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Thurston County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound)

Frye Cove County Park

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)



Clams open May 1 through May 31

Oysters open May 1 through May 31



This beach has been enhanced with clams and oysters.

There are good populations of native littleneck clams and Manila clams on the south end of this beach. The best spots are in the mid-high tidal zone in mixed sand and gravel. Eastern softshell clams can also be found in this area. There are butter clams on this beach in the mid-low tidal zone, but they are not abundant. There are also horse clams and large Macoma clams in this area. There are also geoducks on this beach below the -2.0 foot tide level.

There are good numbers of planted oysters on the north end of this beach.

Oyster information

To reach Frye Cove County Park from Highway 101 (north or south bound) take the Steamboat Island Road NW exit. The Steamboat Island Road NW exit is about 7 miles north of Olympia and about 13 miles south of Shelton. Go north on Steamboat Island Road NW about 5.8 miles and turn right onto Young Road NW. Proceed about 2 miles, turn left on 61st Avenue NW into Frye Cove County Park. There are signs for the park near the intersection of 61st Avenue NW and Young Road NW.

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There are restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables and shelters, and hiking trails at Frye Cove County Park.

The park was acquired in 1973 by Thurston County and named after George W. Frye who owned the property on the shore north of Flapjack Point. The largest native littleneck ever seen by WDFW intertidal shellfish staff came from this park, measuring 3.9 inches long and weighing close to 3/4 of a pound! The beach is also a proposed site for native Olympia oyster restoration.

Beach information last updated: September 18, 2015 @ 11:14am


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.