To offer a premier marina experience in a protected harbor, convenient access to the best fishing grounds on the East Coast, and hassle-free docking for off-shore fishermen and transient boaters in Virginia Beach. Whether you’re chasing the thrill of reeling in the perfect catch or seeking a tranquil respite along your voyage, we’re committed to ensuring that your experience – from booking to arrival, departure, and beyond – is nothing short of exceptional. Our marina is not just a place to dock your vessel; it’s a vibrant community with passionate boaters. Designed with the needs of both avid fishermen and transient boaters in mind, Fisherman’s Wharf is your home away from home, where you can embark on unforgettable journeys or chase your dream catch.
Rudee Inlet provides safe and reliable access to and from the Atlantic Ocean for Ocean-going transients. It is an essential destination located between Beaufort/Morehead City, NC to the south and Ocean City, Maryland to the north. This provides transiting boaters an opportunity to access safe and protected dockage in a vibrant, attractive coastal city.
Rudee Inlet is an important and highly popular stop for ocean-going transient boaters along the mid-Atlantic coast. Further, it is also host to numerous visiting sportfishermen each year, including those competing in local fishing contests such as the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament (VBBT). This 4-day event attracts large sportfishing vessels from throughout the region on an annual basis. More than 80 boats competed in the 2022 VBBT tournament.
Rudee Inlet is a man-made inlet made in the late 1960’s. The inlet opened to boat traffic
in 1968 with a fleet of charter boats arriving from Lynnhaven and Little Creek Inlets. One of the charter captains named Joe Weller opened the first marina in the inlet with about 12 slips, which is located where Fisherman’s Wharf presently sits today. The Fisherman’s Wharf team continues to be involved in the Virginia Beach community and aims to maintain the historical fishing culture of Rudee Inlet.
General Manager Paula Davis has been at Fisherman’s Wharf for over 30 years and serves on the Board of the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament.