Alamitos Bay | Long Beach, California


Alamitos Bay | Long Beach

Alamitos Bay is an inlet on the Pacific Ocean coast of southern California, United States, between the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach, at the outlet of the San Gabriel River. The bay is named for the Spanish word for ‘little poplars’. Alamitos Bay is protected by both the natural sand spit Peninsula and the Long Beach Breakwater. It is divided from the San Gabriel River and Seal Beach by a pair of jetties.

Alamitos Bay | Long Beach


Latitude: 33°44.17’N – 118°07.22’W  |  Chart:  18751

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Service Phone Hours Contact
Harbor Patrol 562.570.3100 24 HOURS VHF-16
Guest Slips 562.570.3100 24 HOURS VHF-16

Vistor Berths

There are 2,600 feet of guest boat docking available year-round. in Long Beach, 1880 of them in Alamitos Bay.  The rental fee is 75 cents per foot, per night. Arrangement for a guest slips may be made at the office on the end of the point at the entrance to the marina or by phone. Phone: (562) 570-3100.  Reservations are secured by check and are highly recommended for holiday weekends. There is a fee for cancellations.  The Harbor Master monitors VHF Channel 16.

Marina Slips

There are 7 boat basins in Long Beach, all operated by the City of Long Beach.   Boats ranging from 18 feet to 90 feet are accommodated. Wooden dock slip rent includes dock boxes and  free water and power. Telephones can be installed for a nominal fee and there is parking for over 2,700 vehicles utilizing a parking sticker system for boat owners.

Amenities include ice, private showers and heads, dock carts and a pump out stations. All heads are accessed with a card key.  There are no washers or dryers at Alamitos.

Marine Facilities

Launch Ramp
Fees $10.00 per day.
1. Davies Launch Ramp is located at 6201 E. Second under the Davies Bridge at Second Street and Marina Drive. Open 24 hours per day.
2. Marine Stadium located at 525 Paoli Drive, provides vessel launching, water skiing, and a sandy beach. The schedule is posted near the entry point. Open year round, 8:00 a.m. to dusk.
3. Claremont Launch Ramp at 5300 E. Ocean Blvd offers a sand launch for small sail vessels. This ramp is open year-round, 8 am to dusk.
4. Granada Launch Ramp at 1 South Granada also provides a sand launch for small boats. Open year-round, 8 am to dusk.
5. South Shore Launch Ramp is the City’s newest launch ramp and is located at 590 Queensway Bay. This state-of-the art facility offers many amenities for boaters and is open 24 hours a day. 562-570-8636
Pump Out Stations
The red-roofed Marine Bureau has a waste pump out station on the docks and is just before the fuel docks.
Fuel Dock
Located just outside the coast Guard Station, fuel dock hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 31 to Labor Day. They have gas and diesel fuels, propane, snacks, beer, ice and frozen bait. They accept Union 76 credit cards or cash. For information call: 562-594-0888.  227 Marina Drive, Long Beach, CA 90803
There is a major chain grocery store within walking distance of the marina and a small sundry/liquor store located in the marina area.

Harbor Information

The Alamitos Bay entrance is marked by two stone jetties which enter the bay in a NNE direction. On the Western jetty is a 25 foot, 6 second green flashing light, also with a foghorn. The entrance is located approximately 030 degrees magnetic at 1.1 5 miles from the East end of the Long Beach Breakwater; and approximately 285 degrees magnetic at 1.1 miles from the Anaheim Bay  (Huntington Harbor) channel entrance.

Take care when entering Alamitos Bay that you identify both stone jetties. One to port and one to starboard. The San Gabriel River sits directly on the Southeast side of the Eastern jetty. It becomes extremely shallow quickly, and its bottom is dotted with wrecks and rocky shoals. Therefore, enter Alamitos Bay only when you can identify jetties within 100 yards on both sides of your boat.

The Alamitos Bay Channel is marked with a series of centerline buoys. Stay to starboard of this row when traveling in either direction. Also be aware that a silt pumping barge sometimes sits in the channel to clear out shoal areas. It is well marked with round yellow cans. Stay more then 20 feet from these cans as they are usually attached to hose hanging below the surface.

The speed limit throughout Alamitos Bay, including the entrance channel, is 5 m.p.h., strictly enforced by the Long Beach Marine Bureau patrol boats.

There is a fixed bridge across Marine Stadium with a fixed span clearance of 32 feet.  A fixed bridge with a clearance of 11 feet crosses the junction of W waterway and Marine Stadium.  A fixed bridge with a clearance of 11 feet crosses the E waterway off Marine Stadium that leads to a NE basin.  A fixed bridge with a clearance of 4 feet crosses the W waterway between Naples and Belmont Shore.  The five fixed bridges crossing the Rivo Also Canal on Naples Island have a least clearance of 7 feet and the power cable has a reported clearance of 55 feet.

Check your Charts!  18751 & 18749


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