Dyes Inlet

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Dyes Inlet. View facing southeast with Mount Rainier in background

Dyes Inlet is an inlet on the Kitsap Peninsula in western Washington, USA. Silverdale, Washington is located on the north shore of the inlet and has a marina, waterfront park, boat ramp, and boardwalk. The west shoreline is part of Chico, Washington and the east shoreline is Tracyton, Washington. Dyes Inlet is connected to Port Orchard via the Port Washington Narrows, Port Washington being an earlier name for the inlet. It was named for John W. W. Dyes, a taxidermist with the Wilkes Expedition of 1841.[1] Chico Creek and Clear Creek are the major fresh waterways that drain into the inlet. Both creeks have heavy salmon runs during the fall.[2]

Dyes Inlet has hosted Unlimited Light Hydroplane races.[3]


  1. ^ Middleton, Lynn (1969). Place Names of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Origins, Histories and Anecdotes in Bibliographic Form about the Coast of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Superior Pub. Co. p. 72. 
  2. ^ Simon, Jim (1997-11-13). "Orcas Put Bite On Salmon Catch -- Pod's Appetite Prompts Closure Of Dyes Inlet Fishery". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  3. ^ Mickleson, Bill (2008-08-06). "Silverdale Thunder brings summer fun amidst the wakes and ruckus". North Kitsap Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dyes Inlet

Coordinates: 47°36′42″N 122°40′57″W / 47.611718°N 122.682610°W / 47.611718; -122.682610