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Watercraft Launch Frequently Asked Questions
If I'm camping at the state park, do I still have to pay to launch my vessel?
If you are currently camping at a
Washington state park and have paid the appropriate camping fees, you do not
have to pay an additional watercraft launch fee.
If I'm using the watercraft launch site
just to launch a personal watercraft (not a boat) do I still have to pay the fee?
Yes, watercraft launch site means any facilities designated for the purpose of placing or retrieving any
vehicle-borne or trailer-borne watercraft into or out of the water.
How do I pay on a one-time basis if there is no park ranger around?
Fee designated sites have fee envelopes and a metal box (typically found near the bulletin board) for placing your fee.
Where can I purchase an annual permit for watercraft launching?
A Natural Investment permit can be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online and
at parks when staff is available. The permit also is valid for trailer dumping.
If I launch my vessel and am planning to be out overnight, can I leave my
vehicle in the parking lot without getting in trouble?
Some parks allow unattended vehicles to be left overnight in designated parking areas by paying
a $10 per night unattended overnight vehicle fee. Please check posted signs at the parks.