Located just north of Deer Island inside the water’s of the Mississippi Sound, Ocean Springs Bayou makes the ideal location for the County’s small craft harbor. The Small Craft Harbor provides 165 long term boat slips to sailing, commercial and power private vessels. If space allows, the Harbor also provides short term stays for boaters or sailors passing through by renting transient slips.

The Harbor’s scenic views and facilities also make it a great location for land lovers. Residents can stroll along the County’s 800 foot long board walk and pier to the mouth of the harbor. A covered pavilion at the end of the Harbor Pier is a relaxing spot to watch shrimp boats go out for the day or to see the sun set in the Sound.


Although officially inside the city limits of Ocean Springs, the Harbor is operated by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. The Board employs a full time Harbor Master to manage the day to day operations. A seven member commission, appointed by the Board, helps directs the Harbor’s future planning. The Harbor also receives support from the County’s Maintenance, Recreation and Road Departments on projects.

Facilities & Fees

Berthing of private, commercial fishing, and small craft is permissible only through a lease agreement with Jackson County.  Applications for lease assignments may be obtained from the Harbor Clerk. 


  • Water Depth: 5 to 7 feet
  • Electrical Service: 30 Amp/110 Volts


Leaseholder (32' or less)$128.00 / Month
Leaseholder (33' or more)$4.00 / Ft / Month
Leaseholder (Out of County)$6.75 / Ft / Month
Leaseholder (Commercial)$3.50 / Ft / Month
Leaseholder (Live Aboard)$450.00 / Month
Transient (32' or less)$25.00 / Day
Transient (33' or more)$40.00 / Day
Processing Fee$120.00
Waiting List Fee$15.00
Waiting List Renewal Fee$10.00

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