OUR NEW BREMERTON FOOT FERRY

 

 

Just in time for summer, commuters will again have speedy, passenger-only ferry  service between Bremerton and Seattle.

The Rich Passage 1, a brand new catamaran, will make the trip in 35 minutes, about half the time it takes on a larger Washington state ferry.  The ferry will make two round trips in the morning and two during the afternoon commute.

 

But this is only a five-month test.

 

Kitsap Transit is operating the ferry through October to research how the vessel's wake affects beaches along Rich Passage. In 2003,  the state ferry system quit running passenger-only ferries after shoreline property owners there sued the state over erosion caused by waves from the faster boats. The state's vessels had to slow down, which defeated the purpose and made the service costlier to run.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/transportation/article/Foot-ferry-service-returns-between-Seattle-and-3649801.php#ixzz1yRzUv4G9

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Belfair, Hood Canal, Olympic Peninsula, What To Do | Tagged

Hood Canal Shrimp Season Open May 5

May 5 is shrimp fishing in Hood Canal

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today sports fishing for spot shrimp will opens May 5 in Hood Canal and other parts of Puget Sound.

Shrimping should be similar to last year, although according to Mark O’Toole, a shellfish biologist, there is one change this season made to avoid an extreme minus tide. “With such an extreme low tide on May 9, it only made sense to shift the second day of fishing to Friday,” O’Toole said in a news release. “We don’t want to leave shrimpers stranded 100 feet from the boat ramp on a low afternoon tide.”

O’Toole expects a strong turnout by shrimp fishers, especially on the Hood Canal opening day. “Because this is such a popular fishery, boat ramps can get pretty crowded,” he said. “As always, we ask that people be patient at the ramps and wait their turn.”

A valid 2012-13 fishing license is required to participate in the Hood Canal fishery as well as all areas of Puget Sound and fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day.

Spot shrimp seasons for Puget Sound are:
Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12): Open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 5, 11, 12 and 16.
Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Marine Area 6): Open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5, 11, 12 and 16.
Marine areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6 and 13 (excluding shrimp districts): Open daily beginning May 5 at 7 a.m. The spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. The exception is Marine Area 13, which closes for spot shrimp May 31.
Marine Area 7: Opens May 5 at 7 a.m. and will be open May 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.
Marine areas 8, 9, 10 and 11: Open May 5 and May 11 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Additional dates and times will be announced for these areas if sufficient quota remains.

Unlike previous years, the shrimp fishery will not reopen on the Wednesday after the May 5 opener. Instead, the fishery will reopen in most areas on May 11.

For a description of the marine areas and fishing rules, including regulations, go to WDFW’s Recreational Shrimp Fishing website.

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Fishing, Hood Canal | Tagged , ,

“The Taste of Hood Canal” Joins Seafair

Belfair's free annual event is Hood Canal's "The Taste of the Canal" - August 11

Congratulations to the Belfair “Taste of the Hood Canal” who is now a Seattle Seafair Community Event.

The North Mason Rotary who sponsors this Hood Canal summer celebration to support the community was notified today this free annual event held on August 11 is now part of Seafair.

For those outside the Puget Sound, Seafair is Seattle’s traditional summer festival. A month-long, region-wide barbecue, that brings an entire community together in celebration. For over 60 years Seafair has been about community events, parades, Miss Seafair, the Navy and Coast Guard, amateur athletics, airplanes and of course, hydroplane boat racing.

The Hood Canal “Taste” features a larger and expanded custom and classic car show as well as beer and wine tasting by Riverhill Winery.  On Saturday, August 11, come and experience specialties from local restaurants, family entertainment & live music throughout the day, food including seafood  and a variety of wonderful treats, informational displays, art and craft booths, fire engines, local artists and lots of fun for all!

There is a reason why Seattle chose to include the Hood Canal “Taste of the Canal” as Mason Counties only contribution to Seafair.  Bring the family to Hood Canal this August 11 so you don’t miss this free fun.

