Harbor Operations Division
Effective July 1, 2017, the City of Newport Beach (City) transferred the management of guest slips, moorings and anchorage from the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol to City staff and created the Harbor Operations Division.
Harbor Operations is located at the Marina Park Community and Sailing Center, 1600 W. Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, 92663 (33.607310,-117.922141). For assistance or information, call 949-270-8159.
Slip, Anchorage and Mooring Rentals
Most visiting cruisers choose a public mooring or anchorage for their short stay as these options tend to be easily available. Below is information about renting a space in the harbor including the rules and regulations.
Newport Beach's newest, award-winning marina at Marina Park offers 23 overnight slips for vessels up to 55 feet. Marina Park is a 10.5-acre community center and sailing center with an onsite cafe, the Lighthouse Bayview Cafe. Guest accommodations include laundry, showers and restroom facilities, utilities, free Wi-Fi and beach, playground and picnic areas.
Visit our Marina Park web page for more information.
Marina Park Rental Information
- 23 slips that are 40-feet and 55-feet long
- Rental fee is $60 and $82.50 per night
- Overhang charge is $1.50 per foot
- Check in 1 p.m.
- Check out 11 a.m.
- Stay up to 30 days maximum
Guest moorings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guest moorings may not be reserved in advance, but as you approach the harbor you can call the Harbor Operations office to inquire about availability. All guests are required to stop at the Harbor Operations visitors dock to check in. Bring your vessel documentation or registration information and your photo I.D. Vessels may be boarded and inspected to ensure that the marine sanitation device is functioning properly.
Most of the moorings in the harbor are secured via bow and stern and may or may not be equipped with the tackle necessary to secure your boat. Be prepared to rig your own lines to the mooring cans.
If you own a mooring or are interested in owning a mooring, please visit the moorings web page.
Mooring Sub-Permit (Rental) Rules and Fees
- All vessels must register with Harbor Operations.
- Vessel must be present, currently registered or documented, seaworthy and mechanically operable.
- Check out time is 12 p.m.
- Rental fees:
- $27 per night between May 1 and October 31
- $16 per night between November 1 and April 30
- Shore Moorings: $11 per night/year round
- Download Sub-Permit Application
A mooring transfer must be completed when buying and selling a mooring permit, per Municipal Code Section 17.60.040. Transfer Forms must be fully filled out, notarized and submitted to Harbor Operations. Transfers shall be processed by appointment only, and can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 20-30 minutes for processing.
The only harbor anchorage is located between Lido Isla and Bay Island. Marked by four yellow buoys, it offers a minimum depth of approximately 10 feet with good holding mud. Most boats swing on one anchor so position yourself carefully with neighboring boats and to avoid swinging outside the marked boundaries. The time limit is five days and boats may not be left unattended in the evenings or during inclement weather. The anchorage is free of charge (for vessels under 80 feet.) Notify Harbor Operations upon arriving.
Anchoring is also allowed just outside the harbor entrance off Corona del Mar State Beach, immediately outside the East Jetty. Anchorage in this area is subject to the following rules. Failure to follow these rules may result in your vessel being impounded.
- 72-hour maximum stay
- Continuous occupancy from dusk to dawn
- Continuous occupancy during any small craft or greater advisory
- Single three-hour shore excursion daily is allowed
Depths range from 20 to 30 feet with fair holding in the sand and rock. This scenic anchorage is pleasant in good conditions but can put you on a dangerous lee shore when the weather blows. Stay well clear of the marked swimming area.
Law enforcement and emergency services within the harbor is provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol. Call 949-723-1002 or visit the Harbor Patrol's website.