Public Boat Dock
The Old Sacramento 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 Old Sacramento. Conveniently located on the Old Sacramento waterfront the Public Docks can accommodate more boats and allow for overnight boating guests.
The Old Sacramento 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.
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. That section is removed mid-November and replaced mid-April every year. Shore power is operational on both sections of the dock during that time.
Rates: 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 6a.m and 9p.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 $1.00 per foot per night ($15.00 minimum) is charged for overnight stay.
Reservations: Reservations are taken by phone only by calling (916) 808-7031 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Closed holidays) Reservations are accepted three weeks prior to the designated arrival date. Groups of eight (8) or more boats may reserve one month in advance. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $15.00 per vessel. 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. Reservations are not available for day use.
Reservations are accepted between May 1 and September 30 each year. All other dock use is on a first-come, first-served basis using the self-pay system. When there is no dock attendant on duty, overnight stays must be arranged 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.
Dock use during the Sacramento Music Festival formerly the Jazz Festival (Memorial Day weekend) is determined by a lottery. You must call between January 1st and April 15th of the current Jazz year to get your name in the drawing. The drawing is held the last week in April.
Location: The public docks are located on the Sacramento River near the Tower Bridge at Capital Mall directly behind the Hornblower Capitol and Empress and Delta King and can be accessed from the street at Front and L St. in Old Sacramento or the Promenade next to the Embassy Suites Hotel at Front and Capital Mall.
Old Sacramento Historic District
922 Second St., Suite 200
Sacramento CA 95814
916.808.7031 — Information/Reservations
916.264.8857 — Dock Staff (May–September)