Henderson Inlet Ecosystem

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Woodland and Woodard creeks along with the smaller Sleepy and Dobbs creeks flow into Henderson Bay, a (historically?) significant shellfish growing area. The inlet is home to the Noo-Seh-Chatl which occupied Tutse'tcakl village, now incorporated by the United States under the Medicine Creek Treaty into the modern Squaxin Island Tribe. The headwaters have been cleared and paved by the City of Lacey, while the areas around Henderson Inlet are a mixture of young forest and cleared rural residential land in unincorporated Thurston County. The lakes and the glacial outwash geology make the headwaters unusual. Henderson Inlet contains the Woodard-Woodland Embayment and Chapman Bay. While there are small drift cells associated with Weyer Point and the two unnamed embayments opposite. The Northeast Henderson Drift Cell extending to Johnson Point is the largest beach system in the Inlet, with the Northwest Henderson Drift Cell much smaller.


Socioecological Assets

  • The Woodland Community Park which contains the Lacey Community Center, along with the Lake Lois Habitat Reserve straddles where Woodland Creek crosses under the Old Pacific Highway, and forms a large habitat island and social center just downstream of the lakes adn upstream of St. Martins Campus.
  • The


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