Details for Washington Waterfront Docks

Washington Waterfront Docks

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 32 reviews

Address 301 Stewart Parkway
Washington, NC 27889

PhoneOffice: 252-940-1231 Cellphone 252-944-6661

After hours contact

Dockmaster: Rick Brass 252-946-2244

Facility type

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


Nearest fuel dock is at Washington Yacht and Country Club, in Broad Creek north of Pamlico River G9, about 6 nm miles east. Gas and diesel are also available by gerry jug at a service station approximately 4 blocks from Dock Station. Local fuel provider will truck to docks with prior arrangement.

VHF channel

16 Dockmaster uses a handheld VHF so range is somewhat limited. Call on Channel 16 as you reach vacinity of G17 or G19 in Pamlico River. You will be asked to switch to VHF 17 as a working channel.


Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Washington



Rick Brass

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but not AMEX.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Attendant on duty 8 am to sunset every day except Christmas.


Facilities are along approximately 1/4 mile of city waterfront. K Dock is the first dock (most easterly) that you see on your starboard side on approach from the train bridge (after the private docks at Moss Landing condominiums). Dockmaster's office is in the Lighhouse structure near A dock, the most westerly.

The approach channel from R16 in the Pamloco River to the railroad trestle is approximately 10 to 14 feet. Additionally, the water on either side of the channel from G19 to the train trestle is quite shallow, especially in the area of the no longer existing Grandpap Island (now marked by a number of dead cypress trees). Depths west of the trestle will be 16 to 20 feet.





Tide & current additional info

In strong NW wind there is the potential for wind-impacted depth reduction up to three feet. Normal current is less than 1/2 knot, but strong NW or SE winds may cause currents over 1 knot associated with water depth changes.

Additionally, water on either side of the channel from G19 to the train trestle is quite shallow, especially in the area of the no longer existing Grandpap Island, marked by a number of dead cypress trees.


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: The free docks are G-K and have 8 to 12 feet alongside in normal water, but wind driven tides may reduce by up to 2 to 3 feet. Docks G and H have shallow water warning signs and can experince water of 5 feet or less in low water situations.

Water depths at the transient T-docks (A through F) will run 12 feet on inside slips and 19-24 feet on the end of the T.

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

Additional info: T docks A-F are for transient dockage and are at the west end of the facility. Bulkhead docks G-K are free docks and are to the east end of the marina.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 80
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Interior slips on the T docks are 35 feet long and 16 feet wide. Longer vessels and catamarans can be accommodated along the ends of the T docks and along the bulkhead docks.


Transient: 14
Total: 36
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2016-05-27)

Other price info: Dockage is available at no charge for up to 48 hours along five 80-foot parallel docks, on a first-come-first-served basis. Water and electricity are not available at these locations, but boater heads and showers are provided. Stays longer than 48 hours on the docks are $0.75 per foot per day.

Monthly: $7.00 per foot, with discounts for quarterly, semi-annual, or annual leases. Short-term docking also is available for $10.00 for up to six hours, including electric, water, and access to showers and laundry facility.

The free docks are located to the east end of the waterfront (docks G through K). They are fixed face docks with little or no lunar tide, but are subject to wind driven depth changes. The dockmaster will advise you on a suitable slip, depending on anticipated weather conditions.

If you chose to anchor on the south side of the channel, there is a floating dinghy dock just to the west of the T-docks (Dock A). Provide your contact information to the dockmaster if anchoring and he will give you the code to access the boater's heads and showers.


Transient: 10
Total: 10
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Mooring field has 10 balls. Moorings are designed for 50 foot boats in 100 knots of winds. Moorings are located to the southwest of Castle Island, and are reached by a privately marked channel with 5 to 6 feet of depth.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp power is $3 per day. 50 amp power is $5 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - City water available.

Dinghy access

Yes - Floating dinghy dock at the west end of the waterfront adjacent to A dock, and near the boater's heads and showers. See the dockmaster for access to heads and showers if anchoring out.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Fuel is available at the Washington Yacht and Country Club near marker R10 in the Pamlico River.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Fuel available at the Washington Yacht and Country Club near marker R10 in the Pamlico River.


