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City of Seattle Boating & Sailing

Seattle has a long maritime history with a one of the highest levels of pleasure boats per capita anywhere in the United States. We have many gorgeous waterways to enjoy by canoe, kayak, sailboat, motorboat, and more. We also offer sailing sailing and rowing class are our small craft centers.

Rowing & Sailing Centers and Classes

Green Lake Small Craft Center

Green Lake Small Craft Center is located at the southwest “corner” of Green Lake in North Seattle and offers a wide variety of boating and rowing classes during daylight hours. For more information, visit the Green Lake Small Craft Center page.

Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center is located on Lake Washington at Stan Sayres Park, about midway between Seward Park and the I-90 floating bridge in south east Seattle. This facility has many classes for a variety of skill levels. The facilities are also available for rent and feature lovely views of Lake Washington. See more on the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center page.


Seattle has two long-term mooring facilities:

Lakewood Moorage at Lake Washington Boulevard and S. Genesee St.
Leschi Moorage at Lakeside Avenue S off E Alder St.

Parks and Recreation does not offer short term overnight moorage. Please see our Marinas page for more information and slip availability.

Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS)
The following document contains information and details for the DNS issued on May 21, 2018.
Download the Lake Washington Marinas State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) DNS document

Boat Launches

We have 7 motorized boat launches and 20+ hand carry boat launches across the city. Find a boat launch in your area and set sail with us!


Andrews Bay Anchorage, located in Seward Park, is a short term anchorage on Lake Washington under City of Seattle. The approved area is defined by two buoys marked with “A” indicating the northwest and southwest corners of the anchorage zone. Shore markers note the northeast and southeast corners. Anchorage is limited ONLY to this area. A 72 hour maximum stay within any seven day period is permitted.

Download the Anchorage Map

Tie Ups

Tie-up is limited to 15 minutes, unless otherwise noted. At docks and other shoreline sites, tie-up is limited to 2 hours, unless otherwise noted.