Miles of Saltwater Shorelines

Clallam and Jefferson Counties combined have over 400 miles of saltwater coastline. The inland waters of the 61-mile glacial fjord of the Hood Canal, the glacier-carved Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit and the wild, rugged Pacific Coast comprise differing habitats and nearly endless opportunities to explore.

Tide pooling, beach hikes and days-long backpacking excursions are a grat way to experience the calming rhythms of waves and tides and the view the wildlife and sea creatures of the tidal zone.

Interpretive opportunities abound! Starting from the east along the Hood Canal, one can learn of the lifecycle of geoducks, clams and oysters at the shellfish labs near Brinnon and Quilcene.

Look for marine science centers in Port Townsend and Port Angeles.

Kayaking companies can be found in most communities.

Olympic National Park offers ranger-guided interpretive walks during low tides near Rialto Beach and Kalaloch.


Rialto Beach
United States
48° 13' 14.8224" N, 124° 7' 6.186" W
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Rialto Beach