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Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca

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  • Kayaking near Bachelor Rock on Freshwater Bay.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Boat launch into Freshwater Bay, Washington.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • There are many coves to explore around Freshwater Bay.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Rocky cliff shoreline along the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Freshwater Bay.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Kayaking along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Mount Baker.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Strait of Juan de Fuca near Freshwater Bay.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Abundance of life (both above and below the surface) can be found near Freshwater Bay.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Kayaking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Kayaking in Freshwater Bay with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Freshwater Bay with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.- Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife viewing. Beautiful views.
Cons: 
Boat launch can be impaired by the tides.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Water Type: 
Sound/Strait
Docking Type: 
Single Docking
Portage Req'd: 
No
Uses: 
Motorized Boats Allowed (few limitations)
Class: 
Easy / Class A
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Freshwater Bay is located along the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula just west of Port Angeles. This location is ideal for kayaking, fishing, boating (small boats), beach combing, bird watching and simply enjoying the views over the water.

An abundance of wildlife can be seen in this beautiful tidal environment. Sea otters, seals, birds, fish, and invertebrates are all around; it’s a good idea to have a camera or binoculars handy. On a clear day you can see Mount Baker in the distance.

For a good adventure with lots to see, head west and hug the rocky cliff shoreline to explore numerous small coves with a wide variety of wildlife and plants, both above and below the surface. Keep an eye out for marine mammals such as otters, seals, and whales, that frequent these waters.

The boat launch is open year round, but it is somewhat dependent on the tides, and there is no dock.

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