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.

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.

Lakebay Marina

Lakebay Marina, near Penrose Point Marine State Park, has fallen into an advanced stage of disrepair. The building on the wharf was placed on the Historic Registry. news.In December 2019, Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW) announced plans to purchase the Lakebay Marina with the intent to donate it to Washington State Parks for public use. See the related article on WaggonerGuide.com.


Point Roberts

The new phone number for Breakwaters Bar & Grill (formerly the Compass Rose Bar & Grill) above the docks at Point Roberts is (360) 945-2628. Point Roberts Race Week, a new sailing race and venue, is held in mid-July.


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

There is a water runway marked with lighted buoys on Lake Union. The buoys are 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. 

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.”

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.


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.

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.