The Port of Ketchikan is Alaska's gateway to the "Inside Passage," the coastal route ocean-going vessels take through a series of passages between coastal islands and the mainland. It is, therefore, a popular tourist stop, especially for cruises.
The State's Port and Harbors Department operates six boat harbors, including the Port of Ketchikan, and three launch ramps. The Harbormaster is on duty every day from 6am to 10pm from May through September.
The Port of Ketchikan has three fuel docks, two at the south side of town and one to the north. The harbors are near public facilities including parking lots, showers, laundry, restrooms, and grocery stores.
Dockage rates apply for passenger wharfage, a charter vessel loading zone, as well as for cargo vessels carrying bulk and breakbulk, timber, liquid cargoes, and containers. The Port of Ketchikan can accommodate vessels to 213 meters long.