Central Whidbey groups partner to fix viewing deck at Keystone Spit

Volunteers work to fix the aging and rotting viewing deck at Keystone Spit. - Bill Bradkin photo
Volunteers work to fix the aging and rotting viewing deck at Keystone Spit.
— image credit: Bill Bradkin photo

The observation platform at Keystone Spit will be usable for many years to come thanks to the help and cooperation of Central Whidbey Lions, Fort Casey State Park personnel and Whidbey Audubon Society. The platform allows people to observe Crockett Lake from an elevated leve and is a designated point on the Great Washington State Birding Trail, the Puget Loop,  stop 37.

More than 20 years ago, the Washington Department of Parks and Recreation, along with former Whidbey Audubon Society member Bob Merrick, arranged for two surplus floating docks to be trucked to the site and placed, end to end, with an eight-foot space between. A ramp was built that was bridged crudely with boards spanning the gap. Rough railings and benches were also installed at that time.

Recently some regular users noticed the ramp was rotting. Fort Casey State Park volunteers replaced the ramp with a new set of steps and Central Whidbey Lions volunteered to upgrade the structure. The cost of materials was provided by Whidbey Audubon Society. The bridge between the docks is now firmly supported. Handrails are also in place at the steps. Park personnel helped tidy things up when the Lions were done.

“Although the platform is still pretty rustic, it remains consistent with the surroundings,” said Bill Bradkin, Whidbey Audubon and Central Whidbey Lions member.


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