Yes - Propane is available about 3 blocks from the docks.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Though the park service has a rule about leashes, according to the dock hands you can throw the ball for your dog in the large fields adjacent to J Dock (free dock).

An off-leash dog park is available at 4th and Charlotte Streets, about 6 blocks from the docks.

Pets are banned from the waterfront during special events, such as Summer Festival (first full weekend in June) and Fourth of July activities.

Disability access

Yes - There are handicap accessible heads and showers.

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump out is available for $5 except during freezing weather (typically in January). Price as of September, 2016.




Yes - Recycle bins also all along the waterfront.


Yes - Access to showers is include in the transient fees and for registered boaters on the free docks or at anchor.


Yes - Limited access heads and showers for boaters. See the dock attendant for the pass code. Boaters' heads and public restrooms are on the ground floor of the Lighthouse facility at the west end of the docks.


Yes - The laundry facility in the Lighthouse facility is limited to boaters. Fee for laundry access is $5 per day of usage. See the dock attendant for the pass code.


Yes - WalMart, Food Lion, and Piggly Wiggly supermatkets are 1.5 - 2 miles from the waterfront. Limited provisioning (milk, eggs, bread, etc) is available within 4 blocks of the docks.


Yes - West Marine is 3 blocks from the docks. Other hardware and engine parts suppliers are within 1 mile.





Hotels or motels

Yes - Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, and Holiday Inn Express.

Repair capabilities

Yes - A number of mechanical and electronic repair providers in the area will perform work at the docks. See the dockmaster for contact information.

Haul out capabilities

No - Haulout to 80' feet and 50 tons is available at Washington Yacht Service which is approximately 1/2 nm away or Captain Sam's Boatyard or McCotter's Marina about 6 nm away.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Warren's Sporting Goods, Main Street
West Marine.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - A river ecological tour of about 1.5 hours at the Estuarium. Sightseeing tours on small power boats by two local providers. Sailing excursions on a 72 foot gaff rigged schooner called the Jeanie B. Other providers are availble. See the dock attendant for more information.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi is available at the transient docks.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Several taxi providers are available and Enterprise car rentais are 4 blocks away. See the dockmaster for contact information.

Other services


Historical town with many older homes from the early 1800's. NC Estuarium is on waterfront. A number open air concerts and special events on the waterfront from April through October. Visitor's bureau contact number is 252-946-9168.

Reviews for Washington Waterfront Docks
Vaughan Taylor, 2016-10-02
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (401)

Free docks,without power or water; very reasonably priced docks with power and water. The town is fantastic, with many new restaurants, interesting shops, and a wonderful artists' co-op. All the dock masters are great and will even deliver ice by golf cart. The NC Estuariam is well worth the modest $4 fee for admission. This delightful town is definitely worth the detour off the ICW, especially if coupled with a stop in the quiet harbor of Bath, which also has a free town dock.

I am adding this update paragraph to emphasize that all the dock masters here are absolutely fantastic. They will gladly do anything to make your stay perfect in all respects. Their bathrooms and showers are great and the docks are really good. The dock masters keep the docks clean and tend to unattended boats to keep everything secure.
This is a great place to visit or to keep a boat permanently!

Little Washington is a nice stop, 2016-09-28
Captain: , Campbell Creek, NC (74)

Enjoyed two nights at the municipal docks. $1.25' plus power. Free wall available for two nights, $.75 after two nights but no water or power. Easy walking to three or four nice restaurants, plus pizza shop, ice cream shop plus two coffee shoppes (one with nice bakery).
Great place for walking dogs. Lots of green grass and sidewalks along the water front. So well lighted at night, no need for flashlight! Laundry is $5. Dock master is top level of the little white light house at A Dock or on a golf cart riding around.

