List of San Diego Launch Ramps

Are you thinking about coming down to visit San Diego with your boat or sailboat? Did you happen to know that there are ten San Diego coastal boat launch ramps?

Here is a complete list of all available San Diego boat launch ramps. I will be concentrating on the entire county of San Diego but limited to only on the coast.

 Also, I will be including smaller launch ramps where you may enter smaller boats, kayaks, and paddleboards.

San Diego Boat Launch Ramps

South Shores Launch Ramp Mission Bay
South Shores Launch Ramp- Mission Bay

Did you happen to realize that San Diego County has three separate harbors to launch out of- Oceanside, Mission Bay, and San Diego Bay? Altogether, there are ten different boat launch ramps.

With so many San Diego boat launching ramps, I thought it would be helpful to make a list of them all as well as link each address to a google map. If I have found any other pertinent information, I have included that as well.

Happy boating!


Oceanside Harbor

Oceanside Harbor Google Map

 Located 40 miles north of downtown San Diego, Oceanside Harbor is the only boat launch that is available in North County San Diego.


Oceanside Boat Launching Ramp

Oceanside Harbor Boat Launch Google Map

1380 N Pacific St

(760) 435-4000

Hours- 24 hours

Amenities

  • 4 lanes
  • freshwater washdown area (bring your own hose)/ RV pumping station
  • bait barge- opens at 6 am
  • 110 parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers
  • full dock nearby with ice, beer, soft drinks as well as other provisions- (760) 722-5853 call for more information as hours vary with seasons
  • restrooms

Additional –

  • City of Oceanside Information
  • Paid parking
  • All Day Parking Lot Fees- (Sept 16 to May 14) from 4 am to 8 pm= $10; 8 pm to 4 am= $20- so $30 total
  • All Day Parking Lot Fees- (May 15 to Sept 15) from 4 am to 8 pm= $15; 8 pm to 4 am= $20- so $35 total
  • the entrance to the harbor can be dangerous when there is a strong W or WSW swell
  • RV camping is available in the far north section of the parking

sea lions oceanside harbor launching ramps


Mission Bay Launch Ramps

Mission Bay Harbor San Diego Boat Launching Ramps

There are five different boat launch ramps located in various locations throughout Mission Bay. If you have a large boat, I would suggest South Shores and Dana Landing, as the three other ramps cater more towards jet-skis and smaller craft.

Mission Bay is only 8 miles north of San Diego Bay, so if Shelter Island launch ramp is overly crowded during peak season, Mission Bay is a viable option.

There are a couple of things to note about boating in Mission Bay. First, the speed limit is 5 mph in all areas not designated for water skiing and other personal watercraft.  Second, the entrance to the Mission Bay is due west, which makes entering and exiting on a big west swell very nerve-wracking.

Here, I have provided for you all the information that you would need to go boating on Mission Bay-Mission Bay Boating.


Santa Clara Point Launch Ramp

Santa Clara Point launch ramp Google map

1001 Santa Clara Pl

Hours- 24 hours

Amenities

  • one lane
  • vehicles without a trailer- no parking from 2 am to 5 am
  • small parking lot- 14 spots for vehicles with trailers
  • located next to Santa Clara Point Recreation Center and Mission Bay Aquatic Center & Sports Center

Santa Clara Point Launch Ramp Mission Bay Park


De Anza Boat Launch Ramp

De Anza Boat Launch Google Map

3500 Mission Bay Dr

Hours- 4 am to 2 am

Amenities

  • 4 lanes
  • for boats and jet skies
  • restroom nearby

Additional-

  • located off Interstate 5
  • farthest from the ocean
  • there is no speed limit in the part of the Bay near this ramp and the  channel that connects to South Shores and Dana Landing
De Anza Boat Launch Mission Bay
A view of De Anza Boat Launch from over at Fiesta Island

South Shores Launch Ramp

South Shores Boat Launch Google Map

South Shores Parkway

619  221-8910

Hours- 4 am to 2 am

Amenities

  • 10 lanes
  • huge parking lot with over 200 spaces for trailers
  • park up to 72 hours but no overnight camping allowed
  • boat loading and unloading dock (15-minute limit)
  • showers and restroom

