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TSCA Puget Sound Chapter Invites You to the

7th Annual 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 28, 2018

Time: About 11 am to about 4 pm.

Contact: Randy Jones
      Email: jonesrandall97@yahoo.com
      Phone: 206-755-0563

Fees: A Discover pass is required. A one day pass can be purchased on site for $10. Boat launch fee is $7 (cash). Shellfish gathering permit is required if you wish to gather your own oysters on park property.

$5/person donation to TSCA.

Food : April is prime time for Hood Canal Oysters. A generous local TSCA member is donating oysters which we'll shuck on Friday night and keep on ice for Saturday. This saves time, keeps the grit out, keeps the oysters whole, and avoids shucking injuries. There will be a grill going with a modest variety of sausages. Bring a potluck item.

Shelter: The picnic shelter is an old WPA three sided building with fireplace, lots of seating, and good protection from the wind.

Launch Facilities: Good paved ramp. Keep your tow vehicle wheels on the ramp as the beach beyond the end of the ramp is very loose mud. Larger boats may not have adequate water between 9am and noon, but the incoming afternoon tide will get you out of trouble.

Tides:   04:48 AM 12.1 H
  11:00 AM 0.9 L
  05:240 PM 10.7 H

"Schedule" and Activities: Everything depends on the weather and whether you need deep water on the ramp to launch. The general plan is to launch the boats, messabout, start shuck’n and a cooking at 1pm, messabout again and trailer before dusk.

Of Special Note:

  1. 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.
  2. If you gather oysters the regulations require you to shuck them at the shore and leave the shells on the beach.
  3. Please note: This is not a raw oyster messabout.

Event History: This will be our 7th Annual Oyster Messabout. In the past, the weather has ranged from sunny and mid 60's to small craft advisories where only a boat or two launched. April oysters are always sweet and we've typically had the ramp and the park all to ourselves. For more details and great pictures check Joel's Navigator Site. The 2013 Oyster Messabout was a blowout with a small craft advisory but plenty of oysters.

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: 09 January 2018

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