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Public Boat Launch

An eight-lane launch ramp, open year round sunrise to sunset is located next to the Vashon Ferry Terminal at Point Defiance Park. 

Launch fees:

  • Daily - $14
  • 6 Pack (buy 5 and get the 6th free) - $70
  • Annual (Season) Pass - $275
  • Daily Non-Trailered Kayak/HPV - $7
  • Annual (Season) Non-Trailered Kayak/HPV - $130

Prices subject to change.

Parking -  Parking is available for boaters using the Point Defiance Park launch.  Find out where to park >

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.

The self pay station takes exact cash or VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card.

Annual passes and punch cards are available.