St. Michaels Waterman’s Dock
The slips at the existing dock at the end of West Chew Avenue have been leased to watermen in the past. Many of the slips were in disrepair and undersized, and the facility was showing its age. The town obtained funding from the Maryland Chesapeake and Coastal Service Department of Natural Resources for upgrades and improvements.
A need was identified to provide a formal canoe, kayak, and dinghy dock. Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), prepared construction documents to realign the boat slips, a dredging plan, and provided sufficient widths and lengths for boats currently using the facility. The town and DBF worked together to meet the request of the local watermen for these facilities.
A separate dock, gangway, floating dock and launch area were provided for canoes, kayaks, and dinghies. The dock surface is a tru-flow design, preventing buildup of water and debris from accumulating on the surface. The gangway was provided to allow for fluctuations in tide levels that are experienced in San Domingo Creek, as well as provide safe access from the fixed dock to the floating docks. The floating dock sections are provided to allow safe access to the kayak launch, and transient tie-up areas for canoes and dinghies. The launch float has grabrails, rollers and a ramped section to facilitate kayak and canoe launches.