The waterfront in Yorktown was completely rebuilt in 2005. It has two floating dock piers which can handle vessels up to 53 feet in length. Depths of 10 feet are reported to be alongside the dock piers. A pumpout station is available. There is no fuel available. The dockmaster can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16.
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The entrance to York River is between Tue Point and Guinea Marshes, 25.9 miles above the Virginia Capes.
Tue Marshes Light (37°14’07″N., 76° 23’11″W.), 41 feet above the water, is shown from a platform with a green and white diamond-shaped daymark, in depths of 4 feet 0.3 mile north of Tue Point.
The York River has a broad and fairly straight channel, is well marked and easily followed. Depths are as much as 80 feet off Yorktown. In 2003, the controlling depth in the dredged sections of the river was 16.6 feet to West Point.
Yorktown, the historic Revolutionary War town, is on the southwest side of York River 6.7 miles above the mouth. High on the bluff in the southerly part is the Yorktown Monument, and a group of buildings is prominent on the shore behind the wharves. The main part of the town is not visible from the river. George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge, from Yorktown to Gloucester Point, has twin spans with clearance of 60 feet; the two spans open clockwise simultaneously. The bridgetender monitors VHF-FM channel 13; call sign KQ-7166.
The Yorktown Naval Weapons Station piers on the southwest side of York River, 8 miles above the mouth, have depths of about 29 to 39 feet at their outer ends. A prohibited area and a restricted area for mine service testing are off the piers. A naval anchorage begins off the Naval Weapons Station piers and extends upriver about 4 miles.