Boating Information

Safe and Legal Use of NPS Mooring Systems and Designated Anchorages

 
An NPS mooring system has a painter/pennant line extending from the mooring buoy; the end has a plastic thimble or eye. A mariner must affix one end of a line to their vessel, then pass the other end through the mooring thimble, and affix that end to the boat.

To secure your boat to the mooring, secure your line to a cleat on the bow of your boat, run the free end of your line through the plastic thimble on the pennant and back to a cleat on the bow of your boat.

Catamarans must pass two lines through the thimble and affix to their boat at opposite ends, AND ensure the thimble does not move and cut or saw through the lines.

To secure your catamaran boat to the mooring, secure your line to a cleat on the port side of your bow, run the free end of your line through the plastic thimble on the pennant and back to the same cleat on the port side of the bow; secure your line to a cleat on the starboard side of your bow, run the free end of your line through the plastic thimble on the pennant and back to the same cleat on the starboard side of your bow.
 
A QR code that directs to the download link for the recreation.gov mobile app.
The above QR code will bring you to the download page for the recreation.gov mobile app.

Pay Your Mooring Fees Online!


Visitors are encouraged to use the recreation.gov mobile app to pay overnight mooring fees. You can download the mobile app by scanning the QR code to the right. Once you've downloaded the app, you can scan the QR codes which are located at each of the overnight mooring pay stations that are located throughout the park. For more information on the locations of pay stations, please see our Interactive Marine Map.

Additionally, recreation.gov is your gateway to explore America.The recreation.gov app makes it easy to:

  • Book a weekend getaway or plan a cross-country road trip

  • Find and reserve thousands of campsites

  • Register for permits, tickets and lotteries

  • Review details of past and upcoming trips

 

Interactive Marine Users Map

Use the Interactive Marine Map for hands-on boating information in Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. Use the checkboxes in legend located in the bottom right corner to toggle on or off the marine features you're interested in locating.

 
 

Superintendent's Compendium

The compendium contains laws and policies specific to Virgin Islands National Park. It includes information on closures, public use limits, anchoring and mooring, boat exclusion areas as well as many other activities.

Last updated: October 22, 2023

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