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Dock Rules

  1. A peak period is established from 5PM Friday through 5PM Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
  2. During the peak period a maximum tie-up time of 3 hours in a 24 hour period is permitted. During non-peak times, boaters are encouraged to anchor or moor out whenever possible.
  3. No overnight moorage.  (Approved by the members July 12, 2008)
  4. Vehicle parking during the peak period is a maximum of 6 hours and during non-peak a maximum of 24 hours.
  5. The west side of the dock from the bottom of the ramp to the most southern point has a maximum tie-up time of 30 minutes to accommodate larger vessels for load and unload. The east side of the same float has a 30 minute maximum as well. These locations are marked with yellow paint.
  6. An excess of the tie-up limits may be permitted if the skipper of the vessel determines that the safety of himself or his passengers may be compromised, such as during high winds or when arriving alone after dark. Such incidents must be reported promptly to the DSCA Board of Directors.
  7. No boat in excess of 26 feet shall be tied up unattended.
  8. Boaters who leave their boat unattended must allow others to raft to their boat if the dock is full.
  9. Dinghy size is limited to a 60 square-foot area. Outboards and other equipment should not protrude to cause damage to the dock or other vessels.
  10. Only DSCA dinghies are allowed on the surface of the dock and they should be left out of the water at all times.
  11. All dock users should conserve fresh water use.
  12. Only members and their guests visiting or staying on their property may use the dock. Escorting non-members to use the dock or any ferry service is not permitted, except in emergencies.
  13. Members will be responsible for any damage to the dock caused by their vessel and passengers.
  14. All rubbish and fishing scraps must be cleaned off the dock. Members are responsible for their children, pets and guests.


  1. Enforcement shall be the responsibility of the DSCA Board of Directors or an enforcement committee chosen by the Board.
  2. The DSCA Board of Directors shall keep an official record of complaints and disposition of each incident.
  3. The Board may shall enforce the dock rules by taking the following steps in order:
    • Sending a warning letter
    • Levying an initial fine of $100
    • Doubling the subsequent fine
    • Impounding the vessel by an authorized tow/salvage company
  4. Impounding a vessel can occur only after all the following requirements are met:
    • All other enforcement efforts have been exhausted, including written warnings and fines.
    • The offender has been issued a written letter advising them that their next offence may result in an impound of their vessel.
    • The Board of Directors has made a unanimous decision to impound.
    • The San Juan County Sherriff has been notified.
  5. Offences must occur within six months to advance to the next enforcement level.


Airfield Rules (WN07)

Decatur Shores, WN07, is located on the south end of Decatur Island with the runway oriented north and south.  The airfield is located at 48.5°N/122.81°W on private property owned by Decatur Shores Community Association.


Runway Information:

Length: 2,550’

Elevation: 35’ MSL.

Aligned: 330°N / 050°S.

Grass/gravel surface with drainage ditches on both sides.

The airfield generally rises to the north.

A standard windsock is located at the SW corner of the airfield, and at midfield on the east side of the runway.


General Advisories:

Wildlife, including geese and deer, are frequently grazing on the runway or hidden in the brush bordering the airfield.  Be alert for wildlife, especially during hours of twilight.


During periods of heavy precipitation, and generally the wet months of November – May, the runway may have standing water at both the lower south end portion and at the upper north end departure area.  Use extreme caution when landing or taxing on the soft airfield.  The three tie-downs at the NW corner of the airfield, adjacent to the mail shack on the west side, are generally the favored during periods of wetness.  It is inadvisable to use mid-field parking during the wet season.


The runway and airfield is unlit.  Installed at the south end are reflective markers that aid in identifying the edges.  In addition to those markers there are solar powered markers indicating the edge of the runway length – these are very dim and should not be considered navigational aids during periods of darkness.


When landing to the north an early go-around decision is strongly advised.  The options for climb out to the NE are limited due to trees, rising terrain, and often unpredictable wind patterns.  An early go-around to the west over the water should be considered.


Landing to the south is generally discouraged due to the short field proficiency required to approach over the trees with often unpredictable and variable winds caused by the bay and interacting higher terrain.   Pilots on the ground readying for takeoff have very limited visibility in every direction but to the south.  This, coupled with an occluded view when approaching to land from the north, necessitates vigilance and frequent radio communication by the landing aircraft.


All downwind legs are to be flown to the east of the airfield.  This is intended to maximize separation for the landing aircraft and activities on/over Center Island to the west, and to provide separation from the higher elevations of Decatur Island found to the north and west.  This is an established pattern and is also considerate of island residents.  Please use prudence and assist in reducing noise complaints and enforcement requests by those on the ground.


There are no services on the airfield. 


Nearby Airfields:

Center Island, 78WA is approximately 1nm @ 215°M

Anacortes, 74S is approximately 6nm @ 75°M

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, KNUW is approximately 11nm @ 129°M

note: KNUW Class C airspace begins ~1nm south of Decatur at 1,300’ MSL. Contact Whidbey approach on 118.2.


Ownership and Control:

Decatur Shores Airfield is owned by the Decatur Shores Community Association. It is a community airfield for exclusive use by DSCA members and their invitees subject to such rules and regulations as prescribed by the Association, a Washington state non-profit corporation.


Please contact dscaairfield@gmail.com with any inquiries regarding the use or maintenance of the airfield.



DSCA Rules and Regulations:

  • AIR PATTERN — the landing pattern shall be from a downwind leg at 1000 feet east of the field. The preferred direction of landings is to the north on runway 33.  Departures are strongly advised to be to the south on runway 05 due to trees, terrain, and unpredictable winds to the north. 
  • RADIO — The airfield is uncontrolled. Intended arrivals and departures should be announced on San Juan Island CTAF 128.25.
  • AIRFIELD PARKING — All loading, unloading and parking of aircraft shall be in the facilities areas on both sides of the northern end on the airfield, as well as in the east-midfield tie-down area, or on private property.
  • GROUND TRAFFIC — Foot or ground vehicular traffic on the airfield is forbidden.
  • USE BY TRANSIENT TRAFFIC — All users of the airfield do so at their own risk. The airfield is private and transient traffic is not encouraged. Regular use of the airfield by commercial air taxis or others who are not property owners in Decatur Shores is NOT permitted without a written arrangement with the Decatur Shores Community Association and is subject to termination at any time the Association specifies.
  • CENTER ISLAND TRAFFIC — When departing and arriving, be especially alert for traffic from Center Island, 78WA, 1nm to the west.
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