2021 Spring Newsletter

Date Published: April 29, 2021
Category: Newsletter

2021 Spring Newsletter

Port Commissioners:

Terry Brazil – Lake Cushman

Karen Booth – Hoodsport

Lori Kincannon – Hoodsport

The Port of Hoodsport supports efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining essential operations in accordance with the governor’s mandates.  The Port marina, dock and waterfront park facilities remain open to the public, all visitors are asked to maintain social distancing as per the guidelines.  The port implemented protocol to maintain the health, safety, and wellbeing of port personnel, travelers, and community members.

The Shrimping season opens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, May 22, June 2, June 5, and June 16 in 2021. Additional dates may be added if quota remains. Please note that the Skokomish Park at Potlatch (“Saltwater Park”) Hood Canal boat launch is currently closed until further notice. Public restrooms remain closed until further notice; to provide relief, two portable restrooms with hand washing stations have been provided for the public use. 

The Port’s surveillance system monitors activities at the waterfront park, dock, parking area, shed, office and public restrooms in and around port properties.

The Hoodsport Trail Park and the Hoodsport Hills Disc Golf course are open to the Public. The Port of Hoodsport, in partnership with the Mason County Disc Golf Association completed Phase II of the disc golf course which is open to the public.  Shelton Disc Golf club coordinates disc golf clinics and tournaments at the 9 hole disc golf course. The course is in a beautiful setting emphasizing the natural aesthetics of the 20 acre side of the 80-acre park; attracting both professional & amateur disc golfers.  The Hoodsport Hills Disc Golf course crew developed Phase II, a “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 golf designers 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 course minimizes 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, picnic area and portable restrooms.  The Timberland library has partnered with the Port at the Hoodsport Trail Park to create a story book trail.  Be sure to take the family to read the current story on the trail.

 “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 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 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.)