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Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking

Olympic National Park

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • The sun shines through weeds near the shore of Lake Ozette.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The bridge leading to the coastal trails and a sign warning boaters of a blocked river.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • A group of trees on Deer Point- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Paddling through lily pads on Lake Ozette.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Lily pads on Lake Ozette.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • An abonded house on the the northeastern end of Umbrella Bay.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The rock at Jestered Point.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The beach landing at Benson's Point Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Landing at Benson's Point Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Landing at Benson's Point Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • A bench next to the fire pit at Benson's Point Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Looking down Big River.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Looking southeast at the mouth of Big River with Lake Ozette in the background.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Swan Bay Boat Launch.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Looking westward at Garden Island.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Paddling through reeds.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The landing for the Garden Island Campgound.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The landing for the Garden Island Campgound.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The fire pit at the Garden Island Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • A cabin on Preacher's Point.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Catching the setting sun on Tivoli Island.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The morning sun shines through the trees on Tivoli Island.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • A section of forest on Tivoli Island.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The primary campground on Tivoli Island.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The beach landing for the Tivoli Island Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Tivoli Island sits between Brikestol Campgound (left) and Baby Island (right).- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Fire pit and beach landing at Birkestol Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Fire pit and beach landing at Birkestol Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Foam collects near the beach- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Calm waters near Tivoli Island.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Tivoli Island reflected in the water.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The southwestern end of Allen's Bay.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The beach landing for Allen's Bay Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The beach landing for Allen's Bay Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • A marker signifying the Erickson's Bay Trail to the coast.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Map and kayak on Lake Ozette.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The water gets a little rougher around Schafer's Point.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The beach landing at Eagle Point Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The beach landing at Eagle Point Campground.- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The fire pit at Eagle Point Campground- Ozette Lake Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lots to explore. Ample backcountry campgrounds. Very little boat traffic.
Cons: 
Rather remote. Few provisions nearby. Not all campsites are clearly marked.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Named for the abandoned whaling village of Ozette (B.C. 440 to A.D. 1750), Ozette Lake is known to the Makah people as Kahouk, or "Large Lake." Covering an area of more than 12 square miles, the lake has certainly earned it’s Makahian name, and it can also boast the title of the “Largest Unaltered Natural Lake” in Washington.

There are many rivers and bays to explore in Ozette Lake, so more curious kayakers may want to budget a few extra hours to see what is off of the more popular routes. The lake has three islands: Garden Island in Swan Bay, Baby Island in the South End, and Tivoli Island, the largest of the three, located in the southern third of the lake east of Allen’s Bay.

If camping is on your agenda, a backcountry permit must be obtained at the ranger station at the north end of the the lake for a fee of $5 plus $2 per person per night. All food, garbage, and scented items must be stored in a park-approved bear cannister (available for loan at the ranger station with a suggested donation of $3 per cannister) except while camping on Garden Island and Tivoli Island.

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