Details for Port of Friday Harbor

Port of Friday Harbor

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 39 reviews

Address 204 Front Street, PO Box 889
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

Marilyn O'Connor, Port Director


Tami Hayes


Jeremy Talbott

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Ask about the frequent use plan. One night free for every four nights used. Free night not for use during summer, off season only. They stamp your card for every night you stay, but only if you ask.

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 - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 150
Total: 500
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2017-06-09)

Other price info: First-come, first-served basis.
Winter: (Oct. 1 - April 30) $0.80 per foot.
Shoulder: (May, June, Sept.) $0.95 per foot.
Summer: (July, August < 45 feet) $1.05 per foot.
(July, August, Sept. 45 - 74 feet) $1.25 per foot.
(July and August 75+ feet) $1.40 per foot.
(Sept. 75+ feet) $1.25 per foot.

Beware of polyethylene pipe wave attenuators hanging on the face of the outside of the breakwater dock. They make it difficult to fender and tend to eject fenders onto the dock with a large wake.

Very low G docks, be careful stepping down.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $0.10 per foot, 50 amp is $0.25 per foot, and 100 amp is $0.40 per foot.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - The dinghy dock is at the base of the ramp to the shore. Short walk. Also another one at the fuel dock. Often full of dinghies tied too short and boats left for days/weeks on end.

Liveaboard info

Yes - There's an additional monthly fee.


Fuel brand: Provided by Island Petroleum Services, 360-378-4430.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - On the shore above the fuel dock.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - They have a free portable pump out on wheels. Pump-out boat available for $5. Call the office with your slip # and the side your waste access is on. Payment at the office or the pump boat.

Also a pump out dock at the end of M dock just to the west side.


Yes - At the fuel dock.


Yes - Walk it up to one of the 15 dumpsters at the main ramp.


Yes - Coin operated. Change available at the marina office




Yes - New laundry facilities in 2010.


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Many nearby.


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - West Marine is at end of town with an ACE hardware that also sells fishing supplies. King Marine supply is close to the slips on the main street.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Bareboat and Skippered Charters.

Internet access

Yes - Free internet but reported not to work well. Excellent cellular service.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Shuttle buses run to Roche Harbor and around the island. There are also 2 taxi services, 360-378-3550 and 360-378-6777.

Other services

U.S. Customs Port of Entry. Medical clinic nearby.

US Customs and Border Protection
271 Front Street North
Friday Harbour, WA 98250


Reviews for Port of Friday Harbor
We always stop here, 2017-08-04
Captain: , everett, wa (345)

We have stopped here many times. Fridays in Summer there is free music in the park at the head of the docks. Lots of activity, A bit noisy because of the huge number of people and boats. Plenty to do. We usually try to stop somewhere we can shower every few days and this is one of them. For pump out you can have it done, roll a cart to your boat, or go to the pumpout station. Breakfast is interesting, but now there are 2 places you can get breakfast in the early morning. check out Serendipity which is a fantastic used book store. 2017 peak season moorage is $1.40 per foot plus $3 if you want electricity.

Nice one night stay, 2017-06-21
Captain: , Portland, OR (250)

Had a fun afternoon wandering around the art exhibits and having a great Italian dinner at Vinny's. Docks are showing their age but staff was friendly and power and water were good.

Very nice and friendly marina., 2017-05-31
Captain: , Bellingham, Washington (192)

Stayed here two nights in May 2017. Plenty of room available and they have a policy of not turning anyone away. I imagine that's a challenge during the busy season. Rates very reasonable and amenities are plentiful... Showers, washrooms, laundry and tons of good restaurants within walking distance. Good WiFi signal too and it was free. Slips are large and fairways roomy so easy docking.

Boat Length, 2017-04-17
Captain: , Seattle, WA (30)

If your boat length is 45ft expect to be on the inside of one of the breakwaters.

Breakwater A has no power and is off your starboard bow as you enter towards the guest moorage, where as breakwater B does have power 30/50 (from what I saw - I only need 30), and it's off of your port bow as you enter (inside, the outside is for customs).

Breakwater B is a touch rolly. We have spent to different trips on it - the first time was too rough and we bailed for an anchorage and our most recent more tolerable but with consistent ferry traffic you are going to notice.

In future we will be skipping Friday Harbor, perhaps just a provisioning stop and then across San Juan Channel to anchor on Shaw Island (Parks Bay being the closest but open to the North).

Great Marina, 2016-10-23
Captain: , Chicago (90)

Nice staff, free pump out (dock as well as cart), fuel dock has easy entry with lots of pumps, and concrete docks (although very low, make sure your fenders are hung low).

There are long walks down the dock so if you have a dog I hope their bladder is big and their free WiFi is VERY poor.

