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Boat Launch Ramps

(360) 385-2355

Look for this sign to direct you to our boat launch ramp locations
We operate several recreational boat launching ramps around Jefferson County, some of which were built with funding assistance from Washington's Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and the National Park Service. These are maintained for your convenience, and the Port of Port Townsend does not assume any liability for any injury or loss you may suffer while using them.

Signs like the one to the right are located along the main roads to help you locate turnoffs to each boat ramp.  They indicate that you should turn onto the next paved road in the direction of the arrow.  

The map below will help you locate the best launching facility for your planned boating day.  Clicking on any boat launch ramp name will take you to information about the location and directions for getting there.

Boat launch ramp map Port Townsend Boat Haven boat launch ramp Port Hadlock boat launch ramp Mats-Mats boat launch ramp Quilcene Marina boat launch ramp Gardiner boat launch ramp  

Use of these ramps is fee-based, with the daily use fee set at $10.00 per day.  You may also purchase an annual use permit from the Boat Haven Moorage Office for $45.00. (Annual pass is free with verified VA Determination.)  Parking at our launch ramp facilities is at your own risk.

Port Hadlock Dock - Dinghy/Skiff Tie-up: $125.00/dock, annual and $75.00/beach, annual.

**Please click here for New Launch Ramp Policy with Added Benefits at Boat Haven Only**


Gardiner

Map to Gardiner boat launch ramp

The signed route to the Gardiner boat launch ramp turns north from Route 101 onto Gardiner Beach Road.  You will have to stop at the intersection with Old Gardiner Road after a short, fairly steep downhill piece of road.  If you have any doubt about doing this with a heavier boat, you can branch off onto Old Gardiner Road, east of the Gardiner Beach Road, turning right onto Gardiner Beach Road.  This road will take a sharp left turn at the shore of Discovery Bay, and you'll be at the boat launch. Please respect the signs asking that you not trespass on the beach to the east or west of the launch ramp.

After you get your boat into the water, please park as far east in the parking lot as you can, so that those who come later on in the day will have adequate room for maneuvering their boat into the water.

When you get back and prepare to leave, please return toward Route 101 using the marked route.  Local residents prefer that you not use the roadway that's marked for local access only.

Aerial map of the Gardiner boat launch ramp

Gardiner Boat Launch Ramp

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Mats-Mats Bay

Map to Mats-Mats Bay boat launch ramp

The Mats-Mats Bay boat launch ramp is located between Port Hadlock and Port Ludlow, and includes a floating pier in a very well sheltered bay. From Oak Bay Road, turn onto Verner Avenue, continuing to the T intersection.  Turn left into the boat launch ramp facility.

Once you launch your boat, please park your vehicle and trailer as close to the top of the lot as possible, so that later arrivals will have more room to maneuver once they have launched their boats.

Please respect the private properties that are adjacent to the facility.

Aerial photo of the Mats-Mats Bay boat launch ramp at extreme low tide

Mats Mats Boat Launch

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Port Hadlock

Port Hadlock boat launch ramp

This boat launch ramp is located just to the south of the Port Hadlock commercial district.  From Oak Bay Road, turn onto Lower Hadlock Road (large red "Ajax Cafe" sign is a good landmark).  The boat launch ramp is at the bottom of the hill, directly across the T intersection.  The ramp is normally sand-covered, and is best suited to small boats.

Once you have launched your boat, you can park to the sides of the road.

Port Hadlock Dock - Dinghy/Skiff Tie-up Fee:    $125 dock, annual

                                                                                $75 beach, annual

 

Port Hadlock boat launch ramp (red dot)

Port Hadlock boat lauch ramp

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Port Townsend Boat Haven

Boat Haven launch ramp

The boat launch ramp in Port Townsend's Boat Haven is located behind the Port's offices.  Traveling along Sims Way, turn onto Benedict Street at the Safeway fuel station.  Turn right onto Jefferson Street, which takes a sharp turn to the left after the Safeway fuel station.  Turn left at the stop sign, and then left at the end of the parking lot.  You are now at the boat launch ramp.

When you have launched your boat, park in the adjacent parking lot.

Port Townsend Boat Haven boat launch ramp (red dot)

ort Townsend Boat Haven boat launch ramp

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Quilcene Marina

Quilcene boat launch

The Quilcene Marina boat launch ramp is in the southern part of Jefferson County.  Where U.S. 101 bends sharply in Quilcene, turn onto Linger Longer Road and follow it to the end and turn left into the Quilcene Marina.  The ramp is at the south end of the parking lot.

Quilcene Marina boat launch (red dot) with vehicle and trailer on the ramp

Quilcene Marnina boat lauch ramp

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