Details for Bar Harbor - North and South

Bar Harbor - North and South

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 8 reviews

Address 2933 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

City of Ketchikan


Steve Corporon - Ports and Harbors Director


Les Zetterberg - Senior Assistant Harbormaster

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

In person or over the phone with a credit card.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


East Entrance: 55°20.87'N, 131°40.75'W
Middle Entrance: 55°20.96'N, 131°41.14'W
West Entrance: 55°21.11'N, 131°41.43'W





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Moorage only after contacting the Harbormaster as all slips are assigned.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 80
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.38/ft (2015-10-09)

Other price info: Reservations required. Based on length overall. City changes reservation policy every year. No reservations accepted during some years. It is often a first-come, first-served policy.

Located on the west end of Ketchikan. Open moorage available on floats 2 and 16 and on the ends of floats 10-15 for boats up to 80 feet. All stalls reserved. Do not moor in a stall without authorization from the Harbormaster.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Power at the slips is generally in the name of the party leasing the slip. Plug in only with permission of the Harbormaster or by contacting the lease holder of the slip to which the Harbormaster has assigned you to. The number is usually posted on the power box at the slip.

Pricing info: 110 amps is $0.12 per foot per day.
220 amps is $0.24 per foot per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - T-2 often can be used as a dinghy float.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Close by above the Harbormaster's office.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Must be on leash at all times. No special area to exercise your pets.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out



Yes - Nearby above the Harbormaster's office.








Yes - Laundry is next to the showers. There are two sets, one each in the south and north harbor.


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Many to choose from in town.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many to choose from in town.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Several services nearby with a full range of capabilities.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Grid available with reservation.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Easy to obtain in well-stocked stores within walking distance.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Several options and operators.

Internet access

Yes - Cell strength is strong in the harbors.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Boat Ramp Fee:
Daily is $6.00.
Annual is $46.75.
½ Year (July 1st) is $23.38.


Yes - Public transportation includes a local bus route, taxis, airport shuttles, and a water taxi.

Other services


This is a major port of call for the cruise ship industry. Some of the major attractions include:

- Float Plane to Misty Fiord.
- Creek Street, major avenue for cruise ship passengers to stroll.
- Totem Heritage Center.
- Saxman Native Village and Totem Bight State Park.
- Tongass Trading Company.

Reviews for Bar Harbor - North and South
Key logistics stop, 2017-07-09
Captain: , Bellingham (120)

We've stayed in both Thomas Basin and Bar Harbor. Thomas Basin is downtown and close to amenities such as the Potlatch bar, but it can be noisy and it is not well protected from north winds. Bar Harbor is well protected by a high breakwater and the laundromat, large grocery, and car rental are close by. Frequent bus service can take you into town. Marine supply stores are within walking distance. We'll be asking for Bar Harbor in the future.

Glad to be home, 2016-06-21
Captain: , Whittier Alaska (749)

This is a much needed break. The staff works hard to accommodate you. The docks are in good condition, however, more than likely you will be "hot spotting" a slip, meaning the slip you are occupying is actually leased to another boat and if that boat returns, you will be required to move. That being said, its not that big of a deal. But there is a battle brewing between the slip leasee and the harbor over electricity. You may fine the electrical box locked up as the leasee does not want to pay for the electricity the transient boat uses. It would be helpful if Bar North was for long term leasing and Bar south for travelers. Over all though it is a nice place.

It's fine but could be much better, 2016-06-18
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

This is our second season (third stay at North Barbor marina) arriving and staying at Ketchikan. North Harbor facilities are fine and serve well with the basic necessities. However, given the town's size and it's strategic position for pleasure and commercial vessels one would expect much more and much better. The docks are adequately maintained but not well-maintained. Staff always work hard to accomodate. Compared to other ports in Alaska that are much further off the beaten path, Ketchikan would be well served to do some upgrading. The town of Ketchikan is great with great people and good services.

June 2016 - Not much to change from previous years. Everyone does a great job and the facilities are adequate and serve basic needs. However, given its strategic location in Southeast Alaska, the city and region would well served to consider upgrading the facilities.

Maybe 4 stars by Alaska standards, 2015-07-22
Captain: , Longboat Key, FL (1089)

I'm giving this a 3 star rating to be consistent with my other marina evaluations, but by "Alaska standards" it is probably a 4 star (in other words, most marinas in Alaska are minimal).

Centrally located and easy to get into town from, Bar Harbor has decent floating docks, basic facilities and friendly, competent personnel. There is a Safeway and liqour store within walking distance.

With a tidal swing as much as 20 feet, make sure any major provisioning or loading is done near high tide as the ramps can be angled down 45 degrees!

Helpful staff, can be overworked during summer, 2014-08-14
Captain: , Juneau, AK (81)

Called up harbor staff on VHF 16 as soon as we were within range. Staff accomodated my request for Bar Harbor (near airport, away from downtown tourists). As I was leaving the boat there for a few weeks, they recommended an inside slip and let me know which were available.
Docks are in good shape. No easy wifi, electrical tie-ins are in short supply. The breakwaters provide good weather protection. Biggest downside were the tourboats (DUKWs) crawling through the harbor with the guide's feeble patter blasting through loudspeakers most of the day.

Reasonable Mooring Prices- Good Facility, 2014-06-07
Captain: , San Diego, CA (480)

This is our second stay at this marina. Very nice staff and the docks are in good shape. We used the 30 amp power ($6.00 a day). We have a 34 ft. boat and the fee for the three nights including power and mooring fees was $82.35... not bad... considering all of BC, Canada is $1.50 a foot plus more for electrical. Provisioning is close to this marina (Safeway) and Walmart is a bus ride away. It's 20 minutes away and it will cost you 50 cents if you are a Senior and $1 if younger. Pick up is right outside the marina. This marina is more than a mile away from where the cruise ships disgorge thousands of passengers a day. We did not come to Ketchikan for that experience.

Good solid docks near the grocery store, 2014-01-06
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

Showers are available at the harbor office or the laundromat. Both are very basic. About a mile walk to the tourist area. There are a couple of marine hardware stores midway between the marinas. There are several restaurants and a mall within a short walk.

Supply and Demand, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Seattle (21031)

This is the main transient moorage for cruising boats in Ketchikan, but you may be assigned to one of the other harbors (Thomas Basin is the most likely alternative.) Hot berthing is how the harbormaster and the large staff assign slips. It is not a pleasant experience because you must leave a crew member aboard to move your craft if the owner of the slip returns during your stay.

We know anecdotally of three occasions where boaters have been placed in Bar Harbor and then when ashore had their boat reassigned to Thomas Basin which is 1.5 miles to the south. This is not an attractive feature.

The staff is hard working and friendly, but overwhelmed during the summer. Since all northbound craft from Canada have to clear customs in Ketchikan (there is no customs float) the marinas tend to be overflowing.

The showers and rest rooms run the complete guantlet from immaculate at some moments to filthy at others. It's not that the staff doesn't try to maintain clean facilites, but the demand exceeds the supply.

This is not a great location to spend any extended stay. There is very little alternative and the best plan is to try an limit the time you need to be here.

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