Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy MANAGEMENT plan
Having received all regulatory permits, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun implementing the Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Management Plan. In early March 2015, DNR began to clear the way for a field of 54 mooring buoys in Burton Cove in the first phase of a project aimed at alleviating the congestion that came with unauthorized mooring buoys.
As steward of state-owned aquatic lands, DNR is responsible for ensuring the protection of the marine environment and for protecting navigational and public safety. In 2011, the agency began working with boaters and community members to establish appropriate locations, distances between mooring buoys, and installation methods for mooring buoys in the harbor. In addition, Quartermaster Harbor is part of the DNR-managed Maury Island Aquatic Reserve, which was established to ensure the environmental protection of the unique habitats and species in the area.
DNR obtained permits required for mooring buoys from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and King County to make it easier for boaters to site mooring buoys. Those wishing to install buoys now only need to work with DNR to get a mooring buoy license. (NOTE: This application process is different from the standard application process for a mooring buoy application.)
Burton Cove buoys tagged for removal
DNR will begin removing buoys that were tagged in Burton Cove in the late spring of 2015.
After removal, buoys and lines can be retrieved at the King County Roads facility on Vashon, 10021 SW Cemetery Rd. DNR will announce pick-up times and dates. DNR will dispose buoys not claimed after 30 days.
Newly-licensed buoys are expected to be able to be installed in August. Information on requirements for new mooring buoys can be found here.
Mooring buoy fields are also planned for Dockton and Judd Creek. DNR will announce those dates as they become finalized.
Click here for a list of central Puget Sound marinas where boats can be moored while buoy fields are being installed.
The following maps show buoy locations (red point) and include vessel swing circles calculated assuming a 1.5 scope. If you are applying for a mooring buoy license authorization, note the number from the map that corresponds to your buoy location. This information will help confirm which buoys are claimed and actively maintained.
For additional information, contact Stacy Birk-Risheim, Mooring Buoy Program, at 360-902-1068.
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys Index Map (3.8 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys and Vessel Swing Circles, Anchor Line Length @ Scope 1.5
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 1 (1.9 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 2 (1.5 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 3 (1.7 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 4 (2.2 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 5 (1.8 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 6 (2.2 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 7 (1.7 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 8 (2.0 MB PDF)
Quartermaster Harbor Buoys - Draft Map Page 9 (1.6 MB PDF)