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Public Boat Launch

Boat Launch closure:
The boat launch will be CLOSED January 1, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm for the Polar Bear Plunge. Please launch before or after these times and join us for the event.

A newly renovated eight-lane launch ramp, open year round sunrise to sunset is located next to the Vashon Ferry Terminal at Point Defiance Park. 
Launch fees:

  • $13 for peak season, May 1 thru Sept. 30
  • $11 during off season, Oct. 1 thru April 30
  • An annual pass, valid April 1- March 31 each year, is available for $250.

Prices subject to change.

Commercial use of the launch facility is available with a permit only and must not interfere with recreational boating. Contact the Marina office at the tackle shop for more information. Commercial use is defined as but not limited to loading and unloading shell fish harvest and/or building materials from vessels tied to or beached in our launch facility.

We have exciting news coming to the Point Defiance Marina Boat Launch. A self pay station will be installed at the launch in April to expedite payment at the Boat Launch. The self pay station will take exact cash only, and now users will also be able to pay with a VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card. Look for the self pay station to open in the middle of April.  The self pay station will not take checks.  Annual passes and punch cards will still be available.