Little Washington, Little Gem, 2016-09-12
Captain: , Sanford, Fl. (887)

This is really a great stop and well worth the time to travel 30 miles from the ICW. We came planning on staying 2 days and ended up staying 3 weeks. The docks and waterfront are beautiful and kept in like new condition. The new Dock house is now open! Really nice showers, free laundry and boaters lounge. The NC Estuarium is well worth the $5 price of admission. Lots of choices for restaurants. A really great place to walk with lots of historic houses and store fronts to see. I don't think we have ever met more friendly people any where we have been. Free music at least twice a week, good farmers market, interesting stores and galleries. West Marine about 1/2 mi away. Pamlico Sail and Power Squadron is very active in the area. Just contact them and I'm sure they will be glad to help in any way they can. Just an overall relaxing experience! We stopped here again in Agust 2016 due to medical issues. It has some very nice medical facilities and a fairly large contingent of doctors. It is probably the closest place you can get to by boat with this level of medical facility.

Great port in a storm, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Port Everglades (505)

Arrived here two days before tropical storm Hermine passed directly overhead. Excellent docks with sturdy pilings provided secure docking during the storm. Water levels rose 1 foot over the docks at the height of the storm and quickly retreated to 4 feet below as the storm passed. There was a very strong current for a couple of hours as the water receeded. Electric and water services were not disturbed during the storm.
Staff are very professional. Great showers and laundrey Great selection of bars, restaurants and shopping.

One of the Best Small Towns , 2016-07-31
Captain: , Chapin sc (210)

This is a must see town on the Pamlico River. This is our second visit. Because of the heat we opted to pay for dock space in the Marina. A great deal. The free docks are also very good. The dock master staff were wonderful and very professional and personable. Showers were clean and laundry room was too. Don't miss the wonderful Farmers Market right near the docks on Saturday morning. And if you are there on a Thursday or Saturday don't miss the Beaufort County Traditional Music Associations jams. Thursday from 6:30- 8:30 pm and Saturday 10 am - 1 pm at the Turnage Theater on Main St. It's free and open to the public. Come anytime and stay as long as you want. It's fantastic! And don't miss famous Bill's Hot Dogs also a couple blocks from the dock master office. Opens at 8:30 and you can get dogs with mustard, chili, or onions. They serve around 1500 dogs a day. The Visitors Center has tons of info on things to do. A Walmart is approx 1.8 miles from the Marina. Enjoy!

Earl Hampton, 2016-07-14
Captain: , Jacksonville, NC (133)

Friendly service. Quiet town with most things you may need in walking distance. I've used the 48hrs free docking several times. There is a nice walk along the water front with plenty of grass for the dog to get reliefe and a few pets.

Washington NC is worth the trip up Pamlico, 2015-11-20
Captain: , Chesapeake City, MD (316)

We found the town, the docks, the people, the food to be great. Tom and Pete, the two dock attendants we met were fantastic. The dockmaster's team welcomed us warmly to their town and BRAND NEW office that has new clean large capacity laundry room and 1st class boater's private showers located on the first level. We enjoyed the food and beers at Down on Main Street. The Wine(MicroBrews) and Bookstore was good for restocking with a nice selection. Breakfast at the No Wake Zone should not be missed.

Nice active small town with a variety of choices, 2015-11-16
Captain: , Moyock, NC (984)

We chose the free town docks, with public clean toilets but no electricity or water. We'll move down to the pump out and fill our tanks with town water before we leave in a day or so. In the meantime generator power is find with us twice at day and night. Other boaters are anchoring, mooring, or at the regular town docks with power, water, and closer to the private toilets for .75 / ft. per night.

The town of Washington, NC has a really nice water front stretching for seven blocks with public and park areas. There are several nice restaurants with reasonable prices and good food. There's a Dollar Store 5 blocks up Market Street and a variety of other stores and beauty shops. Rachel K's Bakery is two blocks up on Market Street has great coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Across is the No Wake Zone Grille breakfast and lunch restaurant, which opens at 7 am.

