Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoys
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Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed and is implementing the Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Management Plan to alleviate congestion from unauthorized mooring buoys.
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.)
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.

New Buoy Installation: Apply to DNR

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 final.
Click here for a list of central Puget Sound marinas where boats can be moored while buoy fields are being installed.

Burton Cove Buoys Removed

To ready the site for the new buoy fields, DNR staff removed buoys over state-owned aquatic lands in Burton Cove in June of 2015. Those who need to retrieve buoys that were removed can do so by arranging a pickup time with Land Manager Angela Schmidt at 206-949-1720 or Angela.Schmidt@dnr.wa.gov.
DNR will dispose unclaimed buoys in the Fall or Winter of 2015-2016.

Quartermaster harbor Buoys and Vessel Swing Circles

The following maps show buoy locations (red points) 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.