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Resources for Waterfront Home Owners



Through a combination of personal experience and helping clients, We've compiled this collection of resources. Whether you are a current or potential waterfront home owner we think you will find it useful. The resources are broken down as follows:


  • Information on
  • Links to other web sites.
Area Marina and Protected Moorage Information - A page I have compiled with descriptions, and links where available, for marinas in the area and protected bays where one might find year-round deep water boat moorage. Includes the ability to search for homes in the area of the marina or waterfront homes on the protected bay.
Beach Access - Cable Cars and Trams - Accumar is a Poulsbo manufacturer that specializes in cable and track lifts for high bank waterfront and steep slope access.
Beach Access - Stairs - Brockman Builders is a Kingston company specializing in the design and construction of stairs for beach access.
Boundaries of State-owned Aquatic Lands - State of Washington publication that addresses the complex subject of how the ownership of aquatic lands is determined and provides definitions of key terms used in describing aquatic lands.
Mooring Buoys in Washington State - State of Washington publication that defines the rules for obtaining permission to install a mooring buoy, names the agencies involved in the approval process and gives guidelines for the buoy installation.
Puget Sound Shorelines - Information about shorelines and aquatic wildlife plus tips about building and living on waterfront property.
Shoreline Management - Website provides property owners with information that will help them manage their shoreline properties with the environment in mind, including soft shore measures
Shoreline Stewardship Guidebook - A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife publication, "Your Marine Waterfront, A guide to protecting your property while promoting healthy shorelines." Downloads a PDF File, so download time may be long.
Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control Using Vegetation: A Manual of Practice for Coastal Property Owners - Basic information about slope planting techniques to manage soil erosion and shallow seated land movements. Includes lists of recommended plants.
Surface Water and Groundwater on Coastal Bluffs - General information about the management of water on coastal slopes, including general criteria for evaluating site drainage and potential drainage control techniques.
Vegetation Management: A Guide for Puget Sound Bluff Property Owners - A companion to “Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control Using Vegetation,” this site focuses on the management of existing vegetation on waterfront banks.
Washington State Aerial Waterfront Photos - Washington State Department of Ecology aerial photos of marine shorelines to view and to purchase.
Washington State Marine Biotoxin Bulletin - Learn of closures of seafood harvesting due to contamination by naturally occurring biotoxins. One common biotoxin is often called red tide.
Washington Tide Tables - Tide tables for Washington State, with locally corrected tables for specific sites like Poulsbo, Seabeck and Port Ludlow.
Washington Waterfront Ownership Principles - This document is a brief overview of the principles affecting the ownership of waterfront property in Washington State, including definition of terms like meander line, and first and second class tidelands.
Wooden Boat Foundation - The Wooden Boat Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of traditional maritime skills, culture, and heritage through education.
Wooden Boat School - The Northwest School of Wooden Boat building's mission is to teach and preserve the skills and crafts associated with fine wooden boat building and other traditional maritime arts.
WSU Shorline Steward Website - Provides a wealth of knowledge about such topics as how to manage water runoff, reduce erosion and landslides, and safely prune trees for a view.
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