Article XV of the Washington State Constitution directs the legislature to appoint a Harbor Line Commission whose duty is to locate and establish harbor lines in the navigable waters of all harbors, estuaries, bays and inlets of Washington in front of cities or within one mile of the city boundary on either side. Harbor areas are to be reserved for landings, wharves, streets, and other conveniences of navigation and commerce. There are currently 27 harbor areas throughout the state as shown in the table below.
|Aberdeen ||Everett||Lake Washington||Seattle|
|Cosmopolis||La Conner||Port Townsend||Vancouver|
The Harbor Line Commission also is charged with establishing new harbor lines or relocating existing lines as deemed appropriate. DNR is responsible for responding to requests for relocating harbor lines. This includes reviewing the existing conditions of the harbor lines, preparing harbor line relocation alternatives, conducting State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review of alternatives, and making recommendations to the Harbor Line Commission. Current Planning Activities
No activities at this time.
Harbor Areas GIS Data
Harbor lines GIS data are available for download from the DNR GIS Data page. The harbor lines are included within the
Aquatic Land Ownership Boundaries layer (ESRI geodatabase format).
Inner, outer, and side harbor lines are indicated by the AQBDRY_TYPE_CD code.
| Inner Harbor Lines|| 1|
| Outer Harbor Lines|| 2|
| Side Harbor Lines|| 3|
See the Aquatic Land Ownership Boundaries GIS layer metadata for complete description of the codes.