A varied coastline, loads of restaurants, and great fishing are just a few reasons for recreational boaters to consider a trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Situated at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth’s history as a maritime hub dates back to the 1700s. Today, large ships continue to ply the mouth of the Piscataqua, which remains a busy place. That, combined with incredibly swift currents (up to five knots), requires vigilance on the part of mariners.
Boaters arriving by water have several choices when it comes to marinas. The city maintains a no-frills municipal dock at Prescott Park, steps from downtown, that offers transient dockage with water and electric hookup at $40 per night. Commercial marinas in the Portsmouth area include Marina at Harbour Place, Wentworth Marina & Resort, and Great Bay Marine.
If you choose to anchor, there are protected spots with good holding ground inside the river, particularly upstream of the bridges. Just be sure to take consider the tides and shifting currents before dropping the hook for the night.