Sooes River Kayak/Canoe

Makah Indian Reservation

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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Sooes River Kayak/Canoe


  • Prepping for launch at the mouth of the Sooes River.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Paddling up the Sooes River.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • A house overlooking a bend in the river.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • An electrified fence over the river. The hatchery is just off to the right.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Navigating around downed trees.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Looking north down the river as the evening sun shines through the trees.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Paddling toward the Tsoo-Yess Beach Road bridge.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Looking north toward the Makah Mountians; the radar dome is visible on Bahokus Peak.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Beaching on the Sooes River.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • A kayak resting on the beach.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Enjoying the sunset with Makah Bay in the background.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
  • Silhouetted in the setting sun on the Sooes River.- Sooes River Kayak/Canoe
Overview + Weather
Fishing. Easy paddling. Bird watching. Scenic.
Remote. Logs hidden just below the surface. Very shallow sections.
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Site characteristics: Water: 
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Makah Recreation Pass
Portage required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.60 mi (10.62 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
Paddle Description

Paddle Description


Located in the northwesternmost region of the continental United States in the Makah Indian Reservation, the Sooes River is an easy kayaking adventure through very pretty country. The Sooes river is approximately 16 miles long; however, if you are approaching from Makah Bay, only the first 3.3 miles are accessible because of a dam and electrified fence placed by the Makah National Fish Hatchery.

The Makah Indian Reservation is a sovereign nation and has laws that may differ from Washington state. The Makah require a special recreation pass while visiting and enjoying their many parks. The Makah Recreation Pass can be acquired for $10 at the Makah Culture and Research Center near the entrance to Neah Bay as well as a few other places in Neah Bay.

When putting in at the mouth of the Sooes River, try to time your departure with the rising tide, as it will help negate the minor downstream current of the river. Be cautious of logs hidden just under the surface and the occasional shallow section of water. Watch for the abundant jumping salmon and many species of birds along the river.

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