Sucia Island Registration -
What To Do Once You Arrive At The Island
Once you arrive at a Sucia Island cove or bay of your choice you will likely want
to choose an available buoy to tie up to.
Many San Juan Island Marine Park buoys look like this one in the photo. A floating white
tire with a small pyramid-like tower and a large ring to loop your anchor line
through, although there are other designs, some of which resemble a crab
pot marker which you differently don't want to tie up to. Tying up and
threading your anchor line through a mooring buoy can be a frustrating
experience without a few convenience items like a docking pole and a Buoy
threader/grabber, available at are Marine Supply stores.
You Arrive The Clock Is Ticking To Register
Harder Than It Looks?
To tie up to a Buoy, all you do is pass your line through the big ring and tie it off on your deck
cleat. How hard can it be? Famous last words of anyone that's never
done it before. There are many factors that can make your first few times difficult. You
may find yourself in awkward positions on the bow of your boat
leaning over the water. When your boat is rocking it can make it all the more
Buoy threaders are
amazing devices with a double hinge and spring action to help you make quick
work out of grabbing a buoy but they aren't fool
proof, they're somewhat expensive, and the plastic
ones break easily.
Cost : Approximately $ 35.00 for a plastic
version and up to $ 350.00
for a deluxe stainless steel model although you might come across a metal version for
Another way to tie up to a buoy is to maneuver your boat to where the buoy is at the side of your
transom so you can reach down and thread your line through the buoy ring.
You will then need to carefully make your way back to the bow of your boat to
tie off your line.
Do Not Tie Your Line To The
Buoy! Run your line through the
ring and tie off both ends on your bow cleat. This way when it's time to
leave you simply untie one end of your line and back away until your line slips
out of the ring and you're on your way.
The park service
would like you to make your way to shore and register within
30-mintues of your arrival, although it isn't likely they time the arrival of
every boat, it is still a good idea to go pay up so you can get down to the business of having
fun. Hopping in your dinghy and making your way to shore is
something you'll want to do anyway. Bring along exact change, a pencil or
pen to fill out your registration form, and bring your camera because you'll want
to get a picture of your boat moored out in the bay.
You Pay And Register?
Each of the 6 bays
and coves of Sucia Island have a pay station on shore with registration forms and a
drop box. They are easy to find even though some of them are tucked away
behind the trees or off to the side of the beach. There are often small
park service signs pointing you in the right direction.You
will also find pay stations near each floating dock in Fossil bay, each of
which has a small portion of the dock marked and reserved for dinghies so people
can come ashore to register.
How Much Will This Cost To Register?
(Check Official State Park Website For Current Prices)
- To dock on a floating pier the fee is .50 cents per foot with a $10.00 minimum.
- Moorage buoys are $10 a night.
- An annual moorage permit fee is $3.50 per foot, with a minimum of $50.
- Buoys, floating docks & Facility use is first come, first served.
- Fees Are Subject To Change Without Notice
The park ranger and his staff collects the envelopes from the pay stations
and then trolls around the harbor checking off boats from his list of those that
have registered..This is made easier if your boat has a name on its
transom but if yours isn't named don't worry about it.
Is it Okay To Raft Up
Next To Another Boat?
Yes, but you will
both be charged $10 each (2005) for the use of the buoy and the size of your boats are
limited so you don't overload the buoy. Keep in mind that you're only
allowed to tie up in one place for 3-consecutive nights, and even if you decide
to anchor and don't use a buoy you still need to go ashore and register so the
park service can keep accurate attendance records.
Wayward Drifting Dinghy
On busy weekends
and holidays the buoys and docks fill up fast so you might be tempted to tie up your dinghy to a buoy to reserve it for later.You would then leave for a few
hours to do some fishing or go on a short cruise. This is not allowed by the park
service and if you decide to do it anyway, don't be surprised when you return to
find your dinghy set
adrift, and even though the anchorage is full of people, it's likely no one will have
witnessed a thing.
- Alcoholic beverages are permitted only in designated campground and picnic
- All Pets Must Remain On Their Leashes
- Generators are not allowed after 10pm to ensure quiet time.
- Loud Music Is Not Permitted.
- Fishing and Crabbing requires a license
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without notice. Some businesses may come or go without notice.
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