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Newport Harbor is one of the largest-recreational harbors in the United States. The community considers Newport Harbor to be the jewel of the city. We welcome visiting boaters and thank you for choosing Newport Harbor as your destination. We hope your stay exceeds your expectations.
The City of Newport Beach (City) manages many of the visitor-serving amenities within the harbor. The goal of the City's Harbor Operations Division is to provide information and services to harbor users whether you are a guest, anchor your vessel year round or call the harbor your home.
Rules and regulations pertaining to the Harbor may be found in Title 17 of the City's Municipal Code.
If you have a question, ask us. Any one of our friendly staff members will be happy to help you.
Boater and Harbor User Resources and Services
- Contact us
- Guest slips, moorings and anchorage
- Harbor Services
- Live Aboards
- Marina Park
- Rules and regulations
- Sea Lions
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
The 2017 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 13 through 1. The event is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Commodores. Visit christmasboatparade.com for more information including a map of the parade route.
Newport Harbor is more than three miles in length and extends into the Back Bay. The bell-buoy marking the harbor's one entrance is at 33 35.06'N,117 52.69'W. The broad entrance channel is formed by two jetties marked with lights flashing green (six seconds) on the west jetty and flashing red (four seconds) on the east jetty.
Although broad and well marked, there is often heavy vessel traffic in the entrance channel, so please proceed with care, particularly during April through November when the bait barge is anchored close inside the east jetty.
Enforcement of the harbor's no wake rule and 5 mph speed limit begins at the harbor entrance and extends throughout the harbor. There are numerous types of harbor users large and small, please use caution at all times.
Upon entering the harbor, the main channel runs the length of the harbor, down the inside of the Balboa Peninsula and among the seven harbor islands that make up several residential communities and villages of Newport Beach.
The approximate depth in the center is 20 feet while the controlling depth on the outside of the channel is approximately eight feet. Depths in the main channel are generally good, but some spots along Lido Isle are as little as nine feet. Boats drawing more than six feet should pay special attention to the tide and watch depths continuously when not in the main channel.
As you proceed down the main channel with Balboa Island to starboard and the Balboa Peninsula to port, watch for the Balboa Auto Ferry crossing between the island and the peninsula. During peak periods, there are as many as three ferries in operation crossing this short but well traveled route.
As the main channel continues beyond Balboa Island,the harbor opens up into a large bay with Lido Isle just ahead to port and the entrance to the Bay Bay to starboard via the channel running under the Coast Highway Bridge, the boundary of the lower and upper (Back Bay) portions of the harbor.
The main channel continues along the Lido Isle Reach with the Coast Highway Mariners' Mile commercial area to starboard. The channel terminates in another broad bay, or turning basin, at the west end of Lido Isle. Hard to port in the turning basin is the Lido Isle Bridge, which joins the residential island and Lido's commercial center, Lido Village.
Along the backside of Lido between the island and the Balboa Peninsula lie several mooring fields and the entrance to the Rhine Channel with access to the Cannery Village, Lido Village and the Lido Peninsula.