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HEALTH ADVISORIES
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MISC. BEACH INFORMATION

Boat Access Only  

Mason County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound)
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McMicken Island State Park

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)

MCMICKEN ISLAND STATE PARK
280830

SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES

Clams open all year
Oysters open all year

HARVEST PROFILE

The best clam harvesting on McMicken Island State Park is on the west side of the island near the base of the sand spit that connects McMicken Island to Harstine Island. There are good numbers of native littleneck clams in this area as well as some Manila clams, butter clams and horse clams. A good nearby harvest alternative to McMicken Island State Park is DNR-24 which is located about 0.4 miles north of the Harstine Island end of the sand spit from McMicken Island.

Harvest Area Map
Map of MCMICKEN ISLAND STATE PARK harvest area
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DIRECTION TO SITE
McMicken Island State Park is located in south Puget Sound on the east side of Harstine Island (see beach photo). It is known primarily as a boat access beach, but it can be accessed at low tide via the land bridge (spit) that connects the island to Harstine Island. See DNR-24 for land access. 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 McMicken Island. 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 McMicken Island.

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FACILITIES
There are pit toilets and moorage buoys at McMicken Island State Park, but no other facilities are present.

FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION
A surveyor employed by the US government reportedly named McMicken Island after himself. The State of Washington purchased McMicken Island in 1974 for $133,000. Harstine Island - often spelled Hartstene, Harstene, and Hartstine - was named for Lieutenant Henry J. Hartstein, a member of the Wilkes Expedition. Later in life, Hartstein and his wife changed their surname to "Hartstene" to avoid people mispronouncing it, and mapmakers followed suit. The current spelling of "Harstine" was made up by island residents and mapmakers in the early 1900s, and the Washington Legislature made that spelling official in 1997. Other islands in southern Puget Sound named for members of the Wilkes Expedition include Maury Island and Stretch Island (after the gunners mate Samuel Stretch).

Beach information last updated: April 02, 2010 @ 10:42am

Shelton/Olympia

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

Shelton/Olympia North Bay DNR-20 Grapeview South Dougall Point West Dougall Point DNR-24 McMicken Island State Park DNR-34 Jarrell Cove State Park DNR-33 Windy Bluff DNR-18 Joemma Beach State Park DNR-16 Taylor Bay DNR-13 Hope Island State Park Oakland Bay Recreation Tidelands Walker County Park Frye Cove County Park Priest Point Park Burfoot County Park Woodard Bay Tolmie State Park Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge North Pitt Pass DNR-39 Wyckoff Shoal Penrose Point State Park Amsterdam Bay South Eagle Island Eagle Island State Park DNR-8 West Oro Bay South Oro Bay Maple Hollow R-2 Kopachuck State Park Cutts Island State Park South Gordon Point North Fort Lewis Fort Lewis DNR-35A

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.