 

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Belfair, Hood Canal, News, Olympic Peninsula, What To Do | Tagged , , ,

2011 – A record crab harvest

Dungeness crabs – Olympic Peninsula favorite

According to Rich Childers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2011 appears to be a record year for the amount of crabs harvested by recreational crabbers in Puget Sound. An estimated 2.1 million pounds of crabs were taken in the summer season from July 1 to Labor Day, with additional harvest coming during the fall and winter.

Lots of people enjoyed a high rate of catch this year, Childers said. “We are seeing an abundance of crab, phenomenally high in some of the Puget Sound marine areas,” he said. “We’re seeing the same thing with shrimp. Something in the environment is favoring the survival of Dungeness crabs from larvae to adult.”

Crab season will close in all areas on Dec. 31, and anyone with a winter catch record card must report their catch by Feb. 1 — even if no crab were caught.

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/dec/28/record-year-likely-for-puget-sound-sport/#ixzz1hwlPWoYx

 

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Fishing, Hood Canal, Hoodsport, Olympic Peninsula, Shelton, What To Do | Tagged , , , , ,

Two Belfair campgrounds reopened

The Department of Natural Resources announced on December 1, it will reopen two campgrounds west of Belfair in Tahuya State Forest — Camp Spilman and Kammenga.

Budget cuts closed the campgrounds two years ago but received grant funding from the Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program.  The new funding will help pay for enforcement, maintenance and staffing. Crews from the Mission Creek Corrections Center will help maintain the facilities and trails and will installing small bridges where needed.

This is an area made popular with off-road trail riding.  See a video made last year.

Visitors can start camping Jan. 6 at the Tahuya River Horse Camp on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click here to download a map of the park

 

 

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Belfair, Camping, Hood Canal, News, What To Do | Tagged , , , ,

Hood Canal Chum salmon are right on time

At the Big Bend on Hood Canal near Shelton, snaggle-nosed chum salmon take over the fishing spotlight about this time each year.  Between the Coho and winter steelhead runs, I can report the Chum have arrived right on time.

State Fish and Wildlife Department checked at the Hoodsport Hatchery on Hood Canal one day last week and counted 23 beach fishermen with 76 chums.  That’s hard-to-beat salmon fishing, particularly considering you don’t need a boat. These fish are in good shape and plentiful but they won’t stay that way very long.

The tribal beach fishery started on the Olympic Peninsula Nov. 14, according to a state spokesman at the hatchery, running Monday, Wednesday and Friday at least through the end of the month. Sport fishing is concentrated along the hatchery stream channel, using steelhead-type gear, and since it’s necessary to keep firm control of hooked fish, thicker line is better than light. Fly fishermen score as well, working surrounding water.

This area of Hood Canal also has a handicapped fishing platform for wheelchair-bound anglers, best at high tide. Call the hatchery’s recorded fishing line for current conditions, at 360-877-5222.

 

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Fishing, Hood Canal, Hoodsport, News, Olympic Peninsula, What To Do | Tagged , , , ,

Ridge Motorsport Park – THE ROAD IS IN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm6DKGE1Kfw

SHELTON, WA – TAKE A LAP ON THE WORLD’S NEWEST AUTO ROAD RACING COURSE

For those motorheads who are following the building of Ridge Motorsport Park, the road is in.  The world newest purpose-built road race course is now in asphalt.  Take a ride on this YouTube video.

I have a question to those sport car fans – you know who you are.  The question: What kind of a car was used to take this video?  My guess: an Austin Healey Sprite or maybe a TR-6.

For those old enough to remember, this is history repeating itself.  Fifty years ago, before there was a Pacific Raceway or a Portland International Raceway, Shelton Washington was the northwest center for auto racing. Famous drivers, such as Lotus team member and F1 driver Pete Lovely, drove race cars like Lotus 11s and Ferraris between the hay bales at the Shelton Airport for little more than the sport of racing.

