There's hardly a better way to appreciate the serenity and natural beauty of Hood Canal than to spend a quiet afternoon fishing. Rich in opportunities for oyster and clam gathering in the spring into summer, and coho and chinook salmon fishing in the fall, it's impossible for an angler to be anything but enchanted by this mecca. The shores of the canal are additionally one of the best places in the world to hunt for geoducks–an international delicacy and a treat to unearth.
As a beautiful destination for challenging steelhead fishing, Hood Canal offers a chance to hook into one of these elusive and protected creatures and the resources to learn more about Washington's beautiful state fish. There's endless fun up for grabs for outdoorsmen of all kinds and the opportunity for any and all to craft a seafood bounty fit for royalty.
Captain Justin Waters | (360) 318-5664
Situated on Washington’s Puget Sound and Hood Canal. All-Waters Fly Fishing specializes in fly fishing for Sea Run Cutthroat Trout and Salmon species. We are within an hour of Sea-Tac Airport, minutes from the ferries to downtown Seattle, and offer the most premier Sea-Trout fishing on the west coast. Look no further than All-Waters for your next fly fishing adventure.
10 E Alderbrook Drive, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 898-2200
A 1500-linear foot dock with guest moorage lets marine visitors enjoy the dining, golfing, lodging, and spa amenities at this high-class resort.
Arcadia Point, WA 98584
Few places offer as many different choices for kayaking adventures as Arcadia Point. As a new kayaker, practice getting in and out of the kayak on the forgiving gravel shores of Arcadia Point Boat ramp and make the trip over to Hope Island State Park. Cruise along in the safety of the shoreline or venture out further into the sound.
18560 WA State Route 3, Allyn, WA 98524 | (360) 275-2430
In Case Inlet, this marina features two launch ramps, moorage, and a marine pump-out. The park includes a covered gazebo and a play area. Restaurants and gift shops are within walking distance.
121 E Rhododendron Lane, Union, 98592 | (360) 898-4890
Captain Bob's Fishing has been making custom tackle since 1965. Designed by a professional Giant BluefinTuna fisherman, these products were made to perform in extreme conditions both in saltwater and freshwater. They now produce many unique fishing-related products.
5101 WA-106, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 898-2252
In Union, near Annas Bay at the Great Bend of the canal, this privately owned marina is open to the public.
5050 East Grapeview Loop Road, Grapeview, WA 98546 | (360) 426-4028
A short day trip from nearly any port in Puget Sound, Fair Harbor Marina is a popular boating destination. Located in Grapeview, halfway between Bremerton and Shelton off State Route 3, the marina rests on the peaceful shoreline of Case Inlet in South Puget Sound. This privately owned marina is open to the public. Services include a fuel dock, moorage (including covered slips to 50′ and lots of guest dock space, plus power), a country store, espresso, showers, and restrooms.
Chad Gillespie | 509.591.2029
Your adventure will consist of fishing out of a 16 foot aluminum North River open style boat, the ideal boat and platform to pursue these game fish. Your guide, Capt. Chad Gillespie, who owns Fjord Fly Fishing has been chasing these wily game fish with a fly rod for the past 25 years on the Kitsap Peninsula and has a deep knowledge of the area.
Mason County | (360) 426-9226
Hope Island State Park is a 106-acre marine camping park on the western side of the state in Mason County along the Puget Sound. This island is reachable only by boat. Covered with old-growth forests and saltwater marshes, the park features a beach 1.5 miles long, and two miles of hiking trail attract boaters to this small, quiet island.
220 E. Wilson Road, Shelton, WA 98584 | (360) 426-8823
Privately owned with overnight and permanent moorage, pump-out and porta-potty dump station, RV sites, laundry and shower facilities, picnic area, propane, easy-access fuel dock, fully-stocked convenience store, and over 1/2 mile of public beach.
The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail (KCST) is our region’s premiere salmon-viewing experience. Every November, over 5,000 people visit the Trail to learn more about the salmon life cycle and to observe Chum spawning and courting behaviors. Thanks to our volunteer docents, no questions go unanswered and all visitors get a rich Pacific Northwest experience.
Keith Johnson | 360-581-6778
Based out of Aberdeen Washington, KFish's Guide Service is owned and operated by Pro Guide Keith Johnson—a veteran angler with over 20 years of experience. He invites you to step aboard for an incredible fishing experience on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. Keith will use his skills and knowledge he has acquired over a lifetime of fishing the waters of Western Washington to guide you to the best chance of catching your trophy Steelhead or trophy Salmon.
600 NE Roessel RD, Belfair, WA 98528 | (360) 275-3575
The facility works to reconnect the land, people, and salmon through restoration, education, research, and volunteer collaboration. The center carries out an assortment of educational programs, supporting students, teachers, and life-long learners. The Center’s certified organic garden demonstrates how salmon, humans, and agriculture can coexist.
