Many of the best Washington State Parks are accessible only by boat.

State Parks

Cruise your own adventure in a Washington State Park! There are more than three dozen state parks with mooring buoys or floats. Nearly all are incredibly scenic, and more than 20 of the parks are only accessible by boat. State park moorage is a genuine bargain. Mooring buoys are $10 per night, and dock space is 50-cents per foot. Frequent park users may purchase an annual moorage pass for $3.50 per foot, subject to a $50 minimum charge.

Parks South of the Narrows

Hope Island Marine State Park near 47.10.99 N, 122.55.86 W. This 106 acre park was once a working farm and homestead. Two mooring buoy at the south end of the island. Over a mile of saltwater beach.

Jarrell Cove State Park near 47.17.15 N, 122.53.14. W. Located on the north end of Harstine Island, often considered one of the most scenic harbors in the state. 14 mooring buoys and two floats. 3500 feet of beachfront. Convenience store and fuel dock on the non-park side of the cove.

Jarrell Cove State Park near 47.17.15 N, 122.53.14. W. Located on the north end of Harstine Island, often considered one of the most scenic harbors in the state. 14 mooring buoys and two floats. 3500 feet of beachfront. Convenience store and fuel dock on the non-park side of the cove.

Joemma Beach State Park near 47.13.49 N, 122.49.57 W. Once a pioneer farmstead on the east side of Case Inlet, moorage floats available May-Sept. Fishing, crabbing, and clamming are excellent in the vicinity.

McMicken Island State Park near 47.14.92 N, 122.51.51 W. Five mooring buoys and good anchorage, bald eagles nest on McMicken Island. Oystering and clamming are normally open year ‘round.

Eagle Island State Park near 47.11.40 N, 122.41.86 W. Situated between Anderson and McNeil Islands, this tiny park has 3 mooring buoys. Over half a mile of shoreline to explore. Seals and sea lions haul out here in large numbers.

Penrose Point State Park near 47.16.03 N, 122.44.12 W. On the western shore of Carr Inlet, this park offers 8 mooring buoys and over 300 feet of dock space. At lowest tides, some of the floats go aground. Closed to shellfish harvesting in 2010. Convenience store and marina immediately adjacent to park.

Kopachuck and Cutts Island State Parks near 47.19.33 N, 122.41.64 W. Park offers 11 mooring buoys. Cutts (“Deadman’s”) Island is accessible only by boat. Excellent upland park and picnic grounds, shallow waters may warm up enough to permit swimming in the summer months.

Central Puget Sound

Blake Island State Park near 47.32.87 N, 122.28.99 W. This popular park is the closest marine state park to Seattle. Literally surrounded by mooring buoys, some dock space available with shore power. Hiking and exploring opportunities, beachcombing, native style salmon bake and dance demonstration available at private concession.

NW Puget Sound

Old Fort Townsend State Park near 48.04.70 N, 122.47.08 W. This historic site offers 4 mooring buoys. Dinghies must be carried onto the shore, no dock. Interpretive signs on trails depict life in a 19th Century military installation.

Fort Flagler Sate Park near 48.05.52 N, 122.43.28 W Located at the entrance to Kilsut Harbor, this historic site features a dock as well as room to anchor. With Forts Casey and Worden, this was part of the “triangle of fire” protecting Puget Sound from naval invasion.

Mystery Bay State Park near 48.03.42 N, 122.41.80 W This small, quiet park is a great place to get away from it all. Exceptional sunset views, some beach combing opportunities.

Fort Worden State Park near 48.08.32 N, 122.45.51 W. Mooring buoys and a dinghy dock available. Well preserved military installation and gun batteries in this historic location. Many scenes from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” were filmed at Fort Worden. Exceptional beach and Point Wilson lighthouse.

NE Puget Sound

Deception Pass State Park near 48.24.10 N, 122.37.40 W. 11 mooring buoys, over 1000 feet of dock space. Popular stopover for vessels awaiting slack current in Deception Pass. Spectacular scenery. Several interesting hiking trails.

San Juan Islands

Clark and Barnes Islands State Parks near 48.41.89 N, 122.46.28 W. Mooring buoys available. Almost 12,000 feet of shoreline. Good beachcombing and onshore picnicking; great views of shipping in the Strait of Georgia.

Matia Island State Park near 48.44.57 N, 122.50.64 W. Mooring buoys and a small dock in Rolfe Cove. Wildlife sanctuary, with restricted access ashore. Island teems with wildlife, and has a colorful history as the former homestead of an eccentric hermit.

Sucia Islands State Park near 48.45.54 N, 122.23.75 W. Without a doubt the most popular marine park in Washington state, and for many good reasons. Enough buoys and anchoring room for hundreds of boats, in several protected bays. Fascinating walks ashore through old stone quarries. Fossils found everywhere, (do not remove).

Patos Island State Park near 48.47.12 N, 122.56.55 W. Two mooring buoys in Active Cove. A loop trail offers a scenic, shoreside walk on this very remote and quiet island.

Stuart Island State Park near 48.40.11 N, 123.11.17 W. Moorage in either Reid or Prevost harbors, with a solar powered pump out station available in Reid. Shoreside walks to the island schoolhouse, or the lighthouse well beyond, are traditionally enjoyed by boaters visiting Stuart Island.

Jones Island State Park near 48.37.22 N, 123.02.75 W. Best moorage is on the north side, several mooring buoys and a park dock. Beware of rocks in the south bay. A herd of tame deer roam here, (do not feed). Excellent hiking trail around western half of the island.

Spencer Spit State Park near 48.32.24 N, 122.51.14 W. Located on the eastern side of Lopez Island, this state park was once a pioneer homestead. Unique saltwater marsh, extensive beach frontage, rabbits and other wildlife in abundance.