Waterways Management Branch

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



13th Coast Guard District 24hr (866) 498-0713

Bar Conditions For Oregon and Washington

National Response Center (800) 424-8802.

Regional Exam Center (888) 427-5662

National Documentation Center (800) 799-8362

Navigation Center (703) 313-5900

Report marine emergencies to the nearest Coast Guard Sector office!

- Sector Columbia River / Portland (833) 769-8724

- Sector Puget Sound / Seattle (206) 217-6002

13th Coast Guard District Local Notice to Mariners

United States Coast Guard Navigation Center Marine Safety Information

NOAA is in the process of sunsetting or ending the production of traditional paper charts. Click here to read more about this.

DPW (District / Prevention / Waterway)


The Waterways Management Branch is responsible for the following in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington:
 - Over 1800 Coast Guard maintained short-range marine Aids to Navigation (ATON).  
 - 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 Management System (WAMS) studies of waterways in the district. 
 - The operation of 25 Lighthouses.

>> NOAA is in the process of “sunsetting” or ending the production of traditional paper charts.  Click here to read more about this. <<

  • Planning a boat trip in Oregon, Washington Idaho or Montana? Wondering if anything has changed in a waterway?  Looking for navigation safety information?  Click here for the 13th Coast Guard District Local Notice to Mariners.  

  • 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 with a "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  

Bar Crossing Handouts are not available for Willapa, Nehalem and Netarts Bays due to the lack of a Coast Guard station.

  • The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) Survey Questionnaire for Tillamook Bay Bar is available.   Click here to fill out the form. 
  • The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) Survey for Columbia River Entrance is closed.  Click here to read the end report. 

  • 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 / (571) 607-1514
Assistant Branch Chief (206) 220-7274 / (571) 607-1519
Bridge Administrator (206) 220-7282 / (571) 607-1518
- Bridge Specialist (206) 220-7234 / (571) 607-1520
- Environmental Specialist (206) 220-7263 / 
Operations Officer (206) 220-7278 / 
- Notice to Mariners [Broadcast and Local] (206) 220-7280
- I-ATONIS Manager [Federal ATON] (206) 220-7276 / (571) 607-1521
Planning Officer [WAMS, Lighthouse Coordinator] (206) 220-7283 / 
- Projects Manager [Federal ATON] (206) 220-7276 / (571) 607-1521
- PATON and Federal ATON Damage Claims Manager (206) 220-7285 / (571) 607-1523
Training Team Chief (206) 220-7271 / (571) 607-1516
- 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 discrepancies with marine aids to navigation to the nearest Coast Guard Sector office!

Portland (833) 769-8724 / Seattle (206) 217-6002