Details for Vergennes City Dock

Vergennes City Dock

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 26 reviews

Address Macdonough Street
Vergennes, VT 05491


After hours contact

Mel Hawley, City Manager, 802-877-2841.

Facility type

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

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Difficult to find entry. Entry to Otter Creek is marked by two small center channel markers. Avoid the shoals on either side.





Tide & current additional info

Strong downstream current at the docks due to nearby falls.


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Caution: rock at 4 feet depth in the middle of the docks on the south side.

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

Additional info: Along both sides of Otter Creek. City installs docks first week of June but exact day of installation varies. If you are arriving in early June and want a dock, check with the city to be sure they are in before coming all the way up here. If no docks yet, then you can anchor in the basin.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 31
Beam max: 10

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

Additional info: Two 20 amp receptacles are near the docks on the south side of the river. One 50 amp and four 20 amp plugs are on the north side of the river. Because of the distance from the docks you may need to double up on cord length.

Pricing info: Free. Donated by Green Mt. Power (hydro facility at the falls).

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water pressure is reported to be high and it is recommended that you use a water presssure regulator.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: There are gas station in town, a 10 minute walk.

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Available up the hill at Smart Market.








Yes - Not at dock but one in town. It is approximately a 20 minute walk from the dock. Take Main north to Green turn right and walk to New Haven Rd and it is just after the furniture store.


Yes - Small store about a mile up the hill to town - turn left as you leave the dock on the town side.



Yes - Several good restaurants in town.

Try the Black Sheep, pricy but good. Make sure you call for a reservation it is a small place



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Good Verizon signal.

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is nearby, although easier to reach directly from Lake Champlain.

Reviews for Vergennes City Dock
Nice town with loads of wildlife along the way, 2017-08-17
Captain: , Montreal, Quebec (90)

There is power, water and trash containers. We got there around lunch time and the docks were empty - room for 8 40-ft boats. That was a very good thing as we got to pick a spot on the dock with 7 feet of water. The further in you go on the North dock, the less water there seems to be. Up the hill is a convenience store and gas station. For a more substantial grocery store it is a short walk to Shaw's supermarket, located 1.2 mile away. You get to cross the village and all the historical buildings which makes it a very nice provisioning trip. Another nice touch: there is a sidewalk all the way to the shopping center. There is also a bakery on Main Street that everyone talks about, but we found them to be closed on a Tuesday as were other boutiques and art galleries.

Well worth the run up river, 2017-06-21
Captain: , Annapolis (3379)

We were here for two days. What a lovely spot! the town is very pretty. It is easier to gett to town if you walk alng the river towards the falls and then climb the stairs. SEveral great restaurants. Nice shops. Short Taxi ride to Shaw's Market.

Coeur de Lion from Rosemère, 2016-07-20
Captain: , Montreal (21)

WOW WOW and WOW, it is a gorgeous place, quiet no wind no current, don't miss to come here, don't be afread about the depth we have never seen less than 7 fts. (At the end) The Lake Champlain is 2 fts over the zero level.

Great spot, 2015-08-08
Captain: , Hallowell, Maine (240)

Stayed twice so far this summer and loved it. Highly, highly recommend The Laundry for breakfast or lunch or coffee or wine, fabulous food and bread and wonderful presentation. And free wifi. Nice town and they welcome boaters. Can be crowded with boats though, and not that many electrical hookups so you take your chances on getting dock space and power.

Easy does it, 2015-08-03
Captain: , Mallets Bay (80)

July 30: Slow easy cruise down Otter Creek (insect repellent not a bad idea if you're arriving at dusk). Great shelter for threatened storms. Short walk into town for a delicious light (vegetarian) supper at 3 Squares (, which is a great alternative to the excellent (also pricey) Black Sheep Bistro down the street. Arrived too late to snag any shore power but a full moon, several heron, a light show on the falls (and a generator on board) made us glad for the trip.

Great docking at the foot of a fall, 2015-08-01
Captain: , North Hero (303)

Nice spot, nice going through Otter creek to get to Vergennes, Nice docks. The good restaurant is Black sheep but you need reservations to be sure to eat, A laundromat is avaolable at a 25 minutes walk from the docks

Beautiful Place, 2015-07-08
Captain: , Englewood, FL (905)

Tranquil ride up the creek, to a beautiful spot below waterfalls. Free docks, free power..can't ask for more. Hiking trail on south side of creek. Several restaurants to choose from in town, free wifi at the library. Ice cream at far end of town. We spent 2 days here & were glad we came.

