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Walk through history and see Olde Towne’s origins and it’s continued evolution.
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Welcome to Mile Marker Zero on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The AICW runs for over 1,100 miles to just beyond Plantation Key, Florida and has a connection at Fort Myer’s, Florida to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway connecting to Brownsville, Texas. Often called “the ditch,” the AICW is frequented by both pleasure boaters and light industrial traffic. It’s busiest in the spring and fall as snowbirds transport their boats from the warm winters of the south to the warm summers of the north. Portsmouth is a popular stopover for boaters making this annual journey. The AICW connects with the nearby Chesapeake Bay, James River, and Hampton Roads. Here are a few helpful hints when visiting Portsmouth, Virginia by boat.
When mooring overnight in Portsmouth, you should consider a transient slip at one of Portsmouth’s professionally operated marinas. Each marina offers amenities to make your stay more pleasurable, including power, water, pump out, and more. There are two marinas located in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the central hub of the city and where you find bars, restaurants, and attractions. Just around the corner and a bike ride away is Portsmouth Boating Center, a full service marina with store and fuel. The other marinas are close by but not within walking distance of Olde Towne. Here is a list of marinas and contact information:
The City of Portsmouth, Virginia offers limited space at the foot of High Street (High Street Landing) for short term mooring. The facility primarily accommodates day visitors who want to stop, tie up and explore the shops, museums, and restaurants in Olde Towne. Boats under 40 feet with a draft less than 10 feet are welcome. There are no amenities, including power, water, pump out facilities, or other services. If staying overnight, a mooring request application must be completed online. A completed application is not required for day visitors. Boats may tie up for a maximum of 36 hours and no more than 72 hours in a 30-day period. Here are some rules we ask you to follow when using the complimentary docking facility.
The City employs a dock master to help enforce these rules. If you have any questions, call the Portsmouth Welcome Center at (757) 393-5111. To hear a voice recorded welcome message and review of the rules for free mooring, call (757) 393-8782. We hope you enjoy visiting Portsmouth, Virginia by boat.