The City of Belfast is a secret paradise for boaters. Not only does the City offer a friendly Maine community atmosphere, for a boater, but it is also heaven. Everything you need or need to do, (see list of services) right down to the Customs Office, is within walking distance.
And the best part – no crowds. Our recently renovated dock facility is very accommodating with fuel and pump-out services, and there will always be someone to give you directions or help with your lines. Not only are we friendly, but it’s also a beautiful city to visit!
Services listed below are within 1 mile of the Belfast City Landing unless otherwise noted. Most are within ¼ mile, which makes our facility very unique for transient boaters. You can visit the Information Center at 14 Main St. above the harbor for further assistance.
Boatyard Large Marine Store (8 miles north in Searsport) Laundromat/Car Rental
Bottled Gas/ATMs/Banks/Post Office
Airport/Taxi Service/Bus Service
Hardware Store/Copy Center/Fax Center/Photo Shop
Hospital/911 Ambulance Service
Movie Theatre/Dry Cleaner/Hair/Beauty Salons/Barber
131 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915
Tel: (207) 338-1142
Fax: (207) 338-6222
Foreign Entry Services
Belfast Harbor serves as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry for vessels arriving from foreign ports. Operators of private vessels should report arrival by calling (207) 532-2131 ext. 255.
Frequently Asked Questions:
WHAT DOES A HARBOR MASTER DO?
A Harbor Master is appointed by state law to oversee permitting of moorings and other structures in Maine State waters. A Harbor Master also oversees the general operation of the waters of the municipality in which they work. Often this entails knowing both federal and state law as well as the local municipal laws. The job usually also includes water search and rescue.
HOW IS A MOORING PUT TOGETHER?
Our office has diagrams and information on the mooring standard requirements in the Harbor Ordinance. You may also download the mooring inspection form.
WHAT ARE THE DEPTHS IN THE CHANNEL DOCKSIDE?
The channel has a 13’ depth at MLW. The City Landing is located at the edge of the channel and maintains this same depth.
WHAT IS THE LARGEST VESSEL WE CAN ACCOMMODATE?
We have two face docks. One has 110’ and the other 120’ of uninterrupted space. We were also visited by a 128’ m/y.
WHERE CAN I TIE UP MY DINGHY?
The City Landing has two designated areas for transient boaters. One area at the Landing itself and one off of Heritage Park, next to the Landing.
WHAT HARBOR/RIVER IS THIS? WHAT IS THAT LAND OUT THERE?
The Passagassawakeag River is the head of Belfast Harbor which lies in upper west Penobscot Bay. Our closest island neighbor which lies just outside the harbor is Islesboro.
HOW HIGH ARE THE TIDES?
Belfast Harbor has an average 10 ½’ tide.
HOW’S THE FISHING?
Most of the fishing here in the harbor is for Atlantic Mackerel and Striped Bass. Occasionally, bluefish, haddock, flounder, and pollock are caught, but usually further out. No license is required for saltwater fishing (not true for shellfish) as long as the fish is not marketed. There are limits though, which change yearly, so be sure you check the regulations, especially for Striped Bass.