There are many small-craft facilities on both sides of the channel from Oakland Inner Harbor entrance to the airport at the S end of San Leandro Bay. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting Oakland Inner Harbor to prevent wake damage to boats moored at marinas along the waterway.
Click the “Map View” button above to see a chart of this harbor.
Oakland, on the E or mainland shore opposite San Francisco, is the second largest city on San Francisco Bay.
The Port of Oakland encompasses two areas: Outer and Inner Harbors. Oakland Outer Harbor is between the Ben E. Nutter Container Terminal (Seventh Street Marine Terminal) on the S and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge approach on the N. A restricted area is in the N end of Oakland Outer Harbor adjacent to the Oakland Army Base.
Oakland Inner Harbor is that part of Inner Harbor Channel extending E from San Francisco Bay to Tidal Canal. It is adjacent to the most highly developed section of the city, bordering Oakland to the N and Alameda to the S. At the E end of the harbor, the artificial Tidal Canal leads to San Leandro Bay where a channel continues to the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting Oakland Inner Harbor to prevent wake damage to boats moored at marinas along the waterway.
A Federal project provides for a depth of 50 feet from the Bar Channel to and including the Oakland Outer Harbor, 50 feet in the Inner Harbor Reach, thence 35 feet from the Grove Street Pier to the Park Street Bridge Reach, thence 18 feet to Tidal Canal.
The fixed highway bridge across Brooklyn Basin at the E end of Coast Guard Island has a clearance of 11 feet. The three highway drawbridges across Tidal Canal have a least clearance of 15 feet. The vertical lift railroad bridge across Tidal Canal has a clearance of 13 feet down and 135 feet up. The bridgetenders monitor VHF-FM channel 16 and work channel 9.