Details for Roche Harbor Resort and Marina

Roche Harbor Resort and Marina

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 34 reviews

Address 248 Reuben Memorial Drive, P. O. Box 4001
Roche Harbor, WA 98250


After hours contact

Facility type

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


Customs port of entry (Summer only).

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager


Kevin Carlton


Kevin Carlton

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Around either side of Pearl Island. The north entrance shallows at low tide. There are intertidal rocks on the Pearl Island side of the channel submerged at high tide. Danger - they are unmarked.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Be prepared for a mediterranean tie during the busy season.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.95/ft (2017-09-08)

Other price info: Includes 30 amp power, water, garbage and use of the resort facilities.
50 amp is an additional $10 per night.
Catamarans and 70 feet + is $2.50 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included as part of moorage fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Available with moorage on newer docks.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Gasoline is ethanol free.

Gas price$4.17/gal (2017-09-08)

Other price info: Volume breaks at 100, 300, 500, and 1,000 gallons. Gasoline is ethanol free.

Diesel price$3.11/gal (2017-09-08)

Other price info: Volume breaks at 100, 300, 500, and 1000 gallons.


Yes - In the store at the head of the ramp.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Mobile pump out barge ('Phecal Phreak'). Request service from dockhands. Pump out is free, tipping is customary.














Yes - Ace Hardware in Friday Harbor. Some items available at the marine store.





Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon cellular and data card medium strength.

Boat ramp availability




Other services




Reviews for Roche Harbor Resort and Marina
pretty place and has everything, 2017-08-24
Captain: , everett, wa (355)

This is one of the better marinas around and expect to pay for that. Moorage for our 30 footer was $59/ night. That does include 30 amp power (more for 50 amps). everything is clean and well cared for. In the summer they have dock hands to tie you up. Pump out at your slip is complimentary, but tips are appreciated. there is a flag lowering ceremony daily at sunset, complete with music and Cannon shot. I can't figure out why the clean and modern showers ($1.50) don't have a place to put your soap and shampoo. There are two on-site restaurants. One is fancy and one is very reasonably priced. there are also booths selling ice cream, espresso, and trinkets. They have a pool, but we haven't used it. Docks are high (level with our toerail) so most boats are easy to board.

Resort Marina, 2017-05-28
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

Friendly staff, but they expect you have been here before and don't offer any information about the amenities or area. Restrooms and showers are clean. Busses are available, that make numerous stops around the island. If your lucky you will see Mona the Camel! We spent most of a day at Lime Kiln Lighthouse. Hiking trails and great vistas. Also a good place for whale watching.

I am not a number I am a free man. , 2017-04-16
Captain: , Seattle, WA (30)

The resort of Roche Harbor always reminds me of the British TV show "The Prisoner" with Patrick McGoohan. The show explains the title.

But boating-wise...terrific place. It gets crowded in the summer so a reservation makes sense though I've managed to get in without one. The guess dock is a hive of activity. It's typical to find people on camping chairs with guitars and beer having a great time. Optionally if you ask nicely you can find a space in a temporarily vacated permanent slip, a bit more peaceful (only a bit). In the summer months there are always line handlers ready to welcome you.

However, the shoulder season is my favorite . Lots of slips space, peaceful, though often not all restaurants are available and some other facilities are on shoulder season hours.

Great marina - great resort, 2016-10-05
Captain: , Portland, OR (279)

Update September 2016: We still think that the dockmaster and staff are great. Washrooms have seen much improvement since our last comment.

We stayed 4 nights in September 2014, went to Canada for two nights then returned to clear customs and spent an additional night.

The dockmaster%u2019s crew cannot do enough to be helpful. Cheerful and enthusiastic workers greeted us at our slip and took our lines. Even offered to help run shore power cable. Trash cans stationed along the broad piers are emptied several times a day and the piers are kept clean all the time. They even have a small sanitary barge that empties the holding tank for free (though the operator was grateful for a tip).

We ate several meals at two of the three dining facilities at the top of the dock. Good food and good service every time. Customs dock is staffed 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM during summer and the lady that cleared us was polite and efficient.

It is painfully obvious that it is not the dockmaster%u2019s staff that cleans the restrooms and showers. It is painfully obvious that nobody else does it with any particular attention to detail.

