Port Washington Harbor

Chicago District
Published Jan. 9, 2024
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Project Description and Background

Port Washington serves as a deep draft commercial harbor. Project depth is 21 feet at the entrance to the harbor and in the inner channels and 18 feet in the inner basins. Project depths providing access to the marina and launch ramp vary between 8 and 10 feet.

There are approximately 4,769 feet of breakwater and pier structures and over 1.12 miles of maintained channel. Maintenance dredging of approximately 11,000 to 16,000 cubic yards of material is required on a 10- to 15-year cycle. The harbor was last dredged in 2003.

This project is a harbor of refuge. The local community has established a significant infrastructure around the harbor facilities that generates income from harbor users and visitors to the area. Maintenance of the harbor maintains safe passage for vessels entering and exiting the harbor.

Current Status

Planned activities include operation and maintenance of existing structures, including designing repairs and awarding construction contracts for the south and north breakwaters, as well as real estate activities required to manage out grants, real estate holdings, agreements, and rights of entry.

Project Authorization

Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1870 and 1876