WA state mooring buoy


Junior Member
We were over in quartermaster harbor over the weekend, and there was some confusion identifying private buoys vs the state park buoys. Do the public mooring buoys have a special color or marking?


Member III
Not to my knowledge, to me they look mostly the same, white buoy, mostly with a blue stripe as required by the state but sometimes not.

Owners will sometimes identify their ball with the word "private" in large black letters, and are also required to have the DNR permit number displayed (i.e. 28-12345). State park buoys may or may not have the fee and registration instructions stickered on the side.

All of this presumes weather or maintenance neglect have not deteriorated one or the other.