Belfair, Washington

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Belfair
State Route 3 through Belfair
State Route 3 through Belfair
Belfair is located in Washington (state)
Belfair
Belfair
Location of Belfair, in Washington State
Coordinates: 47°27′02″N 122°49′33″W / 47.45056°N 122.82583°W / 47.45056; -122.82583Coordinates: 47°27′02″N 122°49′33″W / 47.45056°N 122.82583°W / 47.45056; -122.82583
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyMason
Area
 • Total44.9 sq mi (116 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total3,931
 • Density88/sq mi (34/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
Area code(s)360
GNIS feature ID1516383[1]

Belfair is a census-designated place in Mason County, Washington, United States. Located at the mouth of the Union River at Hood Canal, it serves as the commercial center of North Mason County. The population of the surrounding area grows in the summertime, as the Canal and the Olympic Peninsula are popular with tourists. The population was 3,931 as of the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Belfair is located on an isthmus connecting the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula. It receives an average rainfall of 60 inches (1,500 mm) yearly and has a growing season of 212 days with final spring frost around April 20 usually.

Mason Lake is 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Belfair.

Notable people[edit]

Belfair is the home of former U.S. Representative Norm Dicks. Belfair was also home to Noah Ashenhurst, formerly an English teacher at the local North Mason High School and award-winning author of the novel Comfort Food. Belfair is also the hometown of 6 time American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) National Champion Jason Raines and the illustrator of numerous children's books Daniel Lane.

History[edit]

Belfair was originally referred to as Clifton, as were several other towns in the state. To avoid confusion, it was renamed in 1925 by Mrs. Murray, then postmaster, who submitted the name Belfair from a book that she was then reading.[citation needed]

Tourist activities[edit]

Belfair is home to "The Taste of Hood Canal", an annual event falling on the second Saturday in August. This festival features local artists, foods, a classic car show and is sponsored by the North Mason Rotary Club.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Belfair has two high schools (North Mason High School and James A. Taylor High School, an alternative school), a middle school (Hawkins Middle School), two elementary schools (Sand Hill Elementary and Belfair Elementary), and a co-op preschool.

Community services[edit]

Belfair is the regional service hub for North Mason County. Harrison Hospital operates an urgent care facility in Belfair, and local doctor offices are in the area along with other professional services. The area has local and chain restaurants, along with two major grocery stores. Local shopping includes gift stores. Timberland Regional Library has a local branch in Belfair. Several public golf courses are nearby, including McCormick Woods, Gold Mountain, Alderbrook, Trophy Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Lakeland Village.

Belfair is also home to Mary E. Theler Community Center. The Theler Wetlands have walking trails meandering through 135 acres (0.55 km2) of tidal wetlands, offering boardwalks and well-groomed paths with views of Hood Canal, Union River, and a tidal estuary. Other nature trails can be found near Belfair Elementary.

Washington State Route 3 is the main road leading into Belfair, from Bremerton and Gorst in the north, and Allyn in the south. Washington State Route 106 also starts at the south end of Belfair, leading toward Union, the next town along the south shore of Hood Canal. Washington State Route 300 begins in Belfair and runs along the north shore of Hood Canal, providing access to Tahuya and Dewatto Bay.

Recreation[edit]

Belfair serves as a gateway town for the Hood Canal region, and is the last town with services before visitors reach Tahuya State Forest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belfair". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.

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