Friendly Little Town, 2014-09-12
Captain: , Willsboro Bay Marina (2412)

We like to visit during the Vergennes Day City Park usually held on the 4th Saturday of August
Then enjoy the romantic and cozy Black Sheep Bistro (suggest you make reservation 802-877-9991) . The Bixby Memorial Free Library located at 258 Main St has free Wifi

For a basic City Dock, its great, 2014-06-16
Captain: , Westbrook CT (277)

Docks were put in yesterday. 5 minute walk to town.

More on prior comments on Black Sheep Bistro... 12 years in business, indoor and outdoor seating, fab food and a reasonably priced wine list. On-site manager offered to give boaters a ride up the hill if they call and the staff is not too busy.

Seemed to be popular with locals.

What an adventure!, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

There are 24 boats docked here - yes, everybody has at least one rafted boat and there is a 5 boat raft-up. The docks have been enlarged. Under normal conditions, about 11 boats can side tie here (both sides of creek). Last night at least six boats were anchored below the falls. As this is Canadian vacation time, rafting was an international event - lots of sign language. With Lake C at a high water level, there is more water in the creek - about 5 ft more than charted depth. Still one 50 amp and two (Edison plug) outlets (four plugs). We deployed 75 ft of cord next to the 50 amp.

Plesant cruise up Otter Creek, 2013-07-16
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7374)

Pleaant 7 mile cruise up Otter Creek, great view as you round the last corner and see the falls. Docks on both sides of river were a little bouncy, strong current coming off the falls. Power iffy as usually only the first two boats on the north dock can reach the recepticles. Nice town, several restaurants, liquor store, smalll market, large grocery a little futher into town (bike ride distance) Town band plays in the park on Monday nights. You will need to clean your boat at the water line stripe due to the foam produced by the falls.

worth ther slog up the creek, 2013-07-15
Captain: , Knapps Narrows Md (450)

With the high water we had a 1.5+ knot current to fight going up Otter creek. We had no problems finding the entrance and if you follow the contours you should be fine. The view when you turn the corner and see the falls is great. The town has a lot to offer. A market, good restaurants, liquor store, etc. We had lunch at the 3 squares and dinner at Black Sheep Bistro, both were very good. The stores were closed on Sunday but there is shopping for those so inclined. The number of boats this year is down, we only had 3 boats so there was plenty of room. They light the falls at night which is impressive. I have to agree with another reviewer that with all the heavy runoff, I would definitely not swim there.

The Lights are Back ON !!! (on weekends), 2013-07-11
Captain: , Lake Champlain (226)

Loved it! As others have said, it is a lovely place! The power situation: you will need a regular household, 2 prong plug to plug into the available electric. Then an adapter to get to your boat's wiring. The walk up the hill is not so bad! Do it, and you will find the best pizza in America at Luigi's! Do the trip, it's the best. Only thing less than desireable is the water,,,,,bleh! You won't swim here.......

Channel deeper than charted, 2013-07-05
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3103)

Great trip up under sunny skies. With the lake at 99.5' there is 15' or more all the way up. Current runs 1.5 knots with all the rain recently.

Long ride down Otter Creek but worth it, 2012-08-06
Captain: , Grand Island, NY (651)

Very scenic stop with free docks. The hill into town is a killer by bike, but a lot of fun riding back down. Excellent restaurants in town. Docks tend to be full of locals on the weekends, we got here on a Sunday afternoon and they were all leaving.

Entrance to Otter Creek, 2012-07-21
Captain: , Fort Collins, CO (492)

Channel is closer to the point than on the Bay side. The slow 5 marker at the entrance is south of the channel and should be left well to startboard as you enter. We loved this town, and the dock was never full. - June 25 and Sunday July 14th - 16th . Another dock across the river can accomodate several boats as well.

FREE FREE FREE, 2012-06-07
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4187)

We arrived at 2:00pm on Jun 6. Didnt know it, but the city had JUST put the docks in 1 hr before we arrived !!! So if you're up here in early June, check to be sure the floating docks are installed before you come all the way up here. They usually install them sometime during the first week of June.

Another free dock. Elect is accross a road, bring a long extention cord. One 50amp and several 20amp receptacles. Right on the road and walk up into town. Several restaurants, state liquor store, banks, post office, etc. Convenience store as soon as you get to Main St in town.
Nice scenic setting looking at the waterfalls. Takes about an hour or more to get up the Otter Creek because of the no wake slow speed restriction.

