Pillar Point Harbor is managed by San Mateo County Harbor District as a protected harbor and home port for commercial fishing, sports fishing, and pleasure boating. Pillar Point Harbor has 369 berths as well as inner and outer breakwaters that make it one of the country's safest harbors.
Pillar Point Harbor provides search and rescue services to all boaters in the area. In the last 20 years, the search and rescue crew has conducted 110 rescues per year and saved more than 100 lives.
Pillar Point Harbor is a service facility for commercial fishing and visitors. San Mateo County Harbor District has made significant investments in constructing breakwaters, berthing and launch facilities, and in pollution prevention equipment and methods.
Pillar Point Harbor is also a gateway to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, administered as the northern management area of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Visitors to Pillar Point Harbor can find many opportunities for outdoor adventures including whale watching, recreational boating, fishing, and kayaking.
Many services are available in the protected Pillar Point Harbor. They include 369 berthing slips, an active search and rescue operation, a commercial fish-buying center, ice-making facilities, a fuel dock, a guest dock, and a fishing pier. Pillar Point Harbor also offers an RV lot, a six-lane launch ramp, pump-out facilities, restrooms, and hot showers.