Title 79 RCW

PUBLIC LANDS

Chapters
79.02Public lands management -- General.
79.10Land management authorities and policies.
79.11State land sales.
79.13Land leases.
79.14Mineral, coal, oil, and gas leases.
79.15Sale of valuable materials.
79.17Land transfers.
79.19Land bank.
79.22Acquisition, management, and disposition of state forest lands.
79.24Capitol building lands.
79.36Easements over public lands.
79.38Access roads.
79.44Assessments and charges against lands of the state.
79.64Funds for managing and administering lands.
79.70Natural area preserves.
79.71Washington natural resources conservation areas.
79.73Milwaukee road corridor.
79.100Derelict vessels.
79.105Aquatic lands -- General.
79.110Aquatic lands -- Easements and rights-of-way.
79.115Aquatic lands -- Harbor areas.
79.120Aquatic lands -- Waterways and streets.
79.125Aquatic lands -- Tidelands and shorelands.
79.130Aquatic lands -- Beds of navigable waters.
79.135Aquatic lands -- Oysters, geoducks, shellfish, other aquacultural uses, and marine aquatic plants.
79.140Aquatic lands -- Valuable materials.
79.145Marine plastic debris.
79.150Forest biomass materials located on state lands.
79.155Community forest trusts.

NOTES:

Access to state timber: RCW 79.36.310 through 79.36.340.

Acquisition, disposition of state highway property: Chapter 47.12 RCW.

Bridges, obstructions in navigable waters: Chapter 88.28 RCW.

Commissioner of public lands: State Constitution Art. 3 §§ 23, 25; chapter 43.12 RCW.

Compact with the United States: State Constitution Art. 26.

Contracts with United States as to highway property: Chapter 47.08 RCW.

Conveyance of real property by public bodies -- Recording: RCW 65.08.095.

County lands, generally: Chapter 36.34 RCW.

Diking and drainage, improvement districts, benefit to public land: RCW 85.08.370.

Donation law, conflicting claims: RCW 7.28.280.

Ejectment, quiet title: Chapter 7.28 RCW.

Eminent domain: State Constitution Art. 1 § 16.

Eminent domain by state: Chapter 8.04 RCW.

Extensions of streets over tidelands: State Constitution Art. 15 § 3.

Facilitating recovery from Mt. St. Helens eruption -- Scope of state agency action: RCW 43.01.210.

Federal areas, jurisdiction: Chapters 37.04 and 37.08 RCW.

Federal funds for forest management: RCW 43.30.340, 43.30.345.

Firewood on state lands: RCW 79.15.400 through 79.15.440.

Flood control districts may include public lands: Chapter 86.09 RCW.

Forest roads, county: RCW 36.82.140.

Funds for the support of common schools, source: State Constitution Art. 9 § 3.

Governmental lands, exemption from taxation: State Constitution Art. 7 § 1.

Harbor line commission: State Constitution Art. 15 § 1.

Harbor lines, relocation: RCW 79.115.020.

Improvement district, benefit to public land: RCW 85.08.370.

Indians and Indian lands: Chapter 37.12 RCW.

Infractions: Chapter 7.84 RCW.

Insect pests and plant diseases: Chapter 17.24 RCW.

Intergovernmental disposition of property: Chapter 39.33 RCW.

Irrigation districts may include public land: Chapter 87.03 RCW.

Lease of unnecessary lands by director of agriculture: RCW 15.04.090.

Leases of public lands for underground storage of natural gas: RCW 80.40.060.

Marine recreation land act: Chapter 79A.25 RCW.

Oil and gas unit plan, participation of public lands: RCW 78.52.450.

Parks and recreation: Chapter 79A.05 RCW.

Permanent school fund, investment: State Constitution Art. 16 § 5.

Pest districts may include public lands: Chapter 17.12 RCW.

Public lands, authority of United States over certain areas: State Constitution Art. 25 § 1.

Public shooting grounds: Chapter 77.12 RCW.

Public waterways may include public lands: Chapter 91.08 RCW.

Reclamation by state: Chapter 89.16 RCW.

Reclamation districts
   may include public lands: RCW 89.30.016.
   right-of-way across state land: RCW 89.30.223.

Restraint on disposition of certain areas bordering harbor lines: State Constitution Art. 15 § 1.

River, harbor improvements: Chapter 88.32 RCW.

Sale of other than state forest lands: RCW 79.11.005.

School and granted lands
   amount offered, platting: State Constitution Art. 16 § 4.
   disposition: State Constitution Art. 16 § 1.
   limitations on sales: State Constitution Art. 16 § 3.
   manner and terms of sale: State Constitution Art. 16 § 2.

