Pickering Wharf Marina

$4/ft - $4.50/ft

Not Offered

Day Trip
$4/ft - $4.50/ft

Salem, MA 01970
Check-in after 11:00 AM
Check-out before 11:00 AM

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65 Reviews

by Paul L. - Verified user on Nov 30, 2023
Very Friendly and helpful people, great atmosphere on Haloween!

by Richard E. - Verified user on Nov 09, 2023
Easy in, easy out. Right in the heart of Halloween festivities.

by Gian C. - Verified user on Oct 03, 2023
We have been visiting Pickering Wharf for years - Mike the dockmaster makes the difference! Simply great !

by Clive J. - Verified user on Oct 02, 2023
We had a great time for an overnight here. The anchorage is right in the heart of Salem, the water is extremely well-protected and although there is a lot of night-time activity surrounding the location, it was quiet by 10. Mike, the dockmaster, was easy to reach and responded promptly. The docks are in *excellent* shape. Approach is not complicated and we had plenty of room to maneuver our 41' boat in and out. The marina is super close to downtown, but there are plenty of eating and drinking options within 100 yds. I did read the comments about the bathrooms and honestly, although they were the part of the facility which needs the most attention (because not much else does), they were perfectly acceptable. The bath/laundry is all behind a common door (with key-code access only). There are 3 seperate toilets and 2 showers, each with a door that locks (either a push-button or a barrel latch). The area was pretty clean. For sure, I've been to marinas where I just preferred to shower on the boat, but this wasn't even close. I was perfectly happy with them.

by Ed W. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2023
Dock master and staff were awesome!

by Caraline L. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2023
Dick welcomed us at the dock and was helpful and kind. The second day the dock person was condescending and disrespectful. The location of our slip was at the end of the marina and it wasn’t busy so it was easy to get in and out. Keep to the middle of the channel. Our sailboat was fine getting though during low tide with 4’ 3” draft. The liquor store ran out of ice but you can get it at the gas station. It would be nice of the marina had ice. The bathrooms and showers look gross. The breakfast places don’t open until 8:00. But some cafes are open at 7:00. The icream store closes at 9. Hours may be different on the weekend.

by Steven L. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2023
Convenient location minutes from downtown, restaurants and sights like house of seven gables. Bathrooms are of community camping quality, fair. Two Individual toilets with locking door, and two shower stalls with locking door, sliding latch. Overall Quiet, tranquil. Would stay again

by Patrick F. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2023
Great spot! Mike was very helpful with a faulty dock power connection. New posts are nice looking, but very touchy GFCI’s. Mike helped with a 50’ 50A cord to an original power post. Great weekend!

by jim d. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Great spot. Very protected. Close walk to everything

by Mark I. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2023
Great location with plenty of shops and restaurants. The Marina was clean and quiet. The person who ran the place made is super easy for us and made sure we had everything we needed. The Marianas was located where there was very little movement which made it extra comfortable while sleeping on board.

by Thomas T. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2023
Great protected downtown location, nice floating docks and we enjoyed the Dockmaster but the showers were awful. Dirty and buggy.

by Joel A. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2023
Great location. Nice floating docks. Bathroom shower area is filthy.

by Ward C. - Verified user on Jul 03, 2023
Incredible location and great service.

by David S. - Verified user on Jun 20, 2023
Great location, steps from town. Dick was very helpful in helping to tie up the boat, linear dock with a side tie up down a long and narrow channel. Not picturesque but a very convenient location close to everything. Would definitely stay here again

by Paul T. - Verified user on Jun 11, 2023
Nice marina, you can walk to so many things in town. Highly recommend.

by Brendt D. - Verified user on Jun 04, 2023
Dockmaster Mike was very helpful. What a great little hidden gem.

by Stephen T. - Verified user on Oct 23, 2022
We had a great stay!
Marina Response:
Thank you

by Julee C. - Verified user on Oct 17, 2022
Mike the dockmaster was very helpful and pleasant. \nHad a great time

by Paul B. - Verified user on Oct 15, 2022
Love everything about Pickering - except the bathrooms. They could use some updating. Mike is wonderful.

by Rolf G. - Verified user on Oct 01, 2022
Wonderful time, and staff was very helpful.

by Robert P. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2022
From the moment that we contacted the Dockmaster, Mike, he was extremely accommodating to find a spot for us 3 days sooner than planned. From that point on, everything was great to include its proximity to great restaurants and nightlife just a few steps away. We look forward to many more visits to Pickering Wharff to visit our new grand daughter.

by Brian H. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2022
Well located marina, close to downtown Salem. Mike was extremely helpful. Facilities need some TLC. Best to approach or leave at mid-tide as depths at low water may be challenging for boats with drafts greater than 5 feet.

