River Dunes Marina


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465 E Harborside Rd
Oriental, NC 28571
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
VHF 16

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31 Reviews

by Justin R. - Verified user on Nov 20, 2023
Always a great stay at River Dunes. The staff is top-notch, the facilities and setting is beautiful.

by Tom M. - Verified user on Nov 07, 2023
Great facility. Dockmaster extremely helpful and friendly. Unfortunately we were looking forward to the “steam” shower but it wasn’t working. No big deal.

by George W. - Verified user on Nov 07, 2023
Scott and his crew are the best.

by Walt E. - Verified user on Oct 29, 2023
This is very nice marina tucked away in a very pretty inlet. I would give it 5 except for the distance from Oriental (6mile) to restaurants and shopping. My bad for not realizing that when I booked it.

by barbara m. - Verified user on Oct 29, 2023
UNBELIEVABLE! When the dockmaster confirmed we would be staying for one night and I replied that I'd like to renegotiate and stay for the rest of my life . . .says it all. What a beautiful spot unlike any other. Highly recommend.

by Raymond H. - Verified user on Oct 28, 2023
Scott the Dockmaster is always so helpful, friendly and professional. If you arrive late week into the weekend you can enjoy a lovely dinner at their clubhouse. The facilities are southern living beautiful. Fellow boaters are always delighted to see you and your fur babies too!

by Steven B. - Verified user on Oct 28, 2023
Awesome. Staff is first class and facility is a resort.

by Jamie H. - Verified user on Oct 12, 2023
River Dunes Marina is such a cute little “town”. Very attentive dockhand. Hot tubs were still open in October great boaters lounge and showers.

by Walter M. - Verified user on Oct 07, 2023
Very nice marina. Amenities all in good shape. Main restaurant was closed (not sure if it was a planned or seasonal shutdown, did not ask), small cafe offered great food options but has limited hrs and days of the week when we visited in Oct. The propane grill had no gas tank, was in poor condition,..and not useable. outside BBQ tables had been removed (not sure if removed due to potential Tropical Storm Ophelia or end of season).

by Jill B. - Verified user on Oct 02, 2023
Great experience. Friendly, helpful staff and wonderful facilities.

by Chuck S. - Verified user on Sep 24, 2023
River Dunes is one of the finest Marinas on the ICW! Located in a beautiful Community, with excellent amenities - a wonderful Captains Lounge, Pool and Hot Tub, Yawl’s Cafe for Breakfast or Lunch, and the Harbor House for dinner. The docks are in excellent condition, and WiFi is strong. If you are cruising the ICW, this is a Must Stop!

by Rick R. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2023
Great hurricane hole with floating docks. Super amenities including Yacht club, pool , bar, restaurants, courtesy car, nice showers and restrooms. Very luxurious environment.

by Trey G. - Verified user on Jul 20, 2023
Traveling from Annapolis to Sarasota and this marina so far has been the best we have seen!!!! Can not recommend it enough!!

by Andre E. on Nov 06, 2020
This is a bonafide review from my trip to River Dunes on October 29, 2020. Upon arrival, I ran aground in the entry channel in 7.5 feet of water (per my depthfinder) due to what I felt were rocks in the port side of the channel. The next day, I had a diver confirm that my prop was trashed and then had the same diver walk the channel in the area of impact. He did indeed find multiple rocks at depths of 4.5 feet at points as far away as 9 feet from rocks on port side of the channel. I have the video proof of the rocks for anyone interested. I took the case to Scott Bearhope, Marina Operations Manager an he denied the presence of rocks even with the video evidence. Thus far they have been non-responsive to my reasonable request for the marine to pay for the damage to my boat from the unmarked obstacles in the channel. I love the marina, but the failure of the owners to take responsibility for my damage and then to either mark the channel appropriately or remove the rocks is unbelievable for a facility on this level.

by James B. - Verified user on Jun 11, 2020
Excellent facilities. Good service. Very good dining. We will return.

by John S. - Verified user on Jun 11, 2020
Best transient stop on ICW!

by Donald A. - Verified user on Apr 20, 2020
Great spot! Awesome staff!

by Bill K. - Verified user on Oct 28, 2019
From Maine to the Keys, we have not had a better experience than at River Dunes. We are return visitors and it is always a pleasure to stop there. We look forward to another visit in the spring!