State agency for surveys and maps: Chapter 58.24 RCW.

State boundaries: State Constitution Art. 24 § 1.

State lands subject to easements for removal of materials: RCW 79.36.370, 79.36.590.

Streets over tidelands: RCW 35.21.230 through 35.21.250.

Tidelands
   declaration of state ownership: State Constitution Art. 17 § 1.
   disclaimer of certain lands by state: State Constitution Art. 17 § 2.

Trespass: Chapter 64.12 RCW.

United States reclamation areas, state lands in: Chapter 89.12 RCW.

Use of state land for game purposes: RCW 77.12.360.

Washington coordinate system: Chapter 58.20 RCW.

Waste: Chapter 64.12 RCW.

Weed districts may include public lands: Chapter 17.04 RCW.

Wharves, docks, leasing and maintenance: State Constitution Art. 15 § 2.

Wharves and landings: Chapter 88.24 RCW.

INDEX OF PUBLIC LAND ACTS OF SPECIAL OR

HISTORICAL NATURE NOT CODIFIED IN RCW

Subject   Year   Chapter
Aberdeen . . . . . . . . . . . .   1901     141
 

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1915     78
Adams County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1941     211
 

&lbrc2h;
1907     191
American Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . 1907     197
Auburn game farm, transfer to parks and recreation commission . . . . . . . . . . . .  

1981
   

49
Barthen, Lenore . . . . . . . . . . . .   1951     59
Behme, C.R. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1927     247
Bentley, W.C. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1921     38
 

&lbrc2h;
1961     59
Benton County, state patrol land . . . . . . . . . . . . 1977 ex.s.   191
Benton County, University of Washington land . . . . . . . . . . . .  

1965


ex.s.
 

5
Benton County, WSU land . . . . . . . . . . . .   1961     76
Blaine . . . . . . . . . . . .   1917     144
Bremerton . . . . . . . . . . . .   1947     207
Camp Murray, conveyance for aerospace science and modeling center . . . . . . . . . . . .  

1969


ex.s.
 

85
Canyon Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . .   1986     7
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1893     831
  1893     138
  1901     45
  1909 ex.s.   20
  1911     592
Capitol Buildings . . . . . . . . . . . . 1913     50
  1915     191
  1917     167
  1925     27
  1927     225
  1945     47
Capitol Place . . . . . . . . . . . .   1937     160
Centralia . . . . . . . . . . . .   1949     38
Centralia, city of, easement for

     street . . . . . . . . . . . .
 

1963
   

81
Chehalis . . . . . . . . . . . .   1945     124
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1935     50
Chelan County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1935     52
  1935     53
Cheney . . . . . . . . . . . .   1949     35
Christenson, Ruby . . . . . . . . . . . .   1935     51
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1931     92
Clallam County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1941     94
  1945     207
Clallam County, county park purposes . . . . . . . . . . . .   1965 ex.s.   51
Clapp, Helen A. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1941     121
Clark County, state school for the deaf, conveyance of portion . . . . . . . . . . . .  

1969


ex.s.
 

62
Clark County, Whipple Creek,

     exchange . . . . . . . . . . . .
 

1967
   

219
 

&lbrc2h;
1919     75
Clarkston . . . . . . . . . . . . 1957     148
 

&lbrc2h;
1905     28
Columbia River . . . . . . . . . . . . 1915     145
 

&lbrc2h;
1937     86
Colville . . . . . . . . . . . . 1939     144
Commercial Trust Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1907     197
Conconnully Lake, lake in Okanogan County designated as . . . . . . . . . . . .  

1965
   

104
 

&lbrc2h;
1915     157
Cowlitz County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1951     134
Cowlitz County, exchange of state forest lands for lands adjacent to Seaquest State Park . . . . . . . . . . . .  

1971


ex.s.
 

158
Deno, Louis . . . . . . . . . . . .   1931     51
Deschutes Basin . . . . . . . . . . . .   1937     159
Deschutes Waterway . . . . . . . . . . . .   1939     76
Douglas County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1941     117
Drainage Ditches . . . . . . . . . . . .   1893     88
Eastern Washington College

&lbrc2h;
1949     35
     of Ed. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1959     128
Echo Glenn . . . . . . . . . . . .   1986     7
Everett, Port . . . . . . . . . . . .   1943     272
Fairmont Cemetery Association . . . . . . . . . . . .   1939     20
Ferry County, Curlew . . . . . . . . . . . .   1917     86
Feureur, Louis . . . . . . . . . . . .   1901     163
Fircrest . . . . . . . . . . . .   1986     7
Fort Worden, department of institutions land . . . . . . . . . . . .   1965 ex.s.   66
Franklin County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1931     100
Game department, tidelands in Clark

     County . . . . . . . . . . . .
 

