Gather up your gear, the 2018 shrimp season will reopen for one additional day on Saturday June 23 2018. The fishery will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on that day.
Here’s something different – load up the kids, kayaks and crab pots and head to the Canal. It’s time to get up close and personal with nature and catch dinner from the stability of – a kayak. The guides at Kayak Brinnon are seeing a trend to families and individuals
trying out this new exciting method of catching your own dinner!
The Hardware Distillery is sending another barrel of aquavit across the fjord to commemorate a centuries old Nordic tradition of aging aquavit with the rocking of a sea journey. Join the Distillery and Hood Canal Events to celebrate the crossing with a regatta and paddle race; live music, food, kids' activities and an "Aquavit Garden" (also serving beer).
Ahh... road trips –there’s nothing that holds more appeal than the classic road trip – discovering new places, trying new things. Getting away from it all is as easy as heading to the South Sound via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge or by catching the Bremerton ferry for the 22 minute drive to Belfair, WA at the head of Hood Canal.
It's ok to be "shellfish" when your on Hood Canal. How about waking up to spectacular water and mountain views for days filled with unique activities? Chef prepared Farm to Table dinner at Union; Canal beach walks and oyster gathering; a spectacular intertidal party at Lilliwaup – it’s a great time to hit the Hood – and we’ve prepared a jam-packed customizable Shellfish Week itinerary for you!
Every year the public is welcomed to Hama Hama's beach to learn about oysters, oyster farming, and life in the Hood Canal, aquatic and other. They call this beach celebration the Hama Hama Oyster Rama. The Rama features beach tours, u-pick oysters and clams, an oyster-sports competition, kid's activities, live music, and various delicious food and drink options.
Itinerary #2: Searching For Shellfish
The traditions of clam and oyster digging run deeply through the historical veins of the Olympic Peninsula. As one of the most bountiful places in the country when it comes to sea-fare, warmer temperatures in Hood Canal set us to unearthing our boots, shovels, and spades from the back of the garage.
Tromping through the park and the surrounding areas is admittedly our favorite thing to do, but sometimes asking for directions can be tricky. Especially when we slip up and ask for a “geo-duck” (geoduck). Reduce your noob status and read on to ensure that when you have to flag a local down, you don’t get a suppressed giggle along with directions.
Just below the surface of the waters of the Hood Canal, a whole new world exists waiting to be explored. It is carpeted with sponges and seaweed, populated by wolf eels and octopus and visited by the occasional seal and even (rarely) a six-gilled shark. Although the cold water of the Pacific is daunting, the variety of marine life it holds is well worth the chilly SCUBA dive.