Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoys

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 (with extension) 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

With the support of the Quartermaster Harbor community, mooring buoy fields have been installed in Burton Cove (in 2015) and Dockton (in 2016).  There are still spaces available for buoy installs in Burton Cove and Dockton - contact Angie Hong at 360-902-1074 or buoy@dnr.wa.gov for more information.  A mooring buoy field is also planned for Judd Creek.  Contact Angie Hong for more information.
The permits that are currently in place ensure a streamlined process and provide a cost savings of more than $2,200!  Time is short, however, because permits begin to expire in the summer of 2018.
Information on requirements for new mooring buoys can be found here.
Click here for a list of central Puget Sound marinas where boats can be moored while buoy fields are being installed.  Alternatively, boats can be anchored in Quartermaster Harbor for up to thirty (30) consecutive days.

Inventory of Quartermaster harbor Buoys in 2012

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.