The town dock master Rick Bass is really nice and so are all the local folks who welcomed us into their community.

Correct telno for Washington Waterfront, 2015-10-13
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

The telephone number found in Active Captain and several cruising guides for Washington Waterfront is incorrect - the number shown is the personal phone number for the Dockmaster, not the business number. The correct telno is: 252=944-6661. The number for the "office" gets a very poorly constructed voice messaging system with the names of individuals rather than the offices they work for - no one thought that through very well!

Little Washington is a great stop. All the other reviews have it right - it's not to be missed. We needed water because the water supply at the marina where we purchased fuel the day before was being "treated" after flooding, and the dockmaster had us tie up at the "shopping" dock to fill with water, then directed us to a great fixed dock parallel to the bulkhead a short distance from On The Waterfront Restaurant (K dock). The docks are well marked and set up nicely - we shared the one dock with several different smaller boats during the course of our two day stay. Got to witness the HS homecoming parade - reminded us of growing up in Iowa and Oklahoma! The "great" breakfast cafe (No Wake Zone) is OK; nothing to write home about but is a good, decent breakfast. On The Waterfront restaurant is extremely good, especially considering the size of the town - the shrimp and cheese grits I had one of the two evenings we ate there were some of the best I've ever eaten, my recipe being the top of the list!

No pump outs due to cold weather, 2014-11-23
Captain: , Chapin, South Carolina (410)

If you are coming in to the Washington City Docks they pull their hoses for the pump out when the weather gets cold! Be sure to plan ahead as there are no pump outs in the nearby area. Closest one is Cypress Landing! Folks at City Dock though we're great and called ahead to find a pump out for us!!!!

Washington is a wonderful little town. Well worth the ride up the Pamploco and Tar Rivers. If you are here on a Thursday night or Saturday don't miss the Beaufort County Traditional Music Associations Bluegrass Jam at the Inner Banks Artisan Center on Main - a couple of blocks from the City Docks. Also check out Bills for their famous hot dogs and Words and Wine, a wonderful little book and wine store with great wine tastings. The owners are very knowledgable.
The City Docks were great. G - L are free with no water or electric. The showers are beautiful and there is free laundry. Don't miss Little Washington!

A very nice waterfront town with everything a short walk away!, 2014-11-20
Captain: , Washington, NC (40)

The city dock has personable and knowlegeable attendants. Best of all, anything that you could want is close at hand. Restaurants, bars,banks, shops,a great waterfront decked walkway for exercise or just strolling. The nearby (about a 5 minute walk) West Marine has a great staff that will go out of their way to get transients what they need FAST! Well worth the trip up the Pamlico River.

cpt Allen Madsen, 2014-08-19
Captain: , Matlacha Fl (87)

This is a great stop all the staff I met we're friendly and willling to help in any way you asked. Beutiful town full of history and untaped potential. I didn't want to leave still want to go back and have put this on my list of places to go backto when ever near. you shouild try it too.

Great Stop, 2013-11-25
Captain: , Oriental, NC (233)

We stayed at the "paid" docks. Good docks and the dock master was there to get us tied up and settled in. Our first visit to Little Washington by boat and really enjoyed it. We had a great lunch at the "down on main" restaruant. And don't miss the art gallery on Main St. The restrooms were clean and adequate. A new marina office and restrooms are scheduled to be built this winter. A bit out of the way from the ICW but worth the trip. Ashley and Carol, s/v Mermaid

Great stop, 2013-10-30
Captain: , Galena, MD (1826)

Choose free or pay docks, both excellent choices. Approach channel is well marked and waterfront has plenty of room to manauver.
Previous posts lists sites and restaurants to visit and all are good. Don't miss a visit to the Estuarium. If you have kayaks this is a great place to use them.
When walking on E Main St, look for Billy and Bill (his son) rocking outside their furniture store and sit a spell with them, you'll learn a lot about the area.

