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Point No Point Resort buildings demolished; new boat launch in the works
HANSVILLE — The Point No Point Resort was razed to a few large piles of debris by the time 8:30 a.m. rolled around Jan. 21.
The 3.47-acre resort was being cleared for a multi-million dollar project that is planned to transform the site into a new boat launch and parking lot.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife “is moving forward with the development of the boat launch,” County Commissioner Robert Gelder told the Herald Jan. 21.
The project is estimated to cost $2.5 million. Fish and Wildlife will install an elevated, concrete boat launch. The 90-foot boat launch will accommodate boats up to 26 feet in length. It will be the first fully operational launch that far north in Kitsap since the former rail launch closed in 2002. The other three boat launches in the north end include the Port of Kingston, Salsbury Point County Park, and Port of Eglon.
The Point No Point project is not fully under way, however. Fish and Wildlife has not obtained all the needed permits.
“Last I knew, [Fish and Wildlife] still needed a few permits for the actual work,” Gelder said. Those permits include those that will allow work to be done in the water, he said.
Gelder said the county and Fish and Wildlife are finalizing the maintenance and operations agreement. Under the agreement, Fish and Wildlife is expected to assure it will maintain the site, Gelder said.
There are advocates for and against the project. On one side, recreational fishing will be much more accessible, Gelder said. With two main points to launch from in the North end — Salsbury and Port of Kingston — and neither near Hansville, it will make boat fishing much less expensive, he said.
“It’s a wonderful boon for [boaters and fishers],” Gelder said.
Gelder said he is concerned about local impacts and the state keeping up on maintenance and management. There is an issue with overflow parking for Point No Point Park during busy months, which could become worse with the resort being used once again for boating. In the past, the resort was used as overflow.
The county will help find volunteer site hosts, Gelder said. The host will help out around the site by restocking facilities, and helping visitors. The host will also be a point of contact for “the do’s and don’ts,” Gelder said.
The host will “be another set of eyes and ears,” he said.
The project was delayed in the past to address residents’ concerns, including increased traffic and noise. The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Suquamish tribes and the Point No Point Treaty Council submitted letters, concerned the construction would negatively impact fish spawning areas, which are traditional tribal fishing areas.
Fish and Wildlife purchased the property in 1996, intending to repair and maintain the rail launch system. Boaters hand-launched from the beach on the site after the launch system was shut down in 2002. A replacement rail launch system was rejected in 2004.
The renovated site will include 28 vehicle parking stalls, and 35 vehicle-with-trailer parking stalls. A new restroom will be constructed. Beach restoration is also a part of the project. There will be erosion control, and stormwater management. The final site will be fenced in with landscaping and will include interpretive kiosks and an eagle perch.
The Puget Sound water adjacent to Point No Point is Marine Area 9. Annual launching for recreational fishing can range from 1,000 to 4,000 boats, based on available crab, shrimp, halibut and salmon.