Water Recreation

Beaches

The Olympic Peninsula boasts more than 70 miles of unspoiled beaches along the Pacific coastline. Traverse rocky and sandy stretches dotted with driftwood, take in dramatic sea stacks and explore tide pools brimming with life.

Allyn Waterfront Park Beach

This park has it all: dock, launch ramps, pump out station, playground, restrooms, gazebo for events, restaurants, shopping, phone, post office, liquor store, groceries, mini-mart, gifts, souvenirs, bus service, sandy beach access to...

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Anderson Lake State Park

This remote marine day-use park features cedar, fir and alder forest and freshwater marshes. Surrounded by 410 wooded and wetland acres, the park slopes down to the 70-acre Anderson Lake and abounds with...

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Camp David Jr. County Park

Set along stunning Lake Crescent, Camp David Jr. is the oldest county park in Washington state and the ideal spot for outdoor group activities. The camp was originally a health spa in the...

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Clallam Bay & Slip Point Beach Park

The dynamic interaction between river and tides makes for an ever-changing landscape where the nutrient-rich waters of the Clallam River meet the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Watch osprey and eagles feed along...

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Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse

This 5.5-mile natural sand spit is home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for hundreds of species of birds and mammals. Trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches,...

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Fort Townsend State Park

This 367-acre marine camping park rests high on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, offering fantastic views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains. Steeped in military history dating back to pioneer days, the park...

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Hobuck Beach Park

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Hope Island Marine State Park

Hope Island State Park is a 106-acre marine camping park. The island can only be reached by watercraft – motorized, human- or wind-powered. Covered with old-growth forests and saltwater marshes, the park features...

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Kalaloch Beaches

Located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, Kalaloch (pronounced clay-lock) beaches are a favorite visitor destination. Eight beaches are easily accessible from Highway 101 near Kalaloch Lodge. Pebbled Beach 4 provides...

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Mystery Bay State Park

Ten-acre Mystery Bay State Park on Marrowstone Island features 685 feet of saltwater shoreline and a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains. Stroll, swim, picnic or launch a boat or kayak. It’s also...

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Pillar Point County Park & Beach

This 4.3-acre waterside park just off the Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway is an ideal destination for beachcombing, clamming, boating, picnicking and bird watching. Designated an Audubon IBA (Important Bird Area),...

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Port Williams Beach

Quiet Port Williams just north of Sequim is a great beach destination for families, birdwatchers and dog lovers. Bring your kayak or small boat for a trip around Sequim Bay. Walk the beach...

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Potlach State Park

57-acre camping park with 5,700-feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park’s beautiful grounds are home to a variety of activities, from interpretive programs for kids to boating and shellfish harvesting.

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Rialto Beach

One of the most popular and accessible sandy stretches on the Olympic Peninsula, Rialto Beach is located just over 50 miles west of Port Angles off U.S. Highway 101. Walk for miles on...

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Second Beach

Located near the town of La Push, this scenic beach is reached via an easy short hike and steep stairs. The dramatic stretch of coastline is dotted with sea stacks and a great...

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Shi Shi Beach

It’s no wonder this unspoiled stretch was named “best nature beach” by The Travel Channel. Part of Olympic National Park and a popular camping area, Shi Shi (pronounced shy-shy) Beach is reached via...

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Shine Tidelands State Park

Shine Tidelands State Park is a 13-acre seasonal day-use park at the west end of the Hood Canal Bridge popular for wildlife and bird view. The park features 5,000 feet of tideland along...

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Shipwreck Point Beach

This 472-acre site between Port Angeles and Neah Bay includes one of the last open stretches of beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca that’s easily accessible. It’s a great spot to...

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Twanoh State Park beach

Twanoh State Park, situated on the shoreline of Hood Canal, features one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in...

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Diving

Surrounded on three sides by water, the Olympic Peninsula offers some of the best diving on the West Coast. From fresh-water lakes to a saltwater fjord to the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Peninsula is a world-class diving destination for all levels and abilities.

Fort Flagler Historical State Park

Located on the east side of Marrowstone Island in Fort Flagler Historical State Park, this former fishing pier is very current dependent. From the parking lot, follow the long stairway to the beach...

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Point Hudson

Located on the north end of Port Townsend near the Northwest Maritime Center, this popular diving spot always offers something interesting—nudibranchs, octopus, anemones, fish and more. Call the Octopus Gardens Diving shop 360-385-DIV...

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Pulali Point West Wall

Sixty feet below the surface of Dabob Bay in North Hood Canal lies an expansive underwater diving destination. The wall hosts a wide span of sea life, including rock fish, crab, gobies, perch...

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Salt Creek Recreation Area

Considered Washington state’s premiere shore diving destination, Salt Creek Recreation area offers a breathtaking underwater park replete with sea urchins, anemones, sea cucumbers and wolf eels. The underwater kelp forest reaches its peak...

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Sekiu Jetty

Considered one of the premier shore dives in Washington state, this popular spot along the Strait of Juan de Fuca offers abundant marine sea life among kelp-covered rocks just beyond the surf line....

