Boat Launch Fees

Boat Ramp Launch Fees and Permits

Get launched! Seattle has more pleasure boats per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. Seattle Parks and Recreation manages seven motorized boat launches on Puget Sound, Lake Washington, and the Ship Canal. A permit is required for anybody using a ramp lane regardless of where you park your vehicle and trailer.

Download our Permit Application

Single Day Launch Permits

A single-day launch permit costs $12 is good until midnight of the date purchased. To pay the $12 fee, you can use the yellow fee machine OR the kiosk.

Pay by yellow fee machine
Pay $12 (cash only) and display the permit on your dashboard.  

Pay by kiosk
Place $12 (cash or check) in the colored envelope available at the kiosk. Retain the flap for proof of payment. Place the envelope in the metal canister. Display the flap on your dashboard. The date must be clearly displayed to be considered valid.

Overnight Permits

In addition to the $12 launch fee, you can purchase an overnight permit for $12 per night (4 nights maximum).

  • At kiosk, place money (cash or check) in the colored envelope available at the kiosk.
  • Retain the flap for proof of payment.
  • Place the envelope in the metal canister.
  • Display the flap on your dashboard. The date must be clearly displayed to be considered valid.

Annual Permits

An annual permit costs $150 (up to 4 night stay permitted). Annual boat launch permits can be purchased via phone, fax, mail or in person, using cash, check, or credit card. Download our Permit Application