Welcome to Whittier Harbor
• April 2016 Harbor Newsletter
• Whittier Harbor Policy & Procedures, Rules & Regulations
The Whittier Harbor is your Gateway to Prince William Sound. We are an ice-free port, open year round. There are 350 slips for both transient and permanent berth holders, to lengths of 54'. The Whittier Harbor is a full-service establishment that tries to meet the needs of all boaters.
The Whittier Harbor has been active in the "Kids Don't Float" program in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard for several years. Life jackets are available in different sizes and are located at both walk ramps. We also encourage all boaters, kayaks, water-skiers, etc. to file a float plan with the harbor office.
The Harbor Staff wants your experience to be a trouble free one that enhances your visit to the City or makes your adventure on Prince William Sound a fun one.
The two most significant things to know about coming to Whittier to visit or launch you boat are the Anton Memorial Tunnel hours and the parking situation in Whittier. If you have the proper information, a good idea where you're going and what you want to do when you get here, your trip will be more pleasant and you'll have more time to have fun.
First, before you leave home or are planning your vacation check out the tunnel hours and fees at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/creg/whittiertunnel/index.shtml. The Tunnel is 2.5 miles in length and is one lane traveling one way each hour.
Secondly, parking your car, truck or trailer can be a challenge. When you enter the City, please look at the map of the waterfront area parking. Please notice that the waterfront parking area is broken up into 3 parking areas. The first is for 2 hour parking which is along the curb. The second area is for permit parking only. Please visit one of our parking meters to pay for parking. The last area is for staging your boat. From April 15th – October 15th, vehicles with trailers or trailers by themselves are not allowed to be parked in the Harbor parking lot. If you wish to park a trailer you will need to utilize the private long term parking lot located across the tracks from the waterfront. This parking lot, as well as camping and RV parking is accessed by turning right just over the bridge as you approach the waterfront area.
If you are driving an RV and are not headed to the Alaska Marine Highway Terminal, you will experience serious difficulty maneuvering around the boat ramp operation and will find no parking for your RV. Please make the right turn just after the bridge for RV Parking.
If you are arriving for immediate departure on the Alaska Marine Highway, follow the signs to the Terminal near the Triangle Business Area. Two hour parking for Cars Only is available for folks waiting for a ferry. Check out the ferry website at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs.
We look forward to your visit!
Parking is $11 per day (Midnight to Midnight)or Annual Parking Permits are good for one Vehicle and are available for $250 per calendar year—prices are subject to change. Please check with the Harbormaster’s Office for current information. Parking permits are available at the Harbormaster's Office, which is open during the summer from 7 am to 9 pm daily through mid-September.
Winter hours are 8 AM to 5 PM starting sometime between mid-September and October 1st, continuing through mid-May. The Harbormaster’s Officer is open 7 days a week.
Moorage and Waitlist Information
Right now, the Whittier harbor is filled to capacity. We have a small number of slips that are available during the off season but generally, except for our overnight guests, we are chock full. The only way to get a slip in the marina is to fill out a waitlist form and work your way to the top. Many people ask, "How long does this take?" The answer is "We're not sure!" However, a wild guess on the part of the Harbormaster is five to seven years. Please fill out the wait list form and before you know it, you'll be one of us!
Port & Harbor Commission
The Whittier Port and Harbor Commission is scheduled to meet the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Homeowners Lounge of the Begich Towers Building.