South Puget Sound & Hood Canal Visitor Guide
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Take the Scenic Loop through Mason County
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Book ahead of time Make sure to make as many of your travel and accommodation reservations well in advance as demand is high during the peak season and space tends to fill up quickly - particularly when it comes to car rentals. This foresight will help you avoid disappointment, stay on budget and will give you the freedom to travel how and when you like. See pages 34-37
What’s your adventure? We all have a different take on what is the perfect “get-away.” Personally, I love meandering along scenic roads, “treasure hunting” at tucked away shops building an appetite for local specialties – like the famous Hood Canal spotted shrimp, Blue Pool oysters tumbled at Hama Hama Farm, or a scoop of locally made blackberry ice cream from Olympic Mountain! With the family? Nothing creates memories like a week at a waterfront cottage with lazy days on the beach,campfires, s-mores and sand in your sheets.
Crave adrenaline? It’s difficult to top leaping from an airplane and enjoying the thrill with unparalleled views of Puget Sound and the Olympic range. Kapowsin Skydive makes it home base in Mason County and offers year round service for the novice to the seasoned jumper! Hood Canal’s renown diving, fishing, crabbing, boating and kayaking; the majestic Olympic National Park (page 25) – as well as the many parks and public areas in Mason County with 1000’s of acres of trails, waterfalls, lakes and forests – all designed to create breathtaking adventures!
Enjoy history & culture? Visit some of the local museums like the Squaxin cultural center in Kamilche. Join in one of the many local events like the Canoe Journey or Oysterfest to truly experience the local hospitality! We invite you to cruise this guide to taste what the area has to offer to every adventurer!
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Welcome to our slice of wonder
photo: George Stenberg
No matter where you find yourself in Mason County, you’ll feel far away – and yet so close to everything. The land is like no other – lakes, mountains & forests, saltwater bights & bays – each corner the unexpected. Create your own personal adventure.
Contents Plan your trip: adventure resources Find your way from there to here 5 44 What’s Happening: Summer 2014 6
Mason County Map 4 Lodging 34 Dining 38
Come play in our backyard Skydiving at Kapowsin Scuba Diving Hood Canal
Climbing in the Olympic National Forest
Take to the water in Mason County Paddling and boat rentals Boat launches & access
Year round fishing: salt and fresh Mason County beaches and shore access
Shellfish and Crab Gathering
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Explore trails & parks Stretch your legs with these hikes Mason County Parks by Region
Olympic National Park
Plan to relax Mason County Parks by Region 24 Golfing 37 Boating 14
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Visit our towns: Regional Itineraries Shelton and South Mason County Allyn and the Grapeview Loop Belfair & South Kitsap Peninsula
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Hood Canal’s clear deep waters provide world-class shrimp and salmon fishing, scuba diving, and miles of pristine shoreline for boaters, kayakers, beachcombers and lovers of nature. From luxurious & unique lodging and dining, wineries and wine shops––to the simple pleasures of beach combing, sightseeing and rainforest walks, Hood Canal in Mason County has it all!
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union, WA | April 22- May 11 Arts-focused public celebration welcoming the return of Spring and the Traveler. visitunion.com.
