Boat Launch

4 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Gates are locked between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Warren G. Magnuson Park is the home of Seattle's most popular public boat launch. The launch puts boaters and jet skiers directly into Lake Washington. For a quieter experience, boaters motor out into the expansive lake to spend the day swimming, fishing or just hanging out. A fresh-water license is required for each person fishing. 

The ramp is located at the southeast end of the park. Pull your trailer to Sand Point Way N.E. and enter the park at N.E. 65th Street. Drive east as far as you can (approximately 1/2 mile). You'll see three long piers and four ramp lanes. The two south lanes are for launching and the two north lanes for retrieval. Just south of the piers and ramps are two large parking lots reserved for vehicles with trailers. Just a reminder, road access to this area is closed and locked at 11:30 p.m.

For your convenience, an electronic fee machine takes debit and credit cards payments and issues a dated ticket for display on your dashboard. A daily permit with overnight parking privileges is available, although road access to the area is closed at 10:30 p.m. during the winter and 11:30 p.m. during the summer.

During the peak boating season, a wheelchair-accessible, portable restroom is available near the launch. For last-minute gasoline, snacks and refreshments, stores are located at Sand Point Village (Princeton Avenue N.E. and Sand Point Way N.E.) or near the N.E. 74th Street park entrance.