ICW Free Docks
GUIDE LISTING BY STATUTE MILE AND STATE
Atlantic ICW or AICW - 712 StM to 1152.5 StM
Okeechobee Water Way or OWW - StM 0 Stuart, FL to StM 156 Punta Rassa, FL
Gulf ICW or GICW - StM 0 Punta Rassa, FL to StM 170 Perdido Key, FL (15 miles west of Pensacola)
Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek Marina Jacksonville, FL – Located on Pine Island, 72 hours free dockage is available in the 23 acre park, which is the site of a former commercial marina purchased by the City of Jacksonville in 1997. There is no power hookup available. Restrooms but no showers are available, picnic area, and playground are available. Floating concrete docks on the north side of the park are located directly off the ICW in Clapboard Creek across from Sister Island. Some charts show this is Hannah Mills Creek.
The park is the location of the annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament and is closed to the public during the tournament held in July each year. Check http://kingfishtournament.com/ for dates.
Caution is advised due to large sunken vessel at the dock as of March 2022. There is still room for additional vessels to dock, but available space is reduced.
Coordinates Clapboard Creek: 30°23'53.3"N 81°27'29.5"W or 30.39813, -81.45819
Link to ICW Free Dock Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1JxZnWlIXs-hEpV86ALsvTWoz_s6E3tYK&ll=30.397023579971453%2C-81.45655851703522&z=17
Link to Map Google Clapboard Creek: https://goo.gl/maps/MLRMqw9HTE92
Metropolitan Park Marina Jacksonville, FL – Located 15 miles off the ICW the Metropolitan Park Marina, aka Jacksonville Municipal Marina offers 72 hour free dockage during a 30 day period except during football games and special events. Check the web site link below for the schedule at this marina. Services include 30 and 50 amp electric at $8.56 per night. 78 slips are available offering water, free pump-out, restrooms and showers. Open flame grilling can only be done on the grills in the park. Docks are located approximately one mile from free Landings Docks in downtown Jacksonville.
Thanks to ICW Free Docks contributor Rene Spires of s/f Defiant for reporting on 12/23/18 that water depths in the slips is estimated to be 3’-4’ at low tide. Vessels with drafts 5’ and up should stay at the end dock or sea wall docks.
Phone Dockmaster: 904-630-0839
Email City of Jacksonville Dockmaster: email@example.com
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/nNG3fEx3qBR2
Coordinates: 30°19'10.7"N 81°38'27.7"W or 30.31963, -81.64102
738.5 StM – Jacksonville Landings Jacksonville, FL – Located 16 StM off the ICW, The Jacksonville Landings is located directly on the Riverwalk and is home to festivals, entertainment and many shops and restaurants and offers over 800’ of free docking for visitors by boat. Maximum length of stay is 72 hours in a 30 day period except during special events. No open flames are allowed on docked boats. The Landings often hosts special events, so it is recommended that cruisers review the schedule on their web site before making plans to dock there. The docks at The Jacksonville Landings were heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Per Captain Jim Suber, the dockmaster for the City of Jacksonville, the docks at The Landings will be reopened on 10/26/18 on a limited basis, between Benny’s and the Main Street Bridge. Also, Captain Suber informed ICW FREE DOCKS that the City is completing the design and permitting to replace The Landings with all new docks and he anticipates that the bid will go out in the spring of 2019.
Per ICW Free Docks contributor sv Mylady on 07/11/19 the docks are completely out of order and closed. Furthermore, no one was responsive at the contact numbers listed. ICW Free Docks is investigating and will update this listing as soon as information is received.
Phone: The Landings: 904-353-1188
Or City of Jacksonville Dockmaster: 904-355-4857
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NyZC6KmL35p
Coordinates: 30.32427, -81.65955 or 30.32427, -81.65955
Bing’s Landing at Palm's Coast, FL – This location can no longer be listed as a Free Dock as access for cruising boats is not allowed. Per ICW Free Dock contributor Mike Herbon on May 4, 2019, there is signage that mooring (docking) is NOT allowed. There is a ramp and adjacent docks located inside the cut, which would be appropriate for a dinghy to tie up, but docking is limited to only 20 minutes. There does not appear to be a safe anchorage near Bing’s Landing, which would allow launching a dinghy.
Located directly on the ICW Bing’s Landing is an 8 acre park is a historical site located within a maritime oak forest and includes with restrooms, a fishing pier, boat ramp, and picnic facilities. Captain’s BBQ, a popular restaurant is located at the park.
