By Boat


Public Boat Dock

The Old Sacramento Waterfront Public Docks are owned and operated by the City of Sacramento and provide a place for the boating public to stop for a meal or a visit to Sacramento’s historic waterfront. Conveniently located on the Old Sacramento Waterfront, the Public Docks provides easy access for temporary boaters.

The Old Sacramento Waterfront Public Docks offer nearly 1,000 of side-tie dock space. The riverside of the dock provides 489 of useable dock space and can accommodate any length vessel. The landside of the dock generally has at least 8’ of draft and can accommodate vessels up to 35’ in length that are no taller than 10’ from the waterline since boats entering must pass under a walkway to get on the inside. The usable footage on the inside is approximately 400’.

Security cameras are placed to record dock activity year-round. 

Rates (Effective July 1, 2022) 

Day Use Fees (6:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

  • Summer: up to 4 hours = $10, all day use = $20
    (the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day)
  • Fall through Spring: up to 4 hours = $5, all day use = $10
    (the day after Labor Day through the Thursday before Memorial Day)

Overnight use (9:00 PM – 6:00 AM) – Currently, the docks are closed for overnight moorage until further notice.


Payment is required to moor at the public dock. Payment kiosk is located on the barge next to the dock attendant booth and accepts credit card. Parkmobile is also available for payments by app & phone.

Summer Boating Season

The regular summer boating season is the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day when the dock attendant is on duty. All dock use is first come, first serve including holiday weekends. We do not accept reservations. The dock is currently closed to overnight mooring and shore power is unavailable until further notice. To contact the dock attendant directly, please call 916-264-8857. Dock staff hours vary, so leave a message if someone does not answer immediately or call the main office at 916-808-7031 for information.


The off-season is Fall through Spring which is the day after Labor Day through the Thursday before Memorial Day. The dock is still usable but the 72′ section that passes under the Tower Bridge must be removed in case of high water (leaving approx. 270 feet of dock). That section is removed mid-November and replaced mid-April every year.

Dock use is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The dock is currently closed to overnight mooring. During the off-season, shore power is not available.


The public docks are located on the Sacramento River near the Tower Bridge at Capital Mall directly behind the Delta King and Hornblower and can be accessed from the street at Front and L Street in Old Sacramento Waterfront or the Promenade next to the Embassy Suites Hotel at Front and Capital Mall.

Contact Us

(916) 264-8857 — Dock Staff/Information
(916) 808-7031 – Administration Office

Rules and Regulations - 2022 (PDF- 15.93KB)

2022 Ordinance (PDF- 147.77KB)

In case of an accident, please contact the City Operator, available 24/7, by dialing 311 or 916-264-5011. In case of an emergency, dial 911.