Olympic Peninsula | (360) 385-9618
Catch and Release Flyfishing on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Little Stone Flyfisher mission is preservation, conservation and restoration of our wilderness and aquatic resources and wild fisheries and their habitats, through flyfishing education and direct field work, activism and personal responsibility.
320 NE State Route 300, Belfair, WA 98528 | (360) 552-2561
Family owned and operated Marine repair business with over 20 years experience working on boats. The only Northwest Dealer for Aqua Cycle Pontoon Paddle Boats if you are looking for a quality pontoon paddle boat for either personal or rental use.
4631 Shore Road, Belfair, WA 98524 | (360) 372-2430
A launch ramp and newly rebuilt dock are one block apart, just one mile past Belfair State Park. A marine pump-out unit has been added, and the float structure was extended 40 feet to ensure accessibility during all tides.
3291 E Pickering Road, Shelton, WA 98584
Latimer’s Landing is a Mason County Park featuring a recently renovated boat launch and dock that provides easy access to Pickering Passage, Puget Sound, and beyond. In 2008, Mason County renovated the facilities by building a new boat ramp, extending the ramp for better use at low tides. Located adjacent to the Harstine Island Bridge. Take Pickering Road off State Route 3.
27001 N. US Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 877-9474
Stop in at this privately owned marina that includes a sling boat launch, moorage, storage, and rentals. Camping is available, and visitors can stock up on supplies at the grocery store and dive shop. Dig your own clams and oysters at the private beach here, or purchase them at Sund Creek Seafood Market.
701 E Pine Street, Shelton, WA 98584 | (360) 426-9476
The Shelton Yacht Club is located at the end of beautiful Hammersley Inlet at the north entrance to Shelton. The marina features permanent and visitor moorage, and emergency haul-outs. There is also a public launch ramp, gas dock, and berthing for Shelton-based watercraft up to 50 feet.
Come to Hood Canal prepared with buckets, boots, and crab pots. Your whole group will delight in the mouth-watering taste of our seafood bounty! Oysters, mussels, crab, shrimp, and clams can be harvested seasonally. Experience the freshest and most delicious seafood in Washington.
15781 NE Northshore Road, Tahuya, WA 98588 | (360) 275-9313
Summertide Resort is family friendly and offers vacation rentals and RV spots near the beautiful Hood Canal, an inlet of the Puget Sound in Washington. We offer our guests a relaxed and stress-free environment so you can enjoy a quiet vacation with friends and family.
12190 WA-106, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 275-2222
At this marine state park you’ll find a double boat launching ramp and parking area, as well as moorages, campsites, restrooms, showers and public picnic areas. The dock and shallow wading and swimming areas draw kids in droves. Plan ahead, as this popular launch site gets very busy during the summer months.
741 West Golden Pheasant Rd, Shelton, WA 98584 | (360) 426-0933
Verle's is one of South Puget Sound's largest and oldest new and used boat dealers, serving Western Washington since 1948. Providing a full fishing tackle, fishing gear, hunting accessories and marine accessories departments, it is easy to see why Verle's is a one stop complete boating store.
Prepare yourself with buckets, boots, license and check the tides & harvest map. Local State Parks support a healthy stock of clams and oysters for license holders – free for the taking!
They’re the succulent creatures that speckle Hood Canal’s shoreline, and chances are you either love them or hate them. Regardless, oysters are a staple of Hood Canal's seafood bounty, and you'll never guess what these small crustaceans can do.
A weekend warrior is a 21st century beast whose population seems to be exponentially growing. As the “rolley chair blues” epidemic proliferates across the Pacific Northwest, so does the drive to combat it with an epic 48-hour adventure.
Itinerary #3: Sweet Summertime
It’s summertime in the Olympic Peninsula! Sweet smelling lavender peppers the hillsides, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream drips down our wrists, and we toss what’s left of the unexpired sunscreen into our bags as we head out to tromp through the third of our monthly itineraries.
An off-the-grid woodsy adventure—with the proper gear and safety precautions—makes for a truly memorable experience. Here are our recommendations for five must-have accessories to make your ONP adventure one for the books.
Though there are many factors that come together to make a good photographer—gear, dedication, understanding of theory, etc.—the one elusive quality that boosts George Stenberg’s craft into the upper echelon is timing.
Who knew that a fishing rod could make all the difference?
Meet Shuck the Oyster! He's making tracks about Hood Canal and about the interweb. Find him at #ShucktheOyster.
A grill? A big screen television? A round at the local golf course? We’re over here scratching our heads over what the man of the hour really wants for his big day.
Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. Take a peek into our world on the wild side of Washington with our brand new video.