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Water Recreation - Beaches, Boating, and Marinas

This page provides information on water recreation for local governments in Washington State, including water pollution prevention programs, water recreation safety, and examples of local water facilities and regulations.


Pollution Prevention and Environmental Health

Marinas and Boaters

  • WA State Department of Ecology: Clean Green Boating
  • WA State Parks: Clean Vessel Program - The federal Clean Vessel Act provides funds to help reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges into U.S. waters. These funds come from taxes on the sales of fishing equipment and on recreational boating fuel. Washington State Parks makes grants to both public and private sector boating facility operators for the construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations for use by recreational boaters. The program also provides boater education to promote public awareness about boat sewage and its proper disposal.
  • WA Sea Grant: Boating - Scroll down page to view information on their small oil spills program. See also their Pollution Prevention Manual for Washington State Marinas (2016), this resource provides a comprehensive guide for marina managers and staff, as well as boaters, to reduce water pollution from their facilities.

Public Beaches


Public Marina Facilities

City-Owned Marinas

  • Bainbridge Island The Harbormaster and Open Water Marina
  • Bellevue Marina at Meydenbauer Bay - Three piers, offering both covered and uncovered moorage.
  • Chelan Lakeshore Marina - The 65 Slip Lakeshore Marina offers quality boat moorage with or without power, in the heart of the city
  • Des Moines Marina 
  • Kirkland Marina - Lakeshore Plaza, is one of the City's waterfront landmark parks. The Park has a boat launch, moorage facilities and restroom. Adjacent to Marina Park, is the Second Avenue South Dock or "South Dock" located at 2nd Avenue South and Lake Washington Boulevard with additional moorage space.
  • Oak Harbor Marina - The marina has 420 slips with 217 open and 135 covered permanent slips, ample guest moorage, limited side-tie moorage and 96 dry storage sheds
  • Tacoma MetroParks Point Defiance Marina

Port-Operated Marinas


Waterfront Recreation Facilities

  • Bainbridge Island Waterfront Park - Eagle Harbor - Waterfront Park is one of the most popular civic and social gathering places for island residents and visitors alike. It welcomes annual festivals, summer performances, special events, picnics, music performances and more. It provides sunny lawn areas for play and relaxation and easy access to the water's edge for boating and tranquil views of Eagle Harbor
  • Des Moines Beach Park
  • Edmonds Underwater Park - The Park includes more than 27 acres of tide and bottom lands of which approximately half have been developed with features and trails specifically for divers.
  • Olympia Percival Landing - Percival Landing is 3.38 acres and is one of Olympia's three waterfront parks and is located on the east side of Budd Bay on the southern most tip of Puget Sound. This popular park and tourist destination is in the heart of downtown and is a hub for gatherings, social interaction and public celebrations. The Landing includes a 0.9-mile boardwalk, boat moorage, and Harbor House.
  • Port Angeles City Pier - Features beach access, park benches, picnic tables, playground, public restrooms, walking paths, running water, viewing tower, and the Art Feiro Marine Lab
  • Port of Bellingham Parks, Trails & Recreation - Includes facilities in Blaine and Bellingham including Blaine Promenade, Blaine Public Fishing Pie, Blaine Seafarer's Memorial, Bellingham Commercial Fleet Interpretive Center, Fairhaven Marine Park, Little Squalicum Beach, Marine Drive Trail, Marine Life Center, Squalicum Promenade, Tom Glenn Common, and Zuanich Point Park
  • Poulsbo Marine Science Center (Nonprofit) - Originally started in 1990 as a city of Poulsbo public development authority. PDA was dissolved in 2002. Facility is now operated by the Marine Science Center Foundation.
  • Renton Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park - Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park (originally Lake Washington Beach Park) consists of 57 acres of land and water at the southeast corner of Lake Washington.
  • Seattle Aquarium - Opened in 1977, the Seattle Aquarium was owned and operated by the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation until 2010, when the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium Society assumed its management.
  • Spokane Riverfront Park - Riverfront Park, a legacy of Expo ‘74 occupies 100 acres of land and water; a partnership between City of Spokane Parks and Recreation and corporate sponsorships.
  • Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Waterfront Renaissance Trail
  • Whatcom County Semiahmoo Park - Located at the entrance to the Semiahmoo Spit on the west side of Drayton Harbor. Includes the Cannery Day Lodge, a two story former bunkhouse and office of the Alaska Packers Association Cannery restored for public rental.
  • Washington State Parks Boating Program

Harbor and Water Recreation Codes

  • Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Ch. 12.24 - Waterfront Park and Other City Harbors 
  • Bellevue City Code Ch. 12.04 - Harbor Code
  • Chelan Municipal Code Ch. 8.32 - Lake Chelan Use Regulations
  • Clark County Code Title 16 - Boating
  • Des Moines Municipal Code Title 15 - Harbors
  • Issaquah Municipal Code Title 14 - Water Safety Code
  • King County Boating in King County
  • Kirkland Municipal Code Title 14 - Waters and Surfacecraft
  • Ocean Shores
    • Ocean Shores Municipal Code Title 11 - Safe Boating - Requires personal floatation devices
    • Ocean Shores Municipal Code Ch. 18.56 - Ocean Dunes Protection Act
  • Westport
    • Westport Municipal Code Ch. 6.14 - Dumping Near Boat Basin
    • Westport Municipal Code Ch. 6.12 - Cleaning Fish
  • San Juan County Code Ch. 10.28 - Watercraft Regulations
  • Spokane County Code Ch. 6.02 - Boating Safety - Requires personal floatation devices

Recommended Resources


Last Modified: October 19, 2018