Nice Place Early, 2016-05-17
Captain: , Whittier Alaska (839)

We stayed for 2 days at $1.90 a foot. Docks are in great condition and the people are very friendly. Someone will meet you at the dock to assist in the tie up. You wll dump some money here, so bring your CC. I would highly recommend this marina for at least one night.

Bathrooms are updated!, 2015-05-27
Captain: , Seattle (505)

Ditto all the good reviews and the bathrooms have been updated.

Fun Resort with History, 2015-02-16
Captain: , Kirkland (125)

If you're looking for a break from the natural serenity of the state parks, Roche Harbor is the place to get a vibrant resort experience. Reservations recommended, but with an entire dock used for Mediterranean tie, it's rare you can't get in.

Services: US Customs; showers; laundry; 30/50 power; water; grocery; marine store (power boat oriented); Kenmore Air

For the kids: visit the ice cream shop by the pier; take a short walk across the lawn to the playground; next to that is the pool, which is free to overnight marina guests and open to day-moorers for a reasonable fee; take a short hike through the graveyard up to the mausoleum (or take the teens at twilight and give them a good scare!); catch shrimp on the dock; visit the pier at sunset to watch the Colors ceremony; take a long walk or bike ride to visit the llama; visit the airstrip; and lots more if you get just a little creative! The only activity I don't recommend is the beach near the playground, which is a sucking mudpit at high and low tides.

For the adults: Visit the artisan shops by the pier; don't miss a massage at the spa; provision at the grocery store; grab a burger at the Lime Kiln Cafe; have a formal dinner at McMillan's; visit the open-air art park; take a walk over to British Camp, a pre-US army camps with several buildings still standing and restored; purchase some fresh caught seafood on the pier; and for large groups and rendezvous, you can even rent the party barge.

This place has something for everyone, even the Catholics, where the Tarte family ensures a Catholic mass at the consecrated church Our Lady of Good Voyage every Sunday throughout the summer. (Note: In 2015, the Archdiocese unconsecrated the church.)

It's a resort, so you'll pay resort prices.

Roche Rates High in our Book!, 2014-12-24
Captain: , Oyster Bay, NY (71)

We LOVE this place! First experienced on a bareboat charter years ago. Had our New 62 Ocean Alexander delivered from Taiwan to Seattle OA for Commisioning in 2012 and spent the remainder of the year cruising the San Juan's and the Gulf Islands before shipping her from Victoria, BC to Mexico.
The Marina and staff are first rate, friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly helpful! Free wifi needs an upgrade to reach all slips and could use more bandwidth, but adequate for email. Crabbing in the harbor in season begins in July, and is a blast, fresh FREE Crabs from our pot daily at our 5pm dock party. We met and made some lifelong freinds there. Great harbor to run around and explore in the tender.
Hikes in the surrounding woods and nearby Friday Harbor if you need more "action". A very fun place! We can't wait to get back.

Multihulls Not Welcome, 2014-08-20
Captain: , Tacoma, Washington (95)

The marina has decided upon a premium for multihulls, which is $0.75 a foot more than monohulls, whether you are in a sllip or not. I was tied to the promenade between two slips with no water and still paid the premium.

Gratuitously nasty customs officials, 2014-08-19
Captain: , Breakwater Marina (83)

I've processed through most of the customs docks in these waters, and while none of them can be described as "warm and fuzzy," at least the others conduct themselves in a professional manner. By contrast, our experience at customs in Roche Harbor should make every American ashamed of our government. Skip Roche Harbor and go around the corner to Friday Harbor.

Party Time, 2014-03-24
Captain: , Port Townsend (10)

There doesn't seem to be a curfew so the drunks will scream and holler with abandon for all hours of the night. I have been advised that there is a noise curfew in San Juan Island, so the police are an option.

Always Dependable, 2014-03-10
Captain: , Olalla WA (412)

We stopped over on our way to Victoria in early March. Felt a little funny in this 75' in our little 40' boat. Place was quite, although the restruants where all open, as was the store and fuel dock. We found the Customs office staffed with two officers.

The "Jewel" Marina of the San Juan's, 2013-09-18
Captain: , Daniel Island, SC (330)

Quality, professionally run marina. Deep water, excellent slips and quality dockhands who know their job. McMillin's Restaurant for a spectacular sunset dinner.

