Details for City of Thorne Bay

City of Thorne Bay

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 5 reviews

Address Shoreline Drive
Thorne Bay, AK 99919


After hours contact

Emergency - 965-4138

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Thorne Bay


Shane Nyquest


Shane Nyquest

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Space is available for extended stays.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Harbormaster on duty and available year round. Harbor phone, 907-965-4138 or call on the VHF.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: There may be size restrictions may for extended stays. Call for availability.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.75 (2016-06-22)

Other price info:

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

Additional info: AC power available with guest moorage.

Pricing info: Electric hookup 30 or 50amp is $10.60 per night.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Fresh water available at all transient slips.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - Live-aboards shall be charged $50.00 per month per person in addition to $36.00 for water and $30.00 for solid waste (plus sales tax).


Fuel brand: On June 22, 2016 the diesel pump at the dock was not operable.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Available in town.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Plenty of areas in town to exercise your pets.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out


Yes - Nearby in town.




Yes - Public showers within the marina.


Yes - At the marina.


Yes - Available out of town.


Yes - In town.


Yes - In town.


Yes - Close to the harbor.


Yes - Plenty in town.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Quite a few B and B's.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Fish cleaning also available at the marina.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Many vendors available.

Internet access

Yes - Good ATT cell signal.

Boat ramp availability




Other services


A small Alaskan town with many cultural attractions.

Reviews for City of Thorne Bay
Excellent place to stay, 2016-06-29
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

2016-06-24 Returned for our third season at Thorne Bay and stayed two nights. We were priviledged to join a group led by a local tour guide walking the town sharing the interesting town history. Met and had a nice get together with couples from two other touring boats staying the night at Thorne Bay. Consistent with our other two season stays at Throne Bay, harbormaster Shane was very helpful and everyone in town was so friendly. Thorne Bay remains a welcome destination.

As a transient cruiser, we were warmly welcomed by the young, friendly harbormaster for our one night stay at these new and well-maintained docks. The small village of Thorne Bay sits in a beautiful and well-protected area. Everyone in town was very friendly and helpful. The small grocery store is surprisingly well-stocked with everything from fresh produce to meats.

Nice Stop, Good Protection, Great Service, No Diesel but a promise to fix it, 2016-06-23
Captain: , Everett, Washington (824)

The approach as described is perfect and easy. The transient dock is on the outside but the harbor is well protected. Some minor wakes from passing boats. Shane the harbormaster is very friendly and helpful. All the people wave at you. Fuel is an issue: Contrary to what was told by phone, the fuel pump at the dock was NOT working on June 22. Fuel cans and one person helped to carry 5 gallons at a time. 80 gallons took 90 minutes and the price, $3.50 a gallon was not good. Plan on fuel elsewhere unless this has changed. Other than the fuel issue, we would stop again.

Post Script: I received a email from the City Administrator after posting this review and the own the issue. They hope to have a permanent fix in place in July 2016. In the meantime, they intend to have a staff person work with boaters to get fuel from the land-based pump to the dock. They are quite serious and committed to earning the trust of the boating community, so they get 5 stars for desire and intention.

Sweet town, 2015-10-07
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

This is a nice little town with a good grocery store and friendly people. The harbor is nice, but some transient dockage is on the outside face of the dock and can put you broadside to the prevailing wind, so if it's going to be breezy you might try to get something inside where you can put your nose to the wind.

Peaceful Stop, 2014-07-04
Captain: , Austin (450)

Because we are a catamaran, we were asked to dock outside on the exposed side of the dock. Given the current conditions and the forecasted winds, the staff reconsidered and found us an inside slip that met our needs. We appreciated their willingness to be flexible and accomodate us in that manner. Everyone at the docks is friendly and makes you feel at home. The grocery is well stocked.

Thorne Bay, 2013-02-09
Captain: , Seattle (21031)

The marina has been under constant renovation since 2009. Each summer newer facilites are installed.

This is a small and very friendly Alaskan town. It's never too crowded and the locals are very attentive to transient cruisers. The Harbormaster will gladly advise or help you towards any needs you may have.

The town was once the location of the largest logging camp in the United States, but that activity has been dormant for over three decades. The forests are healing and the wildlife has returned. The surrounding hills add a spectacular backdrop to the small town enviornment.

This is a very good place to relax and get away from the cruise ship clientele who clog the major cities of Southeast Alaska.

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