Ventura Harbor

Ventura Harbor
Set your sail to the most amazing point on the California Coast – Ventura Harbor.
The official gateway to Channel Islands National Park and home to Ventura Harbor Village, there is always something fun to do at Ventura Harbor!

A host of activities are available year round including clean un-crowded beaches, shopping, fine dinning, kayaking, paddle boating, scuba diving, sport fishing excursions and tours of the spectacular Channel Islands.

Photo: Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau

Upon Your Arrival

Due to improvements in the design of the harbor entrance and frequent dredging, it has never been safer to enter and exit the harbor. Still some “local knowledge” will be helpful.

Enter or exit only via the main entrance, between the two jetties. The area behind the breakwater is designed as a Sand Trap and is subject to severe shoaling.

The entrance buoy “2VU” is located approximately ½ mile off the entrance. The prudent skipper always keeps this buoy to the starboard when entering. This keeps him or her away from the mouth of the Santa Clara River which lies ½ mile south of the harbor entrance. As one of the largest naturally running rivers in Southern California, the Santa Clara River provides a tremendous amount of sand to the local beaches. Unfortunately this can create heavy surf conditions far out to sea.

Always stay within marked channel buoys.
Contact the Harbor Patrol for current conditions before entering.
Advanced reservations are recommended. All three marinas monitor CH 16, and can also be reached by telephone. Rates and check-in/check-out times vary for each marina.

Harbor Village Marina…………………….805-644-6214
- Guest rate 40¢/foot/day. Check-out time is noon.

Ventura Isle Marina………………………805-644-5858
- Guest rate $15.00/day (boats 35′ and less) + 50¢ each additional foot. Check-out time is 4:00pm.

Ventura West Marina………………………805-644-8266
- Guest rate $15.00/day (boats 35′ and less) + 50¢ each additional foot. Check-out time is noon.
- The speed limit in the harbor and entrance channel is 5-MPH.
- The Harbor strictly enforces the State 5-MPH speed limit within 200 feet of all beaches frequented by bathers or within 100 feet of any bather.
- Ventuta Barbara Harbor is a NO DISCHARGE HARBOR! All port-a-potty and marine toilet waste must be retained on board for shoreside disposal at a pumpout or dump station.
- Check with individual marinas for a list of rulesapplicable to their facilities.
- Please contact Harbor Master for additional & updated rules.

Number of Marinas: 5 private
Number of Slips: 1,375
Number of Guest Slips: Based on availability
Guest Slip Fees: Rates vary by marina
Number of Moorings: 0
Anchorages: No
Launch Ramp Fees: Free, but must pay parking fees.
Parking Fees: $4.00/day (parking included)
Gate Keys: Rates vary by marina
Average Harbor Depth: 18 feet
Maximum Harbor Speed: 5 MPH
Fuel Dock Hours: Summer 5:00am – 5:00pm, daily
Winter 6:30am – 5:00pm, daily
Life Threatening Emergencies Call………….911
Harbor Patrol/Harbor Master…..CH 16, 12…..805-642-8618
US Coast Guard………CH 16, 22A………….562-980-4444
Ventura Police Department…………………805-339-4400
Harbor Patrol
Ventura Harbor
Ventura Harbor Village
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau
To contact the Ventura Harbor Patrol, please call (805) 642-8616


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