1959
   

249
Game Farm . . . . . . . . . . . .   1929     173
Grays Harbor County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1955     281
 

&lbrc2h;
1913     27
Grays Harbor, Port . . . . . . . . . . . . 1957     40
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  1935     52
Great Northern RR . . . . . . . . . . . . 1935     53
  1939     159
  1941     117
Harbor lines at Anacortes,
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1963     139
  Bellingham, Port Angeles, 1967 ex.s.   24
  Renton, Lake Forest Park, . . . . . . . . . . . . 1971 ex.s.   158
  Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, 1972 ex.s.   69
  Kalama, Bremerton, Port 1977 ex.s.   124
  Orchard, Vancouver, Port 1979     19
  Townsend, La Conner, Everett, relocation
Harbor lines in Lake Union, Salmon Bay, Union Bay, Commencement Bay, relocation . . . . . . . . . . . .   1967 ex.s.   24
Hollingsworth, Howard C. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1949     23
Holman Waterway . . . . . . . . . . . .   1919     198
 

&lbrc2h;
1919     198
Ilwaco . . . . . . . . . . . . 1929     222
 

&lbrc2h;
1947     101
Ilwaco, Port . . . . . . . . . . . . 1957     85
Island County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1931     12
 

&lbrc2h;
1941     94
Jefferson County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1941     121
Keystone Water Users Ass'n . . . . . . . . . . . .   1915     78
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  1933     99
King County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1935     49
  1935     51
  1939     8
  1945     119
King County, University of Washington

     land . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1967 ex.s.   116
King County, unplatted tidelands deeded to state board for community college education; reversion . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971 ex.s.   241
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Kitsap County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1931     86
  1941     106
  1947     207
Kitsap County, sewer disposal plant to county sewer district No. 5 . . . . . . . . . . . .   1965 ex.s.   95
Kitsap County, Washington Veterans' Home land to department of game . . . . . . . . . . . .   1965 ex.s.   94
Kitsap County, transfer of land from state for recreational purposes . . . . . . . . . . . .   1975 1st ex.s. 27
 

&lbrc2h;
1945     185
Klickitat County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1951     73
La Conner . . . . . . . . . . . .   1939     101
Lake Spokane, Long Lake redesignated

     as . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1965     104
Lake Washington . . . . . . . . . . . .   1911     94
 

&lbrc2h;
1889-90   ...
Land Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . 1893     125
Lewis County, department of natural resources, revesting Liberty Bay, relocation of harbor lines . . . . . . . . . . . .   1961     22
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Mason County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1935     104
  1949     132
Mason County, Cemetery District No. 1, deeding of authorized . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971 ex.s.   90
Mason County, exchange of forest trust

     land . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1973     26
McCroskey, Milton P. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1947     26
Medical Lake . . . . . . . . . . . .   1889-90   ...
Military department, lands in

     Seattle . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1959     181
Montesano . . . . . . . . . . . .   1933 ex.s.   35
Mt. Spokane State Park . . . . . . . . . . . .   1947     237
Mulinowski, A.M. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1955     281
Northern State Hospital at Sedro Woolley, disposition of property . . . . . . . . . . . .   1974 ex.s.   178
Okanogan County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1939     159
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  1917     144
Olympia . . . . . . . . . . . . 1947     65
  1949     87
 

&lbrc2h;
1949     96
Olympia, Port . . . . . . . . . . . . 1953     92
Olympic National Park . . . . . . . . . . . .   1955     231
Olympic National Park, exchange of standing timber for lands . . . . . . . . . . . .   1963     53
Oregon-Wash. RR and Nav. Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1931     50
Pacific Highway . . . . . . . . . . . .   1929     215
Payne, J.H. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1935     49
Peninsula, Port . . . . . . . . . . . .   1953     283
People's Water & Gas Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1937     163
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Pierce County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1929     173
  1933     99
  1949     37
Port of Seattle . . . . . . . . . . . .   1959     158
Port Orchard . . . . . . . . . . . .   1951     95
Port Townsend . . . . . . . . . . . .   1907     117
Pullman . . . . . . . . . . . .   1947     48
Riverside State Park . . . . . . . . . . . .   1939   19
Rohrbach, F.L. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1939     19
Sager, Frank T. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1951     59
San Juan Island National Historical

