Cabrillo Beach features a paved, public boat launch. The boat launch ramp is best reached from Shoshonean Road off Via Cabrillo Marina in San Pedro. The beach parking lot is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., with paid parking for cars, boats, trailers and oversized vehicles, plus boat wash facilities and restrooms. Vehicles with an attached boat trailer may be left overnight for a flat parking rate; however, personal vehicles without boat trailers may not remain parked overnight and may be towed if left past 10 p.m. The Cabrillo Beach boat ramp is managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Click here for boating guidelines.
Water enthusiasts have a variety of options at the Port of Los Angeles. This page contains information on where to find a boat launch ramp, public landing, or recreational courtesy dock—plus details on each of the Port's 15 marinas.
If you operate any kind of vessel in and around Los Angeles Harbor, download the 2024 Port of Los Angeles Mariners Guide with Tide Tables, or call (310) 732-3810 to request a printed copy.
Click here for more information about recreational activities on the LA Waterfront.
Boat Launch Ramp
There are two public landings at the Port of Los Angeles: one located at Berth 84, south of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro, and one at Berth 186, the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade, near Banning’s Landing Community Center. Vessels, including boats, kayaks, and paddleboards may launch from either location, but may not be left unattended. No fishing is allowed at either location. The public landings are open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Recreational Courtesy Docks
Recreational courtesy docks are open to the public and available for free, short-term docking, daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Downtown Harbor. Please note the following rules and restrictions for the recreational courtesy docks at Downtown Harbor (Berth 85):
- Usage of the recreational courtesy dock on a per vessel basis is limited to four hours in any 24-hour period.
- Recreational vessels only (no commercial vessels, or passenger vessels for hire; no commercial activity permitted).
- Vessel size limited to 100 feet and 100 gross registered tons.
- No vehicles permitted.
- No vessel repairs and no discharges of any type are permitted.
- Monopolizing space or taking up an unreasonable amount of space will not be permitted and vessels are prohibited from obstructing access by other vessels.
- No transfer of fish or merchandise of offensive or objectionable matter permitted.
For more information about recreational courtesy docks, click here or contact the Wharfinger Division at (310) 732-3810 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Contact Los Angeles Port Police at (310) 732-3500 after hours and on weekends. For boaters interested in extended stays, see below for a list of marinas in the Port of Los Angeles.
Marinas at the Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles features 15 marinas with 3,736 recreational boat slips located in San Pedro and Wilmington. More than 400 liveaboard boaters call these marinas home. As with marinas nationwide, marina waters at the Port may be affected by particular boating activities that can be easily avoided, such as:
- Improper hull cleaning and painting procedures that can release metals into the water.
- Oil changes and bilge water releases that may release polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a group of more than 100 different chemicals that are released into the water from burning coal, oil, gasoline, trash, tobacco, wood, or other organic substances such as charbroiled meat.
- Illegal holding tank dumping that can release bacteria into the water.
- Illegal and inadvertent disposal of solid waste from marina docks and boat decks, resulting in trash entering the water.
Although some boating activities can contribute to marina pollution, responsible marina managers, marina staff, and marina patrons can easily help curb the pollution problem by selecting and applying the appropriate best management practices. The Port strongly supports the highly successful Clean Marine program, a certification program established and implemented by leaders in the marina industry that provides education, outreach, and guidelines on how to be environmentally responsible marina managers and boaters.
To date, 12 of the Port's 15 marinas have achieved Clean Marine-certification.
Al Larson Marina
Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club
Cabrillo Way Marina
California Yacht Marina (Cabrillo Marina)
California Yacht Marina (Wilmington)
Cerritos Yacht Anchorage
Cerritos Yacht Anchorage