Boating Facilities

Kangaroo Island Council maintains 5 boat launching facilities on Kangaroo Island. Council has a strong commitment to upgrading these facilities to a high standard. Following upgrades of each facility, boat launching fees will be introduced. Income raised from the fees will be used to maintain the facilities. Users of boat launching facilities should read the Boating Terms & Conditions.

The current Boat Launching Fees are available in the 'Fees and Charges Policy'. Daily launching fees are payable at Boat ramp. Short term (10 consecutive days), Annual and Lifetime passes are available for purchase from the Kangaroo Island Council Office. If you plan on using a boat ramp more than once a month, you should consider an annual permit. Application forms for this are available on the Forms page. The Christmas Cove Marina Terms & Conditions document provides all the details required by a vessel owner to be informed of their rights and responsibilities when mooring at Christmas Cove, Penneshaw.

The following table outlines the facilities at each boat ramp with more specific detail and a map provided in the Boating Facilities Brochure.


Registration Station

No Fee Applies

Mooring Pontoon

Marina Berths



American River

X   X    Wharf nearby

Baudin Beach


Bay of Shoals (Kingscote)

X  X  X  

Christmas Cove (Penneshaw)


Emu Bay

  X Landing jetties  Timber Jetty nearby

American River Boat Ramp


The Mooring Pontoon has a 2 hour maximum limit.

The Wharf is managed by DPTI.

Note: 5 tonne load limit

Baudin Beach Boat Ramp


Following direction from the South Australian Boating Advisory Committee, the old rock groyne and ganttry were removed to allow the coast line to revert to its natural sea bed form. That is occurring and preliminary design work is being undertaken for a new structure to be constructed once funding becomes available.

Note: 5 tonne load limit

Bay of Shoals Boat Ramp


Bay of Shoals Boat Ramp is located near Kingscote.

Note: 5 tonne load limit

Christmas Cove Boat Ramp


Kangaroo Island Council has undertaken a major redevelopment of Christmas Cove. The cove now could be described as a 'mini' Marina, able to accept a number of different vessels.

If you plan on visiting Christmas Cover with your vessel, please refer to the Soundings Plan produced in 2013 and the CCM Navigable Waters Plan produced in 2016 by Magryn Engineering Consultants.

Please note: a vessel that exceeds the dimensions stated in the CCM Navigable Waters Plan does so at their risk and that Council does not take any responsibility for damage caused to either their vessels or have implied liability for damage caused by users to any other vessel in the facility.

Note: 5 tonne load limit

Enquiries regarding leased berths please contact Council on 08 8553 4500.

Emu Bay Boat Ramp

Emu Bay Boat Ramp

In partnership with Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Kangaroo Island Council has upgraded the Emu Bay Boat Ramp in 2019/2020. The boat ramp includes a 4m wide ramp and a 8m wide ramp with two fixed landing jetties either side.

Vessels mooring or berthing on jetties are limited to:

  • maximum 2 tonne mass
  • maximum 8 m length
  • maximum speed 1 knot

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