Puget Sound, Seattle, Salish Sea

Chittenden Locks

In 2019, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will commence the first of five extended 45-day closures of the large lock chamber to replace the valve gates in the 101–year-old Chittenden Locks. The valve gates are original equipment that must be replaced to keep the Locks operational.
The projected 45-day closure periods are:
October 12, 2019 through December 3, 2019
February 12, 2020 through April 5, 2020
October 12, 2020 through December 3, 2020
February 12, 2021 through April 5, 2021
November 9, 2021 through November 24, 2021
For more information, contact the Seattle District Public Affairs Office: Bill Dowell at (206) 764-3464 and email william.r.dowell@usace.army.mil


25381 N, Hwy 101, Hoodsport WA. 98548
(360) 877-9522

Open all year, no power, laundry, restrooms guest showers, motel, king and Queen rooms, townhouses with full kitchens. Dock can accommodate up to 35 feet. Stay on your boat or in motel or townhouses. Guest BBQ’s, 9 Person hot tub and many other amenities. Destination for divers, Sund Rock, Octopus Hole just a mile down the road. Dive off our dock to see octopus, wolf eels, rockfish, anemones and other wildlife.

Edmonds Waterfront Festival

Edmonds June Waterfront Festival has been postponed. The Edmonds Rotary Club is currently working on new fund-raising events; see www.edmondsrotary.com

Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock

The popular Ajax Café at Irondale in Port Hadlock has reopened. Call (360) 385-1965 for reservations; a day-use dock is located in front of the historic café building.

Vendovi Island

Vendovi Island is now open for day-use visitors from Thursday through Monday 10am to 6pm from April 1st until September 30th. The island preserve is part of the San Juan Preservation Trust. A 70-foot dock in the breakwater-protected north bay of the island is available for first-come, first-serve side-tie with a 3-hour max stay.

Dockton Park

Docks at Dockton Park closed in May 2019 due to structural damage to the breakwater and finger piers. The affected areas are closed indefinitely until such time that repairs and/or dock replacements can be completed. Funds are currently being sought for improvements to the facility. A small area of the marina’s main dock remains open to boats for day-use on a first-come, first-serve basis free of charge. The park’s land facilities and boat launch remain open.


Lakebay Marina & Resort

Lakebay Marina, near Penrose Point Marine State Park, has fallen into an advanced stage of disrepair over the last few years. Labor & Industries placed a non-occupancy notice on the property in June of 2019 due to needed electrical upgrades. The non-occupancy hold was lifted in July, allowing the marina to re-open. Subsequently, the building on the wharf was placed on the Historic Registry. It is not clear at this time what the future holds for Lakebay Marina in regards to future improvements. Check back with WaggonerGuide.com for further news.   


Salmon Bay Marina

The Port of Seattle now owns and operates Salmon Bay Marina. Fishermen’s Terminal staff manage the marina and respond to calls and email (206-787-3395).

Lake Union

Update: A water runway is noted with lighted buoys in front of MOHAI on the south end of Lake Union. Lights will flash whenever a float plane is taking off or landing on the runway running towards the center of the lake.

There is a new water runway marked with lighted buoys on Lake Union. The buoys will be strung in a line north of MOHAI and the Center for Wooden Boats. They are equipped with flashing lights that can be triggered by pilots signifying a float plane is about to take off or land in the water runway area. 

Oak Harbor

Major construction is underway at Oak Harbor, including a waterfront promenade, an outdoor kitchen, play areas/water parks, and modern new buildings; a major portion of the development to be completed during the 2019 summer season.

Everett Harbor, Snohomish River

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that there is significant shoaling in several locations in the Snohomish River, both in and outside the navigation channel causing actual depths to be less than advertised. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the river. The next planned dredging of the channel is scheduled for October 2019. The latest survey data from USACE is from Jan 2019 and is included with USCG Local Notice to Mariners 18/19.

Poulsbo - Longship Marine

If you pull into Poulsbo and drop the hook in Liberty Bay looking to run up the hill to Longship Marine don’t be stunned when you walk up to the front door…and realize that it’s been turned into a cute touristy housewares store.  Someone bought the building and gave Longship Marine a very short time period to move out. But there’s good news, the owners found a new spot in an historic building right next door, and they are now in the middle of remodeling it so they can re-open Longship Marine.  The best part of the new location is that the basement level where they’ll put the marine store is facing the marina….so it will be an even shorter walk from the dinghy dock.  Still no hard date for the grand Re-opening, but it shouldn’t be much longer. Folks can follow Longship Marine on Facebook to find out when they’ll be up and running.”

No Discharge in Puget Sound

It is illegal to discharge black water anywhere in Puget Sound by State law. The No Discharge Zone extends for all of Washington area Puget Sound waters up to the Canadian border. This law is a good reminder for no discharge. Compliance means using an approved sanitation device and having through-hull valves secured with wire ties or zip ties. Coast Guard inspections already look for secure thru hull valves to comply with the Federal No Discharge policy as part of their random safety inspections. It is illegal to discharge (treated and untreated) black water sewage. Gray water is not included in the regulation, gray water from onboard sinks and showers.