MARINE SERVICES DIVISION
5815 Driftwood Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Hours of Operation
Daily, including weekends: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Holiday hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
See the tide chart at https://www.usharbors.com/harbor/florida/cape-coral-bridge-fl/tides/
The Marine Services Division of Parks & Recreation is responsible for overseeing and managing all recreational marine operations within the City of Cape Coral.
This encompasses the Cape Coral “Godman” Yacht Basin, as well as the City’s five (5) improved boat launch ramps, including Yacht Club Boat Ramp, Horton Park Boat Ramp, BMX Boat Ramp, Burnt Store Boat Ramp, Rosen Park, and several unimproved freshwater ramps located throughout the City.
Visit the Beaches & Boating page for information on the Boat Trailer Parking Program, including the fees required to park trailers at the five improved boat ramp locations. All improved ramp locations include paved parking, restroom facilities, and other park amenities on site.
In addition to overseeing Cape Coral’s boat ramps, the Marine Services Division operates the Chiquita Boat Lock to help manage boat traffic and water levels, and Rosen Park, a boat launch facility that includes a 20-slip Marina for live-aboard vessels up to 40’ in length and additional boat ramps accessing the Caloosahatchee River.
Chiquita Boat Lock - 5805 Cape Harbor Drive
The Chiquita Boat Lock provides Gulf access from Camelot Canal & Southwest Spreader Waterway into the ICW via the Caloosahatchee River and is located approximately 2.75 miles from the Sanibel Causeway Bridge.
A boating Safety Course is required by the State of Florida for all persons wishing to operate a boat who were born on or after January 1, 1988. Until these requirements are met, they must refrain from operating a vessel. Any person who operates a vessel in violation of these provisions is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. Please contact any of the classroom course providers below to locate a course near you.
Please visit https://myfwc.com for any information on boating regulations for both fresh and saltwater as well as boating safety classes along with the below websites:
* United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - 1-800-336-2628
* United States Power Squadron - 1-888-367-8777
For more information concerning any of the recreational marine operations within the City of Cape Coral, call the Harbormaster or Assistant Harbormaster at 239-574-0809.
City Ordinance 93-22 "Mooring Prohibition"; Moored boats not located in a Mooring Field, whether secured to a structure or at anchor, cannot be located in or project into:
--the centermost 30% of the width of any waterway within Cape Coral (excluding lakes, basins and the Caloosahatchee River)
--rim channels adjacent to shorelines in lakes, basins and the Caloosahatchee River
For complete rules and regulations concerning recreational boating in Florida, visit the website of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at www.MyFWC.com.