Great Place to Rest, Music on Thursday and Saturday, 2013-10-03
Captain: , Cleveland, OHio (421)

Stopped here at the Free Docks ( K dock was great), right across from the park's bathroom. Showers are clean although at the other end of the dock.

Blue Door Cafe is great for breakfast. Had lunch at On the Water, also high value for the cost. Library is a 15 minute walk.

The BCTMA( Beaufort County Traditional Music Association) has jams on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 and Saturday from 10 to 1pm at the Union Alley Coffeehouse pn West Main Street, a five minute walk from the Free Docks. A great treat.

Yep, Its a good one!, 2013-09-11
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1696)

The most recent post says it all. This is a good stop. It IS off the beaten path (30 sm from the confluence of the Pungo River) but it is worth it. If you are a slow boat your setup stops are probably Pungo River to the north (Belhaven, Pungo Creek Anchorage or Dowry Creek) or Hobucken on the south side. Docks are in very good shape with big tee-heads. Norfolk RR bridge - all during our approach there was no attendent at the bridge to call or hail. If its open go on through. Note that only the north channel (right side going up river) has fenders - go through there.

Hidden Gem, 2013-08-16
Captain: , Gulfport, MS (321)

For all of you boaters who bypass Little Washington because you think it is too far off the beaten path - you are missing a real gem! This is another of those small town America places that is totally supportive of and engaged in it's waterfront. We stayed 4 nights from 25-28 July and were able to enjoy a top notch free concert in the park, and a front row seat to one of the best fireworks displays we have seen anywhere (they were delayed from 4th of July due to weather).

We had no trouble with the approach and dockage (49', 6' draft). The channel and alongside depths are more than adequate, and the dock staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. There is a slight current, but did not affect docking.

Theresa, the person in charge of reservations, went out of her way to accomodate us on this very busy weekend. I recommend you call ahead for reservations, especially when they are having their "Dancing in the Street" Fridays, and other special events during the summer. If you happen to be there on a Saturday, the local farmer's market sets up right next to the City Marina and is very well stocked.

The downtown area is small but interesting. One place of special note is the gourmet wine and cheese shop just a short walk from the marina (of course, everything is a short walk!). Also, the estuarium is very interesting.

This place earned a spot in our top 10 destlinations and we will definitely return.

Hospitable Place to Sit Out Sandy, 2012-10-31
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay (592)

I've wanted to come up here for years, but was always in a hurry to get north or south. Hurricane Sandy and the cruising limits on my insurance policy gave me a good reason to come this year. That the Smoke on the Water BBQ competition was going on was an added bonus. The free docks were full when i arrived. I paid for two nights ($1.25 per ft) and moved to the free docks for three. Very nice people on and off the docks. Good restaurants and shops on main street. West Marine an easy walk. Walmart and auto supply stores farther but still under two miles. Autozone sold me a new battery and delivered it right to the boat. I recommend a stop any time of year, but if you could time it to coincide with a special event it would be all the better. Check their website.

Friendly and Fun, 2012-10-28
Captain: , Sebec Lake, Maine (455)

We were greeted by the marina staff as soon as we pulled up to the free dock. They helped us tie up and gave us lots of information about the town. The third Friday of the month, April-October is Music in the Streets night. What a nice, fun, surprise. We greatly enjoyed our time there.

Great weekend for Pickn on the Pamlico, 2012-09-05
Captain: , Oriental (100)

A great stay for weekend celebration. Docks well maintained. Showers are in temp building but very clean. Always enjoy our stay in Washington. Yes, don't forget a visit to Bill's hot dogs

Agree with everyone, 2012-05-29
Captain: , Toronto (60)

We enjoyed hanging out in the "original" Washington. Lots of stuff within walking distance. A real character town that is coming along very nicely. Worth a visit if you can get by.

