely to find an open WiFi signal.

Boat ramp availability


No - No public transportation, and cab service is spotty, if available at all.

Other services


Reviews for Town of York - Moorings via Harbormaster
a favorite spot, 2017-08-23
Captain: , Massabesic (20)

This is one of our favorite Harbors. We have stayed there three times with our 42-foot sailboat. We usually are told to grab mooring number one. we stopped overnight for two nights on our way to Falmouth. The restaurant at the marina was excellent, even though it had to close early because of the neighbors. On our way back to Newburyport we stopped overnight for another two nights. Unfortunately we caught a lobster pot right at the mouth of the river that probably should not have been there. Dave's Mooring service was out in about the next morning and did a 90 second dive for us and removed about 100 ft of line. His price was very good as well. This will definitely be a go to Harbor for us whenever we want to get away for an overnight and have a nice dinner. they also have the best and most helpful harbormaster's that we have run across

Big Current, 2017-08-23
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (80)

A little tricky getting in and out as it is shallow and 5+ knots of current. The Harbor Master cound not be nicer and the moorings are solid. Commercial lobstermen go out early so you cannot sleep in but dead still after 7PM. Try the Harborside and York Inn fo great F&B and there are hiking trails for you and the dog.

Great for dogs and bikes!, 2017-06-30
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (1381)

First, for cruising dogs; dock the dinghy at town dock #1, cross the bridge and walk towards the water via the Fisherman's Walk. At the end, about half a mile, is the York Town Beach. Great meeting spot for local dogs. Until 8:00 am, they can run off leash and play on the beach.

If you have a bike, Hannaford's market is 2 miles away. For a bit of exercise, ride to the Summit of Mount Agamenticus. Amazing views of the ocean and the white mountains in New Hampshire. Also, Lobster in the Rough about 4 miles away on Rt. 1 is worth the visit.

Peaceful & Protected, 2016-08-16
Captain: , Essex, MA (80)

Have been into this quiet little harbor over the past 2 seasons and secured a town mooring. Assistant Harbor Masters have been friendly adn wonderful at concierge. A great $30 value! Watre available on the town dock for refilling the water tank and a peaceful mooring right off Bragdon Island. Dockside Restaurant a short dinghy ride as well to the ycht club and a short walk up to the York Inn's downstairs Pub. Both just righ for casual cruisers. A nice afternoon dinghy ride brought us up river just past the Rte. 1 bridge to the York River Landing for a terriffic crab roll up. Pulled the RIB up onto the marsh grass and walked up to the restaurant. Dine in or dine outside. Whether pasing through on your way downeast or a looking for a quick getaway escape. York Harbor is worth the stop.

Well protected but the current is lethal, 2015-09-08
Captain: , Haarlem Netherlands AMEL 54 (402)

As we are 54 ft long, we, initially, decided to anchor outside but the swell and wind made this a bit ackward. Getting dark we decided to move into the harbor. Tide was ripping. Called the harbor master but he had already left (after 7pm so we didn't blame him). Took a mooring which kind of looked OK. The tide was going like crazy through the port. With our 54 ft we were, maybe, a bit too long for this small port. Were woken up early in the mooring as we got very close to other boats. Due to the eddies in the harbor not all boats were moving in the same direction. Around 7AM the harbor master came out to help. Very friendly guy and very helpful (even when we basically gate crashed his marina and, clearly, took the wrong buoy. We are just to long for this small marina. Had a good night sleep though ...

Currents but protected, 2015-07-24
Captain: , Beaumont, TX (669)

Tight entry so watch your depth and stick to the buoys. Good hearty mooring for our 50 ft boat. Pretty nature walk and well protected harbor. $30.

Overnight at York Harbor, 2015-07-04
Captain: , Rye, NH (40)

This is a good little stop when your plans are to travel further down east. The moorings and harbor are well mananged by the Harbormaster (207) 363-0433 and there are a couple of good restaurants nearby. The Dockside (207) 363-2722 right in the Harbor and the York Harbor Inn (207) 363-5119 is just a short walk. The Harbor is quiet at night but has a bit of current with the tide. One more thing, stay in the channel coming and going, of course you would anyway.

