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Dept. of Health Information

Mason County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound)

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)



Clams open all year
Oysters open all year


This beach has been enhanced with oysters.

This is a very good beach for native littleneck clams and Manila clams. The best area for littleneck clams is near the south end of the beach in mixed sand and gravel in the mid-high tidal zone above the oyster beds. Horse clams can be found in the low-mid tidal zone in sandy areas throughout the beach.

This is an excellent beach for oysters. The south end of this beach has been heavily planted with oysters. Oysters on this beach are typically very large.

Harvest Area Map
Map of DNR-24  harvest area

Oyster information

This beach is known primarily as a boat access beach, but it can be accessed by a foot trail from Yates Road (see beach map). To reach the trailhead from the north (Bremerton, Port Orchard) or south (Shelton, Olympia), take Highway 3 to the Harstine Island turnoff (Pickering Road). Pickering Road is about 7.5 miles north of Shelton and 10 mile south of Allyn. Travel east on Pickering Road for about 3.5 miles and continue across the Harstine Island Bridge. Look for North Island Drive just after the bridge and take a left. Continue for about three miles to Harstine Road and take a right. Proceed for about a mile to Yates Road and turn left. Follow Yates Road for about another mile until you reach the trailhead and parking area for Harstine Park. It is about a half mile walk from the trailhead to the beach and another mile along the beach to the oyster beds and littleneck clam areas at the south end of the beach. Walking from the trailhead to the south end of the beach takes about an hour. Most harvesters access the south end of this beach by boat. Nearest boat ramps: Harstine Ramp (Latimer's Landing), located about 10 miles north of Shelton via Pickering Road, is about 10 miles by boat to the south end of DNR-24. Fair Harbor Marina ramp (Grapeview Ramp), located about 4 miles south of Allyn on Grapeview Loop road, is about 6.5 miles by boat from the south end of DNR-24.

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Beach information last updated: April 02, 2010 @ 10:36am