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Shelter Island Boat Launch

Old Shelter Island Boat Launch

Notice: West Side Floating Dock Closed

For public safety, the west side floating dock at the Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp is closed due to structural damage caused by excess sand migrating into the launch basin, causing the dock to bottom out at low tide.

The Port of San Diego’s Engineering-Construction Department and consultants are developing a repair project, which will include repairing the damaged floating dock, removing the excess sand, and repairing breakwater gaps to prevent future sand migration. This is a complex project due to a variety of factors including the challenges of in-water work, required permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the custom-made nature of the floating dock installed during the original 2017 construction, tailored to meet specific requirements. The Port has received the necessary USACE permits and is working to finalize the design, release the construction package for public bidding, and begin repair work. Additional details, including project design, cost, and repair schedule is anticipated to be available in the coming weeks.

We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding. In the meantime, the Port urges boaters to use caution when using the boat launch ramp and be aware that delays and backups may occur as only the east side floating docks are accessible at this time.

Shelter Island - San Diego
The Shelter Island Boat Launching Ramp is a several acre facility located at the northwestern end of San Diego Bay. This ramp provides the closest access to the Pacific Ocean (approximately 3 miles away). Rest rooms and a large parking lot are immediately available. For visiting fishermen, the bait receivers, at Everingham Brothers Bait Barge, where anchovies and sardines can be purchased, are located on the right side of the channel as you exit the harbor. The bait barges are open 24-hours per day.