Kitsap County annual BEACH report

We monitored 12 beaches in Kitsap County from May 21 through Aug. 31, 2018:

  • Arness County Park
  • Fay Bainbridge Park
  • Illahee State Park
  • Indianola Dock
  • Joel Pritchard Park
  • Kitsap Memorial State Park
  • Lions Field
  • Point No Point Lighthouse Park
  • Pomeroy Park - Manchester Beach
  • Salsbury Point County Park
  • Scenic Beach State Park
  • Silverdale Waterfront Park

A calm lake bound by a narrow beach and grassy park

Lions Field Beach in Kitsap County

Keeping beaches safe

The Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication & Health (BEACH) Program ensures that marine water is safe to swim and play in and informs the public if water doesn't meet swimming standards.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2018, we sampled 62 public high-use beaches statewide, either weekly or biweekly, for enterococcus, a type of fecal bacteria. High enterococcus levels are linked to swimmer illness.

Kitsap County saltwater swimming beaches

We monitored 12 beaches in Kitsap County weekly from May 21 – Aug. 31, 2018.

Find details about each of the Kitsap County beaches below:

Arness County Park Fay Bainbridge Park Illahee State Park Indianola Dock Joel Pritchard Park Kitsap Memorial State Park Lions Field Point No Point Lighthouse Park Pomeroy Park Salsbury Point County Park Scenic Beach State Park Silverdale Waterfront Park

Data summary: Bacteria results compared to standards

The chart below summarizes the bacteria levels at Kitsap County beaches in relation to the EPA swimming standard or saltwater swimming criteria. Beaches are considered unsafe for swimming when the geometric mean of enterococcus/100 mL of water is greater than or equal to 35 and the statistical threshold value of enterococcus/100 mL is greater than or equal to 276. We issue a public swimming advisory when enterococcus levels reach 104 per 100 mL of water.

Table: Calculated geometric mean and statistical threshold value at Kitsap County beaches (in enterococcus per 100 mL) for 2018

Beach Geometric Mean Statistical Threshold Value
Arness County Park 15 89
Fay Bainbridge Park 15 53
Illahee State Park 14 33
Indianola Dock 11 23
Joel Pritchard Park 11 17
Kitsap Memorial Park <10 10
Lions Field 13 22
Point No Point Lighthouse Park 10 11
Pomeroy Park - Manchester Beach 17 51
Salsbury Point County Park 10 15
Scenic Beach State Park <10 10
Silverdale Waterfront Park 12 21