Lakebay Marina Redevelopment


Current Lakebay Announcements

  • Fill out the online survey to help guide the next phase of redevelopment.
  • Legislature allocates $506,000 in new funding for 2024/2025.

History of Lake Bay

location map of Lakebay areaLakebay Marina is located on Key Peninsula in Pierce County, across the water from Penrose Point State Park in Mayo Cove, with picturesque views of Mount Rainier. This is an underserved, strategic location for recreational boaters between Olympia and Tacoma.
In its current condition, the site is not capable of meeting the needs of recreational enthusiasts. The facilities are closed to visitors and the docks have been removed due to safety risks.
In 2021, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with the Recreational Boaters Association of Washington (RBAW’s) Marine Parks Conservancy purchased the marina with funding from the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), the Washington State Department of Commerce, and Pierce County. 
The redevelopment of this marina is pivotal to preserving public access at this site and its rich history. Lakebay Marina dates back to 1884, when the pier was built for small cargo ships and servicing the renowned Mosquito Fleet. The site also housed an egg and poultryold building at Lakebay cooperative, which sustained the economy of the Key Peninsula during the Great Depression.
There is a tremendous opportunity to restore this marina and make it publicly accessible for a wide range of recreational activities. Additionally, there is significant potential to restore and protect habitat and water quality in Mayo Cove, which is a pocket estuary with kelp, and eelgrass that supports rearing salmon, Pacific herring, and numerous shellfish species. The preservation and redevelopment of Lakebay is cited in Pierce County’s growth management plan.
The egg and poultry cooperative building is on the Pierce County Register of Historic Places. This project will evaluate the potential and cost for relocating and preserving the building, if possible.

Project Information

Future Plans
This project provides many opportunities to increase the sustainability of a marina at this site.
These opportunities include:
  • Removing the bulkhead and restoring the shoreline
  • Removing creosote-treated wood and Styrofoam to reduce pollution
  • Installing grating to reduce shading
  • Replacing the fuel dock with modern equipment to minimize spill risk
  • Landscaping adjacent uplands to support native species.
  • Improving the marina, docks, and public access points to restore opportunities for boating, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, crabbing, and more.
Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is applying for funding to begin shoreline restoration in July 2025.
This site also presents a unique opportunity to use modern, state-of-the-art materials during the renovation to create a model facility to be an example of how we can offer public access in a way that is environmentally stable and stewards this site for future generations.
This project will likely be accessible by hand-launched and larger vessels from the water, including power boats and sailboats.
The planning process will focus on low-impact design and materials and will consider local climate change projections.
Site capacity will be determined during the planning process, but we anticipate planning for at up to 20 vessels per day.
As previously indicated, there is also a chance to preserve the historic marina building on the Lakebay site. This project will evaluate the potential and cost of different scenarios.


  • Be sure to complete the online survey and provide feedback on the draft redevelopment concepts.
  • Feel free to email to be added to the list and receive future updates.


 The Lakebay Marina Redevelopment project has the following key project partners:
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Recreation Boating Association of Washington, Marine Parks Conservancy
  • Washington State Parks