     Park . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1967     94
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  1890     ...
School Lands . . . . . . . . . . . . 1917     46
  1923     61
  1939     129
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  1905     76
  1907     3
  1909     30
  1909     221
  1913     59
  1915     115
Seattle . . . . . . . . . . . . 1925 ex.s.   127
  1927     267
  1929     177
  1931     33
  1939     77
  1949     81
  1957     81
  1957     252
  1981 1st ex.s. 1
Skagit County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1951     83
Skagit County port, conveyance of tidelands to . . . . . . . . . . . .   1969     127
Skagit County, sale or exchange of University of Washington land . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971 ex.s.   228
Skamania County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1937     91
Slininger, H.A. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1957     118
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Snohomish County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1933     90
  1937     7
 
Snohomish County, reconveyance, county

     park . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1967     18
Soap Lake . . . . . . . . . . . .   1949     147
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1913     40
Spokane . . . . . . . . . . . . 1937     85
  1955     374
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Spokane County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1939     20
  1943     273
  1951     25
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1909     75
State Lands . . . . . . . . . . . . 1909     216
  1921     57
  1935     56
State parks, Ike Kinswas State Park—Recreation area . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971     50
State parks, land in Douglas county . . . . . . . . . . . .   1959     72
State parks, land on Whidbey Island . . . . . . . . . . . .   1959     63
State parks, Mayfield Lake State Park, name changed . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971     50
State parks, Wallace Falls State Park . . . . . . . . . . . .   1965     146
 

&lbrc2h;
1933     106
State Timber . . . . . . . . . . . . 1941     135
 

&lbrc2h;
1911     27
State Training School . . . . . . . . . . . . 1931     94
Steilacoom . . . . . . . . . . . .   1957     131
Strobach, Richard . . . . . . . . . . . .   1929     201
Sunde, Olive . . . . . . . . . . . .   1935     51
Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . .   1959   180
 

&lbrc2h;
1907     16
Tacoma . . . . . . . . . . . . 1907     123
Tacoma Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . .   1935     104
Tidelands . . . . . . . . . . . .   1897     27
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  1919     51
  1919     161
United States . . . . . . . . . . . . 1931     86
  1937     91
  1945     79
  1955     231
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  1893     122
University of Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . 1903     91
  1907     3
  1909     30
  1911     94
University of Washington, R.H. Thomson expressway . . . . . . . . . . . .  

1967
   

116
University of Washington, sale or exchange of land in Skagit county . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971 ex.s.   228
Unplatted Ballard tidelands deeded to state board for community college education; reversion . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971 ex.s.   241
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Vancouver . . . . . . . . . . . . 1909     95
  1933 ex.s.   42
  1937     163
Vancouver, Port . . . . . . . . . . . .   1919     68
Varney-Sunnyside Packing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .   1955     130
 

&lbrc2h;
1913     141
Walla Walla County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1955     376
Walla Walla County, department of institutions land, conveyance of . . . . . . . . . . . .   1965     115
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  1949     23
  1949     24
Washington State College . . . . . . . . . . . . 1949     25
  1949     207
  1955     261
  1959     59
  1959     89
Washington State University, exchanges, leases . . . . . . . . . . . .   1961     76
Washington State University, sale or exchange of land in Whitman

     county . . . . . . . . . . . .
  1971 ex.s.   228
 

&lbrc2h;
1909     183
Washington Veterans' Home . . . . . . . . . . . . 1945     79
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Wenatchee . . . . . . . . . . . . 1947     43
  1955     359
  &lbrc2h; 1931     50
Whitman County . . . . . . . . . . . . 1947     26
Whitman County, sale or exchange of WSU land . . . . . . . . . . . .   1971 ex.s.   228
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1963     78
Whitman County, WSU land . . . . . . . . . . . . 1965     90
  1967     116
  1967 ex.s.   78
  1969 ex.s.   28
Willapa Bay . . . . . . . . . . . .   1927     231
 

&lbrc2h;
1931     25
Willapa-Grays Harbor Highway . . . . . . . . . . . . 1933     121
Willapa Harbor, Port . . . . . . . . . . . .   1933     19
Woodinville . . . . . . . . . . . .   1986     7
Yakima County . . . . . . . . . . . .   1949     207
Yakima County, fairground . . . . . . . . . . . .   1955     257


     1Section 1 is codified as RCW 79.24.020; section 10 as RCW 79.24.090, repealed by 1959 c 257 § 48.


     2Section 9 is codified as RCW 79.24.040, repealed by 1959 c 257 § 48; section 10 as RCW 79.24.060; section 11 as RCW 79.24.070, repealed by 1959 c 257 § 48; and section 12 as RCW 79.24.030.