Paducah Transient Boat Dock

About the Transient Boat Dock

boaters' choice 2018Paducah is uniquely situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.  In 2017, the City of Paducah opened its 340-foot transient boat dock adjacent to a newly constructed park area that extends into the Ohio River.  The park provides a harbor area for the transient dock and creates the potential for the development of a future marina.

Paducah's Transient Boat Dock is a recipient of the 2017 and 2018 Boaters' Choice Award through  This award is based on boater reviews.

The dock, located downstream from the heart of historic downtown Paducah, provides space for transient boaters to enjoy Paducah by spending a few hours or spending several nights.  Amenities include fuel (diesel and marine grade gasoline), water, power pedestals, and a sewer pumpout station (seasonal for water and sewer amenities).  Note:  To launch a boat, visit the Ohio River Boat Launch at North 6th and Burnett Streets.

Winterizing the Dock:  The dock is winterized in the late fall with water and sewer pump-out amenities drained and winterized to prevent damage to the pipes.  The dock remains open during the winter with fuel and power available for boaters.  HOWEVER, if the Ohio River is near 39 feet or above, all amenities (power, fuel, sewer, and water) are disconnected.  Effective October 31, 2019, the water and sewer amenties will not be available until Spring 2020.

Contact Number:  There is no attendant on site.  Call 270-538-9849 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. seven days a week for reservation and fuel information and to find out about docking conditions.  An attendant will be able to go to the dock to assist you between those hours.   

Dock Location, Information, and Rules:

-Due to a downstream shoal, vessels are advised to approach the dock perpendicular from the navigation channel to avoid grounding.
-Dock is located at Ohio River mile marker 935 (Tennessee River mile marker 0).  Dock is upstream from Brookport Lock & Dam 52.
-Docking is allowed on the river and shore sides of the dock.
-Mooring is available to transient boaters and their guests. The dock is not for commercial or charter purposes.
-Daytime temporary moorage is allowed at no charge between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
-Dock does not provide a security gate.
-The dock does NOT have showers, laundry, or restroom facilities on site.  There is a public restroom facility downtown at the corner of Jefferson and Water Streets, but it doesn’t have showers.
-Fishing and swimming are not allowed from the dock.
-Smoking is prohibited on the dock and within the marked fueling area.
-Pets in dock area must be controlled on a leash.
-Bicycles, skates, skateboards, soooters, mopeds, and other motorized vehicles shall not be used on the dock.  Motorized wheelchairs are allowed.
-Camping is not allowed in the adjacent park area.
-Full List of Paducah Transient Dock Rules & Regulations 


-Overnight reservations can be requested online using Dockwa.  (No discounts).  The price is per foot of boat in addition to the cost for electrical needs. Reservations by credit card only through Dockwa (no cash transactions).
-Call 270-538-9849 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week for reservation information.
-Reservation check-in is 3 p.m.  Check-out is 11 a.m.
-Nine (9) electrical/water mooring pedestals are available: 30 AMP-12v - $5.00; Dual 30 AMP-12v - $30.00; 50 AMP-240v - $10.00; Dual 50 AMP–240v - $20.00.  
-There is no charge for water.
-Boaters are permitted to stay a maximum of 14 consecutive days and then must vacate the facility for a 48 hour minimum.
-Visit the Paducah Transient Dock Rules & Regulations for the cancellation and no-show policies.


-Call 270-538-9849 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. seven days a week to request a fueling attendant and to find out about fuel prices.  (No discounts)
-Fuel by credit card only (no cash transactions).
-Fueling facility (located on shore side of dock) has Valvetech products, diesel and 90 octane non-ethanol unleaded gasoline.
-Free pump out with purchase of twenty-five (25) gallons of fuel or more.
-Water and sewer operations are seasonally based.

Boaters' Choice Awards

Boaters Choice Badge

2018 Boaters' choice notified the City of Paducah that Paducah’s Transient Boat Dock is a recipient of the 2018 Boaters’ Choice Award.  This is the second consecutive year for Paducah to receive the award which honors marinas and docks that consistently provide an excellent home for the boating community.

According to, 217 marinas/docking facilities are being honored for going the extra mile in 2018 for boaters. The Boaters’ Choice Award is based on reviews by boaters.  To be recognized, each facility had to receive at least three reviews averaging a rating of four or more stars out of five stars.

Below are a couple of the reviews posted by boaters who enjoyed Paducah’s amenities in 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.
  • Fantastic Dock that we will visit again and again. Within walking distance of the downtown with plenty to see and do! Restaurants 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!!

In 2018, 360 boats docked at Paducah’s Transient Boat Dock spending a total of 522 nights. 

Enjoy Your Visit to Paducah

The dock is in a perfect location to enjoy Paducah's historic downtown and Lower Town neighborhood, a nationally-known neighborhood that is full of art galleries and beautifully renovated historic homes.  

Within one to two blocks of the dock are the seasonal Farmers' Market, the National Quilt Museum of the United States, the Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront, and Paducah's Convention Centers (Schroeder Expo Center and Julian Carroll Convention Center).  

With just a four block walk, you will encounter the heart of downtown Paducah with numerous shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, and the Dafford Floodwall Murals.  

Visit the Things to Do page to learn more.  Plus, if you need a map or help planning your perfect stay, the staff at the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 128 Broadway are eager to help.

Read the blog posted on Dockwa titled Why Great Loop Cruisers Love Paducah's Transient Boat Dock

Read the 2018 article in Waterway Explorer Magazine titled Paducah Offers New Stop on the Great Loop.

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