Limited berthage for small craft, gasoline, water, ice, and a hoist are available at the terminal. Limited engine repairs can be made. Indifferent anchorage may be had along the waterfront close inshore, but it is not recommended as the holding ground is poor and the currents have considerable velocity.
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Steilacoom is on the mainland about 9 miles SSW of Point Defiance. The town has no waterfront facilities except for the ferry terminal which maintains service to Anderson, McNeil and Ketron Islands.
Off Steilacoom there are tide rips which, with a wind opposing the current, are dangerous to small boats.