Hour trip "Up the creek", 2012-04-03
Captain: , Half Moon, N.Y. (120)

We have heard several times that boaters don't go up the creek because there isn't a guarantee that there is dock space available. The secret is your arrival time. Pull in after 11am and before 3PM. You will pass the boaters on the creek that spent the previous night and know that there will be room at the dock. Although they pulled the plug on the lights on the falls, the sound will put you to sleep at night. Town is a hike up the hill but the stores will deliver. Summer months there is a bus service that stops by the docks. Bring a 15amp adapter.
P.S. If the docks are full, see Roger in the last house, port side before the town docks, he may have room at his dock for you. Don't forget the bottle of wine.

Scenic tour, 2011-08-28
Captain: , Montreal (20)

This is definitely worth stopping. Was there Sunday 28 Aug 11. The wine stores delivers to your boat! The falls are great to see, however they are not light at night anymore, at least not when we where there.

All that you need, 2011-07-29
Captain: , Stuart FL (835)

July 2011

There is room for 7+ 40+ boats. If you get the 1st dock on the port side as you go up river there is a 50 amp plug. Other reviews said no cleats but as of this writing the floating dock had plenty of cleats and we found little current even on the port side of the river. There is power on both sides of the river but only the 1 50 amp the rest are 20 amp connectors.
Great place to walk dogs. Town less than half mile but up steep hill. There is a Rx, small grocery store but the IceCream store was closed!!

The falls are quite pretty.

We decided to stay a 2nd nite go to the Maritime museum. It is about 7-8 miles however the taxi fare was going to be $45 one way and $60 2-way. I stayed home but my wife did ride the bike there. The bike ride was quite pretty with modest hills.

Althoug we ate in, several locals were quite proud of the resturants in town. There is a very nice bakery and Chocolate shop in town.

Quite a pretty little town. Certainly worth the stop.

Stephen Starling

A very nice trip upriver, 2011-01-28
Captain: , Montreal (383)

This is a very nice little getaway and very different from everything else on the Lake. The trip upriver in itself is a lot of fun. Go slow and enjoy the scenery. Nice little village. The waterfall is spectacular.

A Place to Go, 2010-04-19
Captain: , Lake Livingston, TX (258)

A nice place to go lay back for a couple of days. Beautiful liberary w/wifi at top of hill - just across from the grocery store. Peaceful ! Bring a LONG power cord.

Nice!, 2009-09-24
Captain: , New Bern, NC (73)

Trip up Otter Creek is very nice. Docks DO have cleats (fall 2009). Adapter needed for 20A receptacles (same as home type 15A). Two 50 ft shorepower cords needed to reach receptacles if not docked in the right spot. 48 hr continuous docking limit, 96 hr seasonal limit.

Well worth the 7 mile run in, 2009-07-11
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Free dock free electric, free water, walkable to town, limited shopping, lots of restaurants
The waterfal at nite is lite, and continually changes colors!
If there were a close grocery , I would have given this dock 5 stars. There is a small convienence store.

Vergennes City Dock, 2009-07-08
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

There are floating docks on both sides of the creek as you enter town. They appear after a very slow (5mph) ride up the 7 mile Otter Creek (there had been a lot of rain while we were there and the creek had a considerable amount of debris floating down). Both docks are free with free electric (15 amp only) and water. The one on the right (as you approach) is a city park and the one on the left is the primary docking area. You are right below the 3 waterfalls and the current here is very strong. Shopping, dining, and groceries are few blocks away up a fairly steep hill. Excellent restaurants. It appeared that may who use the docks are there just for the day, as we had them all to ourselves at night.

Vergennes City Dock, 2007-06-10
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

It is a 7 mile trip up Otter Creek but worth it. tie to the city dock for free for 2 days. Elec and water provided. Town is a few blocks up the hill. Restaurants, shopping, Loundry etc ICECREAM shop.
Note there are no cleats on the dock !!!!!!! There is also a city dock on the opposite bank of the river, again no cleats.
Remember it is FREE.
You can take your pets ashore. There are parks adjacent to the docks

CAVEAT: the curise guides say room for 12 or more boats. Depends on whois measuring. Room for 4 cruising boats , max. Someone said that floating docks are put in but not as of mid June 07.
One cruiser mentioned anchoring just up from the docks near the falls.

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