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Described below are launch ramps near Blake Island Marine State Park, the gathering point for the 2016 Saltchuck Drizzle Cruise. Note: The March 2016 Saltchuck Drizzle Cruise was cancelled due to high winds and rain..

Listed ramps very in quality, cost, appropriate parking, and amenities. "Local Knowlege" in the entries below is information from TSCA Puget Sound members and friends who have recently visited the ramp. If your experience indicates that our info is out of date, or if you have additional info, please let us know. Your fellow boaters will thank you.

Click on ramp name for description.
Brownsville Ramp
Illahee State Park Ramp
Port Orchard Ramp
Manchester Launch Ramp
Blake Island State Park Marina
Olalla Ramp
Gig Harbor Beach

                         BROWNSVILLE RAMP
Location:  790 Ogle Rd NE, Bremerton, WA 98311
Managed by:  Port of Brownsville
Ramp:  : The two ramp boat launch is very accessible for launch and recovery down to a -2 tide. We also have an all aluminum center mooring float which makes it very stable and robust with numerous cleats for securing any size boat." Ramps are located near north end of marina
Parking:  Parking is free.
Launch Fees:  $5.00 launch fee which covers both launch and recovery; there is a payment kiosk at the beginning of the launch. You can also get an annual boat launch pass for $30.00 at the Port Office.
Local Knowledge:  Very protected. Steep enough to launch at any tide, protected from weather/wind, good parking.
Brownsville Ramp

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                     ILLAHEE STATE PARK RAMP
Location:  63540 N.E. Sylvan Way, Bremerton, WA 98310
Launch Fees:  See WA State Parks Fee schedule.
Parking:  Discover Pass is required. $10/day or $30/year.
Local Knowledge:  "A poor ramp and parking situation."
More Info:   
Illahee Ramp

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Location:  End of Kitsap Street
Managed by:  Port of Bremerton
Launch Ramp:  Two-lane ramp with concrete boarding floats.
Parking:  $5.00 per day (1st - 24 hours free)
Launch Fees:   
Local Knowledge: 
Port Orchard Ramp

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Location:  Pomeroy Park, East Main Street, Manchester, WA
Managed by:  Port of Manchester (360) 902-8844
Launch Ramp:  Elevated launch ramp.
Parking:  Public parking and access to Pomeroy Park are free.
Launch Fees:  $7. Payment is made at the payment kiosk directly adjacent to the ramp. Cash and credit cards are accepted, but please be advised that the machine does not make change.
Local Knowledge:  Not shallow, but fairly exposed. Closest ramp to Blake Island. ---b>
More Info:  Port of Manchester facilities include an elevated boat launch, tow vehicle parking, and picnic area. "Visitors can bask in the sun on our sandy beach, paddle to nearby Blake Island State Park." Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available.
Manchester Ramp

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                         BLAKE ISLAND STATE PARK MARINA
Location:  Location: 47D 32' 33" N (47.5425)   Longitude: 122D 28' 56.99" W (-122.4825)
Managed by:  Washington State Parks 360-731-8330
Moorage fees:  Moorage fees are charged year-round for mooring at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844.
Docks:  See third photo on this page.
Local Knowledge:  For a History of Blake Island, see this website.
More Info:  Located in Kitsap County on Puget Sound, Blake Island offers 1500-feet of moorage dock and 24 mooring buoys. Electrical service is available at the docks for a $6.00 fee. A boat pump-out is also available. See Alert Center on k home page for fresh water status and campground availability. Check the "Additional information" section at the bottom of the same page for licenses required for fishing and shellfish harvesting and other information. Park Contact: Ph: 360-731-8330; Group Accommodations: Ph: 888-226-7688

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                         OLLALA RAMP
Location:  713965 Crescent Valley Rd SE, Olalla, WA 98359
Managed by:  Al's Marina 253-851-4955
Launch Ramp:  See photo
Parking:  Paved parking for trailers available adjacent to ramp.
Local Knowledge:  "Very protected, but tide has to be just right so as to not be dry but still be able to fit under road/bridge."
Olalla State Park

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                     GIG HARBOR LAUNCH RAMP
Location:  End of Randall Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA.
Managed by:  Pierce County Public Works
Launch Ramp: 
Parking:  See "Local Knowledge" below.
Local Knowledge:   Nice little ramp, but nowhere near Blake Island. Shallow and in a residential neighborhood lacking trailer parking.
Gig Harbor

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Updated: 3 March 2016

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