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River Forest Marina


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Day Trip
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738 East Main St
Belhaven, NC 27810
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
VHF 16
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41 Reviews

by weinbeam on Dec 14, 2021
Great facilities clean private shower and bathroom free laundry and free golf carts love this place
Marina Response:
Thanks for the great review! Come back anytime.

by gcargen on Nov 15, 2021
Great dock hands & love the golf cart

by prkeyes on Oct 30, 2021
Great place. Great people. Dockmaster Henry is the best. Always helpful always available.

by miketay on Oct 24, 2021
Great place to stay. Henry is the difference. He is there to greet you, send you off, and ensure you are all set for a great stay. Town is easy to walk to and the marina even has complimentary golf carts to use. Would highly recommend staying here.

by jetstream on Oct 04, 2021
Henry always takes great care of us. Very friendly, capable and professional. Then take one of the golf carts and dine at Spoon River. One of the best dinners anywhere!
Marina Response:
Thanks, Captain Nick for the outstanding review! Have safe travels. Dockmaster Henry

by journey59 on Sep 25, 2021
I can only amplify what many others have already stated: Marina owner and dock master Henry is the BEST! Excellent and clear arrival and docking instructions along with expert line handling were much appreciated on our windy day. He provided us a personal overview of the facilities and town, along with dinner recommendations (Spoon River!). Courtesy golf carts were a big hit with our group of four, and a fun and easy way to see the town. Free laundry and nice showers. Henry called and located some specialized power steering fluid that I needed and had it delivered right to the dock. He also located a diver to inspect our props. He is a passionate mariner who enjoys helping customers in all possible ways—we will make a special effort to return here whenever possible!

by markleo1956 on Sep 22, 2021
Outstanding Marina. Helpful, competent dock master. At-slip ValvTec fuel & pump out. BoatUS discount. Free laundry & use of golf carts.
Marina Response:
Thank you for the great review! We appreciate your business. Dockmaster Henry

by leencyn on Sep 06, 2021
Very friendly and personable people. Complimentary golf cart to explore town. Awesome wifi !!! Clean restrooms and showers ! Excellent laundry facilities ! We will be back !
Marina Response:
First of all, we want to thank you for staying with us! We really appreciate the awesome review! Please be safe on your journey. See you when you return.

by eherlihy on Jun 19, 2021
This is a GREAT stop when heading north or south. Henry is a real character. Henry, the free golf carts, the free laundry, and the cleanest bathrooms that I have ever seen in a marina make this one of my favorite stops. The $15 charge for a pump out (my holding tank is less than 15 gallons), however, is pretty steep. Pump out elsewhere and then stop here and use the bathrooms!

by rolandfalken on Jun 17, 2021
Great marina, great dock master Henry fun timein Belhaven.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the great review. Come back anytime!

by franci on May 23, 2021
Bravo, Henry. Thank you for everything. Now... the sunset and sound of birds ... an added and most important "touch." You went all out :) We will be back. MoonRiver/That's a Wrap.
Marina Response:
We thank you for the thoughtful and kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

by shuckmeister on May 22, 2021
Nice facilities, close to services, golf cart provided, well protected docks, good water depth
Marina Response:
We really appreciate your business and your 5 star review!

by dougout3 on May 02, 2021
Henry treats everyone like family. And he is a pro assisting with arrivals and departure in brisk wind. We extended our stay a day to wait out winds. We stop there to eat at Spoon River Restaurant.
Marina Response:
Thank you Capt Doug for the fantastic review! Please visit us again on your return trip to Belhaven.

by bayboater1954 on Apr 26, 2021
Henry is always efficient and friendly and makes our stay enjoyable.
Marina Response:
Thank you, Captain Ron for the 5 star review! Have safe travels.

by willing on Apr 17, 2021
Lovely place with helpful people who really love boaters.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the 5-star review! Please come again to Belhaven and visit us.

