After launching at Swantown Marina and fueling up at the fuel dock, check out these day-trip ideas from our Swantown team to help you and your family and friends enjoy a day on the South Puget Sound. Overnight moorage is available at Swantown's guest dock and Port Plaza.
If you would like to visit a park or walk on a trail: - Burfoot Park - Anchor only - Priestpoint Park - Anchor only - Jarrell's Cove State Park - Dock - Tolmie State Park - Anchor/ buoys - McMicken Island - Anchor only - Frye Cove County Park - Anchor only - Playground for kids! - Joemma Beach State Park - Dock & buoys
If you're wanting to spend a few hours fishing or shellfishing, Check the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife for current regulations, or try these spots: - Off Johnson Point - Salmon - Nisqually Reach/ River - Salmon - Zangle Cove - Crab - Hope Island - clamming (only open 1 month/year) - Big Fishtrap Cove - Salmon
If you are interested in sailing or other kinds of recreation: - Budd Inlet through Eastside Harstine Island - Westside of Harstine Island - Around Johnson Point - All Inlets are good for skiing/ tubing/ jet skiing - do watch for Lion's Mane jellyfish
Boating Safety Tips
Provided by your Swantown Team
Inform someone about your float plan, including where you're heading and when you intend to return. Include who to contact in the event you don't return at your designated time.
Identify non-swimmers ahead of time. Make sure they are wearing personal floatation devices at all times on the water.
Identify second in command in case of skipper's incapacitation.
Check bilges and pump dry if water is present.
Before the engine is started:
If gasoline inboard, run blower for at least 4 minutes.
Check oil level.
Check fuel level.
Be weather aware. Have a way to monitor weather while on board. It can change quickly!
Know where the nearest harbor or protected anchorage is.
Monitor fuel consumption.
Know the waters in which you are navigating:
Refer to local charts.
Stay within marked channels.
Be conscious of tides and currents.
Freedom Boat Club
Freedom Boat Club (FBC) Olympia is gearing up for its fourth season at Swantown Marina.
FBC will start to see new boats arriving- starting at the beginning of summer. Those boats include; Sea Ray SPO210, Jeanneau NC 695, Trophy CC22, and a Godfrey Monaco 235 Slidetoon.
They are excited to announce that they have a new Regional Club Manager, Will Bayko. Bayko came to FBC late last year from their corporate location in Sarasota, Florida where FBC started in 1989. He has been with them for over four years and is excited to continue his career in Washington managing both the Tacoma and Olympia clubs.
The days are getting longer and the weather is getting nicer, which means FBC Olympia will begin hiring for the summer months. This is a fun, fast-paced job where you get to be outside in the fresh air all day long, and if you become an employee you get to have member privileges as well. So if you know of someone who loves being outside and on the water send them their way.
We are making your boating experience at Swantown easier. Swantown has a new payment kiosk that allows for an easy, contactless way to pay for a boat launch, guest moorage, and overnight parking. Find the kiosk at the boat launch.
Make sure to check out Swantown Marina's Parking Maps to find day and night designated parking areas.
HARBOR PATROL IS BACK!
You'll see the Harbor Patrol volunteers on the water during weekend days.
Swantown Marina & Boatworks has received an Environmental Stewardship Award from Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers. This award is awarded by Clean Marina Washington, a partnership of: EnviroStars Cooperative, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Puget SoundKeeper Alliance Washington Sea Grant, and Washington State Departments of Ecology, Natural Resources and Parks and Recreation.
Jason Vannice formed Aloft Marine, LLC in 2011 to better serve the boating community. Aloft Marine, LLC is located inside the Olympia Marine Center Building. Their focus is rigging, electronics, and mechanical systems.
Vannice is a life-long sailor and cruiser and has been involved in the boating community for over 25 years.
"After relocating to Olympia two decades ago from San Juan Island, I discovered the secret jewel that is the South Sound. The friendly boating community, ample uncrowded anchorages, and challenging sailing are second to none."
Vannice can be found in his office at the Olympia Marine Center Building or out on the water cruising/racing his Sydney 38.