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:

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Boating 101: What to Look for During a Sea Trial

1/13/2021 by US Harbors

Taking a boat for a sea trial—or taking it for “test run”—should be an essential part of the boat-buying process. What to look for during this test, however, isn’t always clear to new boaters. Here are several areas worthy of your attention. For a more thorough evaluation, consider asking a… SEE MORE

Michigan and Illinois to Curtail Invasive Carp

1/13/2021 by US Harbors

By Joseph Healy. The governors of Illinois and Michigan will work jointly to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp. The cooperative effort is focused on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in the Chicago Area Waterway System near Joliet, Ill., a critical point for keeping bighead, silver and black… SEE MORE

USCG to Enforce Security Zones for the Inauguration

1/13/2021 by US Harbors

The Coast Guard will enforce three temporary security zones in the National Capital Region for the 59th Presidential Inauguration, beginning at 8 a.m., on January 13 and ending 8 a.m., January 25, 2021. During the enforcement period, entry into or remaining in the zones is prohibited by law, unless authorized by the… SEE MORE

Depoe Bay, Oregon

5.7 Earthquake Hits 127 Miles Off Oregon Coast

1/12/2021 by US Harbors

By The Associated Press, KOIN 6 News Staff. A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck about 127 miles (204 kilometers) off the Oregon coast late Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake struck just after 11 p.m., west of Bandon, Oregon. The Northwest National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska,… SEE MORE

Coast Guard Warns of Heavy Weather in Northern California

1/4/2021 by US Harbors

The Coast Guard urges the public to use caution on or near the water as winter weather forecasts include heavy seas and strong winds in Northern California through Tuesday evening. With large waves forecasted to reach 22 feet and wind gusts expected to exceed 40 mph, the public should check weather,… SEE MORE

Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mel Melcon

2020 Took Weather to New Extremes

1/4/2021 by US Harbors

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow. As most of us are breathing a sigh of relief that 2020 is over, many meteorologists are doing the same thing. The year featured devastating wildfires and hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos and flooding, and just about everything else the atmosphere has to offer. Wildfires and… SEE MORE

The Newport Commercial Fishing Fleet

Survey Shows Extent of COVID-19 Impact to East Coast Fishermen

12/30/2020 by US Harbors

By Kirk Moore. Up to 40 percent of fishermen from Maine to North Carolina suspended their operations in spring 2020 as the covid-19 pandemic collapsed the seafood market, according to new findings from a Rutgers University study. “A lot of what we found was that in the early months of… SEE MORE

Boating 101: How to Read Navigational Charts

12/29/2020 by US Harbors

By Pete McDonald. There’s an old saying you used to hear that states: “It’s not where you’re going, it’s how you get there.” With the speed and accuracy of today’s chart plotters, it seems like the “how” part of boating has never been easier. But don’t let the ease of… SEE MORE