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/w77x4YzKJH42
Coordinates: 29°36'55.0"N 81°12'17.6"W or 29.61528, -81.20489
Or Captain’s BBQ: https://www.captainsbbqbaittackle.com/
New Smyrna Beach, FL – Located just north of Harris Saxon (fixed) Bridge on Lytle Avenue/A1A is the 8 acre Riverside Park overlooking the Indian River/ICW in the downtown area. There are semi-circle docks at the north and south end of the park. Boats can stay up to 10 hours, but overnight docking is not allowed. If there is an event at the Brannon Center, located in the park, then no docking is allowed. There are restrooms and nearby restaurants. The New Smyrna Beach (NSB) City Marina is located approximately ¼ mile north of the docks at Riverside Park. The Marina Manager Pam Payton can provide information on availability of dock space at the park docks as well as transient dockage (fee charged) at the NSB City Marina.
Phone Parks Department: 386-424-2205
Phone NSB City Marina: 386-409-2042
Email NSB City Marina Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/usdxu9DgJA22
Coordinates: 29°01'31.8"N 80°55'09.3"W or 29.02551, -80.91926
Cocoa Village, FL - Located south of Hubert Humphrey Memorial/Merritt Island Bridge (Florida Highway 520) in the Indian River directly on the ICW, the Riverfront Park and Lee Wenner Park, amenities include a pavilion, grills, picnic tables, restrooms, playground, two water overlooks, and boat ramps. The parks are connected by a paved boardwalk and provide easy to the city center with shops and restaurants. Reopened in 2020, the city offers a 250-foot T-dock with free overnight docking for up to 48 hours per 30 day period, 14 floating day slips for boats with an eight hour time limit. Dinghies may dock on the back side of the T-Dock. Depths of 5-1/2’ to 6’ with mud bottom are reported at the docks.
Thanks much to ICW Free Docks contributors Jim Quince aboard m/v Twins for information on Cocoa Village Free Dock, and Ted Arisaka aboard s/v Little Wing for additional photos.
Coordinates: 28°21'17.7"N 80°43'20.2"W or 28.354910, -80.722278
Link to Images: https://www.instagram.com/p/CYd1i4irKnF/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Link to ICW Free Dock Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/edit?mid=1JxZnWlIXs-hEpV86ALsvTWoz_s6E3tYK&ll=28.39788945187083%2C-80.78702556392473&z=12
Link to Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/CfNebPd4pCiSSrcu8
Visit Cocoa FL Facilities Lee Wenner Park: https://www.cocoafl.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Lee-Wenner-Park-6
Or Cocoa Village Waterfront Reopens …. Florida Today: https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/07/03/cocoa-village-waterfront-reopens-just-time-july-4/5365416002/?fbclid=IwAR1_PYKs3dYOB1s_2w0vMXQ3T4CXHZ31tc3abUkOti4zdXCAp5A2vJ__06Y
Or Cocoa Waterfront Master Plan: https://www.choosecocoa.org/DocumentCenter/View/81/Cocoa-Waterfront-Master-Plan-PDF
Vero Beach, FL - Jones' Pier Conservation Area located directly on the ICW is a 16 acre original homestead that is under development by Indian River County as a recreational area to include wetlands and walking trails. There is currently a 150’ face dock and 100’ inner dock connected by a 100’ pier to land. Daytime docking is permitted with no overnight docking allow. The pier was originally built in 1910 for citrus growers to transport their fruit from the barrier island to the mainland.
The Free Dock provides access to the Conservation Area as well as the 7.8 mile Historic Jungle Trail which is a hard packed sand road running along the Indian River. Thanks much to ICW Free Docks contributor Jim Quince aboard m/v Twins for information on Jones’ Pier Free Dock.
