Eureka - A Victorian Seaport on Humboldt Bay

Eureka on Humboldt Bay is located in the heart of California's Redwood Coast, home to the tallest trees in the world. Within one hour of town, a dozen state and national parks await your passengers with an unforgettable experience. Imagine walking between aisles of huge, ancient redwoods -- trees that were already old when America was discovered !

Eureka is located an easy overnight cruise north of San Francisco or south of Astoria, Oregon. Consistently named as one of the top three "Best Small Arts Towns in America", Eureka has also received the coveted "Prettiest Painted Places" title, and is one of only two official Coast Guard Cities in the entire nation.

As you cruise into Humboldt Bay (the largest natural bay between San Francisco and Puget Sound), historic Eureka will welcome you with the grace of a bygone era. Step back in time as you stroll the perfectly preserved streets of Old Town, where you'll find truly unique shopping, arts galore and fantastic local cuisine.


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  • Taxi Cab, limousine service and tour buses at dock-side in Old Town
  • Visitor guide brochures available in quantity.
  • Ideal Port Call: The ideal port call would be a duration of 8 hours in port. The ship will dock at Schneider Dock, a short walking distance from Eureka’s Old town area. Passengers will embark on all shore excursions requiring transportation at the Schneider dock. Eureka’s historic Old town area has a wide variety of art galleries, specialty shops and prime examples of Victorian architecture within very easy walking distance.


Your passengers may choose between escorted tours of the world-famous redwood forests, a visit to a Native American village, a guided tour of historic Victorian architecture, an arts & culture itinerary and other exciting excursions.

During your time ashore, don’t miss such treasures as the Clarke Historical Museum, Sequoia Park Zoo, Fort Humboldt and the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Stop and snap a photo of the Carson Mansion, the most famous Victorian house in the world, or visit world-famous Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Terminal Specifications:

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Port Specifications

  • Channels: The bay's bar and entrance channel are dredged to a depth of 48' at MLLW. The North Bay channel is 400' wide and 38' deep at MLLW, accommodating vessels up to 850' in length with drafts up to 38'. South Bay channel has an authorized depth of 26' but can routinely handle vessels drawing up to 33'6". The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains channel depths on a twice-yearly dredging schedule.
  • Tides: Eureka is a tidal port with a mean tide range of 4.8'. The range between mean lower low water and mean higher high water is 6.7'. A range of 11' may occur at the time of maximum high and low tides. Most vessels can enter the bay and berth on any tide: Sailings must occur on the flood.
  • Pilots: Captains J. Powell and T. Petrusha to provide expert pilotage for vessel arrivals, shifting between berths, and vessel departures.
  • Captain John Powell
    Bar Pilot, Humboldt Bar Pilots

    Captain Tim Petrusha
    Bar Pilot, Port of Humboldt bay
  • Tugboat Service is provided by Knutson Towboat, LLC. Two boats are based in Eureka for ship assistance.
  • Longshore labor from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, have been partners in the Port of Eureka since 1937. Local 14 provides four gangs for cargo services. These men take great pride in their long shoring skills and traditions. The port enjoys a fine reputation for production and safety.
  • U.S. Customs Officer John Prince provides full customs (including bonded shipments) and crew immigration services.
  • Other Port Information: Please visit the Port of Humboldt Bay's website at


Contact Information:

Tim Petrusha
Director of Harbor Operations/Bar Pilot

Tel: (707) 443-0801



Larry Oetker
Executive Director, Humboldt Bay Harbor District

Tel: (707) 443-0801


Web Site:


Alanna Powell
Executive Director of Humboldt Made
Director of the Eureka Visitors Center

Tel: (707) 440-9350


Port of Humboldt Bay
PO Box 1030
Eureka, CA 95502