Keystone boat launch fixes planned, but when unclear

Getting boats into the water is a little more difficult and time consuming at the boat launch next to the Coupeville ferry dock.

Temporary and permanent fixes are planned, but the timeline is unclear.

Chris Holm, the Central Whidbey manager for State Parks, said a wooden breakwater at the Keystone jetty came apart in a December storm. A piece floated across and struck the dock and one of the four pylons, damaging both.

As a result, the dock was removed, which makes launching boats take longer.

“Hopefully everyone will play nice,” Holm said.

The plan is to install a temporary floating dock, Holm said, which he hopes to have later this summer. The department is in the process of getting the necessary permits.

The long-term solution will be to rebuild a breakwater and install new pylons for a permanent dock, but that likely won’t happen for at least a year, he said.

The only other public boat launches for boaters headed for the west side of the island are at Possession Point and Deception Pass, he said.

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