Waterways Management Branch

"Helping to manage federal waterways and ensure the safety of the boating public in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana!"

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Phone Numbers

Bar Conditions

JFB Inclement Weather Hotline (800) 982-8813 x7015

National Response Center (800) 424-8802.

Regional Exam Center (888) 427-5662

National Documentation Center (800) 799-8362

Navigation Center (703) 313-5900






Waterway Management Branch (dpw)


The 13th Coast Guard District, Waterways Management Branch is responsible for the following throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington:
 - Over 1800 Coast Guard maintained short-range marine Aids to Navigation (ATON). 
 - Two Long Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN). (DECOMMISSIONED)
 - The permitting of over 1000 Private Aids to Navigation (PATON).
 - Seven Coast Guard Aids to Navigation (ATON) units (three ships, four ATON units). 
 - The weekly publishing of the Local Notice to Mariners (LNM). 
 - The permitting of over 1000 Bridges. 
 - Conducting Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) studies of waterways throughout the district. 
 - The operation of 25 Lighthouses.

  • Code of Federal Regulations Title 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters Part 165.1325 Regulated Navigation Areas; Bars Along the Coasts of Oregon and Washington

 - For information on bar restrictions, closures, requirements for lifejacket use.  Click here 

 - To obtain a copy of the 13th Coast Guard District - Special Notice to Mariners "Guide to Hazardous Bars" on the Oregon and Washington Coast.  Click here 

 - For "Bar Camera Images and Latest Observations".  Click here 

 - The following "Bar Crossing Handouts" are available: Chetco River Rogue River Couquille River Coos Bay Umpqua River Siuslaw River Yaquina Bay Depoe Bay Tillamook Bay Columbia River Grays Harbor Quillayute River   <<Note: Tillamook is being updated and will be linked once finished.>>

  • The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) Survey for Yaquina Bay is available.   Click here to fill out.

  • Planning a boat trip? Wondering if anything has changed in a waterway?  Click here to obtain marine safety information for the waters of Oregon, Washington Idaho and Montana found in the 13th Coast Guard District "Local Notice to Mariners".  

  • Are you holding a marine event in Oregon, Washington, Idaho or Montana?  Click here to see what you need to do. 

  • Need to report a "Delay of Drawbridge Opening".  Click here for the form to submit.

  • Are you planning an Offshore Renewable Energy Installation (OREI) project.  Click here for information regarding Coast Guard requirements. 

  • Are you interested in AIS (Automatic Identification System) as an Aid to Navigation?  Click here for more information.  

  • Are you interested in the "FUTURE OF NAVIGATION - 21st Century Waterways"?  Click here for more information. 

  • Do you know what "Protection and Security Zones" are?  Click here for more information. 

  • For a list of waterways within the 13th Coast Guard District that are considered navigable for the purposes of exercising Coast Guard authority and jurisdiction contact the Waterways Management Branch. 

Waterways Management Branch Staff

Branch Chief  (206) 220-7273
Assistant Branch Chief (206) 220-7274
Bridge Administrator (206) 220-7282
- Bridge Specialist  (206) 220-7234
- Bridge Environmental Specialist (206) 220-7277
Operations Officer  (206) 220-7278
- Notice to Mariners [Broadcast and Local]  (206) 220-7280
- I-ATONIS Manager [Federal ATON] (206) 220-7276
Planning Officer [WAMS, Lighthouse Coordinator]  (206) 220-7283
- Projects Manager [Federal ATON] (206) 220-7276
- PATON and Federal ATON Damage Claims Manager (206) 220-7285
Training Team Chief  (206) 220-7271
- Training Team Assistant  (206) 220-7279
ATON Maintenance Facility Manager (Tongue Point) (503) 325-2378

13th Coast Guard District ATON Units

CGC BLUEBELL (Portland, OR.) (503) 240-9362
CGC ELM (Astoria, OR.) (503) 325-1601
CGC HENRY BLAKE (Everett, WA.) (425) 304-5740
ANT Astoria (Astoria, OR.) (503) 325-3301
ANT Coos Bay (Charleston, OR.) (541) 888-3441
ANT Kennewick (Kennewick, WA.) (509) 586-0978
ANT Puget Sound (Seattle, WA.) (206) 217-6915

Mailing and E-mail Address

Commander (dpw)
13th Coast Guard District
915 2nd Avenue, Room 3510
Seattle, WA. 98174-1067
Attn: (enter department name)

  Report all discrepancies with marine aids to navigation to the nearest Coast Guard Sector office!

Astoria (503) 861-6212 / North Bend (541) 756-9212 / Seattle (206) 217-6002