Olympic National Park
29 Annual Celebrate Hoodsport Hoodsport, WA | July 4-5 Two day street fair with booths & entertainment. Live auction on Saturday, 2:00 PM at the Model T Pub & Eatery. Fireworks display Saturday,10:00 PM. hoodsportwa.net
Olympic National Forest
Mason Area Fair
Shelton, WA | May 16 – 18 Festival features band scramble & banjo contest, mandolin tasting, youth program, vendors & more. Produced by Kristmas Town Kiwanis. bluegrassfromtheforest.com
Mason county rodeo
Shelton, WA July 25 - 26 masoncountyrodeo.com
Thunder on the Canal Union, WA | July 3 alderbrookresort.com 3 101
Shelton, WA | June 29 Annual fundraiser, with 400 classic cars, trucks & motorcycles – entries welcome! Pie and ice cream Taylor Town social. masoncountyhistoricalsociety.org
”Go Greek at the Creek” Greek Food Festival Kamilche, WA | June 21 Greek spirits and wines, flavors including saganaki, dolmades, lamb, souvlaki, moussaka, baklavas and more. Must be 21. little-creek.com BIGHT Shelton Mason County Chamber 6
Pancakes in the park Shelton, WA | July 28 Support local youth programs with a delicious breakfast with eggs, meat, juice and coffee; Tickets $8/ 2 for 1 Kids under 10. sheltonkiwanis.org
Relay for Life Shelton
Mason County Historical Society Car Show
Shelton, WA | May 29 - June 1 Celebrate the rich timber history with Paul Bunyan Parade, runs, fireworks, vendors, logging show, car Matlock show and carnival. masoncountyforestfestival.org
Mason County Forest Festival
McCleary, WA July 11-13 Food & entertainment
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event. Belfair State Park
Shelton, WA July 25, 26, 27 masonareafair.com
Bluegrass From The Forest
Shelton, WA | May 9 This Sound Learning annual community spelling bee has become a community tradition and is a fundraiser that is fun for the whole family! soundlearning.co
55th McCleary Bear Festival
Parade begins 1:00 PM through “downtown” Tahuya. Anyone can be in the parade and almost anything goes! Join in for a day of fun and adventure celebrating the town of Tahuya’s history.
21st Annual Spring Spell-E-Bration
Tahuya Day and Parade
Belfair, WA | May 31 Beach walks, touch tanks, children’s activities, cultural presentations by the Skokomish Tribe, and free lunch provided by Xinh’s and Taylor Shellfish (donations $5 benefit the WA State Parks Foundation).
Shelton, WA | June 27-28 Help finish the fight! Join teams at the SHS track on June 27 as the event kicks off. Stay and celebrate, remember, fight back!
Waves of Perfection auction Kamilche, WA | May 24 Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center hosts an afternoon of chocolate and wine. Tickets $25/30. squaxinislandmuseum.org
MAson County May – JULy Master Gardener Plant Sale
Shelton, WA | May 9-10 Selection of vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals and more. Local food and craft vendors. Benefit the WSU Mason County Master Gardeners Program. Kneeland Park; wsu.edu
Business Expo & Bite of Mason county Shelton, WA | July 17 This event showcases the wonderful, unique businesses in Mason County – retailers, professional services, restaurant, and more. sheltonchamber.org
“Alderbrook en Plein Air” Union, WA | May 10 Art workshop & exhibit. alderbrookresort.com
Allyn Days salmon bake & Geoduck Festival
Allyn, WA | July 18 - 20 Saturday: Salmon Bake begins at 12:00 PM Sunday: Geoduck Festival Both days feature live entertainment, mud run, beer garden, kids’ activities and contests at the Allyn Waterfront Park. allynwa.com
May on Oakland Bay grapeview, WA | May 18 A FREE family-friendly event to celebrate Oakland Bay and the surrounding watershed. Farm and birding tours, environmental exhibits, Squaxin Island Tribal storytelling, farmers market vendors, live music, a seafood snack, and more! Bring appropriate footwear, no dogs allowed. Flying Dog Farm, 521 E. Anthony Rd., wsu.edu
Grapeview Art and Water Festival Grapeview, WA | July 26 Art show featuring pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodworking and photography. Music, food, golfing contests, free activities for children including a fishing contest. grapeviewwa.com
Throwdown for the Showdown Shelton, WA | May 17 One day event with two rounds of disc golf. 4discgolf.com
State Park Free Days Don’t miss upcoming 2014 State Park free days. On these days, the Discover Pass is not be required to visit a state park. Sunday, May 11 A Spring Sunday free day Saturday & Sunday, June 7-8 National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend Saturday, June 14 National Get Outdoors Day Monday, August 25 National Park Service’s birthday Saturday, September 27 National Public Lands Day Tuesday, November 11 Veteran’s Day
2nd Annual Cruise at the Creek Kamilche, WA | July 18 - 19 Head to Little Creek Casino for all ages event with all makes and models & special tribute to Mustang & Chevelle, both celebrating their 50th anniversary this year! little-creek.com
A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. discoverpass.wa.gov.
