Willamette river dock question for Oregon/Washington boaters

Discussion in 'West Coast' started by pdxsearay, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. pdxsearay

    pdxsearay Member

    77
    Jun 4, 2020
    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport
    4.3 merc
    New boater question for anyone in the OR/WA area.

    How can you tell when a dock is public / available for an hour or two of mooring? Being in the Portland area I spend much of my boating time on the Willamette river, and is there a way to tell if a dock is available for public mooring and whether or not it's free? For example i see there is the waverly marina, the riverplace marina, and a bunch of others on the willamette. How do i know if we can dock there for two hours if we want to go walk and explore something nearby?
     
  2. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    I have no idea about the area; but in Washington at all state parks it says you must register upon arrival. In Anacortes the public dock near where we keep our boat is posted with sign that gives you 4 hours of free moorage. So guess if it does not say free it is not free.
     
  3. pdxsearay

    pdxsearay Member

    77
    Jun 4, 2020
    2005 Sea Ray 185 Sport
    4.3 merc
    Thanks. Does that include places like Lake Merwin / Yale Lake? How do you "register"?
     
  4. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    At the locks in Seattle you tie up and wait. We have waiter an hour or so. You must remain on your boat. At the parks you go to "Iron Warden" Metal box on shore fill out form put your money in the envelope and then put envelope in Iron Warden. Then put your copy in the window. We have been checked a few times.
     

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