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Oysters and clams can be gathered off the beach, doing a little digging or perhaps setting out a trap - it's knowing where to find them and having the right permits!

Visit the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website for a list of approved shellfish gathering areas, rules, regulations, health warnings and closures. If you aren't sure, contact the Shellfish HOTLINE: 800.562.5632.

Be sure to respect private property when you gather shellfish, or access shellfish beaches. Some may be accessible only by boat. ENJOY! All Puget Sound crab fishers 15 years of age or older must have an annual license. A catch card is required for all See WDFW crab rules for Hood Canal or call shellfish rules hotline at 866-880-5431, or locally at 360-796-3235.

If you'd like to take a stroll and enjoy and learn more about our shorelines, visit the Kitsap County Beach Watchers for events and literature! 





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Blake Island

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Blake Island State Park
Blake Island, WA
360.731.8330
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This beautiful 475-acre island camping park, with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline, is only reachable by private boat or via tour boats. Kitsap Harbor Tours, which departs from Port Orchard, and Argosy Cruises, departing from Seattle, take visitors to Blake Island and to the famous, Tillicum Village to enjoy a unique Northwest Indian dining and cultural experience. The journey includes traditionally prepared Native American salmon cooked over open fires and a presentation Native American dancing and songs.
Bremerton

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Illahee State Park
3540 Bahia Vista
Bremerton, WA 98310
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ILLAHEE STATE PARK is a 75-acre marine camping park with 1,785 feet of saltwater frontage on Port Orchard Bay. The park has plenty of parking space, lots of fresh air, facilities for a number of outdoor activities and access to a variety of water sports. At the park entrance there is a set of 5"/51 guns off of the USS West Virginia, (BB-48). There are two plaques, one honors all who have served this country; the other plaque honors Mr. Earle Henry Harkins, shipyard worker and first caretaker of the park.
Purdy

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Joemma Beach State Park
122-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on southeast Key Peninsula. Aside from the natural beauty of park and surroundings, the area is an excellent place for fishing, boating and crabbing.
Poulsbo

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Kitsap Memorial State Park
202 NE Park ST
Poulsbo, WA 98370
360.779.3205
800.902.8844
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Near the Hood Canal floating bridge with a gorgeous setting for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, scuba diving and beachcombing. Facilities for meetings, events, banquets, weddings.


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Potlach State Park
21020 HWY 101 N
PO BOX 1051
Hoodsport, WA 98548
360.877.5361
57-acre camping park with 9,570 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park's beautiful grounds are home to a variety of activities, from interpretive programs for kids to boating and shellfish harvesting.
Seabeck

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Scenic Beach State Park
PO BOX 7
Seabeck, WA 98380
360.830.5079
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88-acre camping park w/1,500 feet of saltwater beachfront on Hood Canal. Native rhododendrons and stunning, clear-day views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. ADA-compliant paths lead to a country garden, gazebo, rustic bridge and huge trees.
Port Gamble

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Shine Tidelands State Park
Mailing Address: 202 NE Park ST
Poulsbo, WA 98370
360.779.3205
13-acre seasonal day-use park with 5,000 feet of tideland extending from the Hood Canal floating bridge along Bywater Bay to where the spit joins Hood Head Island. At high tide, there is little beach available to the visitor. Looks east, across Hood Canal at the Kitsap Peninsula. Excellent low-tide shellfish-harvesting opportunities nearby. Kayaking and windsurfing are popular on the beach.
Union

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Twanoh State Park
12190 E HWY 106
Union, WA 98592
360.275.2222
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182-acre marine, camping park with 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park is situated on one of the warmest saltwater beaches in the state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in Puget Sound.
     

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