It's Just Fun, 2016-08-29
Captain: , Summerlin, NV (350)

We had never been there before but had heard many fun descriptions. We were not disappointed. The staff was fun and very responsive to work with. We spent one night in mid-August and as expected it was very busy. We were amazed at all the activity but the staff and marina locals took it in stride. This made for a very relaxed and comfortable environment. Great floating restrooms nearby the transient area. As for the showers, they are a little walk but not bad. Take along quarters as we found the cost to be $1.50 for roughly 5 minutes. Sure felt good though as we had beautiful hot weather. The town has everything within a very easy walk, including a well stocked grocery store. A must stop...

Best Marina in the San Juan Islands, 2016-08-22
Captain: , Seattle (51)

This is the best place to stop for year round moorage. During peak season is probably not as noticable as winter months. I came here for the first time to seek shelter from a pretty big storm. I was in Bellingham prior but the guest dock would have been a disaster as you are beam to a long fetch of seas in the fairway and beam to the winds. You are still exposed to swell at Friday Harbor on G dock, but at least have protection from the other docks and breakwall. Waves can roll in from the ferry and from big swell but it?s not that bad. The guest docks are no different than the permanent slips in that the swell is beam on, but the wind is on your bow or stern, depending on which side you pick. The prices are quite fair if you stay five nights because you end up paying $33.50 in the off season per night at their normal rate, but only $26.80 per night for five nights. This is only slightly higher than what you would end up paying per night in Bellingham, and there is a big difference in what you get for the price. First off, they provide crappy internet?but for free. So if you can hook up and get it to work, you avoid using up your cellular data plan. Also the access to businesses in town is a five minute walk to most places. The staff and live aboard folks are all friends. The town is a picture perfect harbor. I suggest a walk for coffee at The Bean Cafe. Their baristas are top notch, and their food and coffee is great. I?ve read about the currents and winds being an issue, but did not experience that when I came in singlehandedly. Just be sure to drag your fenders in the water instead of setting them high or they will not protect your hull from the dock. To help with the swell, just add a few spring lines and avoid tying abeam directly to the middle mooring cleat. For summertime I don?t think it?s necessary to use the marina as the bay north is a great anchorage except during south winds.

Center of the Islands, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Seattle (505)

Located in the heart of the islands. Staff is helpful and friendly, although moorage is a little pricey. Easy walk to town. Pleasant stay.

Great place, 2016-05-08
Captain: , Whittier Alaska (749)

This is a very nice place in the early summer. We were here first part of May, so no crowds. This is a very enchanting town. It can get very crowed during the cruising season. Little spendy for boats over 50 foot. But this is the center of the San Jauns. Be mindful of traffic (ferries and float planes). Marina operate VHF ch 66 but on low power, so wait till you get around the island.

We always Stop Here, 2014-06-18
Captain: , Port Townsend, WA (70)

This marina has always been one of our stops when sailing around the San Juans. Folks a very courteous and helpful. The showers have always been clean and reasonably priced. Good laundry facilities and we enjoy having the floating bathrooms down on the docks. They have the pump out barge so you don%u2019t need to leave your slip and there is a fuel dock available. This is also a point of entry so Customs is out on the dock as well.
You are just a short walk from stores and restaurants and other sites like the whale museum. Ace Hardware and west Marine are a long walk but very doable.

Great Marina and Destination!, 2013-12-09
Captain: , Seattle (313)

Friday Harbor is a must see everytime we sail the San Juan Islands. The marina is located right near the town so walking everywhere is easy. Restaurants, shops galore.

Love this place!, 2013-08-10
Captain: , Albany (171)

Helpful staff, well kept marina with concrete docks, floating restroom so you don't have to hike all the way to shore. The showers in the main building (on shore) are newly remodeled and very nice. Hot water was hot and good water pressure.

Plenty to do within walking distance of the marina.

Great Marina and a great town, 2013-07-01
Captain: , SV Kairos, Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Is. WA (233)

We really enjoyed staying here. We initially were coming for one night but we decided to extend for another night. The staff was TOP notch, VERY interested in making it a great experience. We had heard that it was challenging to get set in the dock space due to wind/current. We move twice to another location and each time it was easy to get in and tie up. The town is just fun.

Great stop, lovely town, convenient shopping, 2013-06-22
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (220)

Great marina and fairly priced. The access is easy, but the docks are really low - don't jump off your boat to the dock or you may be surprised.

The facilities are in good working order and the new concrete sections of dock are a big improvement over the old wood sections.

With the ferry traffic it can be a bit rolly in the slip, but not badly so.

