The East Mooring Program is a seasonal program operated by the City of Monterey under a permit from the California Coastal Commission and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Boats that are 50 feet and less may be placed on these two-point mooring systems from April 1 to October 31. Moorings are rented on a monthly basis and the mooring charge includes a dinghy space. The permit requires all moorings be clear from November 1 until March 31. Owners of boats that have participated in the program during the summer are offered an opportunity to occupy a slip in the Marina at a greatly reduced transient rate during the winter months.
Contact the Monterey Harbor Office at 831-646-3950 and ask for Brian Nelson for more details.
The Outer Harbor is managed by the Harbormaster and designated as a special anchorage area. It holds about 150 privately owned mooring buoys. A mooring license from the City is required to maintain a mooring in this area, and use of existing buoys is allowed only with the permission of the owner and a completed sublicense agreement. Up to 20 liveaboard boats are permitted in the Outer Harbor. A waiting list for mooring licenses is maintained by the Harbor Office. Call the Marine Operations Specialist, Brian Nelson at 831.646.3950 for more information or request information via email.
The area east of Wharf II and the East Moorings is open anchorage and has excellent holding ground. Please note that a sand bottom with some surf grass may cause a light bruce or plow style anchor to skip when setting. Boats may anchor in 15 to 30 feet of water. Boats cannot be anchored here for more than 30 days in any six month period.