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Boater Services

All vehicles, including boat trailers, must display a valid parking permit to park within designated areas of the harbor. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.  For additional information about parking, please click here.

The day use launch ramp fee is $18.00, when paid on the same day as launching. If you arrive between 9:00 am and 5:00 p.m., please pay your fee at the harbor office before launching. A $20.00 fee is due when paid after launching, within 7 days. If no payment is received within 7 days, a citation will be issued.

An annual launch permit can be purchased at the harbor office.

A launch fee of $15.00 is assessed to all non-motorized, non-trailer vessels, kayaks, or stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) using one of the following hand launch areas in the harbor:

  • East side K-Dock (located inside of the fuel dock extension)
  • West side F-Dock Ramp
  • West side A-Dock Ramp

Car top launch fees may be paid at the pay stations located near F-Dock and A-Dock or at the harbor office. An annual car top launch permit can be purchased at the harbor office.

The $15.00 car top launch fee includes daily parking for a single vehicle. Please note that if you do not require parking for a vehicle, you may purchase a hand launch pass for $7.00 from the harbor office or a harbor attendant present in launching areas.

While in the harbor, human-powered watercraft traffic is restricted to the main channel, please keep the fairways clear. Click here to review the human-powered watercraft traffic diagram.

An annual launch permit can be purchased at the harbor office.

Dates ValidJAN 1 - DEC 31JUL 1 - DEC 31SEP 1 - DEC 31
Good Every Day$370$270$175
Monday - Friday*$265$190$110
Car Top$250$180$120
Disabled Person (trailer vessel)$225$160$100
Monday - Friday Disabled Person (trailer vessel)$165$105$75

* Not valid weekends or federal holidays.

Santa Cruz Port District operates a full service fuel dock 7 days a week. Please radio the fuel attendant on VHF Channel 9 for assistance. Click here for more information and current pricing.

Santa Cruz Harbor offers guest berthing on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not accepted. The harbor office will assign all end-ties and other designated dock spaces to visiting boaters. Please click here for more information.

Slip renters can obtain gate/restroom/shower keys for $20 (non-refundable for first 3) / $80 (non-refundable for 4+). Visitors renting a guest berth can obtain gate/restroom/shower keys for $20. Keys are non-refundable but can be reactivated for future use.

Electricity (110 volts, 20 / 30 amps) is available for visitors. The harbor office has several styles of “pigtails” to adapt your shore power cord to our service. A $50 to $75 refundable deposit is required. Please do not unplug anyone else’s shore power cord to obtain power. Freshwater is also available.

A marine pumpout system is available at the harbor’s fuel dock (free, self-service 24-hour access).