Details for Squalicum Harbor East

Squalicum Harbor East

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 12 reviews

Address 722 Coho Way
Bellingham, WA 98225


After hours contact

Security Guards On Site

Facility type

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


VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 1800
Transient price: $0.75/ft (2013-09-20)

Other price info: $12.00 minimun includes power and water. 3-day limit, no reservations accepted.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: There is very little 50A power. The long guest face dock (O/P) at Gate 9 has only 30 amp. The shorter guest face dock (T/U) has one 50 amp socket about 1/3 of the way from the land, and there is a 40-45 foot spot around the corner next to Snow Goose that also has one 50 amp socket.

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Higher for credit card.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Higher for credit card.


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - At least some docks have a portable electrical pump-out pump that you can wheel right to your slip.



Yes - Recycling too.








Yes - Not close by, but the marina has a courtesy shuttle that will take you and pick you up.



Yes - Walking distance.


Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Yes - Full-service boatyard.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 165 ton Travel Lift capability.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Large charter boat fleet.

Internet access

Yes - It is reported that if you have a WiFi router and booster on your boat, don't use the ECCO WiFi service in town. It requires that you login every device on your boat which is impractical.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Launch Fee: $5.00 per launch ($7.00 Canadian). $72.00 - yearly launch permit (good Jan. - Dec.) is available.


Yes - A seasonal courtesy shuttle is available.

Other services


Reviews for Squalicum Harbor East
Starting/Atopping Point for San Juan Trip, 2016-10-05
Captain: , Portland, OR (279)

We launched our Ranger 25 Tug on Labor Day 2016 and hauled her out 11 days later. Ramp is excellent and other users friendly and patient.

Both after launchiing and before hjauling we spent a night in transient berthing, gate 9. Docks in good repair, clean and wide. Office staff very friendly and helpful. We ate at Loft one night and at the Italian restaurant one night. Both were very good, each in their own way.

Long term parking was free. It is not gated, but it is located next to a very active trudk repair place and the USCG staion, so lots of activity in the area.

Two Comfortable Stays, 2016-08-29
Captain: , Summerlin, NV (350)

We just stayed there twice in 3 weeks. Nice docks and we would definitely stay again, but there are a few things to be aware of. 30 amp power is available at some areas of the dock, but there is no guarantee you'll be close enough to connect or that another boat isn't already using your closest outlet. Additionally, the boats coming and going pass by the transient dock and despite signage limiting speed to 4 knots they often go much faster and throw wakes, so have ample and sufficient fenders for that, and because winds often buffet the dock. With this said, we found the marina a nice place to relax with a friendly and workable staff. Unlike another posting, we visited The Loft restaurant 3 times and loved it. We found good service and excellent food. As for grocery shopping, nothing close or walkable, but if you have a bike or access to a car it's no problem. We used their excellent 4-lane launch ramp and then their long-term parking area across the street. We had absolutely no problem whatsoever and upon our return from 2 weeks of cruising everything was as we had left it. Remember you'll need quarters to operate the showers; 4 quarters for roughly 5 minutes. Surprisingly the marina does not have Wi-Fi. Overall we enjoyed the stay and look forward to another visit.

Transient moorage sucks, 2016-08-22
Captain: , Seattle (51)

I stayed in Harbor East for six days while a series of lows blew through the Salish, with gales every day. The guest docks place the boats beam to the winds and the waves can fetch across the marina and allow the boats to get pounded so make sure you have lots of spring lines and fenders out. All of the motorized boats travel past the guest dock and many do not obey the no wake policy so you?ll be disturbed by the wake often. They change the code on the gates every Sunday night, so call ahead and get the new code if you?re going anywhere past 10pm on Sunday or you?ll be locked out. The laundry facilities have only two washers, and two dryers and are only open from 6:30 until 10pm. I had my laundry locked inside overnight because they automatically lock the doors, so I had to wake up at 6:30 to finish. During the day people are constantly occupying the machines so good luck getting clothes washed. You also need to have quarters handy as there is no coin exchange anywhere. A disabled sailing vessel drifted onto my boat after the idiot captain decided to go sailing in force 7 winds. Probably not common but due to the exposure to other vessels, you might want to put fenders on the outside of your boat. Also if you want to eat I do not suggest any of the restaurants nearby. Do not be tempted to eat at the Loft. I went there and was ignored for thirty minutes while sitting at the bar so I left and went into downtown. I wouldn?t expect this from Bellingham, but it happens. Get an Uber if you need to get groceries or other supplies. They will pick you up in less than five minutes no matter where you are going from/to and the drivers are great. Redden is a pretty good marine store, but prices are high. There isn?t any other option though, but the location makes it pretty convenient. This is probably a good place during great weather due to trails going along the waterfront, but no so good if it sucks outside. You?ll want to take a cab everywhere as there isn?t much near the marina within walking distance except overpriced restaurants. There is a Subway at the marina but the sandwiches are crap and so is the service. The people at the marina are great however. Most boaters who occupy the slips are super friendly and if you need anything just stop one of them and they are more than happy to help. Be careful of the gangways when the tide is low and the ramps are wet while using a dock cart. I almost lost one because the ramp was so steep and the metal surface was slippery. Ask for help or you might have one escape and lose everything in the cart. The port of Bellingham needs help with making the Harbor more guest friendly. The waterfront needs serious overhaul with easier access to businesses downtown.