HoPE Island State Park
A 106-acre marine camping park on the western side of the state in Mason County, Puget Sound. This island is reachable only by boat. Launch your boat or kayaks at Arcadia and pack a picnic, great swim beaches & hiking trails. parks.wa.gov
Whether raising funds through a rubber duck race or hosting an inter-tidal mud run to support a vibrant community – Mason County’s unique events are fueled by enthusiasm and passion that represents generations who feel strongly about the heritage and success of their community. Traveler Days in Union cele-
brates the return of The Traveler, an image that appears on the Olympics when the snowscape is just right. The festival welcomes the return of the Traveler as a sign of Spring and is a four weeks long celebration with culinary and wine events, live music and a focus on the arts.
On May 16 energy is focused at the Shelton High School with the annual event, Bluegrass From the Forest. Produced by Kristmas Town Kiwanis, this festival draws musicians from all over the Northwest for performances, competitions and all night jamming in the campground! What’s better than tables laden with chocolate? When these fabulous desserts also have an amazing selection of wines expertly selected to complement and enhance the nuance of gourmet chocolates!
Mason County Forest Festival Grand Parade, May 31, photo: Cooper Studio
Waves of Perfection Chocolate and Wine Tasting on May
24, benefits the programs hosted by Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center.
Mason County Forest Festival celebrates it’s 70th year
with the addition of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Western Regional Qualifier on May 31. This real-time logging show hosts competitors from AK, ID, OR and WA competing for a position in the national event. Saturday’s Festival events begin with a Fun Run and Grand Parade, followed by a logging show and an impressive fireworks show in the evening.
Sunday’s events include vendors, a car show, an Annas Bay Chorale concert and, yes, a rubber duck race down Goldborough Creek sponsored by Kristmas Town Kiwanis. For a list of events visit masoncountyforestfestival.com.
Mason County Historical Society’s Car Show on June
29 attracts vehicles from all over to line Railroad Ave and be sure to enjoy the pie and ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Historical Society.
Head north to Tahuya the weekend following Independence Day for the annual Tahuya Day and Parade celebrating the unique and quirky heritage of a place you live at “by choice.”
Allyn Days will be held July 1921. Enjoy vendors and great food including a salmon bake Saturday. Recently developed is the addition of Sunday’s Geoduck Festival. This event celebrates this iconic bivalve with specialty dishes and contests including an inter-tidal mud run or “geoduck gallop.” The Grapeview Water & Arts Festival on July 26 highlights a
large art show with pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodworking and photography exhibits.
Geoduck Mud Run, Allyn Days; photo credit: Osley Bay Creative Design & Photography
The Mason Area Fair is scheduled for the last weekend in July. Also that weekend, don’t miss the roping and wrangling action of the Mason County Rodeo with two exciting evening performances. Location of both still yet to be determined with the recent closure of the Mason County Fairgrounds. For a complete list of local events visit explorehoodcanal.com.
Blue Grass from the Forest
Bull riding at the Mason County Rodeo
Local Fourth of July Fireworks Thunder Over the Canal
Fireworks Show at Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union is on Thursday, July 3. Live music, contests and great food happen all day on their waterfront lawn. The spectacular firework show starts at 10:20 PM. Call (360) 898-2200 for details. The Hoodsport Marina is the location for fireworks on Saturday, July 5 as part of Celebrate Hoodsport hosted by Hoodsport Community Events Association. The weekend festival features a Street Fair with vendors, with an afternoon auction followed by an amazing fireworks display at dusk. Please note that within City of Shelton limits, fireworks may only be discharged from 9:00 AM to midnight on the 4th of July. For inquiries about city ordinances pertaining to fireworks, call (360) 426-4491.
