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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dept. of Health Information
MISC. BEACH INFORMATION

Kitsap County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet )
SHOW DESCRIPTION ↓

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park County Park

PORT GAMBLE HERITAGE PARK
250900

SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES

Clams, mussels and oysters open year-round  

HARVEST PROFILE

Portions of this beach support good numbers of clams for digging. Clam beds are patchily distributed but are often higher on the beach than expected. Manila clams, native littleneck clams, butter clams, horse clams and eastern soft shell clams can be found across this site.  Harvesters are warned to be extremely cautious of broken glass while digging on this beach, particularly on the northern end. Gloves are recommended. The amount of historical glass on the north end of the beach may be of interest to beach combers.

There are good numbers of oysters on this beach, usually appearing in patches. The best areas are on the southern half of this beach.

Oyster information

DIRECTION TO SITE

Port Gamble Heritage Beach is located south of Port Gamble and parallels Highway 104.  There are three parking/access areas on the east side of SR 104. The northerly access is near the northern end of the beach close to milepost 18. Access from this point is from a trail down and across the face of a bluff above the beach. The middle access point is just south of the north access. This access provides a trail lower to beach level that is slightly easier to use. The south access is across SR104 from the parking/access area for the Kitsap Heritage Park's forest trail. There is a short trail to the beach from the southern access.

 

Map to this point  

PARKING INFORMATION
The parking at the northern access is limited to two or three cars. There is very little parking room at the middle access just to the south of the northern access.  The southern access has room for several cars. The northern and southern access areas are well marked with county park signs. Harvesters are cautioned not to park on the shoulder and to be extremely careful when walking along the shoulder of SR 104 between access points. Vehicles are traveling at highway speed along this narrow, two lane highway.  Use of the shoulder for access or parking is discouraged.

Photos of access parking for PORT GAMBLE HERITAGE PARK shellfish beach

FACILITIES

FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION