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Boat Access Only  

Mason County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)



Clams open year-round
Oysters open year-round


This beach is rocky and digging is difficult but productive for butter clams, large native littleneck clams and horse clams in the mid-low tidal zone. A good technique for digging butter clams in rocky substrate is to target individuals or small groups of butter clams by looking for the rectangular siphon holes that indicate their presence. This method takes less time and energy than random digging. A wide tined potato fork works well for digging butter clams in rocky substrate.

This is a good oyster beach. A lot of the oysters on this beach are attached to rocks. They can be harder to shuck than single or cluster oysters.

Harvest Area Map
Map of DNR-48 harvest area


DNR-48 is boat access only. There is no upland access to this beach. DNR-48 is about one and a half miles long. The north end of the beach is about one and a quarter miles south of Chinom Point. The north boundary is near a small un-named point. There is currently a No Trespassing sign at this spot. Another landmark is Ayock Point which is almost straight across Hood Canal from the north end of DNR-48. The southern boundary of this beach is not marked but it is very close to a concrete bulkhead and staircase. There is also an A-frame cabin on the bank above the beach a short distance north of the southern boundary. A good current landmark for DNR-48 is an old abandoned blue boat that is grounded high on the beach near the middle of the beach. Approximate GPS coordinates to the midpoint of DNR-48 are: 47.497º N, 123.033º W. It is recommended that harvesters use these coordinates or the blue boat as the best landmarks for this beach and stay near these areas to avoid trespassing.

Nearest boat ramps: Triton Cove State Park ramp (located about six miles south of Brinnon on Highway 101) is just over seven and a quarter miles by boat from DNR-48. Please note there is a fee to use the boat ramp at Triton Cove State Park.

Map to this point  

None. There is a vault toilet at Triton Cove State Park and facilities for boaters at Pleasant Harbor Marina.

Beach information last updated: April 02, 2010 @ 9:25am

South Hood Canal

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

South Hood Canal Beacon Point Eagle Creek Lilliwaup State Park South Lilliwaup DNR-48 DNR-47 West Dewatto (DNR-44A) North Hoodsport Hatchery Hoodsport Hatchery Potlatch Beaches Rendsland Creek Twanoh State Park Belfair SP

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.