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Situated at the Isthmus of Catalina Island, Two Harbors is considered a cruiser’s paradise. With over a dozen nearby coves, landings and harbors offering 700+ moorings and anchorage options, it's easy to explore all the west end has to offer. The crystal clear waters and unspoiled vistas will enchant you, and the friendly locals will do their best to help make your stay memorable.
Although moorings in the Two Harbors system are leased to private parties, they are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis whenever they are not in use. Moorings fees are based on the size of the mooring and the length of your stay. To rent a mooring, just call Harbor Patrol on VHF Channel 09 when you arrive, and give them the name of the cove where you wish to moor and pay your fees. If you cannot reach the Harbor Department, take the closest mooring and pay your fees the next morning. Use caution when approaching Two Harbors. There is a reef, marked by a sign and lights, on the landside of Bird Rock near the entrance to Isthmus Cove.
There are four general mooring areas:
- Isthmus Cove, Fourth of July Cove, and Cherry Cove
- Emerald Bay, Howland's Landing, and Little Geiger
- White's Landing, Moonstone, Hen Rock, Buttonshell
- Catalina Harbor, Wells Beach
View Map of Two Harbors mooring sites.
Mooring lessees can call or email the Harbor Department for their reservation. Please call 310.510.4254 for mooring information. Check-out time is 9:00 AM. If you wish to extend your stay, please contact the Harbor Patrol on VHF Channel 09 to check availability.
Catalina Harbor - map
Catalina Harbor has 96 moorings and anchorage for over 200 boats. Ballast Point, a natural sand spit, extends across a portion of the harbor entrance. A public dinghy dock, picnic facilities, and free pump-out service are available. Contact Harbor Patrol on VHF Channel 09. The village of Two Harbors is a short walk on flat terrain from the dock.
Isthmus Cove - map
With 242 moorings, and anchorages for well over 100 vessels, Isthmus Cove is second only to Avalon Harbor in boating activity on Catalina. Ferries from the mainland dock at the pier and Two Harbors Harbor Department is based here. Shoreboat rides are available year-round. Shoreboat Hours: 7 AM to 2 AM Daily in the summer and 8 AM to 5 PM Daily in the winter.
4th Of July Cove - map
This little jewel is west of Isthmus Cove, with 42 moorings and deep water (100+ feet) anchorages. The Banning brothers, who established Two Harbors in the 1900s, held many Fourth of July celebrations here. Fourth of July Yacht Club leases the onshore facilities.
Cherry Cove - map
Cherry Cove has 99 moorings and deep water (100+ feet) anchorages. There is a Boy Scout Camp onshore, and two stands of endemic trees—the Catalina cherry and the ironwood—are up the canyon behind the cove. Lion’s Head, a prominent land point on the west side of the cove, protects vessels from prevailing afternoon winds.
Little Geiger & Big Geiger Coves - map
Leased to the Offshore Cruising Club, Little Geiger Cove is an intimate cove with only one mooring. Blue Water Cruising Club leases facilities at Big Geiger Cove, which offers anchorage for 10 boats.
Howland's Landing - map
The next cove west of Big Geiger, Howland's Landing has moorings for 40 boats. Catalina Island Camp is located onshore, and the Los Angeles Yacht Club has shoreside facilities. The Howland’s Landing watershed is the largest on Catalina’s West End.
Emerald Bay - map
Located west of Howland’s Landing, Emerald Bay has 102 moorings and anchorage for five to ten boats. This beautiful cove offers a long strip of natural sandy beach that boaters can access. Corsair Yacht Club and a Boy Scout Camp have private onshore facilities here.
Buttonshell Cove - map
Situated seven miles east of Isthmus Cove. Buttonshell Cove has 7 moorings and anchorage for 10 boats. Camp Fox, located onshore, is a YMCA summer camp facility leased to the Catalina Island Marine Institute.
Hen Rock - map
Located just south of Long Point is Hen Rock, featuring 25 moorings and anchorage for 40 boats. With abundant sea life and several reefs to explore, Hen Rock is one of the best snorkeling and dive sites on Catalina Island. The onshore facilities are leased by Balboa Yacht Club.
White's Landing & Moonstone Cove - map
These coves are located past Long Point, east of Two Harbors. They have a combined 58 moorings and anchorage for 50 boats. White’s Landing offers one of the nicest and most expansive sandy beaches on the island. Newport Harbor Yacht Club leases facilities at Moonstone.
The length of stay within each leased cove parcel shall not exceed 14 days. After which time the anchored vessel has the option of picking up a mooring for a 14 day period or vacating that particular leased parcel for an equivalent period of 14 days.
**Failure to comply with any of the said above, will result in legal action through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Two Harbors Mooring Sublessee Waitlist
Boaters may apply to the Wait List to become a Mooring Site Sublessee. There are 11 coves for which you can apply. Each cove listing has a $25 start-up fee, with an annual maintenance fee of $10 per cove listing. The average time for obtaining a Mooring Site Sublease and Service Contract is between 10 to 32 years, depending on the cove.
Individuals with a sublease agreement may assign their mooring to boats that fall within the size configuration of that mooring. Unreserved moorings are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sub-lessees must reserve 24 hours in advance of their arrival time for weekdays and by 4:00 PM Thursday for weekends.