Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point Harbor Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Enjoy a day on the water at Dana Point Harbor. It is a popular destination for those who enjoy kayaking, jet skiing, kayak fishing, and SUP boarding. Dana Point Harbor has many recreational activities to enjoy from sunbathing to exploring tide pools, to taking a walk while taking in some sun, or watching the 4th of July fireworks extravaganza and the Christmas Boat Parade
Dana Point Harbor offers many options for the kayak fishing enthusiast. The harbor offers protected waters and launching locations. Dana Wharf at the East Marina has a tackle shop for your fishing needs. In the harbor you can hit piling posts and the bait dock for perch, an occasionally Halibut and up top a Barracuda, usually on the smaller side. Expect to see sea perch around the pier, and croaker farther out. Halibut, kelp bass, spotted sand bass, mackerel, and small sharks and rays are all found here as well.
Open: The campground is open year-round: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Boating is permitted 24 hours a day, with running lights at night.
Fees: There is a parking, launching, and camping fee.
Harbor Facilities: The Dana Point Harbor is divided into the East and West Basin, both of which operate as a separate marina. Combined, they have a total of 2,500 slips for vessels of various sizes. Additional harbor facilities are a ten lane launch ramp, dry boat storage hoist, fishing pier, shipyard, marine fuel dock, three yacht clubs, and a commercial sports fishing operation, which offers whale watching trips through out the year.
Recreational amenities include a park, a calm water swimming beach, fishing pier and a variety of restaurants and shops catering to the casual visitor and boating enthusiasts. Sport fishing and Catalina Island excursions are available year-round, with whale-watching trips scheduled seasonally.
Launch access at Dana Cove Park, also called Baby Beach, is a calm launch point tucked in behind Dana Point Harbor, but it can get very busy during summer weekends. There is free and metered parking. It is a shrt distance from the parking lot to the water.