Public Access Docks

HDB Marine's experience and expertise of the safety, regulatory and functional designs for public use docks and waterfront accessdocks are unparalled in the industry.  From Silver Lake, Washington to Del Rio, Texas to Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida we have constucted some of the nation’s finest and most functional public access docks. 

Purpose Driven Designs

We know that every site is unique with its own challenges of accessability, water fluctuations, currents, bottom conditions, anchorage considerations and more.  We work with you to create the design you need.

We have constructed:

  • Pile driven public access docks
  • Floating public access docks
  • Fishing docks
  • Launch ramp docks
  • Floating trail docks
  • Bird watching and nature observation docks
  • Extra Heavy Duty public access docks
  • Floating access docks with railway anchor designs that are easily moved in and out for unique conditions
  • Anchor Systems icluding - pile anchors, pipe anchors, telescopic pipe anchors, passive cable/chain anchors, winch operated anchors, stiff-arm anchors, seaflex systems and custom designs.

 HDB Marine has the skill and knowledge to help you with your public access dock projects. Our service options include turnkey design build, ready-to-float modules for easy installation, and do-it-yourself manufactured dock kits.

Call us at 1.208.689.3248 to discuss your ideas and design requirements.


Public Access Docks

Design Considerations

Handicap Accessibility – Every attempt shall be made to provide a form of handicap accessibility. Such accessibility should be considered when designing the texture, width, and slope of pedestrian access. Fishing docks should have wheel-chair accessible railings.    Gangways and bridges should be designed in accordance to ADA specifications for marinas and floating docks.  Docks should be equipped with wheel-chair curbing (bull rails) at locations on the perimeter of the dock as specified by ADA. Benches for resting should be provided.

Gangways – Marine aluminum construction should be considered for its superiority to steel in terms of attractiveness, lighter weight and low maintenance for marine applications. Designs should meet ADA guidlines and include childproof barriers. Bridge slopes should comply with ADA specifications for marinas and floating docks. Bridge liveloads should be in accordance to local and national codes.

Sustainable Design – Dock designs should incorporate the use of quality, sustainable materials. The construction materials selected should require minimal maintenance to provide successful long-term public access.

Overall User Friendliness – Waterfront access designs should include the general dimensional requirements for the proposed use. For example, fishing dock railings should include casting heights that accomodate a variety of physical abilities and a platform area that provides ample space for several fishermen to utilize.  Dock structures should be a minimum of 8 feet in width. Flotation liveloads should be a minimum of 30 psf.

Signage and Entries – Informative, interpretive and locational signs should be included within each public waterfront access project. The use of uniform and attractive signage should be used both on site and off site within public rights-of-ways.

View Corridors – Linear view corridors from street level to the water shoreline and public access dock should be unobstructed whenever feasible.

Parking – Public parking spaces should be clearrly delineated and marked with noticeable signage. The number of actual spaces should be in scale with the size of the project and in relatively close proximity to the dock.  Consider providing extra parking spaces for Handicap Parking.