OLYMPIA – The boat-launching facility at Point No Point, which has provided public access to northern Puget Sound since the 1920s, has been closed until further notice due to safety concerns, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
The boat-launching facility at the Point No Point access site was built years before safety codes were in place and is no longer structurally sound, said Pete Dietrichson, regional WDFW lands manager. The facility employs a rail system to launch and retrieve vessels with passengers aboard.
"We hate to close this facility, but we really have no choice," Dietrichson said. "Our engineers have advised us that it just isn't safe in its present condition."
Whether the launch facility can be restored or replaced – and at what cost – remains to be seen, he said.
"The agency has begun developing cost estimates for various options, but where that will lead we just don't know at this point," Dietrichson said. "All we can say right now is that the boat-launch facility at Point No Point is closed until further notice."
The Point No Point access site is located on the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula near the entrance to Puget Sound. The site and the boat launch, both of which are owned by WDFW, are designed to provide public access to recreation areas and fishing opportunities.
In the past, the rail boat-launch facility has opened in the late winter or early spring and has been used by hundreds of anglers and other recreational boaters every year, Dietrichson said. For anglers who still need a place to launch their boats, Dietrichson recommends a facility maintained by Kitsap County four miles to the south of Point No Point at Eglon.
"We know that a lot of people have come to depend on this facility and we're going to try to resolve this situation as soon as possible," he said.