Freshwater Bay to the Salt Creek Recreational Area

Lower Elwha Indian Reservation, Washington

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Here is a taste of Washington’s outer coast just a few miles west of Port Angeles. Swells penetrating the Strait of Juan de Fuca are still large enough to make challenging surf on the area’s beaches and pack enough power to bore a double sea arch along this route. Depending on the swell size, landings are possible on many tiny gravel beaches along the way that are inaccessible from the cliffs above. Preservation of the uplands as the Department of Natural Resources’ Striped Peak Recreation Area makes this one of the wildest stretches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca coast close to Port Angeles. The routes include short day trips, full day trip, or even an overnight.
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)

Here is a taste of Washington’s outer coast just a few miles west of Port Angeles. Swells penetrating the Strait of Juan de Fuca are still large enough to make challenging surf on the area’s beaches and pack enough power to bore a double sea arch along this route.

Depending on the swell size, landings are possible on many tiny gravel beaches along the way that are inaccessible from the cliffs above. Preservation of the uplands as the Department of Natural Resources’ Striped Peak Recreation Area makes this one of the wildest stretches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca coast close to Port Angeles. The routes include short day trips, full day trip, or even an overnight.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Lower Elwha Indian Reservation
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Part Day To Overnight. (Add time for car shuttle or double the route distance for a paddled return.)
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 301; Noaa chart 18465 (1:80,000); race rocks current table (adjusted for angeles point) or the Canadian Current Atlas.
Driving Directions: Directions to Freshwater Bay to the Salt Creek Recreational Area

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