A pilot program for Marine Park mooring buoy fee payment began in 2021 at Jarrell Cove Marine State Park. With this program, boaters my pay the nightly fee by telephone. Each mooring buoy is posted with a phone number and a buoy identification number. Boaters can save a trip to the shoreside registration and payment box by calling the phone number to make their payment by credit card or submit their annual moorage permit number. In addition to the moorage fee, a $4.50 fee is added for this phone registration and payment service.

Signage on mooring buoy for payment by phone

This pilot program proved to be successful and will be continued again this year at Jarrell Cove Marine Park; and according to the State Parks Department, this program will be expanded to State Marine Parks in North Puget Sound and most likely other sites in South Puget Sound.

There is currently no timeline established for rollout of this pilot buoy payment program at other mooring buoy locations. When using State Park mooring buoys, boaters should look for any new information printed or posted on the buoy.

Photo of WA State Mooring Buoy

Registering and making payment on shore at a kiosk or registration station remains an option for boaters using these public mooring buoys.

Please note that Washington State Parks mooring buoys are for boats 45 feet and under, rafting is not allowed, and stays are limited to 3 nights.