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April 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Twanoh State Park launch ramp construction should have Hood Canal shrimp anglers looking at alternate sites

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Shrimpers and other boaters planning to use the Twanoh State Park boat launch in Hood Canal at Union should be aware of some construction activities between now and late June.

Parking will be limited as workers rebuild the large day-use parking lot with eco-friendly materials to help reduce pollutants seeping into Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

The popular launch draws lots of anglers during the Hood Canal during the shrimp season, which occurs May 7, 11, 14 and 25.

Washington State Parks says due to finalizing plans, acquiring permits, weather conditions and time restrictions for using the funds, the agency was unable to avoid scheduling the project during this year’s shrimp season.

Alternative launch sites include Union/Mason County public ramp on Highway 106 at mile pot 5. It is a good two-lane ramp but parking is very limited. Another option is the Port of Allyn launch site near Belfair, which is a single-lane concrete ramp on a gravel beach with no dock.

The Summertide Resort and Marina on North Shore Road in Tahuya is a good choice with launch boats. The ramp fee is $10 and for moorage it is $20 per night. Best to call ahead here as it fills up fast during shrimp fishing seasons.

(Photo from Seattle Times archives)

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