Link to Images: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWYBoxgLcAo/
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/hJE4Q68oy1w2T9St6
Coordinates: 80°23'38.06"W 27°44'5.56"N or -80.39391 27.73488
Visit Historic Jungle Trail: https://www.traillink.com/trail/historic-jungle-trail/
West Palm Beach, FL – Located directly on the ICW just north of the Royal Park Highway 704 Draw Bridge the City of West Palm Beach has two newly renovated free public docks along Flagler Drive that provides easy access to downtown West Palm Beach where there are many shops, restaurants, parks, and a Farmers Market. Boaters are permitted to use the free docks from 5:00AM to midnight. Overnight use from midnight until 5:00AM is prohibited, but anchoring between the docks is allowed. The north or Clematis Street Dock has a maximum capacity of 24 vessels. This is the main pedestrian dock and features a unique landscape with shaded seating areas, planters with native species of plants and an underwater ecosystem. Rafting is not allowed. The south or Fern Street Dock has a maximum of 12 vessels. For additional information contact the West Palm Beach Waterfront Visitor Information Center located in the Waterfront Commons Great Lawn on North Clematis near the docks.
Phone City of West Palm Beach: 561-822-2222
Phone Visitors Center: 561-881-9757
Email Visitors Center: https://www.visitpalmbeach.com/contact/
Link to Map for north or Clematis Street Dock: https://goo.gl/maps/p7WZokLiFbt
Coordinates for north or Clematis Street Dock: 26°42'43.3"N 80°02'52.2"W or 26.71202, -80.04784
Link to Map for south or Fern Street Dock: https://goo.gl/maps/nJdF7GKANuq
Coordinates for south or Fern Street Dock: 26°42'37.8"N 80°02'55.5"W or 26.7105, -80.04875
Or Visitors Center: https://www.visitpalmbeach.com/visitors-information-center/
Lake Worth Snook Islands Visitors Dock, FL – Located directly on the west side of the ICW just north of Lake Avenue/Lucerne Avenue Florida 802 Bridge are 5 floating docks owned by the City of Lake Worth. The docks are available for visitors on a first come basis from 6:00AM to Midnight.
Sailing Club local contact Ted Johnson has provided the following information. “Depth is at least 5' all the way into the dock. There are 5 slips & generally there is availability. There is shelter on 3 sides--the exception being from the east. Downtown Lake Worth Beach is within 4 blocks with many bars & restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, etc. Publix is about a mile from the dock. West Marine is less than 4 miles and Tuppens Marine within less than 2 miles. There are bed & breakfasts available as well. Anchorage east of the docks is good.”
The Lake Worth Visitors Dock provides access to the boardwalk at Snook Island Nature Area near the end of the bridge. This area is part of Bryant Park Lake Worth Lagoon that spans both sides of bridge with a connecting walkway under the bridge. Other than summer months there is a weekly farmers market in the park every Saturday.
Thanks much to ICW Free Docks contributors Ted Johnson and Bob Keller for information and reviews on Lake Worth Visitors Dock. Local assistance may be available through the Lake Worth Sailing Club of Florida.
Phone Sailing Club: 303-506-7804
Email Sailing Club: email@example.com
Coordinates: 26°36'57.2"N 80°02'42.0"W or 26.6159, -80.04501
Link to Images: https://www.instagram.com/p/CakPVdHLoG7/
Link to ICW Free Dock Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/edit?mid=1JxZnWlIXs-hEpV86ALsvTWoz_s6E3tYK&ll=26.61606178830882%2C-80.04539621953259&z=18
Link to Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZpRMqB1D5WQp72pb7
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Public Floating Boat Dock and Pavilion – Located directly on the ICW and approximately 1,000’ north of Sunrise Boulevard, the 230’ public floating dock and boating pavilion was opened in June 2018 providing boaters direct access to the 180 acre Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Built along a 1.2 mile 100 year old seawall, directly across from the anchorage at Sunrise Bay, the park offers restrooms, picnic tables, beach access, a visitor’s center, and is adjacent to Ft. Lauderdale water taxi stop #8. Visit the park web site below for a full list of amenities. The popular Ft. Lauderdale Canine/Dog Beach is located just .37 mile or 1,935’ walk through the park from the dock.
Rules for dock usage are:
$2.00 per person for park entry and dock usage.
Dock is for PUBLIC USE ONLY – no commercial use: water taxi, boat tours, etc.
Dock is open from 8:00 AM until sundown, 365 days/year. The dock is closed at sunset.
No fishing from the dock.
No alcohol permitted.
No vessels over 30’.
8 vessels maximum at any one time.
Phone: 954-468-2791 or 954-564-4521
Email Park Manager: Kyle.Easley@FloridaDEP.gov
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AoPMfDfs92y
Coordinates: 26°08'34.3"N 80°06'24.1"W or 26.14287, -80.1067
ICW Free Docks does not list any Free Docks on the AICW south of Ft Lauderdale, FL at this time.
OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY (OWW) OR CANAL FREE DOCKS
The Okeechobee Waterway (OWW) is an inside protected passage across the Florida Peninsula starting in Stuart, FL on the east coast near AICW StM 988 and running approximately 156 StM west where it intersects with Gulf ICW near Punta Rassa on Florida’s Gulf coast. Information on Free Docks on the OWW is incomplete and being added at this time
Boardwalk and Courtesy Dock in Stuart, FL – Conveniently located just east of US1/Roosevelt Bridge less than ½ miles off the OWW on the St. Lucie River and behind City Hall, the Free Dock is available for day use, but overnight docking is not allowed. There is a 300’ face dock and fishing pier as well as 6 finger piers approximately 27’long providing space for up to 13 boats. The Boardwalk and Courtesy Dock is conveniently located in Historical Downtown Stuart where it’s an easy walk to many restaurants and stores. The park area includes a boardwalk, stage, benches, drinking fountains, pet station, picnic tables, recycling receptacles and restrooms. You can also board the Stuart Tram in the City Hall parking lot. See links below.
Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/sRWN4hNygHN2
Coordinates: 27°12'07.2"N 80°15'14.3"W or 27.202, -80.25398
Shepard Park in Stuart, FL - Located on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River just west of the Old Roosevelt Bridge near Sunset Bay Marina and anchorage, the 600’ seawall has reported depths of 4’ to 5-1/2’. There is a 4 hour docking limit with no overnight docking, although some cruisers have reported staying without problems. Since it’s a city park there is little security or privacy but there are restrooms without showers, picnic tables with grills, playground, and there is water available. Easy walk to downtown Stuart and there is a Publix, laundry, and restaurants close to the park. The park is dog friendly if they are kept on a leash.
Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/8h3tb2PDN9M2
Coordinates: 27°11'46.5"N 80°15'32.5"W or 27.19625, -80.25903
StM 0 Punta Rassa, FL to StM 170 Perdido Key, FL (15 miles west of Pensacola)
Information on Free Docks on the GICW is incomplete and being added at this time
Bradenton Riverwalk - Located 8.4 StM east from the GICW up the Manatee River between the 41’ fixed height Highway 41 Business Green Bridge and the 40 fixed height Highway 41 DeSoto Bridge. The 300’ pier has a 115’ T dock and 18 slips for various width boats from 30’ to 50’ length.
Boaters can tie up at the Free Day Dock from 6:00AM to 11:00PM and explore the Riverwalk, or enjoy downtown attractions such as the museum, theater, galleries, and restaurants. “As downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the Riverwalk is (an) outdoor gathering place. Overlooking the Manatee River, the Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile, ADA-accessible park spanning downtown with many features.”
Phone Voicemail: 941-301-8445
Coordinates: 27°30'00.3"N 82°34'13.0"W or 27.500092, -82.570263
Link to Images: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWk-bnrr9tM/
Link to ICW Free Dock Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/edit?mid=1JxZnWlIXs-hEpV86ALsvTWoz_s6E3tYK&ll=27.49941495116482%2C-82.57161246478837&z=17
Link to Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/sL8ZQmZZPXVpLnBd6
Or Riverwalk Map: https://www.realizebradenton.com/riverwalk-map/
Or Riverwalk Features: https://www.realizebradenton.com/riverwalk-features/
Dunedin Municipal Marina, FL - Located .3 mile off the GICW, the city owned marina has 7 Free Docks available on a first come basis for day use or less than 24 hours. Slip size is limited to less than 40’ LOA and 13’ beam. Restaurants, small coffee shops, neighborhood style grocery stores, and shopping venues are located less than a block away in the downtown area. Restrooms, a picnic area, and children’s play area are located at Edgewater Park across from the marina. Contact Bill Frantz, the harbor master, for more details.
Dunedin is located between Clearwater and Tarpon Springs. Visitors can ride the Jolley Trolley, for a small fee, from the marina in Dunedin to the beaches of Clearwater Beach or use it to reach Tarpon Springs. See the link below for details.
Thanks to ICW Free Docks Contributor Manuel Farinas for information and pictures on Dunedin Municipal Marina.
Address: 51 Main Street, Dunedin, Fl. 34698
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Ewp2fjE36Xw
Coordinates: 28°00'44.6"N 82°47'34.8"W or 28.01238, -82.793
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