Westport Off The Beaten Path

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    Fisherman's Memorial

    by glabah Written Jan 12, 2014
    Westport Fishermans Memorial in End of Road
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    According to the plaque on the side of the monument, it is dedicated to "Memory of All Mariners Lost at Sea".

    This memorial is a bit out of the way as it is located at the very end of the public roads in Westport. To get here, head through the main part of downtown, and when you reach the furthest north you can go past the marina and get to the observation tower, turn right and follow the only road there is left towards the hotels. You will find that this road ends at a turn around with the memorial in the center.

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    Narrow and Somewhat Hidden Walkway to Bay

    by glabah Updated Jan 1, 2012

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    Bridge from Floating Walkway to Breakwater Walkway
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    Wandering along the north side of the Westport Marina, it is possible to find your way out to the very end of the wooden breakwater at the entrance to the marina. This pathway takes you along a floating section of the marina and over a wooden bridge to a very narrow walkway on top of pilings.

    The publicly accessible part of this walking route is a popular place for locals to drop crab pots into the water and catch crab directly from the waters of the marina, without even using a boat. It is not unusual at all for people to fish from the walkway at any location. This walkway is fairly old, and it is possible to see grooves worn into the handrail of parts of the walkway where several generations of crap pots have been tied to the railing with ropes.

    Obviously, it is vital to keep in mind the various local crab and fish regulations as well, should you decide to drop a line or cab pot into the water at this location.

    Also, as the walkway is narrow, watch for fishing lines, poles, and ropes from the crab pots. There isn't a lot of room to move around on this narrow walkway.

    When I visited in the depths of December, there were still a hardy few braving the cold wind, so most likely warm weather and an open fishing season will find far more here.

    Even if you are not interested in fishing or crabbing, the walkway offers a view of the wintering bird life in the boat basin and out on the Gray's Harbor during the winter months, and it is possible to get a reasonably nice view of the surrounding water and countryside on a clear day, or even somewhat unclear day.

    There are Some Basic Rules: (as seen in photo 4)

    The floating part of the marina walkways are only open to the public during daylight hours.

    Use the handrails as the floating walkways do tend to shift with the waves, and the wooden sections are slippery when they are wet.

    Boats have the priority: move your fishing line and crab pots out of the way if someone needs to put their boat there.

    Boats are private property and stay off them please

    Keep pets on leashes.

    How to Get Here:

    Keep following the signs for the marina, then go through the small downtown area all the way to the northwest side of the town. At Westhaven Drive and Cove Avenue, continue around the far end of Cove Avenue as it runs along a narrow strip of land out to the end of the rocks. Public parking is limited, but there are a few spots. If you can't find anything here you will have to park in the nearby downtown area and walk from there. Most of this area is parking reserved for the hotels, however. The public entrance to the walkway is right next to the very last cabin of the Motel Cottages Harbor Resort. Walk down the walkway to the floating section of walkway, and continue as far as you want to, until you reach the very end of the walkway at the end of the wooden breakwater.

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