Shop local, eat fresh at seasonal Farmers Markets Another simple way you can Shop Local this summer is by visiting the Farmers Markets! These markets offer fresh seasonal organic greens, vegetables, and fruit, as well as locally harvested eggs, jams and jellies, plus crafts, occasional live music, and other items of interest. Belfair Farmers Market
Corner of Roy Boad Rd and Clifton Ln Saturdays, May through September 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM belfairfarmersmarket.org
Shelton Farmers Market
Harstine Island Farmers Market
Harstine Island Community Hall 3371 E Harstine Island Rd North Saturdays, Memorial day weekend through October 11 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Corner of Third St and Franklin St Saturdays, May through September 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM sheltonfarmersmarket.com
Adventure in our backyard! Take a deep breathe – clear your mind. Look around! Cradled by 1000’s of acres of evergreen forests, in the shadow of the breathtaking Olympic range and wrapped with hundreds of lakes and a myriad of saltwater coves and inlets –
No matter whether you are wanting adventure, family fun – or a quiet day relaxing – in Mason County you are 15 minutes from creating the next amazing life experience – year round! A walk on the beach at low tide gathering dinner; a hike to some dramatic waterfalls through moss laden wonder lands; perhaps, simply an afternoon paddle. We have it!
The southern portion of Hood Canal provides recreation opportunities near Lake Cushman, the Hamma Hamma and South Fork Skokomish Rivers, with easy access to Wonder Mountain, Mount Skokomish and the southern part of The Brothers Wildernesses.
Take a short hike within an old growth forest around Spider Lake, or climb the challenging Mt. Rose Trail for views of Hood Canal, the Olympics, and the Cascades. We can’t wait to welcome to welcome you to our backyard!
High elevation lakes such as Elk, Jefferson, Lena, or Mildred Lakes are renown for spectacular camping and fishing.
Get Dirty! Tahuya State Forest is a 23,000-acre
working forest located on the southeastern portion of the Hood Canal west of Belfair. This year-round destination attracts more than 200,000 users for a variety of activities, including off-road vehicles (ORV), horseback riding, and mountain biking. Hiking – page 20
Off-Roading– page 20 Catching! – page 18
State Parks free days
Fall for Waterfalls
Lake Kokanee Falls is just one of the many waterfalls waiting to be explored along Hood Canal. photo: George Stenberg
Washington State Parks has “free days,” when the Discover Pass ($35/year) is not required to visit a state park. Boating – page 14
Open Thurs - Mon through Labor Day, September 2.
High Steel Bridge
The highest railway arch bridge ever built in the United States, the High Steel arch bridge (1929) soars 365 feet above the Skokomish River. You don’t need to leave your car for this view! photo: George Stenberg
Open select dates in May depending upon regulations.
Freshwater or saltwater – the area offers year round fishing for a variety of species
Sept. 28 –Public Lands Day Nov. 9 - 11 – Veteran’s Day
Purchase Maps and passes
at the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center, 150 N Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport WA.
Launch the Boat
No excuses. Pack a picnic, pack the rods, play on a beach. Get out on the water. No boat? Rent one at one of the many loca-
tions in Mason County, see page 16.
Take a leap! Mason County is THE place for your
Skydiving – page 10
Photos: Toby Tahja-Syrett
sky-diving adventure. The folks at Kapowsin are perfecting the art of the EXTREME EXPERIENCE. Spectacular views of South Puget Sound and the Olympic National Park, highest safety standards, great equipment and passionate & experienced staff – Skydive Kapowsin formula for an exciting backyard adventure!