Best little town since we started cruising, 2014-08-23
Captain: , Oxford, MD (235)

Took a town mooring for $30 and then dingied to the Yacht Cub dock and walked into town. The downstairs bar at the York Inn was just the best ever. A great guitar player strumming some jazz and great drinks at the bar. I love this place.

Finally allowing us back, 2014-08-20
Captain: , Stratham (735)

After several years of not allowing a 50' foot on a mooring, they have changed the policy. Also a nice new feature is Off the Boat lobsters at the Seabury bridge about a half mile up from the harbor. They will cook them for you too. Supply your own butter, etc!207 337 8885. No affiliation.

6/4/14 Peaceful and quiet, 2014-06-05
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (701)

Came in 6/4/14 after a run from Newburyport, MA. York Harbor is compact, calm and very peacefull. It is also very pretty. We were very concerned with the current, as we entered about 1.5 hours after max flood current. It was not a problem at all. At marker G9 the turn a t Stage Neck, the current was swift, but in no way a problem.

The mooring field, right off the Dockmaster's office, in front of the Dockside Restaurant, and the marina, was also calm, with little or no current anytime during gthe tide cycle. We will plan to return on our trip home.

Norman Mason
Peggy Sue, Nonk 36
Norfolk, VA

Wonderful place to wait on weather, 2013-07-17
Captain: , Hingham, MA (1079)

Stayed here longer then planned due to lack of wind and plenty of fog. The current in the river is very strong and the channel is tricky. Moorings were easily identified - look for the yellow lobster bouy attached with clearly marked #s. Avoid mooring #5 - very close to shallow area. As of July 2013 the moorings were $30/night. Not too much to do here - walk to town is a bit of a hike but the area is very pretty.
Highly recommend buying fresh lobsters from one of the many lobster boats that are moored here (just wait to catch them off-loading in the afternoon). I also would make a stop over to the Cellar Pub at York Harbor Inn - it's designed like an old schooner inside - they also have happy hour from 4-6 each weekday with dicounted drinks and really good free food.
The Yacht club allows you to tie up on their dinghy dock.

Great Little Town, 2012-08-07
Captain: , PENSACOLA BEACH (172)

Harbormaster overboard friendly and accommodating. $30 a night. Laundry is over 1 mile away / round trip. Rent bikes at Bergers Bikes in town ... A little expensive, but VERY good bikes. Eat at Cellar Pub / York Harbor Inn. 5 stars in our opinion.

Unless you are VERY confident enter and leave this harbor at slack / or nearly slack tide. The current is FIERCE. It is a small fairly narrow harbor. Worth waiting and/or timing the tides.

At peak tide, the mooring balls are nearly under water in the current.

Excellent harbor, 2012-07-29
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

Entry to the York River from offshore is straightforward. The River carries significant current. The harbor has two basins. Try to get a mooring in the "South Basin," as the north is where the commercial lobster dock is, and the commercial traffic is unforgiving to pleasure craft. We were advised to dinghy to the town dock in the south basin, as they would get "cut up" in the north basin by the lobster boats. The town moorings are mostly out of the swift river currents. Space in the harbor is tight, but adequate. In July,2012, transient moorings were $30/night. The harbormaster does an excellent job and is most accommodating. The harbor seems well protected from offshore weather

York River Mooring, 2011-03-10
Captain: , Lynn, MA (232)

Nice place to spend some time. Pretty spot. Lots of current here so be prepared when mooring and when getting in and out of the dinghy

York Harbor Moorings, 2010-10-13
Captain: , Flag Harbor, MD (157)

Spent 9 days on a mooring during Hurricane Igor, Sept, 2010. Storm never arrived but the experience was very nice thanks to Joe Hogan, Assistant Harbormaster. In addition, the facilities of Dockside (marina, restuarant and Guest Quarters B&B) were excellent. When there, don't miss the opportunity to dinghy up the river to the landing at Sewall Bridge and buy some lobsters from Leslie.

There is quite a bit of current running through the mooring field. Make sure your dinghy is tied tightly!

Wells Harbor moorings, 2008-09-29
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

Excellent protection in a beautiful fishing village with some upscale homes and condos.

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