April 13, 2018 at 7:54 pm #1085Anonymous
Hello SEVENTY48 teams!
I’ve been looking into launching in Tacoma for those boats larger than can be managed over the shoulder. The starting line is at Dock Street Marina. They do not have a boat ramp, trailer parking or a sling.
Foss Waterway Park is just east under the bridge and they have a small boat gangplank and float. There is no trailer parking and I don’t believe it is overnight parking either.
Apparently there is a sling at Commencement Bay Marine, but I believe that is an industrial facility and the cost is high.
The only other option is six miles west at Point Defiance by the Vashon Ferry landing. There are multiple recreational ramps there.
If anyone has more specific knowledge about places to launch, tie up, and load up, it would be great to get that conversation going. From my conversations, Dock Street Marina has been receiving a lot of calls.
-Adair (Old Anacortes Winning and Celebrating Society)
April 24, 2018 at 5:01 am #1360Anonymous
For those who want a little more about the launch points but don’t want to travel to the Foss to see them firsthand, I’ve taken a few photos for you.
The first two are under the 21st Street Bridge (the big triangle one) at the hand launch. The ramp down to the launch is roughly 5.5ft wide with nothing overhead. There’s a nice big parking lot at the top under the bridge.
If you were thinking of just hand carrying down to the “beach” and launching, good luck finding a beach. Access is pretty difficult along most of the Foss.
There are a few good public access docks on the Ruston side of the Foss. Here’s an accessible dock just north of the Foss Seaport Museum (narrower than the 21st St Bridge launch).
If you can’t wheel or carry, you’ve got two lifts in the Foss, and there are rumors of a ramp on the Puyallup River where Stewart Street goes under the E 11th St bridge. Or there’s the ramp way out at Point Defiance.
May 11, 2018 at 12:33 am #1548Anonymous
There IS another ramp where E 11th Street crosses the Puyallup. It is about 3 miles from the start (versus the 6 miles from Owen Beach). It is very low frills, free, and possibly a Tribal access point. I’m not sure I’d want to park my car there and turn my back on it, but I’d definitely consider launching a boat from there.
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May 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm #1558Anonymous
Glad to see all the feedback on the topic. Some of our team scouted out the Foss a couple weekends ago as well. We determined that with beaching gear we can roll down the ramp under the 21st street bridge.
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