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

November 04, 2004
Contact: Terry Legg, (360) 249-4628, ext. 230

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Public meeting set on Tahuya Lake access plans

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a meeting Nov. 18 to discuss plans to provide public access to Tahuya Lake in Kitsap County.

The public meeting is scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. at the North Mason Boys and Girls Club, 75 E. Campus Drive near Belfair in northern Mason County.

Terry Legg, WDFW western lands coordinator, said local homeowners and others attending the meeting will have an opportunity to ask questions about the department's plans to build a public boat ramp and parking lot on a one-acre parcel it owns on the lake.

"This project is still in the planning stage, but we want to air our plans with local residents and anyone else interested in this issue," Legg said. "The department has a mandate to maximize fishing and other recreational opportunities, but we also have a responsibility to be a good neighbor."

Tahuya Lake, a 150-acre impoundment at the headwaters of the Tahuya River, contains both rainbow trout and largemouth bass. Located eight miles west of Bremerton, it is not accessible to the general public, Legg said.

WDFW has owned a one-acre parcel on Tahuya Lake since 1939, but has never developed it, said Legg, noting that the department maintains more than 600 other water-access sites around the state.

"In recent years, local sports clubs have approached the department about developing some kind of public recreational access on our land," Legg said. "Now we're taking a close look at it."

The meeting site is located off State Route 3 midway between Allyn and Belfair in the same complex as the North Mason School District Building. The North Mason Boys and Girls Club is behind the school district building at the end of the loop road.