Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Water Access Sites
In Washington, more than 453 water recreation sites owned or maintained by the Department of Fish and Wildlife provide boating access to lakes, rivers, and marine areas. The agency maintains a database of statewide water access locations. Boaters and anglers can search for a particular waterway by plugging in the name of the site, the county, or body of water. Among other information, the database provides visitors with the site’s Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates and the type of fish stocked or available in the lake or river.
NOTE: All visitors to state wildlife areas must obtain and display a current Vehicle Use Permit from the department.
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
Boating Web Map and Smartphone App
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
The state parks boating program hosts an interactive boat launch map that pinpoints launch locations statewide. A standard checklist appears with each location and tells boaters what to expect in the way of fees, hours, directions, and more.
The National Recreation Reservation Service provides this portal of federal boating recreation sites. Individuals and families planning a trip will be able to:
If you’d like to stay overnight on your boat, State Parks has two interactive maps that display moorage locations statewide. You’ll find information with each location about what to expect in the way of fees and facilities such as dock footage, buoys, campsites, picnic shelters, drinking water, and more.
- Discover which lakes and other recreation sites are near a particular area or offer a specific recreational activity (i.e. boating, hunting or camping within 20 miles of a particular lake).
- Use interactive maps to locate specific recreation sites. Other areas of trip planning information may include potential weather conditions, elevation, and distance to desirable features (public lands, trails, lakes, roads, museums, campgrounds, etc.).
- Identify the schedule of planned events and the operating status of recreation sites.
- Learn the entrance and use fees for individual recreation sites and calculate the costs of a trip to visit multiple sites.
- Make reservations at recreation sites.
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.
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 trail heads 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 whether pets are allowed.
- Hiking trails.
- Links to weather and tide information.
Plan a trip to the beach with new Puget Sound mobile application developed by the Puget Sound Partnership. The free mobile application will help smartphone users easily access beaches and shorelines in Washington. This resource integrates the data and information on the Washington Department of Ecology’s Coastal Atlas Public Beach Database.