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Posted on: November 10, 2014

14-071 State Parks announces new moorage rates for 2015

Update Nov. 17, 2014. The report "Marine Park Study" with information about how State Parks arrived at the new moorage rates is available here: www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5025

OLYMPIA – November 10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced new moorage rates for mooring in state marine parks. The new prices take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

The Washington State Legislator has directed State Parks to generate additional revenue from its facilities and services to offset the loss of tax support. Moorage fees were last increased in early 2012, and State Parks is taking action to make the moorage program more self-supporting. Even with the 2015 fee increases, the program will need greater long-term financial support.

The price revisions are the result of a market analysis and stakeholder outreach conducted earlier this year. Marine park users told State Parks that enforcement of moorage fees needs to be improved. State Parks is continuing to analyze the program and address concerns.
The revised moorage fees are as follows:

Type of Moorage Current rate 2015 Rate
Stationary float daily fee60 cents/foot70 cents/foot
Nightly charge buoy moorage$12$15
Annual moorage permit$4 / foot$5 / foot

Supporting documents from stakeholder and public outreach will be posted on the State Parks website later this week. If you’d like the link to the documents, please contact Toni Droscher at toni.droscher@parks.wa.gov, Communications, or Katie Manning, Business Development Program Manager, at katie.manning@parks.wa.gov.

Washington State Parks Mooring System
Washington State Parks operates the largest state-managed mooring system in the nation, with more than 40 marine parks and more than 8,500 feet of public moorage space throughout Puget Sound. Fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Purchasing an annual moorage permit can save money for those who frequent the state’s marine parks.

For more information about state parks’ boat moorage and locations of moorage sites, visit: www.parks.wa.gov/648/Moorage

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contacts:
Virginia Painter, (360) 902-8562
Katie Manning, (360) 902-8631
Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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