Metro Parks Tacoma

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Frequently Asked Questions

May I reserve a rental boat?
Rental boats are first come first served but if you arrive to find them sold out you may put your name on a wait list.  The boats are seldom out for the entire day.

Is there lodging at the Marina?
The closest lodging is the Silver Cloud Inn located just minutes away. There are many more lodging choices within 10 miles in downtown Tacoma and along Interstate 5.

What are the park hours?
1/2 hour before dawn to 1/2 hour after dusk.

Does public transit serve the Marina?
Yes, Pierce Transit bus service schedules many busses which terminate at the ferry terminal. From there to the tackle shop is only a few hundred yards.

What is the ferry schedule and cost?
Ferries are run by the Washington State Department of Transportation. For Ferry information visit:

Do you have off-leash dog parks?
Yes, there are several in Tacoma. One is located in Point Defiance Park near Fort Nisqually. Stop by and we can give you directions from here or you can find more information by visiting the "Park Finder" and searching for Off-Leash Areas on the Metro Parks web site:

Do you have overnight parking?
Yes, in designated areas. Learn more about parking.

Do you sell cigarettes or tobacco?
No, we don’t and in fact smoking is prohibited in the park.

Do you sell beer, wine or liquor?
We sell beer at the tackle shop. Alcohol consumption is prohibited in the park except at special occasions and designated areas.

May I moor my boat and dine at Anthony’s Restaurant?
Yes, you may. The transient moorage floats are for day use and one is located just outside the window at Anthony’s.

Did we answer your question? If not, please feel free to call or email us!