Darien, GA

Welcome! ICW Free Docks is a guide listing for complementary and almost free offerings from towns and communities along and near the Atlantic IntraCoastal Waterway. You may ask how does it work, and why are some docks free while at others you will incur transient fees.

Commercial Marinas are businesses and must charge for services and product in order to generate revenue. These commercial marinas charge transient boaters for overnight rental of their docks as well as services provided such as electricity, use of bathhouses, and possibly even water. Rates vary between marinas but will range from less than $1 per foot (length of your boat) to over $3 per foot and will usually include a separate charge for an electrical hookup.

Free Docks are offered by many communities to attract cruisers to their town knowing that you will spend money with their local merchants. A Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Board, or town government is all about promoting their community and attracting outside dollars for local business revenue as well as tax dollars.

Free Docks are a win-win situation for boaters who are traveling the ICW as well as the community. In exchange for a free place to dock your boat overnight or for a couple days you reward the community with your shopping dollars. We all have to buy groceries, fuel, and other necessities of life somewhere!


Tabs at the top of the page will allow you to easily navigate this web site:

Featured Docks will highlight exclusive ICW Free Docks promotions as well as town and marinas offering unique experiences on Americas Coastal Waterways.

Guide by State provides a link to the complete list of docks in each state by statute mile range,  or select the drop down menu under Guide by State for individual state listings.

Docks by Map is where you can view the Free Docks on a map and switch between a satellite or street view. Click on the blue pinpoint for the same detailed information found in the text guide.

Gallery is under development as images of Free Docks are being added. Do you have a good picture of a Free Dock you would be willing to submit? Go to Gallery for instruction on how to submit image.

About is the background story about how all this started.

Comments is where you can read and leave public comments, make suggestions, and rate the web site.

Contact allows the user to communicate easily to ask questions or submit new information that can be included in the guide ICW Free Docks

Enjoy the Guide to ICW Free Docks and be sure to let the local communities you visit know that you discovered or visited their town because you learned about them on ICW Free Docks.

The Albemarle Plantation Marina known as "The Boaters Resort” is extending up to two weeks southern hospitality and FREE Dockage to transit Boaters from April 1 to June 1. Come over, enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, Bocce, 2 Restaurants and retail Beer and Wine. Bring your kayak, or rent one at the marina, and paddle some of the nearby creeks and rivers. See you soon! Visit Albemarle Loop on Facebook or  2020 Albemarle Loop Marina

Thanks to Southwinds Magazine for publishing the article Free Docks on the ICW in the December 2018 issue. 

Thanks to Waterway Guide for their article Funding the ICW: America’s Marine Highway 95 covering the annual meeting of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association  in Charleston in November 2018.  

Thanks to Cruising World for the shout-out in the January 2017 article In Praise of Free Docks

ICW Free Docks is and will remain FREE to all users. Additionally, ALL listings of Free Docks are provided at no charge to the town or community. I've been asked many times about accepting donations but have refused. However, the annual cost of maintaining a web site as well as domains and internet expenses have led me to set up a PayPal donation option. Any and all contributions are appreciated. Just click on the "Donate" button below to process a secure contribution through PayPal. 

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