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Why Visit Shilshole Bay Marina

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Shilshole Bay Marina is a premier stop on any boaters visit list. Whether it’s part of your extended voyage or your main destination, you can count on full services and nearby fun in a relaxing marina community.  Called home to over 1,400 monthly and live aboard moorage customers, the marina inhabits a nearly one mile stretch of protected harbor, far below the city bluffs.

For the young at heart, this is your easy access to Seattle’s north-end Maritime District of Ballard. Flanked by the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Fishermen’s Terminal and the Maritime industrial complex, Ballard is full of coffee shops, breweries, restaurants, history and an award-winning Sunday Farmer’s Market – voted a top 10 Best Farmer’s Markets by USA Today Readers’ Choice 2021.   

  • Easy - Simply navigated, full breakwater protection, wide fairways, fuel dock and power 
  • Fun - Local parks, walking paths, and access to Ballard, Seattle’s casual maritime district 
  • Beautiful - Famous Olympic mountain sunsets, and new restrooms (they really are beautiful!)
  • Safe - 24-hour staff and/or security on-site
  • Ecofriendly – Clean Marina & Green Marine Certified, Maritime Recycling and Protect the Orca Program


Right from your slip at Shilshole Bay Marina

There are a ton of things to do right onsite at Shilshole's mile-long property:

  • Walk along the marina boardwalk for a morning stroll or sunset walk (1-mile)
  • Play beach volleyball or have a bonfire at Golden Gardens beach (just north of the marina)
  • Bike along the Burke Gilman Trail
  • Check out the maritime shops and boating clubs in the marina office complex

Connect with nearby food and takeout options

No time to go into town? No worries -- Shilshole has you covered if you are looking to eat something on the go or need a quick grab at the fuel dock shop:


Discover Ballard from your guest slip at Shilshole. 

Ballard is downtown Seattle's casual cousin with a Sunday Farmers Market, 100s of eateries, breweries, summer festivals, coffee shops, and museums.

Explore local Ballard favorites

Aerial view of shilshole bay marina

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