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Getting to the Water
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Washington Water Cruiser is an online interactive map and smart phone app with information about where to launch a boat or tie up for a weekend on the water. The free app maps all state-owned boat launches and moorage sites open to the public, along with amenities for boaters at each site

Water Access Sites Of Washington's nearly 4,500 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, the Department of Fish and Wildlife manages more than 600 access sites, giving boaters and those fishing from banks, access to the water. The database also tells you the type of fish available in the lake or river. So get ready to find your favorite fishing hole!

State Parks Boat Launches interactive map pinpoints launch locations statewide and provides boaters with information about fees, hours, directions, and more.

Recreation.Gov: The National Recreation Reservation Service provides this portal of federal boating recreation sites. You can:

  • Find which lakes and recreation sites are near where you want to go or offer a recreational activity (i.e. boating, hunting or camping within 20 miles of a particular lake).

  • Learn about potential weather conditions, elevation, and distance to public lands, trails, lakes, roads, museums, campgrounds, etc.).

  • See the schedule of planned events and the operating status of recreation sites.

  • Learn the entrance and use fees and calculate the costs of a trip.

  • Make reservations.
Marinas.com is a private Web site that features aerial photographs of marinas, an interactive mapping database, and extensive information on marinas around the world.

Overnight Stays

Washington Water Cruiser is an online interactive map and smart phone app with information about where to launch a boat or tie up for a weekend on the water. The free app maps all state-owned boat launches and moorage sites open to the public, along with amenities for boaters at each site

State Parks: If you’d like to stay overnight on your boat, State Parks has two interactive maps that display moorage locations and provide information about what to expect in fees and facilities such as dock footage, buoys, campsites, picnic shelters, drinking water, and more.

Learn about State Parks Moorage Rules and Regulations and how to buy a Moorage Permit

Public Ports: The Washington Port Association maintains this statewide directory of public ports that represent about 40 percent of Washington's public moorage slips. Note that not all ports have public marinas.

Find a Beach
The Washington Department of Ecology has interactive maps to help you find the perfect beach at its Coastal Atlas Web site. You can get detailed information on where to legally access the state’s public beaches, see photographs of trailheads and viewpoints, especially helpful for those not well marked. You can get information about:

  • Whether beaches are closed to swimming, with links to advisories and monitoring reports.

  • Public boat launches, docks, piers, and marinas.

  • Campsite availability, accessibility, hours of operations, fees.

  • Amenities such as bathrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, barbeque pits, and if pets are allowed.

  • Hiking trails.

  • Links to weather and tide information.

Go2Beach: Plan a trip to the beach with a Puget Sound mobile application developed by the Puget Sound Partnership. The free mobile app will help you access beaches and shorelines in Washington. Apps are available at Google Play by using the Quick Response codes below: