Details for Thomas Basin

Thomas Basin

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 3 reviews

Address Harbormaster Office 2933 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Located immediately south of the cruise ship docks.





Tide & current additional info

Note that a creek flows out through this basin and it can create a very strong current at the outermost stalls of dock 5 (the first one you see as you enter by water). Stall 37 (on the end of dock 5) can be quite sporty to get into, depending on the creek flow.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 23
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Stalls (slips) are by assignment only - contact the dockmaster.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 60
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.59/ft (0000-00-00)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

Additional info: Limited electicity, do not plug in without Harbormaster's permision.

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Potable

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Available at Petro Marine just to the south of the Basin, next to the CG Station.

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out









Yes - A block or two south of the basin is an IGA. There is a WalMart north of town, and the city bus stops there.


Yes - TruValue is located just north of the mall up near the Bar Harbor docks. It's a long walk or you can catch the city bus.




Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Tidal Grids (up to 100 ton) located in the basin, by arrangement with the harbormaster.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Good voice and data service, 2015.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Local bus service and taxis.

Other services


Totem Bight State Park north of town is at the end of the bus route and is excellent. Saxman Native Village is south of town center, also on the bus route and is also very good ($5 per person fee, 2015). There is a Totem Heritage Center in town - an easy walk.

Reviews for Thomas Basin
Convenient - our preferred harbor in Ketchikan, 2015-10-07
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

The harbor staff are very friendly and helpful, though as is typical in Alaskan harbors no one is available to help you tie up. There is a public toilet on the street level, but no other heads or showers here. 50amp power is available, but note that many of the poles are privately metered so you have to plug in only where the harbormaster says it's okay. Also, be prepared for the possibility of moving if you stay longer than a day or two since sometimes the stall's owner returns earlier than the harbormaster expects. BEWARE of stall 37 and it's neighbor since there can be considerable current from the creek that impacts those outer few stalls on dock 5.

Not Too Shabby, 2012-06-20
Captain: , Boise, Idaho (93)

First time here. We like the system for assigning slips - call in on 16 or 73 to Harbormaster who takes particulars and then asks if you have preference for a particular harbor. We chose Thomas Basin because it is close to the "original" downtown and the comments made in the 2011 review which are very accurate. We called in our billing information and were told that the Harbormaster's office walks the docks every afternoon to assess open slips and assure payment. If you have been here once, you are already in their system and it is even easier. The Pub offers use of their WiFi so long as you buy a drink (or two). We stopped off at Foggy Bay (where we were totally alone) after letting Customs know of our intentions. They had use call them about an hour out of Ketchikan for more particulars and then after we had docked. A very efficient and most pleasant Customs Officer came aboard and checked us in without any fuss (other than we had not yet purchased the a nnual $27.50 Users Fee Decal). He answered all our questions about the town and we were on our own. Most local fishermen were easy to talk to and the experience was worth the visit. We used our dinghy to get to more distant shopping, etc.

Hard working fisherman's marina, 2011-06-11
Captain: , Seattle, WA (312)

We've been here twice and it's a good stop, marred only by the 4 huge cruise ships that stop every day. It's a town taken over by the cruise ships with jewelry stores and tourist shops. The townspeople moved 5 miles north. This basin, however is full of boats readying for the fishing season or coming back in for repairs and provisions. It's an active place. The Potlatch Pub at the head of the ramp is a fisherman's bar. We went in, had a beer and shortly a fisherman came over and talked to us for nearly an hour. He had just come in with halibut. These are the places we like. We only walk over to town for necessities (fishing license). Other than that there isn't much there except Customs, an important stop. They take info over phone and then come to your boat. No issue with fruit, veg, liquor, etc.

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