Paddle Harder Kayaking and canoing is a great way to de-stress – Not just
Hood Canal but also consider launching at Arcadia Point and paddle (10 minutes) to Hope Island State Park (page 19). Covered with old-growth forests, the park features a mile of beaches, nature trails & friendly deer. Kayaks & canoes available for rental by the hour or day. Paddling – page 15
Climbing – page 13
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Mason County is shadowed by amazing heights! From easy day hikes with the family to overnights or “experience needed” excursions – you don’t have to go far for spectacular memories!
Diving – page 12
Hood Canal is a unique fjord - with plentiful and colorful wildlife diversity. Thanks to some amazing and accessible protected preserves, scuba divers travel from all over to visit these nutrient rich waters to explore the crevasses and rocks! Giant octopi, friendly & curious wolf eels and swarms of ancient rock cod add to the wonder of this special place. Want to try? Scuba lessons, rentals, boat charters are available in Hoodsport. Visit explorehoodcanal.com or theperfectdive.com for information on diving in Hood Canal. photos: Jeremy chevalier, theperfectdive.com
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Hood Canal is well known among scuba divers for its gentle currents and curious rock formations. Divers from all over the world come for the chance to experience the giant Pacific octopus, wolf eels, rockfish, and plumose anemones that reside in the clear waters of the canal. Preserves such as Octopus Hole and Sund Rock, near Hoodsport, are helping retain the beauty and mystery of this unique underwater environment.
Kapowsin Air Sports (360)432-8000 | 1-800-SKYDIVE 141 West Airview Way Shelton, WA, 98584 skydivekapowsin.com Kapowsin Air Sports has been in business for over 30 years and has trained in the excess of 30,000 first skydive students. KAS has three basic first jump courses to get you started in skydiving – Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD), Tandem, and Accelerated Free Fall (AFF). All necessary gear and training is provided to first time jumpers.
QUESTIONS ABOUT SKYDIVING? for a list of FAQ about skydiving visit allaboutskydiving.info
AGE: You must be at least 18 years of age to skydive in the US. There is no limit to what age you can jump as long as you are in good physical condition. SAFETY: What happens if the parachute does not open? All skydivers carry a second parachute in their backpack. Pull the cord, this deploys so they descend safely onto the ground.
TANDEM: Want to try it out? Sign up for tandem skydiving where an instructor will be the one to wear the suit and guide you from the moment you jump off the plane so you can enjoy the view!
Visit Mason County and let Kapowsin Air Sports fulfill your need for speed.
Feel the adrenaline pumping rush of freefall, and experience the roaring sound of the wind. Kapowsin Air Sports is Mason County’s own fully certified skydiving center located in Shelton, WA. Just imagine the thrill of falling from an altitude of up to 13,000 feet while skydiving over Washington!
Dive Locations on Hood Canal
Shellfish gathering and underwater photography are popular.
Potlatch State Park 21020 U.S. 101 Shelton Dive staging areas and canal access. Jorstad Creek 37941 Hwy 101* Lilliwaup, WA Park at turnout along road, steep climb down tree roots to get to beach, surface swim to the left to find the wall. *approximate location Octopus Hole Between Lilliwaup and Hoodsport. North of Finch Creek Bridge (3.1 miles) Turnout on the right side of the road where the road drops down. Sund Rock 1/2 mile past Mile Marker 330 Purchase access pass at Hood Sport ‘N Dive ($15 donation) or access free through trail and surface swim. Twanoh 12190 Rte 106, Union Open beach access, Park fee Whip Garden Tahuya area: +47° 26’ 39.51”, -123° 4’ 49.85”
Local establishments that offer lessons and equipment: Hood Sport ‘N Dive (360) 877-6818 24080 U.S. 101 Hoodsport, WA hoodsportndive.com Full-service Hood Canal dive shop right on Hood Canal. Offers air, nitrox, trimix, and argon fills. Lessons available year round as well as scuba gear for sale and rent.
