WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 15, 2002
Contact: Pete Dietrichson, (360) 779-9553

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Public meeting planned on Point No Point boat launch

OLYMPIA Options for restoring the boat-launch facility at Point No Point in northern Puget Sound will be discussed at a public meeting scheduled June 4 by Kitsap County Parks and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The joint meeting will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hansville Community Center in Buck Lake Park on the northern end of the Kitsap Peninsula. Public comments will be welcomed after a presentation on various proposals for the boat- launch facility.

"As we work toward restoring the launch, we want to identify an approach that will best serve both local residents and the boating public," said Pete Dietrichson, WDFW regional lands manager. "County Parks owns several properties in the area that appear to have some advantages over the current location of the launch facility."

The current facility, built on land owned by WDFW at the old Point No Point Resort in the 1920s, has been closed since January due to safety concerns. Designed to launch and retrieve vessels with passengers onboard, the rail-based launch was built long before current safety codes were in place and is no longer structurally sound, Dietrichson said.

In past years, thousands of anglers and recreational boaters have used the launch to access the waters of northern Puget Sound.

"We want to get a launch facility up and running as soon as possible, but we also want to make sure we're in sync with what the county is doing in that area," he said.

Kitsap County has purchased lands surrounding the Point No Point lighthouse, and has been meeting with the local community to determine how those lands should be improved and managed. Installing a new launch facility on those lands is one of the options that will be discussed at the meeting, Dietrichson said.

"This meeting will give us an opportunity to hear what both local residents and the boating public have to say about the various options under consideration," he said.