by paulmckinney on Apr 15, 2021
Henry was great. Wonderful facility and we love Belhaven.
Marina Response:
Thank you Capt Paul for the 5-star review! Please come and visit again. Henry

by richrubino on Apr 04, 2021
What a great marina! Henry (the owner/dockmaster) is on the mark with service. We needed a diver to meet us at our boat - and Henry made sure the diver was there when we arrived. In addition, the bathroom/showers are the cleanest we've seen anywhere. Henry will point you to the courtesy golf carts to take into town for supplies or restaurants. Stay here on your way by, you won't be disappointed!
Marina Response:
I apologize for the delayed response, but thank you for the great review! 5-stars means a lot to us. It indicates that we are doing the right things for our guests. Please come back and visit us again. Henry

by n50 on Dec 06, 2020
Absolutely a must stop for mariner’s traveling on the intercoastal. The gentleman that runs the marina is warm and welcoming. Free laundry on site, golf carts to go into town, grocery, restaurants all close by. They have fuel and propane on site. Give it an A plus rating!!
Marina Response:
Thank you Captain T. for the great review! We look forward to your return. Dockmaster Henry

by dspatio on Nov 08, 2020
Nice and clean very helpful second time here great dock hand and master. Always looking to help Update Henry is the best. Still a great place to stop
Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with River Forest Marina! Your kind words are most appreciated. Hope you have safe travels as you venture north.

by rheckman on Nov 08, 2020
Free golf carts. Free laundry. Easy in and out. High speed pumps. Friendly management. What’s not to like?
Marina Response:
Thank you Captain Rod for the great review! See you in the spring of 2021.

by lboliver on Nov 05, 2020
Had wonderful 2night stay. Gorgeous 180 degree view on Pungo River, lovely 6 minute walk into town, complimentary laundry appreciated. Thank you Henry! We’ll be back!
Marina Response:
Thank you for your visit and great review! We look forward to your Spring 2021 return. Safe travels.

by jjpatrick on Oct 18, 2020
Henry was terrific. We were delayed because of the alligator River bridge and he waited for us after sunset to help with out lines. Was there early to help us off the dock. Fixed docks are excellent.
Marina Response:
Captain Patrick, Thank you for being our guest and for your thoughtful review. The welcome sign is always out for you. Safe travels to Fort Lauderdale.

by oasis on Oct 03, 2020
Wonderful place. Dock Master Henry is the best!
Marina Response:
Thank you Captain Ed for the A+ review! The welcome light is always on for the Admiral and you. Safe travels. Henry

by lcurr33908 on Jun 20, 2020
This was a nice quiet marina with clean bathrooms/shower. Henry was very helpful. Free golf carts were very enjoyable!
Marina Response:
Thank you for the great review!

by delolsen on May 27, 2020
Henry Boyd has to be one of the most welcoming and helpful Harbormaster’s we’ve encountered. He remembered our previous visit last fall.
Marina Response:
Thank you Del for the kind words. We enjoyed having you (Papillon) and also (Wicked Cool) as our guest. Please come back anytime!

by hmfetsch on May 01, 2020
Very friendly and helpful. A mice quiete place.

by mrbarnum on Dec 21, 2019
Great stop. Took a golf cart into town for a drink and some wings. Easy in and out. Highly recommended.
Marina Response:
Thank you Capt Barnum for the nice review and visiting us! Henry

by shelleywparsons on Nov 20, 2019
...Update 11/2019...Still a great stop. Took golf cart to grocery store and to get propane tank refilled. Great playground in town. Very friendly and peaceful marina. ...06/2019 2nd stay at this marina. Nice docks with very competent dock hands. Short walk into downtown Bellhaven for a fabulous dinner at Spoon River.
Marina Response:
Thank you for visiting us! Your thoughtful words are greatly appreciated. Dockmaster Henry

by tburton on Oct 30, 2019
Nice facilities. Nice showers and bathrooms. People are very accommodating. Town is quaint and beautiful. Worth the stop
Marina Response:
Captain Burton, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Please stop by on your return trip! Sincerely, Henry Boyd/Dockmaster

by shanagolden on Oct 25, 2019
The staff was excellent. Facilities were great.
Marina Response:
Thank you Captain, for staying with us. We know you have a choice so we strive to be our best! Have a safe and fun trip south. Dockmaster Henry and crew