Additional-

  • adjacent to Sea World
  • 15 minutes east of Dana Landing going the harbor speed limit of 5 mph
  • well lit at night

south shores launch ramp mission bay


Dana Landing Mission Bay

Dana Landing Boat Launch Google Map

2630 Ingraham St

danalanding.com

619 222-6440

Open 24 hours

Amenities

  • 4 lanes
  • 150 parking spaces
  • 72-hour parking for a vehicle with an attached trailer/ no overnight camping
  • restrooms

Additional

  • busiest Mission Bay launch ramp
  • closest launch ramp to the ocean
  • ideal for fishing Mission Bay or La Jolla kelp beds to the north
  • fuel dock nearby
  • adjacent market-bait, tackle, and deli (see above link)

dana landing boat launch mission bay


Ski Beach Boat Launching Ramp

Ski Beach Launch Ramp Google Map

Ski Beach

Hours- 4 am to 2 am

Amenities-

  • 4 lanes
  • 120 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers attached
  • wash down area
  • restrooms
  • ideal for jet skis and smaller boats

San Diego Bay Launch Ramps

San Diego Bay Google Map Launch Ramps

San Diego Bay is the closest launch ramp area if you are interested in fishing in Mexican waters to the south as well as Point Loma kelp beds to the north.

There are five different launch ramps to choose from in San Diego Bay. I will be starting north at Shelter Island and will list each boat launch ramp available on the shore going south,  ending over at the Glorietta Bay Launch Facility in Coronado.

San Diego Bay Navigational Chart-(NOAA)


 Shelter Island Launch Ramp

Shelter Island Boat Launch Google Map

2230 Shelter Island Dr

619 686-6227

Hours- 5:30 am to 10:30 pm

Amenities

  • 10 lanes
  • newly remodeled- safer and easier to navigate
  • floating docks
  • over 200 parking spots for vehicles with trailers attached
  • restrooms

Additional-

  • Over 50,000 boat launches per year, making it the busiest launch ramp in California
  • extremely crowded when the fishing is good with long wait lines
  • less than 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean
  • closest to bait barge

New Shelter Island Launch Ramp San Diego Bay


Pepper Park Launch Ramp- Pier 32 Marina

Pepper Park Boat Launch Google Map

3299 Tidelands Ave

Website

619 686-6200

Hours- Sunrise to sunset

Amenities

  • 10 lanes
  • easy to get to off of the freeway
  • restrooms
  • picnic area
  • fishing pier nearby

Additional-

  • not too popular for fisherman, unless for a short day trip
  • gate locks at sunset

Pepper Park Launch Ramp Sweetwater River


Chula Vista Boat Launching Ramps

Chula VIsta Launch Ramp Google Map

980 Marina Way

619 686-6227

Open 24 hours

Amenities-

  • 10 lanes
  • large parking area for vehicles with trailers attached
  • fuel dock nearby
  • restrooms
  • picnic areas

Additional Information

  • the closest ramp to fish South San Diego Bay
  • the furthest ramp away from the entrance of the bay- takes 15 minutes to Shelter Island
  • there are incredibly shallow shoals in the surrounding areas, so care should be considered when navigating- refer to navigational chart before leaving the ramp
  • this ramp is ideal if you wish to stay within South San Diego Bay, as it would take some time in leaving the bay to go out to sea
Chula Vista Launch Ramp San Diego Bay
A view of Chula Vista Launch Ramp for the J Street Pier

Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp

Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp Google Map

1975 Strand Way

Website-Glorietta Bay Marina/Public Dock

619 522-7300

Hours- 4 am to 2 am

Amenities

  • 2 lanes
  • an isolated harbor in  San Diego Bay
  • 72-hour anchorage is allowed directly across the basin from the ramp
  • restrooms
  • picnic areas
  • boat wash off area
  • ADA compliant low freeboard dock for kayaks, paddleboards
  • sandy beach to allow for non-motorized craft to launch from
  • limited parking for vehicles with trailers attached, only 12 spaces
  • parking for vehicles without trailers until 2:00 am
  • no overnight parking

Additional Offerings

  • Centrally located for fishing in San Diego Bay
  • the next closest launch ramp to the entrance of Bay
  • usually not crowded
  • Seaforth Boat Rentals– offers use of a public-use dock 8 hours a day on a first come first serve basis-(619)437-1514
  • Overnight docking is available; please contact Glorietta Bay Marina Office at (619) 453-5203

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