{08} Manteo Waterfront Marina
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue (PO Box 1328)
Manteo, NC 27954-1328

Location: Roanoke Sound
252-305-4800 - Carl Jordan, Dockmaster
VHF Channel: 16/9

Description of Facilities

Situated in a picturesque and tranquil village setting less than a mile from Roanoke Sound, the Manteo Waterfront Marina offers excellent protection from the weather for vessels up to 150 feet. Quaint tree-lined streets, over 40,000 square feet of specialty retail shops on the waterfront, and several excellent restaurants and inns make staying at the Manteo Waterfront Marina an experience you will want to repeat year after year. The Waterfront Marina is at the center of Old Town Manteo.

This part of the Outer Banks is steeped in history. Manteo is the principal town on Roanoke Island, the place where in 1587 Sir Walter Raleigh established the first English colony in the New World - the settlement now known as the Lost Colony. For more than 400 years the disappearance of these original pioneers has remained a mystery and a cause of speculation for countless visitors and historians.

A short walk from the Marina is Festival Park and the Elizabeth II, a faithful reproduction of a late 16th century sailing vessel similar to the ones which brought the first settlers to Roanoke Island. Other close-by attractions include The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama (3 miles), The NC Aquarium (4 miles), Fort Raleigh and the Elizabethan Gardens (3 miles), the beautiful beaches of Nags Head (6 miles) and Hatteras Island (9 miles).

The Manteo Waterfront Marina is not huge but impressive. We have only 53 slips available, but this small number allows us to offer the kind of personal service which other larger facilities can't provide. With around 20 transient slips and 33 slips dedicated to seasonal and annual boaters, we offer transient, weekly, monthly & annual rates. And of course we will gladly arrange for repairs,  rental cars and even shuttle services to the international airport at Norfolk VA. Please call us for more information, and make it a point to visit us for several days on your way North or South.

Marina Approach & Docking

The Manteo Waterfront Marina is located on the East side of Roanoke Island at the head of Dough's Creek, in the Northwest corner of Shallowbag Bay.

From Roanoke Sound Channel marker #30A turn to the West-Southwest between Manteo Channel entrance markers Red #2M and Green #3. Continue past the Green #5, and then sequentially past the Red #6, #8 and #10. Turn onto a course of around 340° magnetic and you will be pointed at our facilities, a few hundred yards ahead. Controlling depth in Roanoke Channel and in the Manteo Channel is greater than 7 feet.

In 2000, the USCG re-marked the Manteo Entrance Channel (at Shallowbag Bay) by replacing the old Green-Over-Red junction marker "M", with a pair of day-marks - a red "2M" and a green "3". Mariners should be careful not to cut the Northwest corner when turning into the Manteo channel from the North. This means that you should leave the Roanoke Sound Channel green can marker #29C on your starboard side when you make your turn.

At our end of Roanoke Sound there is no measurable astronomical tide. Strong and persistent Northeast winds will lower the water level, reducing the depth in the thinnest spots to around 5.5 feet, but as soon as the wind moves out of the Northeast or East, the water level returns to normal within hours. Strong Westerly wind can increase the depth by several feet.

Because there is virtually no tide here, our docks are stationary with finger piers and tie-off pilings. Our facilities are available year round, and though reservations are recommended, they are not required. We monitor Ch 16 VHF and Ch 9 VHF. and you can call us from your cell phone at 252- 473-3320. Please call for more information or to make reservations, and make a point to visit us on your way North or South. Discover this magical place.

LAT: 35.910003 °N
LON: -75.66951
NOAA Chart 12204/12205

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At A Glance

Dockage Rate: $1.65/ft May-Oct, $1.40/ft Nov-Apr
MC/Visa/personal checks/cash/Traveler's checks
In-season, full-time manager on-site
Transient Slips/Total Slips:
8' or more/150'
$3.50 -30 Amp, $7.00 - 50 Amp, 30 Amp/no AC free
Available locally
Six on-site
Available locally
Yes/Yes; modern, clean
1 washer/2 dryers
Internet Access:
Ship's Store:
Less than a mile
Nearest Town/Miles:
In Manteo
Less than three miles
Rental cars
Block & bagged ice on-site, children's playground.