Recreational Boating Information for the Northwest
Covering Puget Sound & San Juan Islands
Washington State has a number of state and county marine parks throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. Most have buoys or dock space for a fee. Some even offer restrooms and showers. Memorial Day through Labor Day is the busy time so if you're trying to get in for the weekend, early Friday arrival is a must. First come first serve is the norm. If you're lucky, some may let you raft off if the dock is full. You won't find shore power (except Blake Island) and you'll need to pack out your own garbage, but you will find these parks to be a wonderful destination for the whole family. You can visit www.parks.wa.gov for more information.
Accessible only by boat. One of the most popular destinations on Puget Sound. Limited store, (with coffee & ice) camping, hiking and facilities including showers. Large marina northeast of island, Shore Power - 30amp, buoys north, east and west of island. Tillicum Village next to marina.
Just north of Horsehead Bay in Carr Inlet. 8 buoys and toilets, but no camping. Be very careful, the island is next to Raft Island connected by a drying shoal.
West side of Maury Island in Quatermaster Harbor. 58 guest slips, rafting ok, shower facilities, play equipment, firepits and more. Popular park but no services within walking distance.
Balch Passage between Anderson and McNeil Island, only 3 buoys and no facilities but a wonderful park with good anchoring.
Narrowstone Island just south of Port Townsend. Only 244 feet of dock space & 7 mooring buoys. Very popular with nice facilities.
South Lake Washington/ Renton. Good dock space, boat launch, restrooms, shower in summer only. Park offers picnic shelters, playground area, swimming area, tennis court, big grassy areas. Kidd Valley and Ivar's restaurants on site. Free 4 hour moorage. No over night moorage. Fun for the entire family!
A South Sound island located between Squaxin and Steamboat Island. Very quiet island with 106 acres and reachable only by boat.
Northwest end of Harstine Island. A large park with good dock space, buoys, great restrooms with showers. picnic areas, RV sites, Just across the bay is Jarrell's Cove Marina with fuel and store. Great destination - a must see...
Southeast Case Inlet, Summer only, 500 feet of dock space, 5 buoys, picnic sites, restrooms, no showers. Very nice destination.
2 miles north of Fox Island. 2 buoys, restrooms, showers, good anchoring but not very well protected.
Off the east side of Harstine Island on Case Inlet. 5 buoys, toilets, water, good anchorage, trails, no overnight camping. Watch your charts!
Kilisut Harbor on Marrowstone Island, 683 feet of dock space, 7 buoys, pumpout, day use of the park only, overnight moorage ok. A great destination!
367 acre park located on Port Townsend Bay. Open summers only. 4 mooring buoys, washroom facilites, pinic area and play equipment.
Carr Inlet west shore at Mayo Cove. Overnight use during summer, day only in winter except overnight weekend moorage, 304 feet of dock, 8 buoys, mooring float that grounds at low tide, picnic sites, restrooms, showers, pumpout & portapotty dump, showers, campsites. A very popluar destination.
South of hoodsport in Hood Canal, 5 buoys, camping, restrooms, showers, campsites.
Lake Washington south of I-90 bridge. The most poplular anchorage in Lake Washington. Nice trails around the area and a swimming beach.
Stretch Island just south of Fair Harbor and north of Harstine Island, 5 buoys, no camping or facilities. Nice beaches.
8 miles northeast of Olympia, 5 buoys, restrooms, showers, trails, pinic sites and a nice beach.
8 miles west of Belfair in Hood Canal, 192 feet of dock space, camping, 7 buoys, restrooms, showers, pumpout, picnic area, seasonal concession stand. A large, popular park. No moorage or camping in the winter.
Puget Sound - Hood Canal - Lake Washington
Washington State Parks offers annual permits which may save you money if you moor at docks, floats and buoys multiple nights throughout the year.