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Hood Canal is a Fjord over 50 miles long

Extending southward from the Strait of

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Where is Hood Canal?

Hood Canal is a Fjord over 50 miles long located in northwestern Washington State.  Hood Canal is on the east side of Washington’s famous Olympic Peninsula.

 

 Hood Canal is part of Washington’s inland coastal waters.  It extends from Admiralty Inlet about 15 miles south of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a 15 mile wide strait between Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and Canada’s Vancouver Island.

 

Hood Canal is roughly 20 miles west of Seattle.  The Kitsap peninsula separates Seattle and Puget Sound from the Hood Canal.  The cities of the Kitsap Peninsula include Bremerton, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Gig Harbor, Kingston, and Belfair.

 

The Canal goes in a south westerly direction west of Puget Sound and at the southern end turns east north east for 15 miles.  With its lack of cities and port facilities, Hood Canal is used mainly for recreational purposes.

 

US Highway 101 travels up the west shore of Hood Canal so most of the development along the canal has happened along that roadway.

 

The towns along the south half of Hood Canal consist of Lilliwaup, Hoodsport, Union, Belfair, Allyn, Brinnon, Quilcene, and Shelton.

 

The communities of Shelton and Allyn are not on the Hood Canal and in fact,

 

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Hood Canal as seen from the picnic area in Twanoh State Park

 

they are on the Southern end of Puget Sound.  We have included Shelton because it is only 8 miles from the Hood Canal on Hammersley Inlet in Puget Sound and it is the largest city in the Southern Hood Canal Area.

 

  Allyn is on Case Inlet which is only about 2.25 miles over land from the end of Hood Canal.

 

When you arrive on the canal your first impression will be of a narrow body of water.  Most of the canal is less than 1.5

 

miles wide.  As you look west from the shores of the Canal you will see that the Olympic Mountains rise up right in front of you. 

 

The peak of  5,700 foot high Mt. Washington lies only eleven miles northwest of Hoodsport. There are no cities on Hood Canal.  This area has a lot of unspoiled natural beauty and the Olympic National Park to the west.  This is, in general vacation land.  People build summer homes here and come here to

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vacation at the different facilities which include State Parks, the Olympic National Park, National Forests, and many private resorts, motels, cabins, RV sites, and campgrounds.

 

One great thing about this area is that you get the feeling you are a million miles from civilization when you are here.  However, when you are in Shelton, you are only 17 miles from Interstate-5 and the City of Olympia.

 

We took some liberties with the map at the left to conserve space.  Port Townsend is on a peninsula farther to the north and discovery bay comes down to the junction of WA Highway 20 and US-101.  The object is to give you a feel of where the small towns and Villages on Hood Canal are located.

When we drove by in October of 2005 we could not find the old waterwheel because the roadway on WA-106 had been altered to accommodate the remodel of the Aldergrove Resort.  The waterwheel is currently inaccessible.

 

We found information about what has happened and what is going to happen on the North Mason County Chamber website.  You can go right to the page on the link under the photo of the waterwheel.

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Union, Washington’s historic

 Dalby Waterwheel

 

http://www.dalbywaterwheel.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Attractions

 

 

Museums

 

Shelton/Mason County Museum
The museum is located in the historic old library building built in 1914 at Fifth Street and Railroad Avenue in downtown Shelton.

Phone:  360-426-1020

Visit the web site

 

Open Tuesday – Friday  noon to 5pm

          Saturdays noon to 4pm

 

Maritime Museum of Puget Sound

Stretch Island, Grapeview

170 Streth Island Road

253-858-7971

Skokomish Tribal Center and Museum

http://www.skokomish.org/

 

80 North Tribal Center Road

Skokomish Nation, WA 98584

360-426-4232

 

Artifacts, historical documents and photos

 

 

Parks

 

Twanoh State Park

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Located on WA-106 (8 mi. west of Belfare, WA) southwest of Bremerton on Hood Canal this park has 25 tent sites, 22 full hookup sites, six restrooms and one shower.  It also has a swimming area, boat ramp and 100 foot long dock.  Park is open year round and accepts no reservations.

 

Belfair State Park

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Located on WA-300 approximately 3 miles west of Belfair on Hood Canal. Belfair is southwest of Bremerton, WA.  This camping park is open year round and has 47 RV sites with utilities, 137 tent sites, two ADA sites, four restrooms, eight showers, and a dump station.

Potlatch State Park

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Located on US-101about 12 miles north of Shelton and 3 miles south of Hoodsport on Hood Canal.  The park has 19 tent sites, 18 RV sites with utilities, one restroom, two showers, and a dump station.

 

Triton Cove State Park

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Located on US-101 six miles south of Brinnon and 22 miles north of Hoodsport.  Triton Cove is a day use park with a boat launch into Hood Canal.  There are three picnic tables and a vault toilet.

Dosewallips State Park

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Located on US-101 40 miles north of Shelton and 20 miles south of the junction of US-101 and WA-104 on Hood Canal.  The park is open year round and has 40 RV sites with utilities, 100 tent sites, three restrooms, two showers, and one dump station.

 

 

Visitor Information

 

Shelton-Mason County

Chamber of Commerce

221 W. Railroad Ave. #5 & 6

PO Box 2389

Shelton, Wa 98584

Phone:  360-426-2021

Toll Free: 1-800-576-2021

Visit their web site

http://www.sheltonchamber.org/

 

North Mason Chamber

23910 State Route 3

PO Box 416

Belfair, WA 98528

Phone 360-275-4267

http://www.northmasonchamber.com/

 

Quilcene & Brinnon Chamber of Commerce

360-765-4999

PO Box 774, Quilcene, WA 98376-0774

 

http://emeraldtowns.com/

 

 

Explore Hood Canal and South Puget Sound

360-877-2021

 

http://www.explorehoodcanal.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Listed Attractions in the Hood Canal area of Washington State

We have not necessarily visited or recommend listed businesses.

 

 

Antiques

 

 

Collectables and Local Art

294773 Hwy 101, Quilcene, WA 98376

 

Wildwood Antiques and Gifts – 360-765-0425

293211 Hwy 101, PO Box 612, Quilcene, WA 98376

 

 

Art Galleries

 

 

Mindseye Creations – 360-877-5650

24181 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548

 

Olympic Art Gallery  - 360-765-0200  - http://www.olympicartgallery.com/

Hwy 101 and Washington St, Quilcene, WA 98376

 

The Quilcene Gallery – 360-765-0003

11 Old Church St, Quilcene, WA 98376

 

 

Gift Shops/Specialty Shops

 

 

Cameo Boutique – 360-898-3200 - http://www.cameoboutique.com/

6871 Washington 106, Union, WA 98592

 

Green Mountain Lavender & Gifts – 360-796-4809

294773 Hwy 101, Quilcene, WA 98376

 

Hama Hama Co, (fresh oysters and more) – 360-877-5811 - http://www.hamahamastore.com/

 Off Hwy 101 just south of the Hama Hama bridges -PO Box 250, Lilliwaup, WA 98555

 

Kenny’s Northwest Experience (chainsaw carving outlet) – 360-275-7414

18351 E SR 3, Allyn, WA 98524

 

Old Cedar Forge Gallery & Gifts – 360-275-6769 -

220 E Cronquist Road, Allyn, WA 98528

 

Pier 101 Gift Shop & Boutique – 360-877-0009

24180 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548

 

 

Golf

 

 

 

Parks & Amusement Centers

 

 

 

Museums

 

 

 

 

Parks/Gardens

Belfair State Park – see Recommended State Parks above

Twanoh State Park – see Recommended State Parks above

Potlatch State Park – see Recommended State Parks above

Triton State Park – see Recommended State Parks above

Dosewallips State Park – see Recommended State Parks above

 

 

 

 

Quilting/Needlecrafts

 

 

Allyn Knit Shop and Spinning Supply – 360-275-4729 - http://www.allynknitandspin.com/

18462 Hwy 3, Allyn, WA 98524

 

 

Scrapbooking/Crafts

 

 

 

Theatres

 

 

 

Tours / Charters / Attractions

 

 

Kayak Hood Canal – 360-898-2628 - http://www.hoodcanaladventures.com/

5101 East SR 106, Hood Canal Marina, Union, WA 98592

 

Wine

 

 

Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop – 360-898-3200 - http://www.cameoboutique.com/

6871 Washington 106, Union, WA 98592

 

Hoodsport Winery – 360-877-9894 - http://www.hoodsport.com/

23501 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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