Town of New Shoreham

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16 Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807
41° 11' 9.32'', -71° 34' 38.92''
VHF Ch. 12
Block Island Harbor
Town of New Shoreham
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New Harbor Info

With its entrance located on the west side of Block Island, New Harbor (also known as Great Salt Pond) is one of the most popular harbors in the Northeast, attracting over 1,5000 boats on any given day in the summer. Hail the Harbormaster on VHF Channel 12 as you enter the harbor for assistance.


  • Town Rental Moorings are first come first serve. We do not take reservations.
  • Contact the Harbormaster on VHF Channel 12 for availability when you enter the Pond. Located in the southwest corner of the Great Salt Pond.
  • Moorings these mt are light green in color with black numbers can accommodate vessels up to 45 feet. Bright orange moorings are for vessels 46 to 55 feet in length.
  • There is a 2 boat maximum use of a mooring at the Harbormaster's discretion.
  • Boat fee covers trash trash disposal, pumpout service, and 2 shower tokens Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Check out time is noon.


Permitted anchorage is east of the main navigation channel.

You are not allowed to anchor in the Town mooring field, within 100 feet of a commercial dock, on the west side of the harbor, within 50 feet of a residential dock private mooring or moored vessel, in the recreation area, or in the navigation channels and fairways.

Dinghy Dock

There is a public dinghy dock at the end of the main navigation channel past Payne's Dock for dinghies less than 12 feet. There is no overnight dockage, and vessels left for 24 hours will be removed by the Harbormaster and impounded with a $100 fine.


There are two private marinas with fuel.

Champlin's Marina Phone: 401-466-7777 VHF Channel 11 Payne's Dock Phone: 401-466-5572 No monitored radio

Launch Service

Launch service is available for all transient moorings as well as to/from the anchorage. Contact the launch operator directly for current hours and rates. To request a ride, Hail "Oldport Launch" on VHF Channel 68.


Free pumpout service is available to all vessels in Harbor. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. To request service, Hail "pumpout boat" on VHF Channel 73.

Berth Capacity



Minimum Approach Depth:25.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:18.0 Feet
Mean High Water Clearance:22.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2022

Fuel Dock:Nearby
Water Hookup:Nearby
Water Taxi:Within 5 Miles
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Boat Ramp:Yes
Swimming Pool:Nearby
Groceries:Within 5 Miles
Medical Facility:Within 5 Miles
Pharmacy:Within 5 Miles
Car Rentals:Within 5 Miles
Bike Rentals:Nearby
Beach:Within 5 Miles
Ship Store:Nearby
Bait & Tackle:Nearby
Fixed Docks:Nearby
Floating Docks:Nearby
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We used the town mooring on our way south in September. Great staff, exceptional dinghy dock (best we’ve seen). Lot’s to do on block island. We’ll be back.

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Large mooring field in a gorgeous setting, with easy access to two dinghy docks, one in front of The Oar restaurant, and a nice new one over by Dead Eye Dick's. Water available attached to a piling just south of the new dinghy dock near the boat ramp. New Harbor mooring field gets completely filled up during peak season on the weekends, and beware the obnoxiously loud music from Champlin's Marina.

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