Kitsap County annual BEACH report

We monitored 12 beaches in Kitsap County from May 20 through Aug. 30, 2019:

  • 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

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 2019, 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 20 – Aug. 30, 2019.

Find details about each of the Kitsap County beaches below:

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 30 and the statistical threshold value of enterococcus/100 mL is greater than or equal to 110. We issue a public swimming advisory when enterococcus levels exceed 104 per 100 mL of water.

Table: Calculated geometric mean and statistical threshold value at Kitsap County beaches (in enterococcus per 100 mL) for 2019

Beach Geometric Mean Statistical Threshold Value
Arness County Park 12 17
Fay Bainbridge Park 13 24
Illahee State Park 17 58
Indianola Dock 13 22
Joel Pritchard Park 16 52
Kitsap Memorial Park 10 14
Lions Field 10 15
Point No Point Lighthouse Park 10 13
Pomeroy Park - Manchester Beach 24 99
Salsbury Point County Park <10 11
Scenic Beach State Park <10 11
Silverdale Waterfront Park 15 39