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River Forest Manor & Marina

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Basic Marina Information:

Phone: (252) 943-0030, Dockmaster's Cell Phone: (252) 943-1937
Statute Mile: 136
Lat/Lon: Near 35 31.916 North / 76 36.858 West
Location: Located on the northeastern shore of Pantego Creek, just northwest of the Creek’s breakwater enclosed entrance
Depths: 9 ft.

Service Details:

Transient dockage: Available, daylight hours
Transient dockage rate: $1.50 per foot per night, 10% discount to BoatUS, Waterway Guide, Cruisers and AGLCA
Boat/US Dockage Discount: 10%
Type of dockage: Fixed wooden slips and face docks
Live Aboards Allowed: no
Total number of slips/berths: 31, including 300 ft. of face dock
Dockside Power Connections: 30/50/100 amp power hookups available

$5.00/per night—30 amp power, $10.00/per night—50 amp power, $20.00/per night—100 amp power 10% discount to BoatUS, Waterway Guide, Cruisers and AGLCA
Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available, climate controlled
Laundromat: Available, free
Restaurant: Several within walking distance
Restaurant Recommendations:

Spoon River Artworks and Market (252-945-3899), The Tavern at Jack's Neck (252-943-6100), Fish Hooks Cafe (252-943-9948), Farm Boy's Restaurant (252-943-3295). Georgie's Sport & Oyster Bar (252-943-2102), Gingerbread Bakery & O'Neals Snack Bar (252-944-0099)

Provisioning Possibilities: Courtesy golf carts are available for guests to visit local grocer and convenience stores (Food Lion approx. 1.5 mi from Marina)
LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

Nearby, Riddick & Windley Ace Hardware (252-943-2205) and R&S 66 Service (252-943-2234)
Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available, Complimentary
Waste pump-out: Available, $10.00
Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available

Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

Reporting Date: October 17, 2016
Notes: Ethanol Free/87 Octane
Gasoline Price: $3.10
Diesel Fuel Price: $2.24
Any Quantity Discount: Quantity discount begins at 300 gal
ValvTect Dealer: Yes


Reviews from the Cruisers' Net Community (9)

  1. Kathy and Rich Marx -  October 26, 2016 - 10:02 pm

    Stay at River Forest Marina on Oct. 25 was very pleasant, the facilities beautiful but basic, and Henry a stellar host. We had been unable to get a pump out on previous few nights. One location said they were full another was broken. Henry’s system requires two people to operate. Since he was on his own he called in extra help to assist with pump outs. The Chamber of delivered a welcome bag and the sunrise and sunset were amazing. Would definitely return.

  2. Emory Shover -  May 3, 2016 - 6:15 am

    Many upgrades since we were here a decade ago! Newly remodeled office with separate toilet/showers (new), free laundry with high-capacity washers and gas dryers! The new owner is making more improvements as time goes on. The manor has is totally renovated inside and out for special occasions. Worthy of pictures! Henry Boyd and Eddie will do everything to help your stay a pleasant one! Three golf carts for your use are a nice and fun touch! Fuel prices were very reasonable.
    Emory Shover

  3. John Stevenson -  July 3, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Came into the marina on July 1 to get out of a 70kt thunderstorm. The storm produced an area-wide power outage and the owners and staff wanted to get home to deal with the outage. In spite of that they stayed at the dock, guided me in (first time in Bellhaven), and stayed until I was secure at the dock. They couldn’t offer any amenities as the power outage lasted for more 36 hours, but I was impressed with the level of personal service they provided.
    Agree, it’s not the prettiest marina I’ve been, but it definitely was a good port in a storm.


  4. KJ -  June 7, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Took 2 footers on the swim platty while berthed there and got no sleep. Lesson learned. Nice people, complimentary golf cart to go into town and decent wifi. Would stay there again, but not with an E SE or S blow.

  5. Capt. Axson Smith Jr. -  April 4, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    The Restaurant will be reopening in July every nite serving steaks, seafood and a oyster bar. Yes the weddings will be offered as they have always been. I provided services for 11 weddings myself last year. It is not a fair statement to say boater will have to look elsewhere.
    New bathrooms were built in 2010. Many new improvements have been made on the docks. We also have new golfcarts and expanded wifi available on the pier.
    Capt. Axson Smith Jr.
    cell 252-945-5579

  6. S/V Footloose -  March 28, 2012 - 11:25 am

    While having my boat hauled out for a bottom job at the River Forest Shipyard, owner Axson Smith informed me that he had just sold the River Forest Manor (as of 3/19/2012) and ajoining grounds to a private party who intends to use it as an upscale wedding facility. So cruisers who have looked forward to this stop along the ICW for it’s restaurant and bar will need to look elsewhere from now on. The shipyard and TowBoat US services will continue as usual.
    “S/V Footloose”,
    Pungo Creek, NC

  7. Ed Kroposki -  August 4, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    Came into marina during thunderstorm. Staff assisted with docking. They have very long fuel line. Cost a little pricey, but facility satisfactory.

  8. Chris s/v/ Pelican -  August 4, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    We stayed here for one night and I’m very impressed with their customer service. On the phone, they were great. Then they had an incredibly well marked channel into their marina. The dockmaster was one of the nicest people I’ve met along the way. They also have free golf carts you can borrow to head to town, including a six person cart. The pool is small but clean. We didn’t use the laundry facilities. We never saw anything less than 8.5ft of water.

  9. Claiborne Young -  July 24, 2009 - 10:51 am

    We stayed at River Forest Manor. The staff were friendly and helpful. The marina is in serious need of a facelift. The shower facilities were relatively clean. On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being able to eat off the floor I would give it a 6.5 or 7.
    It needs updating.
    The laundry room was more like a 3 but while the machines that worked were old, they are the big commercial type and I was able to throw all of my cockpit pillows/cushions in them………huge capacity.
    The marina is dog friendly. Pumpout was broken.
    We will probably stay at Dowry Creek on the way back.


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