Installation of Birch Bay boat launch begins

Published on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Birch Bay tourists and residents will have a new place to set sail once the improved boat launch at the south end of Birch Bay State Park is completed.

Construction crews started work on the 60-foot concrete launch about a month ago, Birch Bay State Park manager Ted Morris said. The launch, set to be completed in mid-December, will give boaters in the Birch Bay area an alternative to driving to Blaine and putting in at the Blaine Marina.

“It will be a boon for tourism in Birch Bay,” Morris said.

Once the launch is completed, boaters will be charged $7 per boat launch in addition to a $10-per-day parking fee, Morris said. Alternatively, boaters can purchase a $70 Natural Investment Permit (state parks watercraft launch permit), which will allow unlimited boat launches and parking for one year. The permit holder can also park in other parts of the park, just like with a Discover Pass.

To find out more about the Natural Investment Permit, click here.