A Short History of the Port of Tracyton

On June 1, 1929, voters in Tracyton approve the formation of the Port of Tracyton. Members of the Tracyton community, an unincorporated area of Kitsap County on Dyes Inlet, petitioned the Board of County Commissioners for the election in order to allow the purchase of a dock on the Tracyton waterfront. The dock will be used to facilitate access to Mosquito Fleet steamers that connect the area to downtown Bremerton, just across the Port Washington Narrows, and other towns on Puget Sound. But a year later the Manette Bridge will open and connect the Tracyton area with downtown Bremerton, decreasing use of the steamers. For several decades the port district is inactive except for providing access to the beach and to a boat launch. In the 1990s an effort is made to dissolve the Port, which culminates in a controversy among board members in 2002. The Port remains intact and in 2008 Tracyton voters approve a measure to expand the port district in order to increase the tax base and fund a series of projects that will enhance the community's waterfront facilities. In 2010 the Port is working to fund a new boat launch, a landing area for non-motorized boats, and picnic facilities.

From HistoryLink.org Essay 9497 by Jennifer Ott, August 01, 2010

Friday, March 17, 2023

 Port of Tracyton Waterfront Improvements:


The Port of Tracyton boat launch ramp is in a state of failure and long past its useful life.  The Port is considering options that may be available to renovate or replace this public infrastructure in a manner that will best serve district residents and the public.  The Port is not considering additional taxation for this project however, there are numerous grants that may be available to help fund much needed improvements.


The discussion around what improvements may look like is just beginning and the Port is interested in ideas and general thoughts from the district residents.  To that end, the regularly scheduled board meeting on April 13, 2023 at 6pm will begin with open public discussion related to potential waterfront improvements in the vicinity of the existing Tracyton boat launch.  The regular board meeting agenda will follow this open public discussion. 


Port district residents and property owners are encouraged to join the discussion in person at the Tracyton Public Library (351 NW Tracy Avenue).  The Port Commissioners will be considering potential improvement options at a conceptual level such as replacement of the existing boat launch ramp and/or alternative public shoreline access uses for this site.  The “brainstorming” discussion will remain conceptual in nature and no final decisions will be made during this meeting however, all ideas and considerations that will serve the final goal of enhanced public shoreline access are welcome and encouraged.