2015 Summer Newsletter

Date Published: June 15, 2015
Category: Newsletter


2015 Summer Newsletter




Terry Brazil – Lake Cushman

Mike Petz – Potlatch

John O’Laughlin – Potlatch


The Port of Hoodsport adopted a Resolution R15-01 at a Public Hearing prohibiting the discharge of ‘Fireworks’ by the general public on Port of Hoodsport properties. The Port of Hoodsport may grant permission to discharge fireworks on Port of Hoodsport property in support of future community events providing all safety measures and permitting are in place. The decision to deny permission to discharge fireworks by the general public on Port property was prompted in response to the Hoodsport Community Events Association’s decision NOT to have the 30th Annual Celebrate Hoodsport Fireworks event this year. In the past 29 years, the Hoodsport Community Events Association sponsored the annual fireworks display in the town of Hoodsport. The fireworks display was an organized event with an approved WSDOT traffic plan, a professional insured, licensed and bonded pyrotechnics company was hired and the event was permitted by the County Fire Marshall. The Port of Hoodsport was listed as Additionally Insured on a Certificate of Liability with permission for usage of the Port of Hoodsport’s public dock and marina from which to discharge fireworks. The Port of Hoodsport’s role in the annual event was to provide a Clean and Safe environment at the Ports Dock & Marina and as a duty to its Public and was responsible for Public and Traffic Safety.


Recreational Crab Fishing on the Hood Canal will be OPEN early this year. The Hood Canal area is open at 6:00am on June 15, 2015. Once opened, crabbing will be open Thursdays through Mondays each week through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Crabbing will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more details, go to the website of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Washington State Dept of Health has closed most of Hood Canal to recreational shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) harvest. This is due to the detection of a marine biotoxin, paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) which can be deadly and cannot be removed by cooking. Each and every time you harvest, everyone needs to check the marine biotoxin hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or go to www.doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.htm


The Port of Hoodsport’s current project is to install a disc golf course on unused portions of the Hoodsport Trail Park. This provides for enhanced recreational activity for residents, guests and visitors. Partnered with Mason County Disc Golf Association, the Association will design a professional quality course that values the natural aesthetics of the park. It will be built with mostly volunteer labor from the disc golf community who will maintain the quality and safety of the course. The course will minimize interface with existing trails which will allow hikers to enjoy hiking the disc golf course. The Port will provide materials such as the disc baskets, T pads and additional parking. When the course use increases beyond the current restroom capacity, a new restroom will be installed. The estimated playable completion will be in the Summer of 2016.

You can contact the Port of Hoodsport via email portmail@hctc.com or by phone (360)877-9350