Washington City Docks, 2012-05-06
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (736)

So much fun coming to Washington N.C. by boat, rather than so many times by car. This little town is just on the edge of renascence, and they want cruisers to be part of it. The Dock Master, Guy Blackwell, also works at the local West Marine, and is full of information and local history. The city merchants have put together a %u201CWelcome to Washington%u201D bag stuffed full of coupons, business cards, flyers and advertisement for businesses all within a four block walk of the docks. We even ran into people we know. Charming town full of friendship, promise, great restaurants, and art galleries. Come here. You%u2019ll love it.

Cruiser Friendly, 2012-05-01
Captain: , Bartlett, NH (150)

In addition to the FREE docks and great people, there's a very nice coin-laundry on 5th St. Lots of shops and restaurants and a new shop (as of Dec 2011), Generals Store, on Main St. that sells a few items for the pantry and wonderful leaf/loose teas. Washington is only 29 nm off the ICW and worth the side-trip.

Can't beat the price, 2011-10-20
Captain: , St. Somewhere (530)

Stayed on dock I, a free dock. Easy to find. Can't beat the price. Clean showers. I timed my trip wrong. Missed the BBQ festival that was going to happen in town. Town is litterally one block away, and don't forget to get a hot dog.

Free City Docks at Washington, 2010-10-21
Captain: , Fort Pierce, Florida (369)

Excellent location to town central. Dock attendants couteous and very helpful. Worth a side trip from ICW if you have time.

Enjoy the Washington City Docks, 2010-10-16
Captain: , Lancaster VA (393)

The docks are in good condition and the staff was helpful to locate the laundry facility for us and recommend a restaurant. We enjoyed dinner at the On Main cafe and walking around town to see the older buildings and houses. The shower and restrooms for the paid docks are basic but clean with plenty of hot water. The North Carolina Estuarium is well worth the $4 admission price. Saturday morning April until mid-Octorber during the season there is a farmer's market near the docks.

Riverwalk Steaks, 2010-03-07
Captain: , Bonita Springs (484)

Highly recommend River walk steaks, an easy walk from the docks. Locally owned and friendly.

Also as mentioned before, the hot dog place is a favorite of the locals. Very low key but good.

Washington city docks, 2009-11-14
Captain: , Columbus, Indiana (11)

Veered off ICW and have not been disappointed. Sturdy docks, restaurants nearby, West Marine and Walmart withn walking distance. Calm during nor'easter due to remnants of Ida

Friendly folks; free docks; hard to beat, 2009-04-15
Captain: , Key West, FL (748)

Everyone here seems to work together to make sure that your stay is pleasant. The Parks folks called the bridge maintenance team and worked out the details to ensure that we would pass through without delay; they then called a local cruiser (whom they had heard had met us) and inquired to ensure that we'd be OK on the free docks without power for a couple of days; they called our cell phone TWICE to advise of local conditions; and on calling to make the reservations at the paid docks, suggested that we might want to consider the free ones. A dock hand was standing by upon our arrival, who gave us a 20 minute summary of local events and restaurants after we finished line-handling. Southern Charm and Hospitality with a boating flare. Also of note is Mimi's for breakfast sandwiches just 100 yards from the free docks, and the Estuarium at the end of the piers. Bill's Hot Dogs (98 cents each) may be overpriced, however.

Helpful, convenient, this dock makes the town!, 2008-09-27
Captain: , Point Lookout (34)

Dockmaster's very helpful. Pumpout available, $2 fee. Hail dockmaster on 16 to turn pump on and assist. The town itself is great. For a real fine dining experience, go to "Pia's", on Main Street. Closed Monday's, as almost everything else.

Good, free dock, 2007-10-18
Captain: , Belhaven, NC (2)

Free city dock, nice people.... Whats not to love? It is a little busy with locals walking about.

Washington City Dock, 2007-02-05
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

This is a very good stop. Right in town, plenty of restaurants and the like. There are several shopping centers a short cab ride away and the cab service is REALLY GOOD. Do not miss the hot dog cafe down town. Everybody eats there, and they serve ONLY hotdogs!!! The dock attendant is courteous and the dock is in a park like atmosphere. Many locals come to the areal to eat lunch at the docks. Many have hot dogs from the said cafe.

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