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City of Paducah Transient Docks


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500 North Riverfront
Paducah, KY 42001
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39 Reviews

by corporal8152 on Nov 17, 2019
Jones was an excellent host, and waited for us a while after closing, in order to make sure we arrived safely. Paducah is a lovely town, within a few blocks walk. Safe and secure- excellent facility and staff!

by thibideau on Nov 09, 2019
Super helpful guiding us in and getting us tied up. Docks are in great shape. Plenty of depth for our sailboat.

by kissedsomefrogs on Nov 07, 2019
Great town docks. Docks and staff are excellent. Lots to do and see within walking distance. The only ding, is no bathroom facilities.

by nautoncall on Oct 24, 2019
New docks are awesome except a little trickey getting into the back side. Bathrooms were too far away so we didn't see them. Wifi poor.

by ktbowles on Oct 05, 2019
Jay and the rest of the dock staff were excellent.

by cruisingonislandtime on Oct 01, 2019
Nice floating docks, fuel, electric, & pump out and reasonable price. 10 minute walk into town with several good restaurants and bars. No marina office or other amenities. City employees come down to docks. Very friendly.

by oneeyedogcrew on Oct 01, 2019
Nice stop in a cute town

by thejourney on Sep 30, 2019
John and his group did a great job! A real asset to the Paducah community!

by jackiejo on Sep 24, 2019
John, Jay, & Blaine, were the most helpful Dock personnel we have experienced in 4,000 miles. They were always available and would accommodate every request/need we had great job guys!!

by stacymartin on Sep 21, 2019
We only stayed 1 night but throughly enjoyed it. We were a late arriver but we were welcomed by everyone else staying on the dock. The next morning we took a short walk into town where the farmers market was going on. We also enjoyed breakfast at the Gold Rush Cafe. The dock hands were very helpful. They made sure to accommodate as many people as possible. We will be back since this is close to home.

by tomlyng on Aug 30, 2019
Loved the docks and the town. Would be a 5 with bathrooms.

by williamboom on Aug 05, 2019
The employees were friendly and even drove us to the grocery store and back. Love the town. Worth a stop

by _jsb3q4zxyw7jgpfnyzu on Nov 10, 2018
Water being turned off but they didcall me to advise

by ksmcharg on Nov 09, 2018
New dock, no current on the inside, easy walk to restaurants, fuel and free pump out available till 4:00 pm.

by breathless on Nov 02, 2018
Beautiful dock and the dock guy that helped us dock was very nice! Easy reservations. A little wakey but had to expect that being right on the River. Great location to the downtown area which we enjoyed very much! Would have given 5 stars has there been restroom facilities. Will definitely use again if we are back in the area!

by mickand on Oct 28, 2018
Coming through in 2015, I couldn't understand why Paducah had no facilities for cruisers. This has now been wonderfully resolved with the new docks. I hope the town reaps the benefits from all the cruisers that stop by. I grocery shopped and had dinner in town so hope I helped the economy in some small way. The docks are a superb piece of engineering and built at considerable cost. We appreciate the town's foresight.

by evanhdillon on Oct 21, 2018
The marina is a new town dock with capacity for several boats. Diesel fuel available (maybe gas too). New pump-out. Some minor wake from passing barges, but not too much. Stay on the inside of the dock if possible. No security, but it's not really needed here. Paducah is a great town and well worth an extra day. The Lower Town Arts District has great restaurants and shops. Really atmospheric.

by rgrobbins on Oct 15, 2018
Three reasons for a high rating: 1. This dock put this section of the Loop within reach for my small boat without carrying extra fuel. 2. Jaylon, the dock attendant was as helpful as could be and always had a smile. I attempted to tip him and he refused, saying it is not City policy. 3. It is first marina I encountered in many stops that carried ethanol-free Rec-90.

by quilter2000 on Oct 14, 2018
Great marina with floating docks, great power, and an easy walk into downtown for shops, museums, and restaurants. Highly recommended.

by carylmoulder on Oct 07, 2018
The docks and dock master were excellent. He was very busy, professional and functional. He would greatly benefit to have a vhf radio to give docking direction instead of yelling

by aks63 on Oct 01, 2018
Jon the dock attendant was great!!!! Very willing to help you. The problem they over book the dock all three nights which created a mess having to raft boats and boats taking the space on fuel dock. Of course there were unhappy boats with this but Jon rear is probably still sore but he did what he could to make it a pleasant stay. And Jon did not take the reservation.

by iansails on Oct 01, 2018
Jon the dockmaster was superb. Only real snag at Paducah was that we found the wifi to be unusable. Couldn't log in.

by rossdc1980 on Sep 30, 2018
Would suggest a full time dock master.

by caeruleus on Sep 30, 2018
Paducah has a hice facility and Jon does his best to "tighten-up" the transients to get everyone in. However, they overbooked the night we arrived late, requiring a raft-up in the dark in adverse current. Anecdotally, this is occuring regularly this season. I believe that it's bad form to confirm a reservation and then re-sell that space for the same nite.

by curtwhite on Sep 29, 2018
Top notch facility. Could use staff in afternoon to facilitate/organize docking.

by bdenison51 on Sep 13, 2018
Great new docks with self serve fuel and pump out. Very convenient to a very nice small town with several good restaurants

by barbcavin on Sep 10, 2018
Docks are an engineering marvel. 18 pilings, 3ft diameter 50ft high with a 300ft stainless steel ramp to the Riverside Park. No amenities, but brand new pedestals 30 & 50 Amp and water. Valvtect fuel. Right in Downtown. Best stop since Chicago. Although they do not have an office, they do respond by telephone and will be there to meet you.

