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Posted on: August 31, 2015

15-060 Boat ramp at Fort Worden Historical State Park closed until further notice

Closure affects motorized vehicle access only

OLYMPIA – Aug. 31, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission today announced that the boat ramp at Fort Worden State Park is closed until further notice to motorized vehicle launching.

Sand and driftwood build up on the ramp, requiring State Parks to regularly clear the debris. The closure is necessary while State Parks seeks to renew expired permits from regulatory agencies to continue maintaining the ramp. In addition, State Parks is exploring options for long-term, sustainable boat access at the park.

The closure affects motorized launching only, because of the possibility of cars and trucks getting stuck in the sand. Non-motorized launching is allowed.

Once permits are renewed, the timing of maintenance work will depend on specific conditions as determined by the permitting agencies. For example, the beach at Fort Worden is documented spawning habitat for forage fish, such as sand lance and surf smelt. During forage fish spawning seasons, maintenance activities may need to be curtailed.

At this time, State Parks cannot provide a date for when the ramp will re-open to motorized launching.

For alternative boat launches and ramps in the vicinity, State Parks recommends:

The public can find information about when the Fort Worden State Park boat ramp re-opens by checking the Fort Worden State Park web page at: For further questions about the boat ramp, contact Brian Hagemen, area manager,, 360-344-4401 or 360-365-3701.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Media contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Brian Hageman, (360) 890-0796
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388


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