Mike’s Beach Resort (360) 877-5324 38470 U.S. 101 Lilliwaup, WA mikesbeachresort.com Located conveniently on some of the best diving sites, this full service resort offers accommodations for groups (large and small) catering especially to divers with air and local information available.
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Options for boating in Mason County are varied and unlimited. There are numerous fresh water lakes and salt water ramps accessing the southern portion of Puget Sound. The jewel of the county is Hood Canal. This 62 mile inland fjord is relatively unused by boaters. Fuel is limited, but launching ramps and pump out stations are conveniently located. Cruising the canal offers striking views of the Olympic Mountains, access to state shellfish beaches, and seasonal fishing, crabbing and shrimping. Boat rentals and charters are available throughout the area.
Water, water, everywhere Since long before the first European explorers sailed among the islands and bays of the Salish Sea, the native tribes fished, hunted and lived off the abundant wild plants, animals and bounty of the sea. Today, the cold, clear waters of South Puget Sound still provide a harvest of salmon and shellfish. The great depths of Hood Canal – more than 600 feet deep – produce an annual shrimp catch that has become a late-spring ritual going back many generations. Commercial shellfish harvesting is big business in Mason County. Taylor Shellfish Farms, the world’s largest exporter of manila clams, as well as many medium and small oyster, geoduck and clam farms can be found up and down the waterways of Hood Canal and South Puget Sound.
Oysters can be found on most beaches of Hood Canal and South Puget Sound, and those blessed or lucky enough to own a waterfront home often gather, eat or farm their own shellfish. Several state parks and county parks allow public beachcombing and shellfish gathering. There are many public boat launches and fuel at several marinas. Boating and sailing are treasured to such a high degree that three of the county’s state parks, Stretch Point, Hope Island and McMicken Island, offer boat access only.
South Puget Sound and Hood Canal are growing increasingly more popular as water playgrounds for kayak enthusiasts. Generally calm water and a growing number of public kayak beaching and take-out points make it possible to paddle for days along the ever-changing shore.
Paddling & boat rentals 15 Boat launches 16 Shellfish & crab 17 Fishing 18 Mason County Beaches 19
Design your own kayaking adventure. Visitors can conquer the canal in their own or rented kayaks, or they can take an introductory kayaking class and tour at a variety of local operators. Alderbrook Resort in Union and many other lodging facilities offer hourly rentals – or in some locations the boats are free to guests. Ever wondered what it’s like to paddle off into the sunset? See pages 34-37 for a complete list of lodging & amenities
Tide-ripped saltwater passages and calm salty coves, rivers running white and swift or backward in estuaries, and lakes of every size make Hood Canal and Mason County the ideal destination for kayakers & canoers. Experts – Try Skokomish River, using a good put-in on Sunnyside Road, just north of the Skokomish Valley Road or launch at Shelton and paddle (with the tide) out Hammersley Inlet to beautiful Hope Island. Novice – Paddlers can cruise the lower reaches of the Skokomish near Union, explore the shores of Hood Canal or explore any of the lakes. An interesting two-hour paddle starts at the boat launch at Lake Isabella. At the far end of the lake, enter Mill Creek through a sea of water lily pads. Glide through the willows for half a mile before the stream begins to drop and becomes too shallow to navigate. Another great Mason County water destination is Lake Kokanee, or Lower Lake Cushman; this scenic lake can channel winds, watch for weather changes.
Boat Rentals Hood Canal Adventures (360) 898-2628 | hoodcanaladvertures.com A wide variety of boat rentals including kayaks, paddle boats, motor boats, electric boat, and a pontoon barge. Recreational activities and services that include guided kayak tours. Union Paddle and Row Center (360) 359-3308 | unionpaddleandrow.com Rentals include, SUPs ( stand up paddle boards), kayaks, water bikes and rowboats. Pleasant Harbor Paddle (360) 796-4116 | kayakbrinnon.com Kayak rentals, kayaking tours, SUP rentals, kayak crabbing packages, and kayak delivery. North Bay Kayaks and Cones in Allyn (360) 535-2198 | allynkayak.com Kayak, SUPs, double kayak or pedal boat. Guided tours, week long rentals available.
