While Washington State’s gorgeous, towering forests have earned it the Evergreen State nickname, it seems to our Washington boat insurance specialists, that all the wonderful inland lakes and ocean escapes for boating deserve equal billing.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the best destinations for boating, and Washington State frequently tops the list of best boating escapes. If you are traveling to Washington, boat insurance coverage should be a priority. You need to check that you have the right coverage for travel and that your policy is up-to-date, including recent improvements you’ve made to your boat.
The challenging part of your Washington State boating adventure is deciding where to go! If you like inland lakes, the selection is plentiful. There are many with campsites (some with electrical hook-ups), fishing, and other natural attractions. You need to confirm which offer showers, sanitary dump stations, picnic areas, and other amenities. Check out this Boating America list for Washington State, which gives an overview of more than 20 lakes.
One of the most popular lakes with boaters who come to us for Washington boat insurance is beautiful and scenic Lake Chelan. Adventurous boaters will find many interesting diversions around the 50.5 miles of Lake Chelan, ranging from the Lake Chelan National Recreational Area (also known as the North Cascades National Park) along the northern edge to the Wenatchee Forest on the southern side. The shoreline is spectacular and dotted with an historic main street, resorts, restaurants, and more than 24 vineyards. Glaciers dot the tops of the North Cascades.
If you feel confident boating on the open sea alongside commercial ships, Washington State’s Puget Sound offers several internationally renowned boating destinations. People from around the world come to America’s West Coast each year to tour the beautiful San Juan Islands. There are 172 named islands in San Juan County, but only the largest four are accessible by ferry.
If you would like to visit one of the most pristine of the San Juan Islands, a visit to Sucia Island Marine State Park, not too far from Orcas Island, is a must. Travelers from around the globe come here to enjoy the year-round temperate climate and rustic terrain. There are several possible anchorage spots around Sucia Island, which is only accessible by boat. While there are no services, shops, or restaurants here, you will enjoy the well-marked trails, diving, or fishing; and you might even want to book a night in one of the 60 campsites.
For a more urbanized experience in the San Juan Islands, consider spending some time near the seaside at Roche Harbour. A well-equipped marina, excellent dining, a plethora of activities, and great scenery all combine for a wonderful getaway.
Wherever you decide to enjoy boating in Washington State, contact us at Global Marine Insurance to make sure you have the best Washington boat insurance for your journey. It’s important to have your insurance reviewed regularly; our specialists work with the top carriers in the industry, providing customized insurance coverage at competitive rates.