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IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please Note: Harvesters are advised to use extreme caution when crossing the tidal channel to Rat Island. The channel can be dry at low tide, but during tidal exchanges the current through the channel can be very strong. The channel can also be deep in places. It's a good idea to keep an eye on the water level in the channel and to allow yourself plenty of time to return to the mainland before the tide gets too high. Please avoid the uplands of Rat Island. This is an important nesting and rearing area for gulls and other birds. If you are walking with dogs, please do not allow them to disturb the birds.

HEALTH ADVISORIES
Check Dept. of Health (DOH) for health restrictions on this beach

MISC. BEACH INFORMATION

Jefferson County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 9 (ADMIRALTY INLET)
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Fort Flagler State Park

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)

FORT FLAGLER STATE PARK
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SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES

Including that portion of the spit west of the Park boundary
(Rat Island)

Clams open January 1 through April 15 and May 15 through December 31
 

Oysters open January 1 through April 15 and May 15 through December 31
 

HARVEST PROFILE

Most of the clam resource at Fort Flagler State Park is located on the spit that runs west from the park (see beach map). This is an excellent beach for butter clams. The best areas are on the Port Townsend Bay (north) side of the spit, in and around the tidal channel that separates the spit from Rat Island. These are also good places for large native littleneck clams and horse clams. There are pockets of Manila clams in the mid-high tidal zone near the boat ramp in Kilisut Harbor. Varnish clams and eastern softshell clams are found at Fort Flagler State Park near the boat ramp, along the south side of the spit. Geoducks are also found on this beach below the -2.0 foot tide level.

There are some oysters at Fort Flagler State Park, but they are not abundant.

Harvest Area Map
Map of FORT FLAGLER STATE PARK harvest area
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DIRECTION TO SITE

To reach the site from the west on Highway 104 take the Chimacum/Port Townsend/Quilcene exit and turn left onto Center Road. Travel north for about 10 miles to Chimacum. Go straight through the four-way stop and continue about two miles to Port Hadlock. Turn right onto Oak Bay Road and proceed for one mile to Flagler Road. There is a sign at this intersection for Fort Flagler State Park. Take a left onto Flagler Road and continue across the Indian Island bridge. Proceed about seven miles to Fort Flagler. After you enter the park, take the first left that leads through the park's check-in station to the lower campground, boat ramp and parking area for the beach.

To reach the site from the east on Highway 104 from the Hood Canal Bridge take the Port Townsend/Port Ludlow exit (a right turn) and travel north on Beaver Valley Road (Highway 19) for about seven miles to Chimacum. Take a right at the four-way stop and continue about two miles to Port Hadlock. Turn right at the four-way stop onto Oak Bay Road and proceed for one mile to Flagler Road. There is a sign at this intersection for Fort Flagler State Park. Take a left onto Flagler Road and continue across the Indian Island bridge for about seven miles to Fort Flagler. After you enter the park, take the first left that leads through the park's check-in station to the lower campground, boat ramp and parking area for the beach.

Map to this point  

FACILITIES
Fort Flagler offers camping, a military museum, two boat ramps, a concession stand (summer only), restrooms/showers, hiking trails, water and a dock. Popular activities include kite flying and biking.

FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION
Historically Rat Island was a spit attached to the point on Marrowstone Island, near the lower campground. The spit was breached in the 1940s when boats were dragged across it during military exercises. Since then, a combination of currents and sediment transport interruption caused by the north shore boat ramp have kept Rat Island cut off from Marrowstone Island except during very low tides. At one time this spit enclosed what was historically an approximately 22-acre salt marsh where the lower campground now sits.

Beach information last updated: January 03, 2014 @ 10:17am

Sequim/Port Townsend

For individual beach information, including harvesting seasons, click on the yellow squiggles below.

Sequim/Port Townsend Mystery Bay State Park Fort Flagler State Park North Beach County Park Fort Worden State Park South Point Wilson North Point Hudson Old Fort Townsend Chimacum Creek Tidelands DNR-409 South Diamond Point DNR-410 DNR-411 Port Williams DNR-411A Pitship Point South Pitship Point Sequim Bay State Park DNR-404A (Kinney Point) South Indian Island County Park Port Townsend Ship Canal East Oak Bay Oak Bay County Park Tala Shore Old Town Cline Spit Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Tidelands Fort Ebey State Park

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.

This map is provided for informational purposes only. The accuracy of this map is not guaranteed.