Kayaking and Canoeing in Olympic National Park
Kayaking and Canoeing
Lake Crescent, a serene expanse of teal-colored waters surrounded by deep-green pine forests, is one of the park's best boating areas. Note that the west end is for swimming only; no speedboats are allowed here.
Lake Quinault has boating access from a gravel ramp on the north shore. From U.S. 101, take a right on North Shore Road, another right on Hemlock Way, and a left on Lakeview Drive. There are plank ramps at Falls Creek and Willoughby campgrounds on South Shore Drive, 0.1 mi and 0.2 mi past the Quinault Ranger Station, respectively.
Lake Ozette, with just one access road, is a good place for overnight trips. Only experienced canoe and kayak handlers should travel far from the put-in, since fierce storms occasionally strike—even in summer.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Fairholme General Store. Rowboats and canoes on Lake Crescent are available to rent for $10 to $45. The store is at the lake's west end, 27 mi west of Port Angeles. U.S. 101, Fairholm, WA, 98363. 360/928–3020. www.fairholmstore.com. Closed after Labor Day until Memorial Day weekend.
Lake Crescent Lodge. You can rent rowboats, canoes, and kayaks here for $20 per hour and $55 per day. Fishing poles can also be rented and the gift shop sells some fishing tackle. 416 Lake Crescent Rd., Olympic National Park, WA, 98363. 360/928–3211. www.olympicnationalparks.com. Closed Jan.-Apr.
Log Cabin Resort. This resort, 17 miles west of Port Angeles, has paddleboat, kayak, and canoe rentals for $20 per hour and $55 per day. The dock provides easy access to Lake Crescent's northeast section. 3183 E. Beach Rd., Port Angeles, WA, 98363. 360/928–3325. www.olympicnationalparks.com. Closed mid-Sept.–mid-May.
Rainforest Paddlers. This company takes kayakers down the Lizard Rock and Oxbow sections of the Hoh River. They also offer river rafting and rent bikes and kayaks. 4882 Upper Hoh Rd., Forks, WA, 98331. 360/374–5254. www.rainforestpaddlers.com.
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