Public Boat Launches

View information on boat launch rates. Pay stations and instructions are located at the top of each boat launch. Port of Bellingham boat launches are not part of the Washington State Parks boat launch program.

Squalicum Harbor

This year-round, 3-lane paved ramp is popular with all trailer boaters for its ease of use at all tides. Its gradually sloped ramp and ample parking make it the perfect choice for launching all sizes of trailer boats. Restrooms are located nearby at the Harbor Center building. The parking lot includes a seasonal boat and trailer rinse-off and is intended for stays up to 5 days. Long term parking is not available at Squalicum Harbor but may be available at nearby storage facilities. Contact the harbor office at 360-676-2542 for more details. The Squalicum Harbor boat launch is located just east of the Harbor Center building. 

Notice of Boat Launch Parking Restrictions
July 31st - August 14th, 2018

The center parking aisle at Squalicum Harbor will be unavailable for vehicle/trailer parking from approximately July 31st through August 14th for the launching of a 125 foot vessel built locally by All American Marine and for lot painting and striping work. During the launch, there will be a short-term closure of the two center ramp lanes and there will be limited use of the third lane. Boat launch facilities in Fairhaven and Blaine will be operational. These dates are subject to change. Please check back for updates to the launch schedule which will be posted on this page when available. We apologize for any inconvenience. Inquires may be directed to Brady Scott or Terry Ilahi at 360-676-2500.


Blaine Harbor

 This year-round, 2-lane boat launch is near the U.S. / Canadian border, the beautiful Straits of Georgia, and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Less than 1 mile from Interstate 5 Exit 276, this boat launch is popular with recreational crabbers and hardcore anglers fishing in Canadian waters. The parking lot includes a boat and trailer rinse and seasonal restrooms. Year-round restroom and shower facilities are available at the nearby Boating Center. Short-term parking is intended for stays up to 2 weeks. All others should call the harbor office at 360-647-6176 to check for alternative options for longer stays.
Blaine Boat Launch
This seasonal launch ramp is capable of providing for the needs of small trailer boats, and hand launched vessels. The ramp is available only from April through October; due to its unprotected nature, the floats are removed during the winter months.There is a seasonal freshwater rinse for boats, and restrooms are available in the parking lot. The Fairhaven boat launch is located off the 400 block of Harris Avenue. Follow signs for Fairhaven Station and the Alaska Ferry staging lot to access this boat launch.