Boat moorage

Washington State Parks has the largest state-managed mooring system in the nation. We have more than 40 marine parks and over 8,500 feet of moorage in Puget Sound, providing plenty of activities including:

  • Clamming, crabbing and fishing.
  • Examining fossils, native plants, and historic sites.
  • Hiking scenic island paths.
  • Birding, tide pooling, and wildlife viewing.

Buoy maintenance schedule

Many of our buoys will be getting some much needed attention this spring and summer. Be aware of upcoming maintenance closures.

June 25 - 30 South and North Puget Sound
Parks affected: Saltwater, Cutts Island, Eagle Island, Hope Island (Mason), Jarrell Cove, Joemma Beach, Kopachuck, McMicken Island, Penrose Point, Stretch Island, Tolmie, Skagit Island, Hope Island (Skagit)

Rates and fees

Fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The daily fee is 70 cents per foot, with a minimum of $15.  Moorage buoys are $15 per night, size limits apply.

The annual moorage permit is $5 per foot, with a minimum of $60.  Boaters can purchase an Annual Moorage Permit online.

Some parks offer phone in buoy registration

San Juan Islands:                                       Skagit County:

Blind Island
Clark Island
James Island
Jones Island
Matia island
Obstruction Pass
Patos island
Spencer Spit
Sucia Island
Turn Island
Hope Island - Skagit
Skagit Island

South Sound:
Blake Island
Jarrell Cove

How it works:

When you arrive at a buoy, call the phone number on the mooring ball. Provide your buoy number and length of stay (3 nights maximum).

Pay with a credit or debit card or provide your Annual Boat Moorage permit number.  There is a $4.50 convenience fee to register by phone.

Moorage rules & regulations

All moorage is first come, first served and limited to three consecutive nights at a single park.  Leaving a dinghy at a buoy or dock does not reserve a space.  

Annual permits must be displayed.  All overnight boaters must self-register on shore.  

Rafting is permitted within posted size limits. Rafted vessels will be charged a moorage fee based on its own length.

Commercial vessels are restricted to loading and unloading passengers transported for recreational purposes.

Open flames, live coals, and combustibles must be placed on a fireproof base, away from fuel tanks and vents.  Pets must be leashed and under physical control at all times. Dispose properly of animal waste.