San Juan Is Roche Harbour, 2013-09-17
Captain: , Miami FL (12)

Charter out of Bellingham we stopped in Roche Harbour after two days on Moorings, first stop was the wonderful Restruant where fresh Crab Nacho's and clam chowder were enjoyed. Top off with a nice piece of Apple Pie latter that evening and I would give this a must stop here rating. Dock helpers were waiting and had me secure in seconds of arrival and we sure enjoyed the sunset flag ceremony as well. Weekday in September so plenty of dock space as well. $65 for our 37' Back Cove

Not what I expected . . ., 2013-08-10
Captain: , Albany (171)

Boards on the main docks were loose and noisy; annoying when you're side tied to them. The men's room/showers on the resort side, between the dockside restaurant and the store absolutely reeks of urine. The individual rest rooms/showers on the other side are very nice but none of the showers had much water pressure. Hot water was nearly non-existant.

On the plus side, the staff are very helpful, there's plenty to do, there's lots of boat porn in the marina and the breakfast at the dockside restaurant is excellent.

Still, I expected more from what's supposed to be the premier marina on San Juan Island.

Beautiful High-end Marina & Location, 2013-06-19
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (220)

This is an annual stop for us. The scenery is beautiful, the facilities are first rate, and the location is a handy point to jump to Canada or enter into the USA.

There are two main restaurants and both are quite good, but expensive. There is also a small group of boutique shops that setup daily during the season so ther is plenty of oportunities to part your money from you.

Awesome location, 2013-06-13
Captain: , Corpus Christi (161)

Gorgeous facility in beautiful setup. Staff very friendly, docks wide and clean. Has pump out little boat (very convenient). Pool is heated and kids love to catch small crabs at low tide. Had a good family time.

beautiful marina, very quiet destination, 2013-05-06
Captain: , North Lake Marina, Lake Washington (260)

if you are looking for peace, Roche is the place. However, if you like a town to peruse and shop, dine, etc, this is probably not the destination for you.

Our approach was the safe true-South entry to then bear East to the marina. From this direction, I found myself to the South side of the marina. On the North side of the marina is a moderate sized sign that points to the transient docks.

The 30amp shore power plug casing can be too narrow for some cords so bring a phillips-head screwdriver to remove it if necessary.

We took a shower only to find that depositing $1.50 gave only frigid water temperature. Fortunately, there were some cleaning staff around so we could throw on a towel and ask them for help. They had to come in twice to give us hot water for our showers. Apparently they said they had a problem the day before as well. Too bad an out-of-order sign wasn't used.

After getting ready, I went into the harbormaster's office and paid for the night and told them of the shower issue. They were very courteous and offered my $3.00 back for the showers.

There is a well-stocked marina store that should provide most all provisions needed.

Roche Harbor- something for everyone..., 2013-03-31
Captain: , Novelty, WA (214)

Roche is big, has it all, and was fun even if just for one night...

The food options are great, the colors ceremony is nice and respectful, and the staff are all very accomodating.

The marina is huge- you can't see the docks from the water on approach until you wade through the anchored vessels...

We went through US Customs here and that was a good and professional, if curt, process.

Moving over to our slip was good, and the staff was helpful in getting tied up, etc. We arrived too late for the free pump out boat, but were scheduled for the next morning promptly.

Moorage included power, pump out, and water.

Roche is busy- sort of like going to the midway at the fair. Not so much of the small marina chat you up community approach I like so much, but there was definite activity.

In general, I'd say Roche is unique- its not a quiet boating getaway spot, its more of a large community of focused boaters and others having a large gathering with lots of things to do and see. Its different, not bad.

Again, a great stop, good food, easy provisioning at the general store, and good staff help. Only negative I can come up with is that restrooms and showers were pretty heavily used, as they are not limited to marina use only- and its summer.

Roche is a bee-hive of activity, so if that is what looks like fun you've found it. I am planning on visiting during the fall or spring to get a better idea of how it is in off season. I suspect I will like it more then. But I can't take away from it- its well run and well delivered- recommended!

Update: January 2013 stay. We were, I think, the only transient to come in that day. Roche is a whole different beast in the winter- empty anchorage, docks pulled in, etc. Things were dead. It was the opposite of the summer, clearly. VERY enjoyable- liveaboard partnered with the Marina helps you, has great local info. Suggested we moor next to him as a blow was forecast for the night and he could keep an eye out for us. No blow came, but we were more than ready- cross tied, etc. Anyway, Lime Kiln Cafe was open, food was great as usual, and the kids had a good time even though we couldn't buy ice cream cones and had to settle for ice cream sandwiches at the grocery. As usual, we'll be back!

