2016 Fall Newsletter

Date Published: March 15, 2017
Category: Newsletter



2016 Fall Newsletter




Terry Brazil – Lake Cushman

Mike Petz – Hoodsport

John O’Laughlin – Hoodsport


The Port of Hoodsport’s Marina, Dock and Waterfront Park have been increasingly busy throughout the Summer and Fall of 2016. The Public enjoys many activities along the Hood Canal, coming to Hoodsport for Beach coming, Shellfish, Boating, Kayaking and Fishing. In late Summer, the Mason County Health Department posted signs along the waterfront warning the public not to collect shellfish along the Hoodsport beaches due to sources of pollution that could have contaminated shellfish.


The Public Restrooms remain a challenge with MORE People using the facility, some with disappointing disregard for common sense and vandalism. In an effort to keep up with summer and weekend demand, the Port has stepped up coverage cleaning restrooms twice per day and restocking supplies.


An EV Car Charging station will be installed on the East side of the Public Restrooms in October 2016 which will accommodate electric cars heading North and South on Highway 101. This is a clean energy partnership between the Port of Hoodsport, Hood Canal Grocery and Mason County PUD #1.


The Port of Hoodsport, in partnership with the Mason County Disc Golf Association is developing a professional disc golf course at the Hoodsport Trail Park that values the natural aesthetics of the park and will attract both professional and amateur disc golfers. The course is designed and developed with Volunteer labor from the disc golf community who will maintain the quality and safety of the course throughout its life. The course will minimize interface with existing trails allowing hikers to also enjoy hiking the disc golf course. The Port is providing materials such as the disc baskets and T pads. When the course use increases beyond the current restroom capacity, a permanent vault restroom will be installed. The estimated playable completion will be in the Summer of 2017. The
Port is currently planning to utilize a
flat 20 acres on the opposite side of State Rt 119 to create a Disc Golf Course that will be ADA compliant, Beginner, Senior and Children friendly disc golf course with a covered picnic area. The Vision and Design are currently in the works. This project may be
completed sometime in 2019.

“Overnight” moorage is available at the Port of Hoodsport’s Marina dock on a first come first served basis, there are no reservations, stays are limited to 24 hours, and the fee is $10. Per overnight stay. Be sure to check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for fishing & harvesting dates, times & warnings. (In 2015 The Washington State Dept of Health closed most of Hood Canal to recreational shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) harvest. This was due to the detection of a marine biotoxin, paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) which can be deadly and cannot be removed by cooking. At the time of this newsletter only varnish clams are closed for harvest. Each and every time you harvest, everyone needs to check the marine biotoxin hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or go to the website of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at www.doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.htm for more information.)


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