BREMERTON – Residents and visitors of Kitsap County can soon enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities with the opening of Tahuya Lake’s first public water access area under Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) management.
The Tahuya Lake Access Area includes a hand launch for small boats such as canoes, prams, and kayaks, as well as an informational kiosk, parking for up to eight vehicles, and a vault toilet. WDFW will stock this lake with trout and has a year-round fishery for largemouth bass and bluegill.
“With few public lakes in the Bremerton area, we are thrilled to provide residents with another recreational spot to enjoy the incredible natural resources of our state,” said Matthew Blankenship, WDFW’s assistant regional wildlife program manager for the Coastal Region.
A $310,000 grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program paid for the water access project. Construction and inspections are wrapping up, and the area will open to the public on Nov. 20, 2023.
The new Tahuya Lake Access Area and hand boat launch is located on the eastern shore of the lake near the junction of Gold Creek Road and Percheron Lane. WDFW acquired the parcels in 1939 and 1969 to support recreational access.
WDFW’s Coastal Region manages over 120 water access areas throughout Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, and Thurston counties.
WDFW manages more than a million acres of land and hundreds of water access areas throughout the state. By actively managing lands, restoring habitats, and preserving wild places, the Department serves as stewards for Washington’s natural places, protecting the state’s land and water for its human and wildlife.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.