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TSCA Puget Sound Chapter Invites You to the

Hood Canal Oyster Messabout

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Location: Twanoh State Park, on the south shore of Hood Canal - 8 miles west of Belfair on State Highway 106.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: About 11 am to about 5 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. The 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: 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. Be aware that vegetarian options have been sparse in the past.

Type of 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.

Tides:   07:00 AM 12.7 H
  01:57 PM –2.6 L
  08:57 PM 12.7 H

"Schedule" and Activities: Everything depends on the weather but the general plan is to launch the boats, messabout, start shuck’n and a cooking at 1pm, 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:

  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.

Event History: This will be our Sixth Annual Oyster Messabout. The first Oyster Messabout (2012) gave us summertime sailing weather, ample oysters, and we had the ramp and the park all to ourselves. For more details and great pictures check out 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: 11 February 2016

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