This project, scheduled to begin in October 2022, will remove 350 feet of shoreline armor and debris to restore nearshore processes at Hoypus Point located on the north end of Deception Pass State Park near Cornet Bay.
History: In the early 1900s, the location was the southern terminus for a ferry that crossed Deception Pass to Yokeko Point on Fidalgo Island. Once the Deception Pass bridge was constructed in 1935 the ferry became obsolete, however some infrastructure from the ferry remains on site. Shore armor and fill infringe on and bury potential surf smelt and sand lance spawning habitat. Surf smelt and sand lance spawn in the mid to upper reaches of the beaches and are important prey for our migrating salmon in the Whidbey Basin which are critical for the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Following construction, Island County Marine Resources Committee and community volunteers will add native trees and shrubs to reestablish shading and stability of the shoreline. Contact us for more information on how to get involved.
The Hoypus Point project is the third phase of nearshore habitat restoration at the Cornet Bay Day Use Site. Click here for more information about the habitat and restoration at Cornet Bay or stop by the park and check out the interpretive signs located near the park shelter.
Project partners / acknowledgements: Washington State Parks (Deception Pass State Park), Island County Marine Resources Committee, Whidbey Island Conservation District, Blue Coast Engineering, and PNW Civil, Inc. Initial funding for site identification and feasibility was paid for by Puget Sound Partnership, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Shell Oil Company, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funding to support design, permitting, and construction has been provided by grants from the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Estuary & Salmon Restoration Program.