Rocky beach with fir trees.  Sailboats moored to buoys,

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.  Enjoy clamming, crabbing and fishing. Examine fossils, native plants, and historic sites.  Hike scenic island paths,  explore tide pools and watch for birds and other wildlife.

Rates and fees

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

The moorage fee is 70 cents per foot, with a minimum of $15.  Moorage buoys are $15 (no boats over 45 feet).

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

Some parks offer phone in buoy registration

San Juan Islands: Sucia Island
Blind Island Turn Island
Clark Island Skagit County:
James Island Hope Island - Skagit
Jones Island Skagit Island
Matia island South Sound:
Obstruction Pass Blake Island
Patos island Jarrell Cove
Spencer Spit  

How phone registration 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.

All buoys are first come, first served and $15.

Moorage rules & regulations

Overnight boaters must self-register and pay fee.  Annual permits and registration envelopes must be displayed as directed. All moorage is first come, first served. Leaving a dinghy at a buoy or dock does not reserve the site.

Moorage is limited to three consecutive nights at a given park.  A vessel rafted to another vessel will be charged a moorage fee based on its own length.  Rafting is not permitted on buoys.

Open flames, live coals, and combustibles must be placed on a fireproof base, away from fuel tanks and vents.  Pets must be kept on leashes and under physical control at all times. Dispose of all animal waste.  Commercial vessels are restricted to loading and unloading passengers transported for recreational purposes.