The free WIFI is very poor. While I had strong signal strength on my 4 different devices, it took up to 20 minutes to authenticate - and even then I had to reauthenticate about every 10 minutes or so until I finally gave up.

Great shopping for needed supplies and artisan gifts, good restaurants though the DownRigger is expensive with mediocre food.

Underwater world, 2013-06-13
Captain: , Corpus Christi (161)

This marina was fantastic. Docks are great and facility clean. Kids loved the catch shrimps right off the docks. Boat can roll occasionally.

Nice enough, 2013-06-09
Captain: , Seattle (57)

Nice enough marina but long walks to the facilities and the nicer restaurants are closed Sunday night in early June.
Be careful, the (G) docks are deceptively low; use only your tallest/fittest crew for docking or get help.

Treated us right for lunch stops..., 2013-03-31
Captain: , Novelty, WA (214)

Twice we've come in, once in October 2011 and once in November 2012, and had great help in going to temporary spots so we could lunch a bit and then leave. People were friendly and helpful!

Two things we like about Friday and will do again- Vic's Drive In (Cash Only!) and the Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is almost silly- it looks so rinky dink and then you get inside and its REALLY WELL DONE. Very impressive and we ended up leaving before we were nearly happy with our visit length! Vic's is great- simple food, not bad prices, and the kids had a ball with the whole program. Closes early some days, even Saturday's, so plan accordingly!

Boater Friendly, 2013-01-08
Captain: , Tacoma (10)

I have lived in Washington and boated here all of my life and Friday Harbor Marina is one of the freindliest and accommodating marinas you will find anywhere. I stop here every year when I visit the San Juan Islands and stay anywhere from a night or two up to a week. Depends on weather and other factors. Town has everything you need and fuel is the best price in the islands. The marina is happy to accommodate you for an hour or two while shopping, or overnight. Lots of transient moorage. You will ejoy the town and your stay!

Nice stay in Friday Harbor, 2012-08-12
Captain: , Everett, Wa (60)

We arived midafternoon on a Friday with not much hope of getting a slip. We hailled the port (VHF 68a) and was placed 3rd on the waiting list. It was past check out time so we anchored to have some lunch and see if a slip opened up. Just as we were preparing to dinghy into port, someone left for the Islands, leaving us thier spot.

Friday Harbor has great food and entertainment. It's definitely a good place to stop for a night on the town.

New York City of the San Juans, 2012-08-02
Captain: , Bettendorf, Iowa (20)

All the stories are true. A very active marina and well run. VHF 78A was like listening to air traffic control.

NOTE: We arrived at Friday Harbor around 1200 patting ourselves on the back for making such good time from our last anchorage. Unfortunatley, we could not get a slip in the marina as they were full from the night before and check out time from the slips is 1300. We ended up circling the harbor for an hour before we could get a slip.

NOTE: The shore power connections are not symetric to the docks. One slip is favored over another. We had a bow in, starboard tie and our shore power cord would not reach the connection point on the dock.

The Place in the San Juans, 2012-07-05
Captain: , Vancouver, BC (11)

Friday Harbor is the most developped town in the San Juan Islands. Great stopping point, good marine stores and services. Many good restaurants and make sure to visit the Whale museum while in Friday Harbor.
Daily passes for the public transit system are available at a reasonable cost and allow you to explore the entire island in a day. Bus drivers are friendly and courteous.

Friday Harbor - watch dock heights (low), 2012-06-21
Captain: , Saint Louis (50)

We came in for a and agree with all the positive comments from other reviewers. Nice dinner at the seafood restaurant across from the ice cream shop (good ice cream, too).

Note: docks are low (about 16" above waterline) so drop those fenders low! No H2O on our side of H Dock, though we might get our hose to stretch to the other side.

Everything here!, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Friday Harbor, WA (30)

Friday Harbor has it all! Marina, fuel, repairs, great restaurants, lodging, a town full of shops!

Quiet in winter, 2012-02-28
Captain: , Tropical Tip of Texas (145)

We've stayed here during the summer, our first time "off season." Quiet and pleasant. Marina office staff is friendly and helpful

Great Gateway, 2011-11-12
Captain: , Gig Harbor (134)

This is the place to base your visit to the San Juans. As others have pointed out there are plenty of shops and restaurants to meet everyone's wants and needs.

If you are returning from the Gulf Islands or other Canadian points, be there during office hours or be ready for abuse from the local Customs officer.

Great place to provision, 2011-10-14
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

The marina facilies are excellent. It can be a long walk up to the showers. There are many fine restaurants and an excellent marine store in town. This is THE place to provision while cruising the San Juan Islands

Best Marina in the Area, 2011-08-30
Captain: , Portland (100)

Very professional staff and the facilities are top notch. Definitely not a 'quiet' stop as the party is on, but not out of hand. We have always had a pleasant experience here.