Great town for exploring., 2016-07-26
Captain: , Portland Oregon (270)

Stayed two nights at the transient dock (gate 12). Nice new facility. We took the free shuttle to Fairhaven and walked back from there on the waterfront trail. Great shopping and sightseeing options. Fairhaven is not to be missed.

Our home port marina, 2016-04-24
Captain: , Bellingham (190)

Homeported here for a year and like it. Security is good. Clean heads, showers and laundry. Handy mobile pump out plus dockside near boat launch. Redden Marine, LFS and yard is nearby. Anthony's, Hearthfire, and Gussepi's restaurants are all first rate. No grocery stores nearby. Try Fountain Rental if you need a car.

Great launch point for the San Juans, 2015-07-08
Captain: , Calgary (84)

We launched our trailer sailor here for our tour of the San Juans. Good 4 lane ramp at all tides. Long term parking available

Great Place for a Trailer Sailor to set up and launch!, 2013-12-13
Captain: , Calgary (112)

We have been coming here in May / June for years with our 26' Hunter sail boat.There 5 wide launch ramps with new docks, lots of paved designated parking for long truck trailer combo's. No RV's allowed. Mostly self serve with the main office around the other bay. You can call and get codes for gates and washrooms. Great point to launch from with 2 marine store within walking distance and all provisions within 5 miles, even got my trailer brakes repaired just down the street.

Not set up to handle transients very well, 2013-09-20
Captain: , Cruising (3535)

This is a city-owned marina that primarily caters to long term customers. No one will help you with lines, but there are cleats on the dock. We asked for a spot with 50A power but they had no idea and directed us to either of the two guest docks. Space is not managed, so people just tie up wherever they want. 50A power was only available (one socket) on T/U dock - marina staff didn't know. Gate security and heads and laundry were clean and nice. Check-in is by cash at a tiny little lock box, or by credit card during business hours a long walk around to the main office.
Redden's Marine Supply nearby is a wonderful stop, and dinner at HearthFire out on the point was excellent.

Great town - great marina and moorage rates, 2012-07-02
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (64)

Located about 1 mile from downtown, this marina provides full service, secure moorage with several good restaurants scattered around the perimeter of the two side by side boat basins. Marine facilities are also nearby. The Pickford Theatre (downtown) shows a selection of independent films, including old and new classics.

Squalicum Harbor, 2011-01-15
Captain: , Fort Myers, Florida, USA (584)

One of the largest marinas in the state. You may be able to get one night free moorage at the neighboring yacht club if they have space. Waiting list for permanent moorage is likely much shorter in 2010. Time spent in the Blaine moorage to the north may apply towards waiting list time mere. Ask about shuttles or bus service to shopping areas in town. No need to hoof it. Bellingham is a college town with lots of young and progressive thinkers, lots of bicycles.

Nice Marina, 2010-03-16
Captain: , ANONYMOUS (193)

I really liked this marina, the people are friendly, things are clean, and the sailing outside is excellent. I would recommend.

A friendly, well-protected marina, 2007-12-04
Captain: , Tropical Tip of Texas (145)

Our favorite "jumping off" place in the PNW. In 2007, the rate was 50ยข per foot, includes power and water, with a 3 night maximum stay for transients. Several restaurants within easy walking distance. Great docks, friendly people. You will need a vehicle to get to grocery stores.

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