Explore a quiet bay
Top: The quiet waters of Freshwater Bay invite kayakers to enjoy a paddle around the bay’s lone sea stack, appropriately named Bachelor Rock. Left: Freshwater Bay is a stop on the Peninsula’s Whale Trail.
Dungeness Crab 17th Annual
& Seafood Festival
October 5-7, 2018
FRI 12 NOON -10 PM | SAT 10 AM -10 PM | SUN 10 AM -5 PM
RAIN OR SHINE
- MOST EVENTS UNDER COVER -
• Fresh Whole Crab Dinners • 14 Restaurants • Live Oyster Bar • Wine & Beer • Cooking Demonstrations • Chowder Cook-off • Grab-A-Crab Derby • Live Music • Juried Crafts • Environmental Exhibits • Family Activities • 5k Run • Crab To Go! (360) 452-6300
Presenting Sponsors: Black Ball Ferry Line • Kitsap Bank • Peninsula Daily News • Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce • Red Lion Hotel
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PORT ANGELES CITY PIER & RED LION HOTEL
Just out of Port Angeles, Freshwater Bay, where river water spills into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is a great place for an outing. Freshwater Bay County Park features 21 acres and has 1,450 lineal feet of public tidelands. The park is naturally landscaped with Western red cedars and ferns. The protected bay provides a tranquil location to launch kayaks and small boats to explore beautiful coves while enjoying panoramic views of Vancouver Island and Mount Baker. Once on the secluded bay, it is common to come face to face with any number of marine mammals including harbor seals, orcas and river otters. Bald eagles often can be found soaring above the bay. Freshwater Bay is great for stand-up paddle boarding thanks to relatively shallow and calm waters. A picnic area is on the bluff above the bay. This area, the park’s restrooms and covered picnic shelters are open May 15 through Sept. 15. The lower picnic site, concrete launch ramp, outhouse and beach access areas are open throughout the year. Freshwater Bay is a great spot to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat on your way to the western side of Clallam County. The east entrance of the state Department of Natural Resources’ Striped Peak Recreation Area also can be accessed from the park. Freshwater Bay is 10 miles west of Port Angeles. Just drive west on state Highway 112, then travel 3 miles north on Freshwater Bay Road.