SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES
Clams Open July 1 through September 30
Oysters Open year-round
This beach has been enhanced with clams and oysters.
West Dewatto is a relatively small beach that has a good population of butter clams in the minus tidal zone (-1.0' or lower). Native littleneck clams and Manila clams are found in patches throughout the mid-high tidal zone but their abundance on West Dewatto can vary from year to year and conservation closures may be necessary.
This is an excellent oyster beach.
DIRECTION TO SITE
From the south, travel north on Highway 16 to the town of Gorst. Take the Belfair exit to Highway 3 and continue for
eight miles to Belfair. Alternatively, drive north on Route 3 from Shelton. Look for signs to Belfair State Park and
take the turnoff onto WA-300W (left turn if northbound on Route 3, right turn if southbound on Route 3) onto North
Shore Road (WA-300W) continuing past Belfair State Park and on to Tahuya. When you reach Tahuya (about 15 miles
from Belfair) look for the turnoff (a right turn) to the Befair-Tahuya Road just after you cross the Tahuya River
bridge. Continue for about five miles until you come to the NE Dewatto Holly Road. Take a right and continue on NE
Dewatto Holly Road for 3.7 miles to NE Dewatto Beach Dr., then turn left onto NE Dewatto Beach Dr. West Dewatto is
on the right side of the road just south of the mouth of the Dewatto River. Parking is limited to the shoulder of
the road. Access to the beach is anywhere along the shoulder of the road where you can safely make your way over
the rocks down to the beach.
To reach West Dewatto from the Hood Canal Bridge and Highway 3 take the Newberry Hill Road/Seabeck
exit (just south of Silverdale) and proceed north on Newberry Hill Road to Seabeck Highway NE. Turn right and travel
through Seabeck. Seabeck Highway will become Seabeck-Holly Road. Continue south on the Seabeck-Holly Road for about
11 miles to the town of Holly. Turn left onto the Dewatto-Holly Road and travel another 12 miles to Dewatto.
West Dewatto is on the right side of the road just south of the mouth of the Dewatto River. Parking is limited to
the shoulder of the road. Access to the beach is anywhere along the shoulder of the road where you can safely make
your way over the rocks down to the beach.
to this point
FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION
Dewatto comes from the Indian place name du-a-to, meaning "home of evils spirits who make men crazy." In legend, spirits emerged from the bowels of the earth in the Dewatto Bay area and attempted to enter the bodies of warriors.