Waterfront Park offers: vessels trash removal and pump-out services, use of our coin-operated laundry machines, and secure head and shower facilities (access code obtainable from the Dock Master). Prior arrangements may also be made for electricity and water requirements. Simply contact our Dock Master for these services, and inquire about other boater conveniences and services available in the community. Please provide ample notice to facilitate arrangement of utilities. Some fees and restrictions may apply.
Prohibited at Waterfront Park are: Diving and jumping from piers, vessel rafting from docks and moorings, skateboard riding on structures and benches, and vehicles of any kind without permission of the Dock Master. By city ordinance, open containers of alcoholic beverages are prohibited on city-owned property, but these may be enjoyed responsibly onboard your vessel. During major events and in cooperation with the New London Police Department, please be advised that coolers, backpacks, or strollers will NOT be allowed to enter Waterfront Park. There will be checkpoints before entering the waterfront. During major events like Sailfest, please leave your pets onboard your vessel.
Reservations: At any time of the year a vessel may apply for reservations for regular docking or seasonal mooring. The Dock Master has discretion on accepting or denying reservations for docking or mooring vessels at Waterfront Park.
The Dock Master begins accepting Sailfest mooring reservations on the first Monday in March each year for this popular three-day waterfront/fireworks event. For current event information, visit www.Sailfest.org.
Can accommodate vessels to 300' in length and 18' feet of draft
Great location. The restrooms are shared with the restaurant who should clean it much more frequently. The showers are separate but also need more attention to cleanliness. Hooks would be a great improvement also. No WIFI. Close to downtown with a great selection of restaurants.
Great spot. Super convenient to everywhere.
We tied off to mooring ball #1 which was closest to the dinghy dock and made for quick transits between the boat and shore. As everyone has previously stated, there is a lot of city noise; train horn every thirty minutes or so, a band playing about 200’ away, etc. I embraced it …. for one night. I was unable to reach anyone via telephone nor could I reach anyone on the VHF radio. Minor issue but as a normal courtesy, I like to communicate to make sure I am tying up at the right spot, not taking anyone’s assigned mooring, etc. The bathroom was open to the public and was well used. I preferred using the head aboard our boat. I will give kudos to the waterfront staff on resolving a minor Dockwa billing issue when I changed my reservation from four nights to one night. I was refunded the difference after exchanging several texts.
The price is great and now we know why. On arriving,, Called the harbor master 3 times on Ch9 and never got a response. Came here to go to Defender Marine Labor day Monday, hardly any restaurants open. The bar on the wharf played crappy karaoke until 11pm and the incessant trains honking all evening...ugh! In a pinch ok...but sleepless noisy stay.
I have really mixed feelings about the New London Waterfront Park Marina. The pier and dock facilities are fantastic - good quality concrete floating docks and abundant power posts with 30, 50 and 20 amp service. The location is outstanding - directly opposite the Amtrak station and between two ferry terminals. This is downtown New London and has abundant restaurant opportunities. The marina is part of a larger waterfront complex that features a long walk along the shore as well as a restaurant and raw bar of its own on one of the piers. The one negative about the location is the noise. The trains and ferries operate frequently during the day with lots of whistles and horns. There is also noisy construction going on at the nearby State Pier during the day. All of these things settle down at night. The big negatives to me are the so called amenities provided by this facility. The heads, showers and laundry are 1/4 mile away, near the aforementioned pier-side restaurant. We were told that the heads were locked and for use of the boaters, but they were, in fact, unlocked and used by the public on the pier. They were in decent condition. There are two showers which were locked, but one shower was being used as a storeroom for restaurant supplies. The other shower might have been nice if it were clean. It also needed hooks to keep clothes and towels off the floor. The laundry was also behind locked doors. It was dirty and full of scattered junk, including a large rusting fan. Additionally, there was a gate to the marina piers that was supposed to be locked. We were given the combination but it proved unnecessary since the lock didn’t lock the gate. Thus, the piers were frequently used by fishermen who clearly didn’t have a boat in the marina. Some even cleaned their catch on the pier. Finally, the marina is understaffed. It is not manned on weekdays at all so you’re typically on your own for timing up. There is supposedly staff on site on the weekends, but we were gone by then and couldn’t confirm their availability. Due to the noise and lack of quality amenities, I probably won’t come back to this facility in the future.
