News Release 11-012
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Sandy Mealing: (360) 902-8559
Stacy Czebotar:, (360) 275-2222
Joel Pillers:,(360) 275-0668
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Limited parking at Twanoh State Park watercraft launch
Apr. 18, 2011 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces there will be limited parking at the Twanoh State Park watercraft launch, due to construction work.
The project includes rebuilding the large day-use parking lot with eco-friendly materials to help reduce pollutants reaching Puget Sound and Hood Canal. The project is part of Governor Gregoire’s initiative to clean up the Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Boaters are encouraged to find alternate launch sites during construction, which begins today and is expected to be completed no later than June 30.
The watercraft launch at Twanoh State Park is a very popular launch site on the Hood Canal during the shrimp season, which is scheduled for May 7, 11, 14 and 25. Due to finalizing plans, acquiring permits, weather conditions and time restrictions for using the funds, the agency was unable to avoid scheduling the project during this year’s shrimp season. For more information about the shrimp season, please visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website at www.wdfw.wa.gov.
Twanoh State Park is situated along the shores of Hood Canal in Union. The park features more than 3,000 feet of shoreline on the south shore of Hood Canal and provides a variety of recreational opportunities for day use and overnight visitors. Hood Canal offers some of the warmest saltwater in the Puget Sound for swimming and boating, and the park’s 180 acres offer visitors the chance to explore diverse and fascinating marine and forest environments.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission thanks the public for supporting state parks. Donations made to State Parks through the vehicle license tab renewal program will keep state parks open in the 2009-2011 budget cycle, provided adequate revenues are collected. The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 98-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
Washington State Parks is now on Twitter at WaStatePks_NEWS and YouTube at WashingtonStateParks.