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Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking

Strait of Juan de Fuca

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • Prepping the kayaks on the Ediz Hook.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • The Madan Poseidon floats in the Port Angeles Harbor with Tyler Peak centered in the background.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Looking southwest at a floating pen with Happy Lake Ridge in the background.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • A Coast Guard helicpoter takes off from the Port Angeles Coast Guard Air Station.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • A buoy off the eastern tip of Ediz Hook.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking in front of the Madan Poseidon.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking in the Port Angeles Harbor with Blue Mountian in the background.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking in Port Angeles Harbor.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Heading east in Port Angeles Harbor.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • A worker helps load logs onto a shipping vessel.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Looking north to Ediz Hook with Vancouver Island in the distance.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Heading east toward the the Nippon Paper Factory.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Access to the lagoon behind the factory is restricted. - Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • A small vessel navigates through floating logs.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Reflections in the water.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Looking west down Ediz Hook.- Port Angeles Harbor Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Abundant parking. Easy access. Seals and birds.
Cons: 
Lots of boat traffic.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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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Kayaking around Port Angeles offers an experience paddling around one of the busiest ports on the Olympic Peninsula, home to the Coast Guard Air Station on the eastern end of Ediz Hook. You'll have views of the Olympic Mountains, harbor seals, and a wide variety of birds.

In 1791, Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza dubbed the area "Puerto de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles" (Port of Our Lady of the Angels). The name of the deep harbor was shortened to Port Angeles one year later by British Royal Navy Captain George Vancouver. The first American settlers arrived in the mid-1850s, and under the guidance of Victor Smith, Port Angeles became the second American city officially laid out by the U.S. Government (Washington D.C. being the first). Today the city serves as a major logging port.

The 3-mile-long Ediz Spit is an excellent launch point for a kayaking adventure in and around the harbor. Notable attractions in the bay are the Coast Guard Station at the far end of the spit. South of the Coast Guard Base is Hollywood Beach and Port Angeles City Pier, which are excellent spots to disembark, have lunch, and explore the city. Continuing east is the rest of the city's occasionally busy waterfront that ends with the Nippon Industries Paper Plant. Curious harbor seals are known to accompany kayakers around the harbor.

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