The Harbor Department coordinates and administers all activities in the harbors and waterways contingent to the coastal shoreline of the Town of Bristol and within the town’s boundaries. These activities include patrolling the harbors and waterways, enforcement of federal, state, and local laws pertaining to activity on these waters, supervision of all moorings within town boundaries whether private or public, maintenance of all docks, wharfs, piers, marinas, moorings and similar structures owned by the town, maintenance of vessels and vehicles owned by the town to carry out these functions, and collection and management of fees for public use of these facilities.

Town Marina & Harbor Reservations

Bristol Harbor offers some of the most beautiful sights and attractions in all of northern Rhode Island. Our town docks are only a short walk away from countless historic shops and restaurants right in the heart of Bristol.
Reserve today through Dockwa!
**If you are coming for a day trip, please write in ETA under special requests
Please note: water supply on the dock is not for personal consumption.

Maritime Welcome Center

The harbor staff strives to satisfy visitors in any possible way. The Maritime Center offers a variety of amenities to boaters and the public in the Bristol area including restrooms, showers, washer/dryers, WiFi, vending machines, ice and coffee.

Bristol Harbor Fuel Dock

Town of Bristol Fuel Dock is now open!
For Service please contact the Bristol Harbormaster’s office (401) 253-1700/ VHF CH 16
Hours of Operation:
Please call the office for available times
*Recommended: Bow in – Stern out – Port tie up

Bristol Harbor Festival

The Bristol Harbormaster’s Office and local fishing community are teaming up, once again, to host the 10th Annual Bristol Harbor Festival & Blessing of the Fleet. The event will kick off at Rockwell Park on Thames Street in historic Bristol, RI. 2024 Date to be released soon!


Get weather information for your trip into Bristol.

Harbor Applications

Application Permits Fees | $25 Initial Fee & $10 Yearly Wait-list Renewal Fee

Harbor Resources

Bristol Happenings

Get our recommendations for must-visit locations and sights in Bristol.

Quick Links

Dock and Mooring Waitlist

Municipal Town Ordinances

NOAA Office of Coast Survey

Harbor Management Plan


Contact Us

Address: 127 Thames Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Summer Maritime Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday | 8:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday | 8:00AM-8:00PM
(Memorial Day through Columbus Day)

Winter Maritime Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday | 8:30AM – 4:00PM
(Columbus Day through Memorial Day)
Building ONLY open for Official Harbor Business & Dock Payments

Gregg Marsili


Phone: 401-253-1700
Fax: 401-253-1706

Jennifer Alves

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 401-253-1700
Fax: 401-253-1706