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 as well as overnight boating guests.
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’.
The docks have power pedestals that provide potable water along with 30 and 50 amp twist lock power plugs. Security cameras are placed to record dock activity year-round. For the 2021 boating season, private security guards patrol the docks and waterfront area on Friday and Saturday nights.
Day Use – Free day use is available. Free day use is defined as any length of stay between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. There is a $15.00 charge for the use of power at the dock between 6 a.m and 9 p.m.
Overnight or extended use – is defined as any length of stay between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. A fee of $1.50 per foot per night ($20.00 minimum) is charged for overnight stay. Shore power for an overnight stay or extended use is $15.00.
Boating Season (April-September) - *Includes updates for 2021*
The regular boating season is April through September when the dock attendant is on duty. For the 2021 season, all dock use is first come, first serve including holiday weekends. There will be no reservations and no lottery. 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. Maximum number of nights anyone can stay is four (4) nights during any fourteen (14) day period. For those that desire to visit past the four (4) day maximum, please make arrangements in advance at the number above.
Off-season (during the winter months)
During the winter months 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.
When there is no dock attendant on duty, dock use is on a first-come, first-serve basis using the self-pay system. Overnight fees must be paid at the self-pay station on the ramp near the dock attendant booth. Remove an envelope from the mailbox and follow the instructions on the flap. Shore power is unavailable during the off-season except for special events.
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.
(916) 264-8857 — Dock Staff/Information
(916) 808-7031 – Administration Office
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.