A Full Service Marina •  mobile, alabama


5004 Dauphin Island Parkway

Mobile, Alabama 36605

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About Us

Since 1957, Dog River Marina has provided comprehensive services to avid boaters and pleasure craft enthusiasts alike, thanks to the vision and leadership of founder Sonny Middleton.

Located on beautiful Dog River on Mobile Bay just minutes from downtown Mobile, Alabama and just north of the Intracoastal Waterway, the city’s largest marina is a full-service facility that offers boat repairs, yacht sales, fuel service, and engine sales and repair. Additional amenities include a ship’s store, courtesy transportation, rental cars, guard service and shore power.

From the simplest repair to the most complex overhaul, Dog River Marina is equipped with the experience and expertise to serve your boating needs.

During your stay at Dog River Marina, check out delicious meals served up with Southern hospitality as close as our neighbor next door—the Mobile Yacht Club. In nearby downtown Mobile, you’ll find even more restaurants, museums, shops and more that are worth a visit while you’re here.

We have a knowledgeable and experienced team of professionals who have worked with us over fifteen years! 

Dog River Marina

RUDY  GANAS   6/11/1984  
DON  CHAMPION   3/30/1987
BOB  SCHWARZ   3/1/1989
CHRIS  BARTO   1/27/1992
DALE  DOLBEAR   6/2/1994
JERRY  BURNETT   7/23/1996
LESLIE  MEYER   3/20/1998
MARY  DOLBEAR   11/20/1998
DARLENE  BASS   6/14/1999
LINDA  MCDONALD   9/13/2003
GLEN  WARWICK   7/16/2012
SHAWN WALTMAN   11/29/2012
SUSAN WARWICK   12/1/2015

Dog River Fuel

RICHARD  JOHNSON   7/22/1999


Middleton Marine

TOM ELLIOT   1/6/1992
RAY  WHIGHAM   11/28/1994
ORLANDO  GUILLEN   9/20/1999
RALPH   HOLLOWELL   11/2/2000
SAM  HOLLOWELL   5/15/2003
DIANA  WILLIAMS   9/2/2003
BILLY  WESTON   1/17/2005
RAY  DEMSKI   5/26/2008
WILLIAM  REED   5/30/2017
RYAN RAIL   1/18/2019
VINCE                 ARBOUR                   3/2/2015

A&M Yacht Sales

TONYA DEMSKI   1/25/2016
A Tribute to Sonny Middleton

Few individuals in the world have had as significant an impact on sport-fishing and boating as Sonny Middleton. Acclaimed businessman, avid conservationist and compassionate member of the local community, Middleton represented the very best of the maritime community. He passed away in 2017.

Ralph “Sonny” Middleton was born in 1937 and started in the family business of boat repair while he was still a teen. In 1957, after his father passed away, he formed Middleton Marine Engine Service and started a legacy which has grown to include Dog River Marina, A&M Yacht Sales, Dog River Fuel and Supply, and Middleton Marine. Over the past six decades, Middleton touched the lives of countless thousands of boat owners, captains, deckhands and anglers from the four corners of the world, sharing his passion for the sport as well as his humility and Southern humor. He’s been highly praised throughout the marine industry for his expertise in yachting and engineering modifications, and yet he always remained true to his roots. Understandably, Sonny’s business motto was a simple one: “No problem. Wide open. Straight up.”

Over the years, Middleton has received a remarkable number of awards and accolades for his achievements, both professional and personal. Dog River Marina was named Marina of the Year in 2000, and was the first to receive the Clean Marina designation in the state of Alabama. In 2012, he was awarded the Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Conservation Award by The Billfish Foundation. TBF President Ellen Peel called Middleton a legend in the Gulf Coast fishing community, saying, “Your long-term commitment to billfish conservation, sport-fishing tournaments and the recreational boating industry throughout the Gulf of Mexico has been exemplary, with a level of integrity and positive community involvement that goes far beyond what is required for business success.” In 2017, he was inducted as a Gulf Legend by the Blue Marlin Grand Championship billfish tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Middleton was also active in a number of professional and civic organizations. One of his true and enduring passions was supporting the Treadwell Foundation, which provides local educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Mobile County. Middleton also has been a member or served on the boards of the Foundation of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, American Boat Yacht Safety Council, Hatteras Dealer Council, Alabama Marine Dealers, Gulf Coast Conservation Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2006, he was Member of the Year in the Mobile Yacht Club.

“I’ve been blessed,” Middleton said shortly before his passing. “My dad was in the boat business and I took it over many years ago, but I don’t feel like I’ve worked a day in my life, it’s all just been a lot of fun. I have to give all the credit for our success to my great employees, who are my big family, and to all our great customers and captains who’ve supported us over the years. I owe it all to them.”