Southern Hood Canal Annas Bay

Skokomish Indian Reservation, Washington

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Annas Bay, the elbow of the Great Bend of Hood Canal, has the largest river estuary, the Skokomish River, in the area. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the immediately adjacent Olympic Mountains, this maze of winding channels and grassy banks abounds in birdlife and seals. At high tide a meandering route can be followed all the way across the estuary through these watery convolutions and miniature islets. Especially stunning are the fall colors of the wetland deciduous trees and shrubs in brilliant contrast against the mountains’ greens.
Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

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Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

by Rob Casey (The Mountaineers Books)

Annas Bay, the elbow of the Great Bend of Hood Canal, has the largest river estuary, the Skokomish River, in the area. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the immediately adjacent Olympic Mountains, this maze of winding channels and grassy banks abounds in birdlife and seals.

At high tide a meandering route can be followed all the way across the estuary through these watery convolutions and miniature islets. Especially stunning are the fall colors of the wetland deciduous trees and shrubs in brilliant contrast against the mountains’ greens.

© 2012 Rob Casey/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Skokomish Indian Reservation
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Part Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 201; Noaa charts 18476 (1:40,000) or 18445 SC (1:80,000); Seattle tide table (add 10 minutes).
Topo Map: Southern Hood Canal: Annas Bay Topographic Map
Guide Book: Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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