New London Harbor may not be for everyone. We enjoy it because it is a vital harbor with lots (maybe too many for some) of sights, sounds and goings on. The moorings are fine. I still wish they would activate a couple of moorings away from shore to reduce the wash coming back from the vertical shoreline, and maybe a little further from the noise. They have the moorings, they just need a float and hawser. The mooring field is well protected from most wind directions. Maybe more movement from a strong East, and less from the North or Southeast direction. After 9:00PM the ferries to Orient Point and Fishers Island stop and the many Amtrak trains during the day are few. A three car state commuter train runs frequently between New Haven & New London. It really is a train watcher's paradise,. This visit we again saw a submarine going from the Groton Sub Base to sea. We did not use the shore shower facilities, but inspected them and they look nice and clan. The "Welcome Message" by email had all the codes for the gate and showers and lots of information. There are many good walks along the harbor, and lots of eating places, and several places to dock your dinghy. We again took the dinghy under the rail bridge to Shaw's Cove and at Captain Scott's you had to ask someone, but they have a designated tie up float and good seafood and more to take back to the boat or eat there. The Customs House pier now sports a summer restaurant. If you choose you can tie up at the pier for a short time and maybe overnight with Dockwa . The wake from the ferries is not really a problem, they are thoughtful. However, the many other quick passing boats way out cause some movement. Especially the Navy escort boats for the subs have one speed: full ahead, and plenty of wake! On this visit the Coast Guard EAGLE was docked and onboard tours were offered. It is nice to see the cadets from the nearby academy. The lights from Electric Boat are pretty bright, but its okay. It was wonderful to this year see a few boats at the moorings. Met some nice folks and chatted about boating. It is a novelty stop, maybe an acquired taste but one we enjoy. If you want to get a glance the New London Maritime Society now has a live "harborcam" https://nlmaritimesociety.org/NLHarborcam.html
This is the best deal in the Northeast on weekdays. It's perfect if you need a secure way of leaving your vessel for a few days. We were able to tie up our dinghy at the gated docks for no charge. Barbara was responsive and quick to offer her assistance. We didn't avail ourselves of the bathrooms or showers but they looked clean.
Great spot. Lots of interest and safe. Staff was helpful. Showers and laundry were clean. We were a little rolly in a 24' boat during the day but attaching a stern line put our bow to it. Great spot. New York f Fireboat at dock was a treat.
No one answers phone or radio, no staff at dock, locked bathrooms, showers at a separate location and the code we were given didn’t work. To top it off, charter boat next to us working all weekend with sanders, compressor, grinder... unbelievable racket plus dust. Do. Not. Stay. Here.
When I called on vhf 9 I got no answer. I called the phone number asking for specifics on location and picking up the mooring. The woman chewed me out for not listening to the message and using Dockwa. I told her we did- and were now there for our mooring. I was told to pick up whichever we wanted, after I figured out where they were. No info given to us on barroom codes. No info as to where we could park our dinghy. (There is no launch). Follow up email with details on the area (restaurants and things to do) came the next morning -an hour before we were leaving Very poorly managed.
Excellent city. A lot of restaurants and entertainment
Simple, secure, easy, affordable
There isn't much to this marina, it's not even really a full marina. It is the City's Waterfront Park that also has dockage available. They have showers and laundry for those that need it. What makes this marina so attractive is the cost and direct access to downtown New London. You only have to walk a few hundred meters to get to the best dining selections New London has to offer, including Tony D's if you don't mind walking just a half of a mile. I do disagree with the 2 star review presented because 1) all the moorings have pendants, 2) it's not a full service marina, it's docks and mooring balls, Showers and Laundry. That's it, and it's really really inexpensive.
Lots of moorings, very few with Pendants. Ones with Pendants very close to shore, unclear if safe for 6ft draft. No dock master on Saturday, phone went to answering service. Supposedly there are showers/heads but without dock master/welcome package or pre-arrival email unclear where they were or if we were expected to share with public. If you like train whistles you will love this mooring field, if not you might want to avoid.