Marine Area 8-1 (DECEPTION PASS, HOPE ISLAND, AND SKAGIT BAY) from West Point to Reservation Head eastward through Deception Pass, including all waters of Swinomish Slough and Skagit Bay, and the portion of Saratoga Passage north and west of a line from East Point Light to light on Camano Island (Saratoga Pass Light #4Fl Red 4 Sec.).HIDE DESCRIPTION ↑SHOW DESCRIPTION ↓
Clams open May 1st through May 31st Oysters open May 1st through May 31st
Ala Spit, formerly known as Ben Ure Spit, is a small beach of 1,187 feet of shoreline, located on the east side of Whidbey Island, south of Deception Pass. Butter clams, and cockles are the most abundant species found on this beach. Over the past several years the substrate has shifted from primarily gravel towards more of a mud and sand substrate, leading to a decline of native littleneck clams. The most productive clam habitat is a relatively small area of mixed gravel towards the point. The area inside of the spit and towards the southern end of the beach is primarily mud and sand and is not good clam habitat. You may also find horse clams and eastern softshell clams here.
DIRECTION TO SITE From Hwy 20, turn east onto Troxell Rd, which is about 1 mile south of Deception Pass State Park. Stay straight on Troxell Rd for 3.7 miles then bear left onto Geck Road. Park along shoulder at the end of the road.
FACILITIES A portable toilet and garbage cans are provided seasonally.
FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION
Beach information last updated: April 08, 2010 @ 12:10pm
For individual beach information, including harvesting seasons, click on the yellow squiggles below.
Yellow map areas (links) identify approximate public property boundaries and should not be considered legal property boundaries.
Many of these public beaches have no upland entrance and must be accessed by boat. Please respect adjacent private property.
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