There is one thing I can say for certain about Kilkenny Marina. There is no middle ground with this place.Â Some cruiser love it, others hate it. Clearly, our fearless roving reporter, Captain Jane, is among this former group!
Sometimes you just don’t want to set that anchor and wonder several times a night whether or not that swift Georgia tidal current has you dragging into the marsh grass.
Kilkenny Marina offers just that respite between Georgia’s infamous Florida Passage and equally infamous Little Mud River to the select several boats it can take at its rickety yet floating face dock.
Kilkenny Marina is its own genuine Georgia coastal thing. Family run, with at least two generations visible, friendly and bereft of amenities but oozing authenticity, it’s a place we have enjoyed visiting twice in our decade of cruising the ICW and we’d happily do it again.
Special features of staying here include watching the power boats launching and unlaunching on the power lift by the transient face dock, in slip DIY fueling, hearing the waterfall like sounds of the
bait tanks while you sleep, a weathered and well-trodden ramp which at low tide makes you feel like a mountaineer, plenty of Spanish moss draped trees and gnats galore. Rachel Carson would be applauding in her grave at the news of this healthy ecosystem of gnats and swallows!
We love it here. And great news, the restaurant literally one dock over and a short land stroll away is open and thriving. Marker 107 is a seafood and steak restaurant that looks upscale yet homey. You can
spend a moderate or more than moderate amount for a meal depending on whether you go for the grouper sandwich, the Grey Ghost special seafood platter or a 12-ounce steak. The Grey Ghost is the shrimp boat docked outside the restaurant.
As you may have guessed from the restaurant’s name, just turn at Marker 107 and follow the marina signs down Kilkenny Creek. People at the marina say the food is excellent.
Marker 107 opens at 5 for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. It closes at 9 on Wednesday and Thursday and stays open until 10 on Friday and Saturday.