by Kim D. - Verified user on Oct 21, 2019
This is a first class marina. The staff are amazingly hospitable. I felt like I was visiting friends. The facilities are exceptional and the restaurants have great selections and terrific service. I highly recommend staying here if you are heading south on the ICW...or north!

by Nick E. - Verified user on Oct 11, 2019
Great relaxing marina with excellent facilities and outstanding staff.

by Tracy H. - Verified user on Jul 02, 2019
Top Shelf marina in our top 5 on east coast

by ron m. on May 27, 2019
Staff was professional and very helpful. They helped me with a flat tire issue on my boat trailer while traveling from Florida to Mass. Not sure what I would have done had they not been so great. I will be staying there again in the fall when I head back to Florida.

by Adrian I. - Verified user on May 06, 2019
Beautiful & quiet. Top shelf facilities. Fairly isolated with two restaurants, one closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Approach is shallow- stay in the middle of the ditch!

by Michael B. - Verified user on Nov 28, 2018
One of the best marinas. Beautiful village to walk around in. Swimming pool, clean spa showers, pet friendly! We love staying here. Cafe includes breakfast service

by Donald G. - Verified user on Jun 20, 2018
Modern first class marina with amenities. Wi-fi available but spotty sometimes. Restaurants (YAWLS Cafe & Harbor Club) have limited hours and are not open every day, so check the schedule if you want to eat at these excellent restaurants. Swimming pool and cabanas are great.

by Capt O. - Verified user on May 11, 2018
Great stop. Solid staff. Fantastic amenities. New shops and restaurant were open. Looking forward to returning.

by Anonymous - Verified user on Apr 29, 2018
Very helpful dock hands. Beautiful facility. Opened restaurant for pizza night for large group of Loopers stranded by weather.

by Pam H. on Sep 09, 2016
2016 Boater's Choice Award Winner as Voted by Members and Visitors of Marinas.com

by Al B. on Nov 16, 2013
This has to be the nicest marina I have ever been to....and when your home port is the nicest marina on Lake Ontario, this is a hard decision to come by. Rich, Rick and crew have it all together here

by Kimberly E. on Apr 10, 2012
I visited River Dunes a couple of weeks ago and now know where to find heaven! The entire experience was perfect. While there, I took advantage of as much as I could, the Harbor Club, the fitness room, bikes, laundry and especially the beautiful cottages. Beautifully decorated and filled with all you need to stay a night, a week or forever. Now, I’ve stopped at many spots along the east coast and River Dunes has become my favorite. It’s a first class resort with a comfortable feel. And it's not far from the quaint town of Oriental where you can find wonderful restaurants, great shops (Marsha's Cottage, I'll be back) and provisions. JC, Louise and the entire staff made me feel like I was visiting with family. I will be back.

by Bob F. on Nov 09, 2011
Oct 2008 - Dockmaster JC Cappleman and his staff make this beautiful facility feel like home. Pool, spa, exercise room, clean and modern showers, loaner cars, new floating docks and friendly boaters' suppers in front of the clubhouse fireplace . . . all combine to make River Dunes an unforgettable gem on the ICW. Oct 2011 - We've visited River Dunes five times now on our way north or south. If you haven't stopped by yet in favor of another marina or anchorage, you're missing one of the best spots on the waterway.
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  1. $.10 Off per Gallon of Fuel

About River Dunes Marina

Welcome to River Dunes. A protected marina on the Intracoastal Waterway at MM 173 with year-round boating, floating docks, private steam showers, and transient dockage. The River Dunes Harbor Club is a boating and social club overlooking Grace Harbor, located in the heart of River Dunes - a boating community just north of Oriental, NC with outstanding onshore amenities. The protected entrance channel opens into Broad Creek, a natural deep-water creek just off the ICW and Neuse River. A must-see destination on the ICW.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical

Listed Pump Prices

Last Updated on 12/07/2023 at 3:06PM

  • Premium Gas: $5.25

  • Diesel: $4.30


  • Ship Store
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Launch Ramp
  • Swimming Pool
  • Groceries
  • Hotel/Lodging
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Floating Docks
  • Captains Lounge



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