Boat Launches

Gardiner, Mats-Mats Bay, Port Hadlock, PT Boat Haven, Quilcene Marina

Links to Boat Launches:  Gardiner  |  Mats-Mats Bay  | Port Hadlock  | PT Boat Haven  | Quilcene Marina  | Wharves & Docks

The Port of Port Townsend operates several recreational boat launching ramps around Jefferson County, some of which were built with funding assistance from Washington’s Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and the National Park Service.

These are maintained for your convenience, and the Port of Port Townsend does not assume any liability for any injury or loss you may suffer while using them. Parking at our launch ramp facilities is at your own risk.

Use of these ramps is fee-based, with the daily use fee set annually.  You may also purchase an annual use permit from the Boat Haven Moorage Office. (Annual pass is free with verified Disabled VA Determination.) Check the current ramp fees on our Miscellaneous Rates & Fees rate sheet, linked from this page.




The signed route to the Gardiner boat launch ramp turns north from Route 101 onto Gardiner Beach Road.  You will have to stop at the intersection with Old Gardiner Road after a short, fairly steep downhill piece of road.  If you have any doubt about doing this with a heavier boat, you can branch off onto Old Gardiner Road, east of the Gardiner Beach Road, turning right onto Gardiner Beach Road.  This road will take a sharp left turn at the shore of Discovery Bay, and you’ll be at the boat launch. Please respect the signs asking that you not trespass on the beach to the east or west of the launch ramp.

After you get your boat into the water, please park as far east in the parking lot as you can, so that those who come later on in the day will have adequate room for maneuvering their boat into the water. When you get back and prepare to leave, please return toward Route 101 using the marked route.  Local residents prefer that you not use the roadway that’s marked for local access only.


The Mats-Mats Bay boat launch ramp is located between Port Hadlock and Port Ludlow, and includes a floating pier in a very well sheltered bay. From Oak Bay Road, turn onto Verner Avenue, continuing to the T intersection.  Turn left into the boat launch ramp facility.

Once you launch your boat, please park your vehicle and trailer as close to the top of the lot as possible, so that later arrivals will have more room to maneuver once they have launched their boats. Please respect the private properties that are adjacent to the facility.


hadlock_mapPort Hadlock

This boat launch ramp is located just to the south of the Port Hadlock commercial district.  From Oak Bay Road, turn onto Lower Hadlock Road (large red “Ajax Cafe” sign is a good landmark).  The boat launch ramp is at the bottom of the hill, directly across the T intersection.  The ramp is normally sand-covered, and is best suited to small boats.

Once you have launched your boat, you can park to the sides of the road.

Port Hadlock Dock – Dinghy/Skiff Tie-up Fee:    $125 dock, annual;  $75 beach, annual


boat_haven_rampPort Townsend Boat Haven

The boat launch ramp in Port Townsend’s Boat Haven is located behind the Port’s offices.  Traveling along Sims Way, turn onto Benedict Street at the Safeway fuel station.  Turn right onto Jefferson Street, which takes a sharp turn to the left after the Safeway fuel station.  Turn left at the stop sign, and then left at the end of the parking lot.  You are now at the boat launch ramp.

When you have launched your boat, park in the adjacent parking lot.

Boat Haven Annual Pass Policy

  • This new Port policy will allow holders of an annual launch pass the ability to moor their boat in the water for a limited amount of time for a $15 additional fee (temporary tie-up fee) and thus come in either before or after the ramp rush.
  • How the program works: An annual launch ramp holder is now able to come into the Boat Haven Moorage office during normal business hours and request and sign up for a temporary use pass. This pass would be available on a space available basis only and would cost $15. If a pass was requested for use during the day, the holder could be assigned an area to moor anytime between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM – the holder of the pass must vacate before 6:00 PM, or pay the normal daily rate. The evening option would be to launch after 4:30 PM and be gone by 8:00 AM the next morning. Again, if the holder was still in the slip after 8:00 AM, they would be required to pay the normal daily moorage fee. Arrangements for the evening pass must be made during normal business hours at the moorage office. This program would be available for boats under 26 feet in length and only at our Boat Haven facility.
  • This program is being created to give added benefit to annual pass holders, and more importantly, to help alleviate congestion on the boat ramps during high-use times.


Quilcene (Herb Beck) Marina

The Quilcene Marina boat launch ramp is in the southern part of Jefferson County.  Where U.S. 101 bends sharply in Quilcene, turn onto Linger Longer Road and follow it to the end and turn left into the Quilcene Marina.

The ramp is at the south end of the parking lot.

Wharves and Docks

Union Wharf and City Dock Rules and Regulations

City Dock and Union Wharf (collectively referred to as “Port moorage facilities” were constructed for the benefit of the public as a whole, and are intended to provide waterfront access and recreational opportunities for a wide variety of persons. In this regard, the Port expects all users, whether public or private, commercial or recreational, to use such moorage facilities responsibly and with common courtesy, to keep them free of litter, to respect and protect the public’s interest, and to refrain from any activities which will or might cause the facilities damage or harm. The Port further expects all commercial users of Union Wharf to be mindful that Union Wharf was constructed primarily to provide public access to, and recreational enjoyment of, the waterfront by the general public, and that any commercial use is secondary to this primary purpose. All patrons and the public are to respect the rights of others and to be particularly vigilant with regards to the control of pets, the safety of children, and keeping the facilities free of vandalism.