Until further notice, in compliance with the shelter-in-place order issued by the State of California and the County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Harbor's launch ramp is closed effective 10:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020. The County shelter-in-place order directs all governmental agencies to cease non-essential operations at physical locations in the County; prohibits all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals; and, orders cessation of all non-essential travel.
Only the following essential launch ramp activity is authorized during the closure:
  • Vessels engaged in commercial fishing (with valid permits)
  • First responder vessels
  • Slip renter vessels
The launch ramp is closed to all other activity.
It had been our intent to continue to allow recreational launch ramp activity as long as it complied with social distancing requirements recommended by federal, state and local health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, closures of launch ramps at all other coastal harbors along the California Central Coast has necessitated Santa Cruz Harbor follow suit to ensure protection of its employees, business operators and users during this unprecedented public emergency.
We recognize this is a disappointment for many of our users, especially annual launch ramp customers and boaters whose vessels occupy dry storage. In the weeks ahead, we will be looking at options for mitigating this loss of service.
Marian Olin, Port Director
Santa Cruz Port District
(831) 475-6161, ext 21