While many are traveling by car to the Washington Summer Festival this weekend, others are coming in by boat.
The waterfront dock master says all 36 paid boat slips are booked, with at least 10 boats on a waiting list. Dock officials say they began advertising the open spaces in April, in anticipation of the festival. By May, all the slips were booked.
Below is information from the City of Washington's website on boating along the waterfront:
Boating - Washington Waterfront
36 boat slips with electricity and water available for a charge of 75 cents per day per foot of vessel or $180 per month, paid quarterly. Short-term docking also is available for $5 for up to six hours per slip.
Additional boat tie-ups are available at no charge for up to 48 hours along five 80-foot parallel docks. Water and electricity are not available at these locations.
Reservations are accepted for boat slips by calling the Washington Recreation Department at (252) 975-9367, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday (closed holidays). Call early for popular weekend, special events, and holiday periods. Reservations are not required (nor are they accepted) for tie-ups at the parallel docks. This area is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Dock attendant is on duty on the west end of Stewart Parkway.
All vessels are required to register with the dock attendant.
Boat slips can accommodate vessels up to 35' long and 15' wide with drafts up to 10'. Longer vessels can be accommodated along the ends of the boat docks and along the parallel docks.
Boat slips have standard 30-amp maritime connections with provisions for 50-amp connections.
Canoe launch area available from the dinghy dock on the west end of the bulkhead.
Pump-out station available at boat slips with assistance from dock attendant.
Shower facilities are available for registered boaters.
To open train trestle, phone (252) 975-1017 or blow horn; a trestle attendant should be on duty at all times.
The Washington waterfront is approximately 25 nautical miles from the Intracoastal Waterway, and 65 nautical miles from Ocracoke. Channel depth is 12-25 feet at the Washington waterfront. Thin water east of the train trestle.
Time limit for free docking may be waived prior to and following special events. Call the Recreation Department at (252) 975-9367 to confirm schedule.
Water, showers, and pump-out station may be unavailable during cold weather.
Rules and Regulations for Boaters on the Washington Waterfront
A no-wake zone is in effect on the Pamlico River between the U.S. Highway 17 bridge and the railroad trestle. No-wake zone may be lifted for special events.
No swimming or diving from the bulkhead.
No dumping of flammable liquids or solid wastes.
Leashed pets are allowed in the Stewart Parkway area. Owners must clean up after pets. Scoopers are provided.
Pets are banned from the waterfront during special events, such as Summer Festival (last full weekend in July) and Fourth of July activities.
During special events, the City of Washington may reserve dock space for public safety and/or official vessels.
Free Boat Launching Facilities
City Boat Docks at Runyon Creek, East Main and Park Drive. Two boat ramps, docks, parking for cars and trailers, and a covered picnic shelter. Restrooms and outside showers located across Park Drive in the Havens Garden park.
Mason's Landing at Tranters Creek, Clark's Neck Road. Handicapped accessible facility with two ramps, docks, and parking for cars and trailers.