2020 Spring Newsletter

Date Published: June 18, 2020
Category: Newsletter

2020 Spring Newsletter

Port Commissioners:

Terry Brazil – Lake Cushman

Mike Petz – Hoodsport

Karen Booth – Hoodsport

The Port of Hoodsport is currently operating under the COVID-19 precaution until further notice.

The Port marina, dock and waterfront park remain open to the public, the Port commission requests that all visitors follow CDC guidelines, be responsible for their trash and respect physical distancing protocols to keep the health and safety of the public and port personnel on all Port of Hoodsport properties.

The public restrooms are closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the public and contracted port personnel.   Two portable restrooms with hand washing stations have been provided for the public.  When directed by the Federal, State and Local governments that there is no longer a COVID-19 threat, public restrooms will reopen on an intermittent schedule approved by Mason County along with portable restrooms to further accommodate the public during mandatory closures. Overwhelming & Excessive use of the Public Restrooms by local & out of area visitors far exceeded the design and capacity  expectations minimizing public restroom usage.  A public meeting will be held with the public, local business owners, county commission, department of ecology and tourism entities to discuss and determine the future direction of the public restrooms.

The Port’s surveillance system films the waterfront park, dock, parking area, shed, office and public restrooms, it tremendously helps with monitoring theft, dumping of household garbage and unsavory activities in and around the port properties.

The Hoodsport Trail Park and the Hoodsport Hills Disc Golf course is temporarily closed while hazard trees are being removed then will be reopened to the Public.  The Port of Hoodsport, in partnership with the Mason County Disc Golf Association continues to develop a professional 18-hole disc golf course at the upper Hoodsport Trail Park that values the natural aesthetics of the park; it will attract both professional & amateur disc golfers.  The Hoodsport Hills Disc Golf course crew developed Phase II, which is the family friendly beginner’s disc golf course on the level 20 acres situated on the South side of State Rt 119 parallel to the Lake Cushman Golf Course. The disc golfers have had fantastic success with the design.  Both the upper- and lower-disc golf courses were designed and developed with Volunteer labor from the disc golf community who will maintain the quality and safety of both courses throughout their life.  The upper course will minimize interface with existing hiking trails allowing hikers to also enjoy hiking the disc golf course and trail park.  The Port provides project materials such as the disc baskets, T pads, gravel, bark and portable restrooms.  When the course use increases beyond the current restroom capacity, a permanent vault restroom will be installed.

“Overnight” moorage is available at the Port of Hoodsport’s Marina dock on a first come first served basis, no reservations, fees are $10. p/night and stays are limited to 24 hours at a time. 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  and the Port of Hoodsport’s beachfront property 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. Each and every time you harvest, Everyone is encouraged to check with 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.)