by johntanderson40 on Oct 21, 2019
Fantastic. Rode out Tropical Storm Nestor. People were great!. Will stay again coming North. Let us use golf cart to drive 1.5 miles to grocery store and free laundry facilities. Good old fashioned southern hospitality.
Marina Response:
What a ride you had! Thanks for the kind words. Please stop in on your return. We look forward to being your host. Sincerely, Dockmaster Henry and crew

by jeffang on Jul 30, 2019
Great marina. Staff is wonderful and accommodating, facilities are clean and new, and it's the closest access to the ICW in this location. It is a bit farther from town than other marinas in the area, but they have loaner golf carts that you can use to go shopping, grab a bite, or just check out the town of Belhaven. They have plenty of room on the docks for bigger boats, and getting in and back out is very easy. Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and it will be a regular stop on our yearly trips, both up and down. Update: Thank you, Henry! Although getting older, we hope to keep doing our trip for at least another couple of years, and will be glad to see you on the way.
Marina Response:
Thank you for the outstanding review. We take pride in providing fresh and clean facilities, especially our showers, restrooms, and laundry. We look forward to your return! Dockmaster Henry

by manteomike on Jul 17, 2019
Great visit. Golf carts great for getting around Belhaven.

by jackwm12 on Jun 11, 2019
Great service the gentlemen on the dock were fantastic and very welcoming. They had golf carts to get to town and the laundry was complimentary. Rest rooms and showers were spotless. We will definitely stop in again. Easy in and pit for the ICW.

by jgood1223 on Nov 14, 2018
Nice facility. Great fuel prices. Nice staff!

by reviewoutlaw on Oct 26, 2018
Great place to stay on our way South down the ICW, super friendly staff! Clean bathrooms , Free Landry, New gas pump at great prices, Free golf Cart to take in to town was a real treat, Prices was great as well, had people to help us tie up boat, brand new dock. A must see Marina!

by armincate on Oct 24, 2018
This has been by far the BEST marina on our trip from Upper Chesapeake to Miami. Hats off to Henry and Joshua for going above and beyond!
Marina Response:
Thanks a bunch for the kind words. We really appreciate you taking to time to write a review. Safe travels. Dockmasters Henry, Joshua, and Eddie.

by verity on Oct 19, 2018
Extremely accommodating. Docks somewhat exposed

by watty770 on Aug 26, 2018
We love River Forest Marina. This was our third time docking there in the last two years. The dock crew is very attentive... Always! We also like having the golf carts available to go to town to eat. Shower facilities are not over the top but very, very nice. Look forward to our next trip to Belhaven and RFM!

by rapidanne on May 08, 2018
Always a great stay! Henry and Josh take good care of transient boaters...clean, modern bath facilities and complementary golf carts to ride into Belhaven (which is easily walkable as well). Gotta eat at Spoon River while you’re there...ethereal setting and expertly prepared food.

by captainbulldog on Apr 08, 2018
Big ole Henry and this marina is what Southern Hospitality is all about. Easy in and out. Grab a free golf cart and ride into town for Spoon River Restaurant....world class!!! Great hardware store close by. Just love this stop.
Marina Response:
Captain Bulldog, it is always a pleasure to hear from you! Thank you for thoughtful comments about Spoon River Restaurant and The River Forest Manor and Marina. Please stop again soon if your schedule permits. Love to see you again. Dockmaster Henry
Member Discounts

Dockwa and BoatUS have teamed up to bring you discounts for all BoatUS marinas. If you are a BoatUS member, go to your Dockwa account and add your BoatUS member information to get the following discounts at this marina.

  1. 10% Off Transient Slips
  2. 10% Off Electricity

About River Forest Marina

Located on the beautiful Belhaven coastline, the River Forest Marina has been a haven for cruisers of vessels large and small for more than 70 years.

Completely restored to its prime, the Marina is more than just a place to dock along your charted course—it’s a destination you’ll want to visit again and again.

The Marina offers a protected harbor just inside the breakwall on Pantego Creek, convenient waterway access to the Pungo River and greater Pamlico Sound.

Lat Fall and Winter Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Closed. Thanksgiving Eve and Day.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical


  • Hotel/Lodging
  • Ice
  • Laundry
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Winter Storage
  • Wireless Internet



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