|All state-owned tidelands in North Bay north of a line drawn southwest from Rocky Point to the north end of Reach Island then due west to the mainland are closed to the harvest of clams and oysters EXCEPT state-owned tidelands on the east side of North Bay north of the power transmission lines and south of the power transmission lines 1600 feet (see beach map) may be open for clams and oysters subject to the clam and oyster seasons shown to the left.
MISC. BEACH INFORMATION
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Mason County | Region 6 Information
Marine Area 13 (SOUTH PUGET SOUND)
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Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)
SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES
Clams open April 1 through September 15
Oysters open April 1 through September 15
This beach has been enhanced with oysters.
This is an excellent beach for native littleneck clams and Manila clams. The best area for littleneck clams is just north of the access trail, but there are littleneck clams throughout the beach. This is also a good beach for geoducks below the -2.0 foot tide level, especially beneath the power transmission lines. There are some butter clams, eastern softshell clams and cockles on this beach, but they are not as abundant as the Manila and native littleneck clams.
Oysters are currently in short supply on this beach, but WDFW has recently re-seeded the area north of the access with juvenile oysters which should return the beach to productivity in future years.
Harvest Area Map
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DIRECTION TO SITE
From Bremerton, drive south on Highway 3 through Belfair. After passing North Mason High School, turn left onto Highway 302 heading east toward Purdy, Gig Harbor and Tacoma. Drive about 2.6 miles to powerlines crossing North Bay. Look for the signed parking area on the west side of the highway just north of the power lines.
From Tacoma, drive north on Highway 16 past Gig Harbor; take Highway 302 west past Purdy and continue about 1.3 miles past Victor Rd. to powerlines crossing the bay. Look for the signed parking area on the west side of the highway just north of the power lines.
From Shelton, head north on Highway 3. At Allyn, turn right onto North Bay Rd. and follow around the head of the bay about 1.9 miles to Highway 302. Continue on 302 about 1.3 miles to powerlines crossing the bay. Look for the signed parking area on the west side of the highway just north of the power lines.
The WDFW access to the public tidelands is immediately north of the powerlines crossing the bay. Do not trespass on private upland parcels to the north and south of this access. There is a gravel parking lot at the site. The public tidelands extend 1,600 feet to the south of the powerlines and northward nearly to the head of the bay.
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Portable toilets are located on site.
Beach information last updated: December 03, 2013 @ 10:56am