TSCA Puget Sound Chapter Invites You to the
Hood Canal Oyster Messabout
Location: Twanoh State Park, on the south shore of Hood Canal - 8 miles west of Belfair on State Highway 106.
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 9 am to 5 pm or any portion that works for you. The minus tide makes the ramp useless 11 am to 3 pm for anything but hand launched boats
Contact: Randy Jones
Fees: April 2th is a "free" use day with NO Discover pass required. The $7 launch fee for the boat ramp (cash) is still in effect. Shellfish gathering permit is required if you wish to gather your own oysters on park property. A TSCA donation of $5 per adult is suggested.
Food: We will secure about five dozen oysters from a private local supply and there will be a grill going with a modest variety of sausages. Bring a potluck item.
Type of launch facilities: Good paved ramp that will be dry during the -2.8 foot, 11:49am, low tide. Typical trailers need about a 2ft tide at this ramp, which means the ramp is useless from at least 11am to 1pm. Keep your tow vehicle wheels on the ramp as the beach beyond the end of the ramp is loose mud.
"Schedule" and Activities: Launch the boats early, messabout, start shuck’n and a cooking at noon, messabout again and trailer before dusk. The picnic shelter is an old WPA three sided building with fireplace, lots of seating, and good protection from the wind.
Of Special Note:
- The beach is covered in oyster shell and rocks. Tie up your boat at the dock east of the ramp or anchor out on the rising tide.
- If you gather oysters the regulations require you to shuck them at the shore and leave the shells on the beach.
Event History: This is the second annual Oyster Messabout. 2012 gave us summertime sailing weather, ample oysters, and we had the ramp and the park all to ourselves.
Accommodations: Just a day trip. Park closes at dusk (6:30pm). Campsites are available in the campground across the highway.
RSVP: Please RSVP to the TSCA Puget Sound group on Yahoo.
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Updated: 5 March 2013