Friday, April 23, 2021

Tribal, Canadian Marinas Remain Closed

 In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, certain tribal and Canadian marinas will remain closed to mariners, the U.S. Coast Guard said April 21.

The reminder comes as Washington state boat ramps and recreational fishing is reopening.

As of Tuesday, Neah Bay and the Makah Reservation on the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Clallam County, Washington will stay closed to all visitors, including the Makah Marina and boat launch. Non-tribal sport and commercial fisheries won’t be able to access the Makah Reservation and land or sea entry is prohibited.

Also, until further notice, the Makah Marina Mini-Mart won’t offer marine fuel to non-residents.

For more information on this, visit or call the Harbormaster at (360) 645-3015 or the Big Salmon Fishing Resort at (866) 787-1900.

In the case of the Quileute Nation, fuel will only be sold on a case-by-case basis, but visitors cannot leave their vessels. Mariners must call ahead to make sure of availability at the Quileute Marina at 360-374-5392. Other services will not be available.

“All Canadian ports/marinas remain closed to U.S. boaters,” according to the USCG. “For U.S. boaters seeking entry to Canada, please call in and report to a Canada Border Services Agency at a designated reporting site and state the purpose of your trip.”

If it’s considered essential travel, visitors will be allowed to enter and asked to quarantine for 14 days. If not, visitors will be turned away.

“We ask that in addition to planning for a safe boating excursion, you also plan ahead so you don’t find yourself in a situation in which you might need to stop at a tribal or Canadian marina for fuel or supplies,” said Cmdr. Torey Bertheau, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.