Boat Ramp & Dock

The boat ramp and dock are perhaps the amenities Dutch Island is most famous for. Tucked back in the Herb River with limited boat traffic and inside of a no wake zone, the community dock provides safe harbor of your vessel, and our community ramp allows for a quick launch of your boat any time of day or night.

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Current Tides

One of the best sites for current tides is https://www.usharbors.com/harbor/Georgia/Savannah-ga/tides as it provides a graph to tell exactly where the tide is currently at.  Tides in Savannah tend to be 0-1ft for low tide during the summer, and up to -2ft during the winter.  If you plan to launch or retrieve your boat around low tide, it is important that you carefully watch the tides to ensure your plans are not interrupted. 

Weather Resources

Closest Inshore NOAA Bouy Data

https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=fpkg1

Closest Offshore NOAA Bouy Data

https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=41008

Weather Forecasts

https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/tybee_island_19th_street – Near Shore

https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/grays_reef – Offshore

Resident Reports

  • 24ft bay boat – 1-1.5ft tide required.

Dock Rules

  1. The use of the dock is reserved for Dutch Island Homeowners Association members and their guests. The boat ramp is reserved for the use of registered boats of Dutch Island homeowners only. Boats not registered with Dutch Island shall not use or dock at the Dutch Island dock except for the temporary loading and unloading of passengers.
  2. No personal property of any kind can be stowed overnight on the dock. Such items will be removed and thrown away.
  3. All motorized boats must display a current (2019 Blue) Dutch Island Homeowners decal located on both port and starboard stern gunwales so as to be in plain sight. Trailers will have decals on the front post. Decals will only be issued to residents after proof of ownership via registration and proof of insurance.
  4. Dutch island Homeowners Association Members having membership in Freedom Boat Club or similar clubs must call the Guard House to get a 3-day paper pass to dock at the dock for longer than 30 minutes.
  5. The “courtesy dock” is located adjacent to the ramp and is intended for temporary loading and unloading of boats. Overnight docking or docking for longer than one half hour at the “courtesy dock” is prohibited. The yellow striped mooring slot at the main dock is reserved for the temporary loading and unloading of passengers Docking at the mooring slot for longer than 30 minutes is prohibited
  6. Crab Traps left overnight will be removed.
  7. No one under the age of 14 is permitted to be on the dock unless accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
  8. No Bicycles, skateboards, or vehicle of any kind are permitted on the dock. Paddles Boards, Floats, and Kayaks are considered acceptable on the dock for daytime only. Overnight they will be removed. They will not be docked in the water but rather pulled onto the dock itself during daylight hours.
  9. Swimming at the dock is at your own risk. Adults over 18 are required to supervise children.
  10. Dutch Island Homeowners Association Inc. assumes no responsibility for theft, damages, vandalism, or maintenance of any boat or trailer using the dock or boat ramp.
  11. No fireworks of any kind are authorized on the dock, ramp or parking lot area.
  12. Overnight docking is permitted on a first come first served basis. The duration of permissible overnight docking is based on the season rules.High Season from April 1st to Sept 30th will be a maximum of 3 days of overnight docking.Low Season is from Oct 1st to March 31st will be a maximum of 7 days of overnight docking.For the purpose of this rule a boat docked at 11:00 PM is considered docked for the night. Docking is on a “first come first served” basis. Dutch Island Homeowners Association does not condone double mooring and assumes no liability for damage incurred for those double moored
  13. In the event the above dock times are exceeded the Dutch Island Homeowners Association Inc. will contact the owner as shown on the decal registration explaining the rules and notifying that the boat will be towed at owners expense the following day if not removed by 1200 hours. Simultaneously the owner will receive a letter (yellow card) stating this rule was violated and further violations (red card) within the calendar year will result in the towing of the boat with no attempt to contact the owner. All expenses for towing will be to the owner. Expected costs for such towing is approximately $ 1000.
  14. All overnight docking will require a decal as explained above. If no decal –towing will be directed the following day with no attempt to contact the owner. If the owner was a guest of a resident, then the resident will be responsible for the cost of towing.
  15. Overflow parking (no overnight) is authorized in the area next to the pool.
  16. No boat trailer may be left unattended at the dock area unless it is attached to a vehicle properly parked at the dock area. No vehicle and trailer may be left unattended overnight at the dock area. Unattended trailer parking will follow the notification rules as above. First offense call and (yellow card) letter. Subsequent offenses (red card) immediate tow with no attempt to call owner. Late night fishermen must call the Guard House with your trailer number stating your intent to leave parking lot by 0700 hours in order not to have an offense.

Restaurants By Boat

Fishing Information

Savannah is home to diverse fishing, including abundant opportunities inshore, nearshore, and trolling the gulf stream. While we’re a friendly island, getting neighbors to share spots isn’t easy. Here are a few public links to get you started while you network at the dock and meet new fishing buddies.

Regulations

As you’ll quickly learn on the local forums, fishing regulations are tightly enforced around Savannah. Use the links below to stay informed to ensure your fishing trip doesn’t go sour!

Nearby Bait and Tackle Shops

Below are some of the bait and tackle shops around Dutch Island. Be sure to call ahead to ensure that they have your bait of choice, baits tend to be seasonal, shrimp can be hard to keep in stock during the summer and fiddlers can be hard to stock in the cooler months due to demand!

Public Fishing Spots

DNR has worked hard to provide artificial structure for both inshore and offshore fish. Below are links to get you started. If you decide to venture offshore, please watch the weather, file a float plan with a neighbor, take an EPRIB or PLB and be safe!

Social Media Forums

Always learn when the fish are biting by watching local fishing reports on social media.

Local Guide Services

There’s no better way to learn the local waters and how to fish them than going out with one of our local fishing guides. Below are a few companies and individuals that our residents have recommended. Some may be willing to take your boat out and teach you how to fish using your own gear (although this is not as common in Savannah as other locations like the Florida Keys) while others limit trips to their vessels, so it’s important to ask what your options are.