A regular stop, 2011-08-16
Captain: , Seattle (690)

Stopped for provisions and fuel. Surprisingly good fuel prices for the islands - $.60-.70 less per gallon than Roche (for diesel). Staff always accomodating for temporary moorage, even though the place is always hopping. I like the "midway" restroom facilities... the guest dock is a ways out.

Favorite marina in San Juans, 2011-07-19
Captain: , Seattle, WA (587)

Friday Harbor marina is the gateway to the town, which has a bunch of great restaurants, shops, a West Marine and just about everything else you could want. The marina itself is nice with a friendly staff, though the guest dock is far from the town. Much easier to dock than anchor. Our favorite place in the islands.

Best port in the San Juan Islands, 2011-01-30
Captain: , Olalla, WA (342)

They never turn away boaters but you may have to moor along side one or more boats. Great staff and pay center located on the transient docks (G & H). New head also located before the marine office making fast head calls easy... You can rent a flag to reserve your slip as you head out to fish or crab int he local area...

Great Place Off Season Busy Summer, 2010-12-18
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (177)

We have stayed at Friday Harbor at various times of the year. By far it is best to be there spring and September - July and August see tremendous boat traffic and it can overwhelm the port operations. Summer is best on week days if possible. On the shoulder seasons it is one of our favorite places to go if we want some "city" capability. There is a West Marine Express, Kings Grocery and Marine Supplies are just superb for selection, service and well stocked and serviced. Excellent pubs to visit within the city and the Whale Museum. If you have Children or are a child at heart - catch spotted shrimp near the docks at dusk under the dock lights. Be watching for nudibranchs and squid that can also surface in the evening. YOu may also see "popeye" the Port mascot Harbor Seal that looks for a handout of fish and is blind in one eye. The new "on dock" toilets are very clean and convenient. Lastly - by the main dock in summer there is a fresh fish market on the docks - not cheap but excellent produce - dungeness crab and fish.

great place for transient mooring, 2010-06-25
Captain: , North Lake Marina, Lake Washington (260)

Visit Friday and either make a reservation or just drop in ... they are good to accomodate transient boaters; VHF 68

Friday Harbor--Crowded and Indifferent, 2010-05-18
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (282)

The Port of Friday Harbor is one of the primary marinas in the San Juan Islands. It's a shame the Port doesn't invest a little money in fixing up the existing facilities (like adding consistent power and water at the slips) and expanding the services for boaters.
The town is great, a lot of shopping and services, and a nice "big town" contrast to the rest of the San Juan Islands. We have always had prompt and friendly service from the US Customs Officers. In the summer, the POFH is really a zoo. The Port staff is hard pressed to keep up. Maybe the Port Commissioners should spend a little of the money they take in to expand the facilities and increase the staff.

Best "big town" moorage in the San Juans, 2009-09-29
Captain: , san francisco (30)

We hit a beautiful day in late Sep. Even in the shoulder season there was a lot of traffic. The facilities were top notch and kept extremely clean. Great choice of restuarants close by. Excellent spot to re-stock and replenish. Wish they had water available at the slips

Busy, 2009-09-12
Captain: , Seattle, WA (437)

Very busy marina as this is the main town in the islands. Good to reserve if you can, but they do a good job of fitting people in and rafting when needed.

We like to come in May or Sept when things are less crazy and the town more quiet.

Plenty of food and a good supermarket just up the hill. It can be a bit of a hike from some of the slips.

Also customs dock if you're returning from Canada. Very friendly officers here.

A must stop port of call, 2009-06-11
Captain: , Cowiche, WA (350)

Great facilities, new restrooms, easy access to fuel, food, supplies and shopping. This is our favorite "big city" place to visit in the San Juan's. Kid safe with very friendly patrons and staff. A must for touring the Islands. Nice museums and bookstores with the obligatory Ice Cream stop centrally located.

Excellent Location, 2009-03-22
Captain: , San Diego (10)

We love Friday Harbor. It's staff in the summer are excellent at handing the demand, the fish monger on the dock has excellent fish and their salmon dip is outstanding. Get their early in the day or make a reservation ahead of time. Can be a long time to clear customs at times.

friday harbor , 2007-10-01
Captain: , Friday Harbor (1)

Pleasant marina with full facilities..close walk to center of town for shopping, eating and drinking..prices are moderate and many slips for overnight travel...

Always busy, 2007-09-16
Captain: , Olympia (1435)

The port folks do a good job handling all of the boats. In August you will be waiting in line for a slip. Make sure you tell your "real" length overall or you will be in for a longer wait.

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