Tag Archives: hood canal bridge

Bridge Closure

Waiting for the Hood Canal Bridge to open
Waiting for the Hood Canal Bridge to open

It doesn’t happen all that often, but occasionally we have to wait for the Hood Canal Bridge to open for marine traffic. It’s one of the downsides of living on an isolated peninsula. I was lucky to be stopped on the bridge. The farther back you have to wait, the longer it takes for the flow of traffic to get going. In the summer, I’ve been stopped as far back as two miles from the bridge.

Bywater Bay State Park

Bywater Bay Lagoon
Bywater Bay Lagoon

Bywater Bay State Park is just north of the Hood Canal Bridge and adjacent to the Shine Tidelands State Park. Don’t ask why we need two contiguous parks. They’re there. This lagoon fills up at high tide and empties as the water goes out. The stream cuts the sand bar that would otherwise connect the island of Hood’s Head to the Peninsula. You can usually see a heron or two here and occasionally, an osprey.