Recently, a group of autosport enthusiasts have been trying to return this tradition to Mason County with the creation of The Ridge Motorsports Park. It’s been a long and winding road but the Shelton City Council approved a “special use permit” to operate a race park. Located on the back side of the Shelton Airport, the park will include a 2.5 mile road course and 4-lane quarter mile drag strip.

The road course is now a road. About halfway through the course, there is even a corner reminiscent of the Cork Screw at Laguna Seca – should be thrilling to drive.  Now comes the task of building the world-class facilities to make it truly a destination race track for sports car, motorcycle and drag racers to enjoy. You can view how the course was built at their website at www.ridgemotorsportspark.com.

The South Sounder would like to thank everyone for their supportive comments and enthusiasm for this project and facility. Although there is a huge amount of work yet to do to get this project done in time for 2012 events, we are thrilled to welcome The Ridge to Shelton.

 

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Hood Canal, Shelton, What To Do | Tagged , , ,

CHRISTMAS TREE PERMITS AVAILABLE

Christmas tree cutting permits are now available from Olympic National Forest offices.

According to Lorina Madinger, Support Services Specialist with the Forest Service Headquarters in Olympia, permits cost $5 each (cash or check only) and can be purchased during regular business hours at:

    Forest Service Headquarters in Olympia
    Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene
    Hoodsport Visitor Information Center
    Pacific Ranger District Office in Quinault
    Forks Visitor Information Center.

The permit entitles you to cut one tree larger than two feet but no more than 20 feet in height. Maps and information about cutting locations will be provided with each permit sale. Mail order permits are available from the Olympia, Quilcene, and Quinault offices through the Forest Service website:www.fs.usda.gov/olympic.

If you plan to take advantage of this opportunity, Madinger suggests you be prepared for winter weather and winter driving, packing warm clothes and changes of clothes, blankets, and chains for your vehicle. Also, you should let someone know where you are going.

For more information by telephone, contact one of the offices:

    Olympic National Forest Headquarters Olympia (360-956-2300)
    Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene (360-765-2200)
    Pacific Ranger District Office in Quinault (360-288-2525)

 

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Hood Canal, Olympic Peninsula | Tagged , , ,

Seven honored by Hood Canal

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council announced that on Friday, November 4th, seven award-winners will be honored for their help to protect and restore Hood Canal.

These seven people “embody the spirit of fostering cooperation, collaboration and lasting relationships to achieve a healthy Hood Canal,” said Robin Lawlis of the coordinating council.

The seven will be recognized in Port Townsend at a conference titled “Celebrating Actions in Hood Canal.” The conference will be at Fort Worden State Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited space remains available. Reservations can be obtained by calling Lawlis at 360-981-4214.

To read more about both the conference and the seven honorees, go to  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/nov/02/hood-canal-award-winners-named/

 

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Hood Canal, News, Olympic Peninsula | Tagged ,

Remembering Albert Rosellini

Click here to zoom... Ex-Governor Rosellini

The former governor of the State of Washington and friend of the Olympic Peninsula has died at his home at 101.

Rosellini was chairman of the Toll Bridge Authority in the 1950s and as governor was a proponent of a floating bridge across the saltwater Hood Canal.  This bridge was perhaps the single piece of infrastructure that changed the face of the Olympic Peninsula forever, giving millions easy access to the undeveloped beauty that is our home.

The Hood Canal Floating Bridge was a concept engineers worried would not only be susceptible to salt corrosion but to tidal motions that raise and lower the bridge up to 16 feet.  There were problems with the pontoons that required more funding buy in August 1961, motor vehicles could reach Jefferson and Clallam counties without having to drive from Olympia, Shelton or Aberdeen.

Governor Rosellini will also be remembered as the chief executive during the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.  This blogger still remembers him standing under the Space Needle with Elvis Presley, signing autographs as if he was a rock star.  Governor Rosellini will always be remembered to have the vision and drive to open the State of Washington and the Olympic Peninsula to millions of Americans vacationers.

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Mike Mostyn | Category: Hood Canal, News | Tagged