by Lawrence S. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2022
No Wi-Fi. Restrooms were not good. Common showers with no locks on doors for privacy. Should not be mixed with laundry.

by Kevin F. - Verified user on Jun 24, 2022
Great stay! Great Town with lots to explore! Mike at the marina was welcoming and helpful!

by Brian C. - Verified user on Jun 12, 2022
Beautiful marina. Excellent staff. Only minor complaint. The bathroom. Reds some TLC (staff is working on it)

by Kelly B. - Verified user on May 24, 2022
We booked last minute and everyone at Pickering Wharf was able to accomodate. Additionally, the entire stay, the dockmaster was very responsive, calling back for several needs including a spare ship to shore line until we had our new one available! Visit Picker Wharf!

by Kristine B. - Verified user on Sep 24, 2021
Very pleasant stay. Gated marina with great location to dining, shopping or just walking the waterfront. 2-hour parking for your guests right out front or there is a garage down the road. Very helpful staff.

by Aaron K. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2021
Loved this marina! The owner was really nice and helpful! Close to all the sites! Great restaurants and shops within walking distance. Clean laundry and restroom facilities. They have a beer garden at the end of the dock that has live entertainment on certain nights! The marina is well protected! Highly recommend l!

by Deb S. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2021
We had a great time at Pickering Wharf in Salem! Mike the dockmaster was friendly and helpful and was waiting to grab our lines and show us to our slip. We enjoyed great people-watching and a fabulous meal at nearby Sea Level, where we could sit at the bar and look out at our boat. Security was good with gate codes. There is a lot to see and do in Salem and it's perfect for a weekend getaway. We will definitely go there again.

by Carley D. - Verified user on Aug 29, 2021
HORRIBLE experience. We reserved a slip and could not make it due to extremely rough seas. Called the dock phone and the man advised I call the dock master and try to reschedule our stay. When I talked to the dock master he was extremely rude and said there was nothing he could do. It appears he would have rather we risked our safety than accommodate a request to credit a different night. We will not be returning.

by Peter C. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2021
Mike was a great help. First class service

by John M. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2021
Very friendly staff

by Curt D. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2021
Great slip downtown and great hospitality from Mike

by Robert T. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2021
Great place in the heart of Salem- lots of activity and great restaurants (Finz) yet quiet at night. Very protected and docks in great shape. Dockmaster, Mike, was great as well. Word of caution (and why not 5 stars), restroom/shower facilities are atrocious! First off, it’s unisex so minimal privacy. Filthy and obviously never updated, they were not cleaned or supplied all weekend- bring your own TP and to avoid unspeakable communicable disease plan to shower on your boat!

by Tod J. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2021
Love the dock master. Great guy. He makes that place work!

by Tom D. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2021
Fun spot, right next to everything. Will definitely come again.

by Nick I. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2021
This is a very secure and well protected marina. It is close to fine restaurants and museums. Great stay! Dockmaster Mike is very attentive and helpful.

by Stephen B. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2021
Mike was great. Thank you

by Ernest D. - Verified user on Jun 30, 2021
Dock Master was extremely helpful and accommodating. Gave use a great spot for our stay and made sure we had everything we needed. Great location with lots to do and restaraunts. Would stay there again. Thanks Mike.

by Sean T. - Verified user on Jun 29, 2021
Bathrooms and showers very dirty. No ice. Little attention.

by John D. - Verified user on Jun 27, 2021
Great town to visit. Great location. Mike took good care of us!

by Debbie S. - Verified user on Jun 16, 2021
Great service and location

by Diane S. - Verified user on Jun 07, 2021
Amazing. Great location and great staff! Can’t wait to go back !!!! Perfect! Diane and Phil “Born Free” Boston

by Ann L. - Verified user on Apr 28, 2021
Mike is a fabulous dock master! He helped us tie up when we arrived and told us about the area for restaurants and other information. He was very pleasant and fun during our stay! Mike also helped us out of our dock space upon departure! Thank you, Ann and Brendan
Marina Response:
Thanks guys.

by Thomas S. - Verified user on Oct 13, 2020
The marina was well taken care of and the dockmaster Mike was very helpful getting the boat in and out. Definitely come back again.

by Anonymous - Verified user on Oct 12, 2020
Always a great stop on the scenic north shore coast! Excellent service by the dock master Mike, he really makes the difference at this marina. Highly recommend for location to restaurants and shopping and just an overall great experience.

by Phill B. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2020
Great Stay. Dockmaster was very accomodating, assisted with tie up. Quiet docks.

