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Mystery Bay Ruination Day Oyster Messabout

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019

Time: Start about 10am, Lunch at 1pm

Location: Mystery Bay State Park, Marrowstone Island WA

About Mystery May State Park
Mystery Bay State Park is a small day use shoreline park with beach, boat ramp, pier and dock. Facilities include vault toilets, a few picnic tables, a fire circle and limited parking. There is no shelter, electrical power, or running water. Reservations are not possible so we plan to arrive early to set up two awnings and take possession of the two tables and fire circle in the meadow. We'll likely have the place to ourselves. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access.

About the Oysters
We've got donated Hood Canal Oysters which will be expertly shucked and prepped in advance for pan frying, and we'll have whole oysters for cooking on the grille. We don't plan to gather local oysters. If you choose to gather oysters at beach please get the required license and follow the possession limits and rules for shucking oysters on the beach.


Rowing in Mystery BayBoating in Mystery Bay
When weather is calm there is typically an east shore breeze across Marrowstone making for fine sailing in the middle of the Mystery Bay. In heavier weather a North/South wind up and down Kiliset Harbor is typical while Mystery Bay remains sheltered. If you can manage the rain there is always somewhere to row or sail. Options include a relatively short trip to the dock at Nordland, a trip west to the verboten shoreline of Indian Island, or a more ambitious sail south into Scow Bay. A game day decision will be made based upon weather and our mix of boats.



The Ramp
The ramp at Mystery Bay is one lane of pavement in a very well protected location. It is suitable for larger boats at higher tides but flattens out at 3 feet of tide and becomes nearly useless. The second high tide on April 14th is at noon, then ebbs to zero at 7pm. If you're not hand launching get out by 4pm or you'll be spending the night. Boat launch fee is $7.

Tides: Sunday, April 14, 2019

     High  2:12 am ( 8.08ft)
     Low   7:59 am ( 5.69ft)
     High 11:42 am ( 6.36ft)
     Low   7:19 pm (-0.10ft)

About Food
Potluck lunch with pan fried oysters and a gas grille with whole oysters and a mix of grilled sausages. Please bring foods that spark joy for you including sides, deserts, soups, bread. Remember no running water.

What if it Rains?
If the weather is too nasty to go boating we will hang out under a collection of portable picnic shelters and tarps, throw wood on the fire, and eat oysters.

Sponsor: Traditional Small Craft Association, Puget Sound Chapter

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Updated: March 14, 2019

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