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The Pinnacle

This North Hood Canal locale offers a wealth of sea life, including wolf eels, rockfish, octopus and sea cucumbers. The cone-shaped rock formation rises from the canal floor and ends about 30 feet...

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Kayaking

The scenic and peaceful waters of the Olympic Peninsula beckon. Find the ideal spot to launch or dock.

Allyn Waterfront Dock & Park

Launch your kayak adventure on beautiful Case Inlet from this tranquil waterside park featuring a play area and covered gazebo, used for special events and celebrations.

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Brinnon Quilcene

The protected waters of Hood Canal are ideal for kayaking-beginners, novices, families, and seasoned paddlers alike. Many sheltered coves, bays, and inlets provide calm waters with serene beaches and beautiful landscapes. Kayaking in...

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Clallam Bay-Sekiu Kayaking

The Northwest Coast offers fresh water, river and lake settings, as well as salt water, novice and expert kayaking opportunities. Makah Bay, south of Cape Flattery is an exciting surfing spot for experienced...

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Dungeness Bay

Dungeness Spit is the world’s longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Paddle to the end of the spit, to find the old Dungeness Lighthouse, built in 1857,...

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Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay is an ideal, tranquil location to launch kayaks and small boats. Snorkelers and stand-up paddle boarders are often seen here, too. Once on the protected bay it is quite common to...

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Lake Crescent

This fresh-water lake of crystal clear, sparkling blue and turquoise water is a kayakers dream. The lake is almost 12 miles long with many coves and inlets to explore. One of the highlights...

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Port Townsend

Fort Worden State Park is not your typical park. The fort is home to the Coastal Artillery and Commanding Officers Quarters Museums. There are miles of trails and old military bunkers to explore...

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Marinas

The Olympic Peninsula is a water wonderland and popular destination for all things boating. You’ll find several ideal locations to launch or dock.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

The marina at Alderbrook Resort offers a pump-out facility, dock floats and 1,500 lineal feet for moorage. Free wifi is available on the dock, as well as boat rentals and access to guided...

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Allyn Waterfront Dock & Park

This Case Inlet marina features two launch ramps, moorage and a marine pump-out. The park includes a play area and covered gazebo used for special events and celebrations. Restaurants and gift shops are...

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Arcadia Point Boat Launch

Owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe, this popular public boat ramp is a great launching point for Hope Island State Park. Parking available for vehicles and boat trailers. The gravel shore...

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Fair Harbor Marina

Fair Harbor Marina offers up to 350 feet of moorage, with 68 permanent slips, including 10 covered slips ranging from eight to 50 feet. Amenities include power service, hygiene facilities and a fuel...

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Hood Canal Marina

A Washington state-designated “Clean Marina,” this privately-owned facility in Union near Annas Bay partners with Alderbrook Resort & Spa to offer complete marina services.

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Hope Island State Park

Located near Shelton in just southwest of Squaxin Island, this quiet island park is accessible only by boat. Buoys, floats and docks offer tie-ups to access a 106-acre marine camping park.

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Jarrell’s Cove Marina

This seasonal marina is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Services include a 200-foot guest dock, overnight moorage and fuel pumps. Located across the cove from Jarrell Cove State Park.

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John Wayne Marina

John Wayne Marina is easily accessible from Seattle, the San Juan Islands, and Canada. Transient moorage is usually available. It was constructed in 1985 on 22 acres of land donated by the John...

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Makah Tribal Marina

At the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, almost at the most NW point of the contiguous 48 states, is this full-service marina. Long-term and short-term parking for vehicles and trailers is available, as...

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Oakland Bay Marina

Located in the Hammersley Inlet, the Oakland Bay Marina offers long-term and day-use moorage for recreational boaters. The facility offers 109 moorage clips, public boat launch, fuel pumps and parking.

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Port Angeles Boat Haven

Port Angeles Boat Haven is the port closest to the Pacific Ocean than any other port on the Puget Sound. This marina is close to amenities in Port Angeles, including easy access to...

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Port Ludlow Marina

Make this a favorite spot for moorage. Excellent dining, hiking, kayaking and other activities are right out your portal and just steps off your deck and the dock. Fuel, pump-out service, free showers...

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Quileute Marina

Quileute Marina in La Push is the only port between Neah Bay and Westport to south. The marina has fuel, boat launch and can accommodate between 40 – 60 boats, depending on size.

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Rest-A-While Marina & Dive Center

Family-friendly Rest-A-While Park offers year-round boat moorage and RV spots, and a private shellfish beach. Amenities include hygiene facilities, full utilities, wireless internet and tourist information. A few cottages and a community center...

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SummerTide Resort & Marina

Enjoy all the Hood Canal offers at this family- and pet-friendly resort featuring boat moorage, RV spots and vacation rentals. Marina guests have access to a small store, complimentary bedding and cable TV.

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Twanoh State Park

This popular Hood Canal destination features a double launching ramp and parking area, moorages, campsites, restrooms, showers and picnic areas. The dock and shallow wading and swimming areas is a huge draw for...

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