by Benjamin M. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2020
We have stayed here before and always enjoy Mike and the Pickering Wharf area. A bonus for cruisers is the convenience of the commuter rail which can take you to Boston, or to Rockport or Newburyport -all worth a visit. Mike had to set a record for the quickest Dockwa confirmation-less than five minutes! Outstanding👍

by Martin D. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2020
Clean and orderly marina, dead quiet at night despite being right in downtown Salem. The Finz restaurant just a few steps away from your slip is excellent and provides ample outdoor seating. Walk 10-15 to all the historical attractions and fun shops in town.

by Melvin B. - Verified user on Aug 02, 2020
Great location. Dock hands were not friendly and the bathrooms were extremely difficult to find and were filthy.

by Anonymous on Nov 06, 2019
pickering wharf has been a pleasure! the dockmaster has helped me tremendously with my boat. best marina ever!

by Christine G. - Verified user on Sep 29, 2019
Great spot! Very Accomodating
Marina Response:
Thanks Outcast always a pleasure to have boaters who can drive.

by Robert l. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2019
Great stay. Very convenient to shopping and historic sites

by Tyler A. - Verified user on Aug 26, 2019
I very much enjoyed the communication received from this marina. The marina sent an SMS with instructions to where I would be spending the night. Close to the heart of Salem, walkable to restaurants and provisions. The laundry/bathroom area was serviceable, not remarkable. The 30amp power couldn't provide 30amps (I was drawing 3200W and the breaker would blow within a few minutes). The pontoons could have used more regular scat-removal. But it was a good location, good/friendly service. I'd visit again.
Marina Response:
Thanks guys. Bathrooms do need some work.

by James F. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2019
Very nice place. Good docks, great location. Mike the dock master was very helpful. Great stay !
Marina Response:
Thanks for the review guys.

by Jason F. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2019
Great location. Staff was nice enough. The bathrooms were horrendous. Just a little cleaning would go a long way.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the review guys. Bathrooms do need a bit more work.

by David M. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2019
Great spot for easy town access

by brad f. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2019
Great We're staying an extra night!

by Willard B. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2019
Clean, efficient and right down town.

by Rusty l. - Verified user on Jul 28, 2019
The bathroom facilities are not very clean, had no soap to wash your hands and are tiny. I have closets in my house bigger then the bathroom/ shower/ laundry there . Besides that Salem is a great town with a feel of really being away considering it was only 25 miles away by boat ( about an hour ) .

by David K. - Verified user on Sep 23, 2018
Great location, great staff. Will definitely return next time we are in the area.

by Doug L. - Verified user on Aug 31, 2018
Very well protected & quiet marina, at least while the restaurant is closed for renovations. Salem is supremely walkable. No problems with electric & water. Will definitely return.

by Greg R. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2018
Dock hand didn’t respond to radio hailing on CH 9; reached finally by cellphone. Dockhand not available to assist in docking. Dockhand was unaware of our Dockwa reservation until he made a call. One restroom out of order; no toilet paper in second bathroom. Bathrooms not clean. The provided WiFi access code did not work. Convenient location with good restaurant nearby. Not enough of a reason to go back. We had stayed in prior years and had significantly better experience. Our recommendation is to choose Brewers Hawthorne marina nearby.
Marina Response:
Looks like you caught us on a bad day.

by Michael B. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2018
Although the location is great It is one of the dirtiest facilities I know.. Baths and showers are filthy

by Paul C. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2018
On the plus side, it is centrally located, the docks were good and they had reasonable wifi. Pretty much everything else was a minus: dock hands who could generously be described as useless, horrible bath rooms/showers, no marina information, no one seemed to care much.

About Pickering Wharf Marina

In the heart of Salem, Pickering Wharf Marina is located adjacent to the hotel and can accommodate sail boats and power boats up to 120 feet for both summer and winter (protected) dockage. Pickering Wharf Marina is situated behind the Derby Wharf breakwater, so no matter what the weather the seas are calm. The only service we provide is fun. So book a weekend for a great time. For day trips contact the marina on ch.9 or call (978)210-4584. Weekends are $4.50 per foot a night (Fri. or Sat.).

Booking Info

72 hour cancelation policy. Boaters who cancel within 72 hours will be charged the full reservation amount.

Rate Info

Starting May 1st, 2020:

  • Sun - Thur: $4.00/ft/night
  • Fri - Sat: $4.50/ft/night
    • Booking Fri & Sat: Your reservation will be discounted prior to confirmation and have $4.50ft/night rate applied


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    • Launch Service
    • Wireless Internet
    • Restrooms
    • Showers
    • Laundry
    • Security
    • Groceries
    • Hotel/Lodging
    • Restaurant
    • Dog Park
    • Bait & Tackle
    • Floating Docks
    • Winter Storage
    • Pet Friendly
    • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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