Anchoring is a key component in a floating dock’s ability to withstand the elements and time. All Wahoo docks have reinforced anchoring points with additional supports to minimize stress, while being fully adjustable to match the changing water levels.

Our experts can help you identify the best anchoring method for your application.

Anchoring Factors:

  • Depth of water
  • Distance from dock to shore
  • Water level fluctuations
  • Wind and wave forces
  • Dock configuration
  • Local regulatory restrictions


Cable Anchoring is the most common, cost-effective, and simple method for anchoring a floating dock. Mounting to the shore or weights, this flexible dock anchoring method is commonly used in areas of extreme water depths or frequent water level fluctuations. Cables and winches are also a great solution for docks that need to move closer or further from the shoreline with changing seasons.

There are four general forms of cable anchoring for docks, and each offers a unique set of advantages based on different needs.

Pole & Sleeve

Pole and sleeve anchoring is useful in environments with excessive waves and wind, while still offering the ability to easily move the dock with changing seasons. The system consists of rigid vertical sleeves attached to the dock, with long galvanized steel poles running through them. The fixed vertical poles bury themselves into the lake bed and do not need to be driven. A winch and cable attached to the bottom of each pole facilitates its withdrawal from the ground when the dock needs to be moved.


Pile anchoring is a stable dock anchoring system suitable for heavy load locations. Wahoo docks have built in pile slides with silent UHMW-PE rollers which can accommodate wood, steel, concrete, or fiberglass piles.

Stiff Arm

Wahoo has developed several stiff arm anchoring designs for varying loads and overall distances between dock and shore. Stiff Arms can be provided in lengths of up to 60 feet and are often used in unison with a winch and cable system.