Information and Resources to help you navigate Covid-19

We here at US Harbors are collecting all the information we can to help you through these strange times.

The situation around the country, and the world, is changing at a rapid rate. We endeavor to keep our information up to date and relevant. Please be aware that regulations do vary from state to state. You can find all our Covid-19 related news under this tag /covid-19

Is Boating a Safe Social Distancing Activity?

In most circumstances, boating is a safe activity in terms of limiting infection. Please be aware of the specific rules at the local marina or town boat ramp – getting into the water can be the most high risk part of the boating trip, depending on how busy the boat launch area is. Please also take into consideration who accompanies you on your boat. It is advised to limit boat passengers to those already in your household. Some states have a limit on the number of people allowed on a boat.

Once out on the water, maintain distance from other boats, and be extra vigilant of those in the water around you. Boaters, as a type, are generally very safety conscious, and that attitude is just as important now as it ever is. Every prevented accident is one less thing that our brave key workers have tackle – keeping the resources available to deal with the covid-19 pandemic.

More rules, tips and advice can be found here: Must-Know Rules for 2020 Summer Boating During COVID 19

Where Can I Go Boating?


What Boat Ramps are Open in My Area?


What events are still going on?

Many events have been cancelled to limit spread of the coronavirus. Some are able to transition to a virtual. online version of the event, and some are postponed till later in the year, or the following year altogether. We are still posting events on our site, however we encourage you to check directly with the organizer before attending. You can see all the events here:

Help for Coastal Businesses

We are posting updates from any and all coastal business, organization or local authority. If you want to get word out to boaters in your area, you can submit news for our weekly update here:

Health & Safety Filter

Red Tide Warning

Wondering How Red Tide Might Affect You?


We Answer Your Questions About the Health & Safety of Red Tide Q: Is it safe to swim during red tide? A: No, swimming around red tide can cause skin irritation, rashes, burning sensations, and sore eyes. Q: Does red tide cause breathing problems? A: Yes, some people may experience… SEE MORE

Fishing by Wikicommons

When Is It Too Rough To Go Fishing?


By You wake up early, pack your gear and head to the marina, no doubt energized by visions of bent rods and big fish. Then, someone pulls the plug. Could be the captain, could be the charter client — either way, the last-minute indecision and cancellation is a bummer.… SEE MORE

Rebeccakardel, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Antique_Boat via Wikimedia Commons

Going Electric


By As more builders introduce new models with electric propulsion, DIY types are converting their old boats with their own hands. When Dave and Danielle Baker and their two young children pull up to a marina and begin maneuvering into a slip, they often get wondering stares from people… SEE MORE

Barry Loigman, M.D. (User:Bloigman), CC BY-SA 2.5 , 512px-Seawise_University_wreck via Wikimedia Commons

Newly released video shows Titanic wreckage before decades of deterioration


By Scott Stump New footage from the first time the wreckage of the Titanic was seen by human eyes has provided a rare look at the ship in its best condition since tragically sinking in 1912. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently released uncut footage from nearly 40 years ago… SEE MORE Upper_Neuadd_Reservoir_-_geograph.org_.uk_-_753942

December 2022 water levels break eight historical records


By From Alaska to Washington, several of NOAA’s water level stations observed their highest recorded water levels. December was an active month for NOAA’s National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON). A staggering eight stations observed all-time high water levels — some of which broke records in place for 40 years.… SEE MORE

Terry Lucas, CC BY 3.0 , California_Stormy_Weather_(199096177) via Wikimedia Commons

How California fishing families rallied in the storm


By Megan Waldrep Day 1: Jan. 9, 2023 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew….” My husband Chris Dabney and I hunker down in Ojai, California, a little mountain valley 14 miles from the Ventura coast and 23 miles from Channel Islands Harbor, Chris’s home… SEE MORE

Auckland Museum, CC BY 4.0 , Man_fishing_off_a_boat_(AM_77859-1) via Wikimedia Commons

How to choose the best rain gear for any fishing condition


By Getting wet is simply a part of fishing. Conditions can quickly change on the water, and everyone eventually gets caught in a storm. In many cases, anglers intentionally fish in the rain — but never in lightning — to take advantage of hot bites happening despite the soggy… SEE MORE

Piotrus, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Fish_on_ice_IMAGE via Wikimedia Commons

How Long Can You Keep Fish on Ice?


By The short answer is fish will last up to five days on ice – but if you don’t gut and bleed the fish first, it will only last a day or two before the flavor and quality of the fish suffer. But that’s not always practical, as Teresa… SEE MORE