by qcaptain on Sep 10, 2018
Fantastic Dock that we will visit again and again. Within walking distance of the downtown with plenty to see and do! Re Stu rants and downtown merchants are many and the River Wall art and The Quilt Museum with the Ohio river are fun things to see. Thanks Paducah!!

by hogitz on Jul 06, 2018
Dock is nice, They have fuel, but no Wifi and no showers or bathrooms. The town is nice.

by tlocklaw on Jul 05, 2018
This is a very nice transient dock, but good luck getting someone to answer the phone to come and provide fuel. We made reservations and docked in Paducah the weekend of June 29 - July 1, 2018. The website says fuel available 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week by calling a telephone number provided. However, I called the number all day Saturday and half the day Sunday and never got any answer. It was the weekend before the Fourth of July, and we never saw a single person affiliated with the dock, thus we had to pull out to go get fuel. Additionally, I paid for electric in my reservation, but because I could not reach anyone, I never used the electric. Maybe I was just expected to help myself to it, but I did not feel comfortable doing that without express instructions. Thus, I never used any electric for which I paid. Overall, the dock is physically wonderful and is a super addition to downtown Paducah, but don't rely upon it for fuel or any type of human assistance.

by dwarn on Oct 22, 2017
We arrived in the dark after Lock 52. Easy in and out. New docks and pedestals with electric and water. Fuel and pump out available by arrangement, contact information clearly posted. Easy walk in to town. Very helpful staff came by to check on us and answer questions/provide local information/suggestions. No washrooms, showers or laundry.

by dborcky on Oct 20, 2017
It was very very nice. We are from Kentucky Lake and couldn't wait for the marina to open so we could visit someplace local. Its differently an asset to the downtown community. Job well done.

by pattongd on Oct 10, 2017
Great location,great people, wonderful dock. Needs bathrooms and showers. Until they build their own they should consider partnering with the Holiday Inn to provide access to their facilities for a small charge. Hotels in Oswego, NY provide this service and is well received by the boaters.

by philinchicago on Oct 06, 2017
Lovely dock and staff

by tyreless on Sep 30, 2017
This is a transient dock, not a marina, so my ranking reflects that. Also it has only been open a week or so. The new dock is lovely and has both 50 and 30 amp power and water. They sell diesel and gas and have a pump out facility. The two guys who were running things were extremely helpful and great ambassadors for Paducah. When we were here the BBQ on the River festival was on, lots of food and live music! Also the National Quilt Museum is a block away. We loved our short stay in Paducah! There were some interested locals visiting the dock (it is open to the public) but there was a security person on the dock in the evening. What is lacking: the staff need portable VHF radios! A nearby place to buy ice and some basic groceries.

by robertturnbull on Sep 23, 2017
The facility is spot on, but there is no one on site to assist with docking. There are no assigned slips. They overbooked the marina the two nights we had reservations so many boats had to raft out and getting power to all the boats was a hassle. Maybe after a while they will figure out how to operate this facility, but for now expect problems.

by kajohnso1 on Sep 22, 2017
Great facility in which we could tie up to either side of the dock. Beautiful downtown area within a couple of blocks from the dock with many great restaurants (some with live music), and cute shops. The town has cab and Lift services to stock up supplies from Wal-Mart or a local grocery store. We also enjoyed the 4 mile bike path just a couple blocks from the city dock. Could have stayed another day to take in the many museums. What a GREAT stop!!!

by chiphillyer on Sep 21, 2017
Great Faclity!! They really have a 1st class dock

by gwolovle on Aug 22, 2017
the city is great but the docks have new construction issues , the city parks employees are the best.
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About City of Paducah Transient Docks

The City of Paducah's new Transient Docks are a brand new installation on Paducah's riverfront.

The next generation is really why we're here today... The riverfront is the one common neighborhood for everyone in this area. The one neighborhood that everyone shares is the river, because afterall, that is how Paducah got here.

The great old river is replete with history of the United States of America. I want to help the community enhance the river experience so that this common neighborhood that everyone has will be a place to go and enjoy yourself for years and years to come.

-- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (August 28, 2006 on Paducah's Riverfront)

Booking Info

We can be reached DAILY from 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM to answer any customer service related inquiries regarding reservations, fuel pricing or other information at the following numbers:

  • Monday - Friday: (270) 538-9849
  • Saturday & Sunday: (270) 816-5607 or (270) 816-5608
  • Any calls, reservations, requested fuel pumping assistance, or other inquiries that come after 04:00 PM will be handled the next business day.


  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Book online through Dockwa - credit card only, no discounts

Fuel Facility

  • Daily Hours: 8:30 – 4:00
  • Credit card only - no discounts
  • Valvtech Products
  • Diesel
  • 90 Octane Non-ethanol Unleaded Gasoline
  • Free pump out with purchase of twenty-five gallons of fuel or more

Electric & Water

  • 9 Electrical/Water Mooring Pedestals Available
  • No water charges
  • Water/sewer operations are seasonally based
  • 30 AMP-12v - $5.00
  • Dual 30 AMP-12v - $10.00
  • 50 AMP-240v - $10.00
  • Dual 50 AMP–240v - $20.00

Tax Rate

  • Due to recent legislation passed by the state of Kentucky, as of July 1st, 2018, docking and electrical fees will now include a 6% sales tax. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Other Info

  • Mooring is available to transient boaters and their guests
  • Dock does not provide a security gate
  • Fishing and swimming are not allowed from the dock

Special Alert

  • Transient boaters are advised that a downstream shoal exists. To avoid grounding vessels are to approach the dock perpendicular from the navigation channel.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical


  • Pumpout



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