On the Water

Surrounded on three sides by water, Port Townsend is an unmatched destination for boaters and maritime enthusiasts.

The area is home to many of the best boat building and maintaining craftsmen and women in the world. Many of the marine trades firms specialize in working with wooden boats of all eras. Others do much of their work with more modern materials and leading edge technologies.

Port Townsend is home to the renowned Wooden Boat Festival –  the first and largest such gathering in North America, and now a year-round destination and resource for wooden boat enthusiasts worldwide thanks to the activities of the Northwest Maritime Center.

Maritime activities are clustered in the Point Hudson Marina in the heart of the historic and civic  district of downtown Port Townsend, and in the Boat Haven area at the entrance to downtown. Visit the Port of Port Townsend website for more information on services in each location.

In addition to kayaking, rowing, and sailing, Port Townsend is known as a premier whale watching destination – with close access to the Southern Resident Pods of orcas (killer whales) who live off of our waters.

So bring your kayak, sail into Port Townsend Bay and drop anchor or get a slip at one of the marinas – we’ll see you on the water!

Plan Your Future Trip

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