Open Water Marina

The City of Bainbridge Island in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources established an Open Water Mooring and Anchoring Area (OWMAA) in Eagle Harbor on December 20, 2010.

Jurisdiction

By Washington state statute, the City of Bainbridge Island has jurisdiction over all of the waters of Puget Sound surrounding the island to a distance halfway to the land on the other side (RCW 35.21.160). Authorized use of state-owned aquatic lands is mandated by RCW 79.100 and WAC 332.30 governs how to receive authorization for that use.

The middle harbor zone of Eagle Harbor had been historically used for moorage and anchorage of recreational and commercial vessels, including live-aboard vessels. The vessels were subject to numerous City regulations, including specific regulations regarding moorage and anchorage and anchor-out live-aboard vessels. However, specific anchorage locations had not been established.

Moorage & Anchorage Area

In 1999, the City Council directed the Harbor Commission to designate an open water moorage and anchorage area in Eagle Harbor for recreational vessels and citizens who wish to live aboard their vessels. Vessels anchored or moored over public bedlands are also subject to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requirements.

At this time, the City is accepting applications for one-year subleases to begin on January 1, 2015 and expire on December 31, 2015. Spaces are currently available for both the linear moorage system and fore-and-aft moorage. To apply for an OWM sublease with the City, potential tenants must submit an application form (PDF). This application must be completed in its entirety, and must be received by the City no later than 4 p.m., November 14, 2014.

Timeline

  1. November 1, 2002
  2. October 10, 2007
  3. April 2008 - October 2009
  4. November 2008
  5. March 11, 2009
  6. September 15, 2009
  7. October 2009
  8. March 2010
  9. September 2010
  10. November 12, 2010
  11. December 1, 2010
  12. December 3, 2010
  13. December 8, 2010
  14. December 20, 2010

DNR promulgated a new rule in WAC 332-30 to allow residential uses on state owned aquatic lands. This rule, known as the “Residential Use Rule,” defines “open water moorage and anchorage areas” and requires the City of Bainbridge Island to identify open water moorage area(s) for residential use in its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) before November 17, 2007. Complying with the Residential Use Rule is the only mechanism that allows the City of Bainbridge Island to establish an open water moorage and anchorage area that includes live-aboard vessels on state-owned aquatic lands.