Press Release

June 09, 2023

State Parks schedules buoy repairs for Puget Sound parks

Overnight mooring space may be limited during maintenance work

OLYMPIA – June 9, 2023 – The Washington State Parks and recreation Commission (Parks) will complete routine inspection and maintenance of 180 public mooring buoys in parks this summer. Work will begin in north and central Puget Sound on Monday, June 12, and will continue across Puget Sound through June.

The maintenance project will service state-owned public mooring buoys to ensure they are in top condition for boaters during the height of the summer season. Boaters should be cautious of repair divers in the area and allow extra space around the buoys under repair.

Repair work is scheduled for the following dates and locations:

June 12-16
North and Central Puget Sound:

  • Blake Island Marine State Park
  • Illahee State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Worden State Park
  • Fort Townsend State Park
  • Mystery Bay State Park

June 25-30
Central, South and North Puget Sound:

  • Saltwater State Park
  • Cutts Island Marine State Park
  • Eagle Island Marine State Park
  • Hope Island Marine State Park (Mason County)
  • Jarrell Cove State Park
  • Joemma Beach State Park
  • Kopachuck State Park
  • McMicken Island Marine State Park
  • Penrose Point State Park
  • Stretch Point Marine State Park
  • Tolmie State Park
  • Skagit Island Marine State Park
  • Hope Island Marine State Park (Skagit County)

The current repair work schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

For additional mooring buoy repair work schedule updates and future work to improve mooring opportunities, visit our website.

Inspection of all State Parks buoys on a biennial basis is planned under a new five-year on-call contract with Jen Jay, Inc., a commercial diving and environmental consulting company that services the Puget Sound area.

The use of mooring buoys helps protect sensitive eelgrass habitats from anchor impact. Each buoy is designed for a single vessel up to 45 feet in length. Boaters cannot raft or tie multiple boats together when using mooring buoys.

To report a damaged buoy, please contact our information center via email at or by phone at (360)-902-8844.

Washington state parks are a top destination for cruising, sail and power boaters. Buoy fees are $15 per night and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Learn more about State Parks mooring buoys.

News media contacts:
Meryl Lassen, Communications Consultant,

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Park Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.