Washington State Parks announced last week that beginning in mid-summer the boat launch and parking area at Sequim Bay State Park will be closed for at least 18 weeks while contractors replace the park’s bulkhead and boat launch floats and make other necessary improvements.
Work is expected to begin around July 16 and continue through mid-November, state parks officials said. During this time, the boat launch and parking area will be closed. Campers can also expect construction traffic and noise in this area of the park.
The timing of the closure occurs during the height of the recreational crabbing season, which typically runs from July 1 through Labor Day weekend. This is also the busiest time of the year at the park. However, construction must coincide with the “in-water work window,” as required by regulating agencies, so that construction occurs during a time of year that minimizes negative effects on salmonids and forage fish species, parks officials said.
Washington State Parks advises crabbers and other boaters to plan ahead for possible crowded conditions at other nearby boat launch facilities. People who made camping reservations for dates during the anticipated construction period have been notified.
Other boat launches available for use in the area include the John Wayne Marina, about a mile north of the park, and Port Williams, operated by Clallam County Parks, located just outside the entrance to Sequim Bay.
Those interested in learning about the closure date this summer can sign up to receive alerts at parks.state.wa.us/AlertCenter.aspx, or by following State Parks on Facebook and Twitter (@WaStatePks).