Whether you seek tide-ripped saltwater passages, challenging whitewater, or lakes big and small, Hood Canal is a kayaker, canoer, or paddleboarder's ideal destination.
A rich paddling community supports any adventurer's vision and rental packages and lesson opportunities for the budding kayaker or paddleboarder are not in short supply. Get out on the water and enjoy a fresh perspective of the canal with colossal peaks towering overhead.
4621 N. Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (360) 877-9630
For activities from fishing to sailing, scuba diving, water skiing, tubing, and swimming, Lake Cushman Resort offers rentals of 15’ aluminum boats with 9.9 horse outboards, pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes.
15781 NE Northshore Road, Tahuya, WA 98588 | (360) 275-9313
Summertide offers 260 feet of waterfront so spend your vacation in Tahuya with non-stop activities on Hood Canal including boating, swimming, fishing, crabbing and shrimping in season, as well as our campfire and Friday night cookouts. We also have boat rentals and kayak rentals as well as a boat launch and parking for boat trailers so you can fully enjoy all that Hood Canal has to offer.
10 E Alderbrook Drive, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 898-2252
Travel publications consistently rank Alderbrook among the state’s top resorts, thanks to its sumptuous dining, day spa, and stunning Olympic views—a wealth of attractions just a few steps from your boat. Rentals include: Kayaks, SUPs, hydrobikes, pedal boats, and motorized boats.
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.
251 Hjelvicks Rd., Brinnon, WA | (360) 796-4116
Kayak Brinnon rents kayaks, stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), and crab pots on the Olympic Peninsula’s beautiful Hood Canal. Rentals are delivered to your location or a number of local beaches.
21660 N US HIghway 101, Skokomish, WA 98584 | (360) 898-2628
Offers a wide variety of boat rentals including kayaks, paddle boats, motor boats, electric boat, miles of mountain bike trails, mountain bike rentals, and a pontoon party barge. Recreational activities and services include geocaching, fishing, hiking, and guided kayak tours and group events.
18350 WA SR 3 Allyn, WA 98524 | (360) 535-2198
North Bay Kayaks and Cones offers access to the South Puget Sound region by kayak, SUP, or double kayak. Rates start at just $20/hour. Guided tours and week-long rentals are available.
351 E Mcreavy Rd, Union, Washington 98592 | (360) 790-2843
Explore the splendor of Hood Canal, Washington and South Puget Sound in a private, chartered 42′ wood Classic Grand Banks boat. “Jack” is moored at the scenic Alderbrook Resort & Spa during the summer months. In the winter, you can find this award winning, 42′ wood Classic Grand Banks docked on the edge of Oakland Bay at the Oakland Bay Marina in Shelton, Washington, just a short drive south of Union, Washington.
14008 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport, WA 98548 | (253) 256-1887
Rentals, guided tours, knowledgable advice, and passion for the paddle can be found at Blue Horizons Paddlesports. Specializing in instruction and tours about the beautiful Lake Cushman.
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.
The roads are dry, gas is cheap, and it’s high time you and your crew kicked up some (proverbial) dust and planned a road trip.
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.
Even someone as determined as John Muir couldn’t have poked around every nook in the 876,447 acres of this boundless wilderness haven. Here are our 5 reasons why you can’t afford to miss it—especially if you’re a Seattleite.
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.
Picture this: the full moon slowly rises over the placid Hood Canal, illuminating the rugged Olympic Mountains as you slowly exhale and relax into your tree pose.
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.