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Posted on: July 23, 2019

Boat launch at Sequim Bay State Park closed until late fall

Boaters, visitors advised to plan ahead

OLYMPIA – July 23, 2019 – Washington State Parks announces that work has begun at Sequim Bay State Park to replace the retaining wall and make other improvements at the park’s boat launch facility. The project is expected to be completed at the end of November.

During this time, the boat launch and parking area are closed. Campers can also expect construction traffic and noise in this area of the park.

The timing of the boat ramp closure occurs during the height of the recreational crabbing season, which typically runs from July 1 through Labor Day weekend. This is also the busiest time of the year at the park. However, construction must coincide with the in-water work window, as required by regulating agencies, to ensure construction occurs during a time of year that minimizes harm to salmon and forage fish.

The boat launch work involves:

  • Replacing the old creosote-treated timber bulkhead with a new, more habitat-friendly bulkhead.
  • Replacing old creosote-treated boat launch pilings and installing new floats.
  • Installing stairs for easier and safer beach access. Beach access at the ramp area is used largely by recreational oyster harvesters.

The work is being done by Olympic Peninsula Construction, Inc., a local firm based in Port Ludlow. 

People who make camping reservations for dates during the construction period are being notified of the closure.

Recreationists advised to plan ahead
Washington State Parks advises crabbers and other boaters to plan ahead for possible crowded conditions at other nearby boat launch facilities. Other boat launches available in the area include:

About Sequim Bay State Park
Sequim Bay State Park is ideally situated in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains near the town of Sequim in Clallam County. With an average rainfall of 16 inches, the area attracts year-round campers and boating enthusiasts. For more information, visit:

News media contacts:
Toni Droscher, Communications Office, (360) 902-8604
Erik Plunkett, Sequim Bay Area park manager, (360) 683-4235


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.

News release number: 19-054


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