A favorite spot, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Bozeman, MT (740)

In turns picturesque and cheesy, Roche harbor is a fun place to visit. The sculpture garden is fun, the mausoleum is worth a visit and the bocce ball court is top notch. Food is great and the boats and people on the docs are always entertaining.

First Rate, 2012-06-21
Captain: , Saint Louis (50)

Took great care of a couple of novice sailors (us) - gave is 40 foot slip for our 32 foot boat, and made sure we didn't have to share with another boat. Dockhands were at the ready to help us tie off. Great service.

A little pricey at the general store (wine we get at Costco for $38 was $54, but it was convenient!). Great lamb burgers and mojitos at the nice restaurant on the hillside.

Outstanding, 2011-08-16
Captain: , Seattle (690)

Impressive, well- run, friendly marina. Nice heated pool was a kids favorite. Fun hike up to the family mausoleum. Well-stocked store and fresh spot prawns for sale right on the dock.

This time we made it over to the sculpture garden. Very impressive, and worth a couple of hours. We also had a chance to catch a Friday night outdoor Shakespeare production. Unique experience

Roche Harbor -- See how the other half lives!, 2011-08-08
Captain: , Newport (44)

Great spot to rub elbows with not only the rich but the FILTHY rich! The boaters are all pretty friendly and surprisingly down to earth. I have read reviews that the staff is SO friendly.. dock crew is just plain busy especially when we were there in late July. Not one staffer looked at me and said hi and I was there for 4 nights. No biggy... The folks in the general store are great and VERY friendly. Madrona Grill is fantastic; love the fish tacos. The retiring of the colors is not to missed -- at least once. Such tradition!

Price of showers and laundry, 2011-04-10
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (312)

Expect to pay $1.50 for a 5 minute shower and $4.50 for one large clothes washer and $0.75 for 15 minutes drying time. Plan for 1 hour drying time.

Love this Marina, 2011-03-30
Captain: , Reed Point Marina (32)

I like to anchor out a lot and I doubt I would ever anchor here...but when it's time to go into port, I love this place...excellent staff, extremely well maintained faciities, great food, lots to do and see.

My favorite, 2011-02-14
Captain: , Gig Harbor, WA (469)

Every trip to the San Juans has a stay here.

Great Place, 2011-02-04
Captain: , Port Orchard WA (133)

My one place I never miss going to when I'm around the Islands

Great place for quick access to the Gulf Islands, 2011-01-30
Captain: , Olalla, WA (342)

Nice facility with great staff to help with mooring your boat to assisting in pushing you off. The donuts in the restuarant are #1 and worth a quick stop if you are not staying overnight. They have a nice taps every evening in the summer. Worth watching and enjoying the show.

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

Very friendly place to stop and great for families. Make reservations during the summer too. A little expensive, but includes power, water, garbage and pump-out.

Several places to eat and a small store. Fuel dock too. And customs when returning from Canada.

Can also anchor out in the bay.

First rate!

Busy place!, 2009-06-11
Captain: , Cowiche, WA (350)

Very popular and busy marina facilities. Not our favorite place to moor. Many very well apppointed yachts and crew abound in this marina. Friendly staff, fuel and supplies available. Nice sunset ceremony and frequent summer programs. Too crowded and fast paced for our tastes.

Great landing on the return from canada. , 2009-06-09
Captain: , Seattle (460)

Very busy but well organized. Full services.

One of our favorite places in the San Juans, 2007-12-04
Captain: , Tropical Tip of Texas (145)

Very nice marina, friendly, knowledgable staff. They will try hard to get you in, even when crowded (and it definitely fills during the summer season). A few nice shops just off the docks, including a small grocery store. 2 good restaurants. A "striking of the colors" ceremony nightly at sunset. Not inexpensive by PNW standards, but a very nice marina.

Winter Wonder, 2007-02-16
Captain: , Anacorties (12)

We visited Roche Harbor in December. The weather awful but the reception in the marina was very warm. A visit to the Kiln cafe resulted in a great afternoon lunch. The marina facilites are excellent. It was easy to get in and out of the slips.

Fantastic Marina, 2007-01-16
Captain: , Seattle, Wa (1)

Lots to do at this marina. Grocery store on the dock, great restaurant. Highly recommended

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