Details for City Of Avalon Harbor

City Of Avalon Harbor

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 7 reviews

Address 22 Pleasure Pier PO Box 1085
Avalon, CA 90704


After hours contact

Facility type

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


On busy days don't call on the VHF, but rather look for the red "Harbor Patrol" boat at the entrance to the inner/main harbor for a mooring assignment.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Avalon


Brian Bray


JJ Poindexter

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






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 - YES

Additional info: No docks.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2016-10-28)

Other price info: No slips.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Moorings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis by the red Harbor Patrol boat at the main harbor entrance. Check-out time is 9:00 AM. Contact Harbor Patrol on VHF 12 and 16. City of Avalon Harbor Patrol handles Avalon moorings, Catalina Island handles all other moorings on the island.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - The dinghy dock is located south of the Yacht Club building on the northern half of the beach. Please use a long bowline and it is recommended to secure/lock your dinghy. Green/main Pier is used for the Shore boat and Harbor Patrol only, although quick passenger unloading is allowed.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Hours of operation are 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, with extended hours during the summer.

Gas price$6.30/gal (2016-10-28)

Other price info:

Diesel price$6.25/gal (2016-10-28)

Other price info:


Yes - Propane is available on shore.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Dogs must be leashed at all times. Always clean up after your pet. Free refuse bags are available at the end of the pier. Not many dog friendly potty places. No dogs on beaches. No dogs on the grass, at least in the downtown area.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - For a fee, $4.75 per person each way. Contact Shoreboat on Ch 09 for pickup.

Pump out

Yes - pump-out services are available in Catalina Harbor only. Contact Harbor Patrol via VHF Channel 9 for this service when in Catalina Harbor.




Yes - Trash must be separated. Put metals and glass in one bag and all else in another bag. The trash pick-up vessel services all leeside coves during the summer months. Taking your own trash home is greatly appreciated. Dumpsters and recycling cans are located on the east side of Two Harbors behind the restrooms.


Yes - Coin operated.




Yes - Coin operated.


Yes - Vons on Metropole Ave.


Yes - Pebbly Beach supply.


Yes - Downtown


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Mechanical services and repairs.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Strong ATT cell service.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for City Of Avalon Harbor
A must do for all SoCal boaters, 2014-07-25
Captain: , Redondo Beach, CA (260)

When I first saw the ratings here I was confused. How could anyone not rate Avalon Harbor with five stars? Then I saw comments about the restrooms and realized they were right. Clean restrooms and showers are very important to boaters and Avalon provides neither. I guess we've always been spoiled with a clean restroom on our boat, and since we spend a lot of time camping, the showers were not a big shock. But for any boaters from out of the area, this is a place you have to visit. Great scuba diving, friendly people and great night life. It's a town full of tourists, but, let's face it, tourists are fun to party with. I give it seven stars out of five just for being Avalon. But then I have to take three stars away because the green pier has some of the filthiest restrooms on the planet . And I've been to many third world countries.

Hit and Miss, 2013-11-07
Captain: , Kemah, TX (234)

Had the best of times and the worst of times here. Best of times getting a mooring inside and the worst of times in one of the outside coves and one oh sh&# momment with Santanas rolling through. Get here on a Wednesday or Thursday and spend the weekend inside the harbor and it will always be nice. If you have to anchor, suggest just heading over to Two Harbors as anchoring is not good and we had to leave a perfectly good Danforth off the Casino that with the bouy probably made a great mooring from that point forward as it became one with the rock it was snagged on. Lots to do in Avalon and if you like to hike, eat out, and people watch (especially when the cattle boats come in), this is your place.

BYOH bring your own head, 2013-02-11
Captain: , Salt Lake City (186)

Avalon is a fun place to visit, but not the most convenient if you are on a small boat with a porta-potty and a just a kayak for a shore boat. The dinghy dock has a sign posted "no kayaks" and the public restrooms are rather disgusting.

A city on an island, 2012-10-04
Captain: , San Diego, CA (1239)

Avalon Bay is a city on an island. The anchorage and moorings outside of Avalon Bay are fairly rolly. We spent one night in Hamilton Bay and were rocked hard by the ocean swell. I wasn't used to ocean swell because our marina is very well protected and all my prior cruising was in Puget sound. Our trip included a trip to Two Harbors and by then we were used to the rolling motion of the boat at night and slept much better.
"Harbor Patrol" monitor channel 12 and assign moorings on a first come first served basis. The main control is "Avalon" and they monitor 16 and 12.
I spent $37 a night to stay on a mooring in Hamilton Bay and the second night in Avalon Bay. The shore boat is $4.50 a trip. There is great snorkeling by the casino and south in Lovers Cove. Although the anchorage and moorings are rolly, it's the best town on the island with lively night life and plenty of shops, restaurants and a grocery store.

Outer Harbor - Descanso Bay, 2012-08-14
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

Spent one rolly Sunday night on a mooring in Descanso Bay because all the inner harbor moorings were full. Loud music, lots of watercraft of all sorts in constant motion around us. Onshore the town is wonderful with lots to see and do. Don't miss touring the 1920's era Casino, $5 admission. Everyone was friendly and very helpful. Next time would probably stay on a mooring in White's Landing, about 4 miles north, and dinghy into Avalon.

Beautiful harbor, 2011-07-29
Captain: , San Diego, CA (261)

Moorings are plentiful, provided you arrive early in the week - late week / weekends often finds all moorings taken and you may have to anchor outside of the harbor.

Beautiful Harbor, 2010-06-26
Captain: , annapolis (183)

Avalon Harbor is a beautiful place -- deep, blue water teaming with fish below the seaside town of Avalon, which stretches up Catalina's mountains.

The Harbor is extremely busy during the summer, but can be almost desolate in winter. Any season, it is beautiful, if the weather is good.

The approach is easy, with deep ocean water, and arrivals are generally met by a harbor boat and assigned to a ball.

Because of the severe traffic during the season, the harbor boasts a large number of moorings (hundreds), each with a peculiar two-point tie (bow and stern) that stops boats from swinging. All boats face the same direction. They are assigned on a first-come basis.

Avalon Harbor officials are also very particular about discharges. Do not be surprised if officials ask to drop a dye pack in your black water tank, designed to expose an illegal discharge.

The dinghy dock is large and water taxis are available for a fee. Shops and restaurants are abundant in town, as are rentals of all kinds (including golf carts). There is also a small beach, and many recreational activities, from fishing charters to submarine rides.

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