Lake Cushman Resort (360) 877-9630 | lakecushman.com Lake Cushman Resort offers rentals of 15’ aluminum boats with 9.9 horse outboards, pedal boats, kayaks and canoes, subject to lake conditions. Captin Lee LLC (360)790-2843 | captainleellc.com Explore the splendor of Hood Canal, Washington and South Puget Sound in a private, chartered 42’ wood Classic Grand Banks boat named Jack. SummerTide Resort & Marina in Tahuya (360) 275-9313 | summertideresort.com Located 16 miles past Belfair on North Shore Road (Hwy 300). Reservations are required. Alderbrook Resort & Spa (360) 898-2252 | alderbrookresort.com 7101 E State Highway 106, Union WA A variety of boat rentals, motorized and non-motorized as well as charter trips available. A 12’ sailboat available with qualifying sail lesson.
Boat launches & marinas South Puget Sound Allyn Waterfront Dock & Park (360) 275-2430 |portofallyn.com Allyn, WA This marina features launch ramps, moorage and a marine pump-out. Park includes covered gazebo and play area. Restaurants and shops within walking distance.
Arcadia Point Arcadia, WA ( near Shelton, WA) The Squaxin Island Tribe owns this launching site, which is open to the public. Parking for vehicles and boat trailers. Take Lynch Road at Taylor Town off Highway 101 south of Shelton, or Arcadia Road east off State Route 3.
Fair Harbor Marina (360) 426-4028 | fairharbormarina.com Grapeview, WA Between Bremerton and Shelton, services at this privately owned marina include fuel dock, moorage (including covered slips to 50’), store, espresso, showers and restrooms.
Hope Island State Park parks.wa.gov Buoys, floats and docks offer tie-ups for access to a 106-acre marine camping park. Located southwest of Squaxin Island, this island park can be reached only by boat. Moorage fees apply.
Latimer’s Landing on Pickering Passage Harstine Island, WA Located adjacent to the Harstine Island bridge. By car take Pickering Rd. off State Route 3. Jarrell Cove (800) 362-8823 or (360) 426-8823 Harstine Island, WA Privately owned with overnight and permanent moorage, pump-out and dump station, RV sites, laundry and shower facilities, picnic area, propane, fuel dock, store, and public beach.
Fair Harbor Marina
Hood Canal Port of Allyn North Shore Dock & Launch (360) 372-2408 | portofallyn.com Belfair, WA Launch ramp and dock are one block apart, just 1 mile past Belfair State Park. Marine pump-out unit and the float structure was extended 40 feet to ensure accessibility during all tides.
Jarrell Cove State Park Harstine Island, WA parks.wa.gov Moorage dock and buoys, pump-out station, tent sites, toilets, showers, picnic and group facilities.
Twanoh State Park Between Belfair and Union, WA parks.wa.gov Double boat launching ramp and parking area, as well as moorages, campsites, restrooms, showers and picnic areas. Shallow wading and swimming areas. Plan ahead, as this popular launch site gets very busy during the summer. Daily watercraft launching permit is $7.
Shelton Marina & Yacht Club (360) 426-9476 Shelton, WA Located in Oakland Bay, marina features permanent and visitor moorage and emergency haulouts. Public launch ramp, gas dock and berthing for Shelton-based watercraft up to 50 feet.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa (360) 898-2200 | alderbrookresort.com 7101 E State Highway 106, Union WA A 1500’ dock with guest moorage lets marine visitors enjoy the dining, golfing, lodging and spa amenities at this resort. Boat rentals also available.
Jarrell Cove State Park
Hood Canal Marina (360) 898-2252 | hood-canal-marina.com 5101 E. Hwy 106 , Union, WA In Union, near Annas Bay at the Great Bend of the canal, this privately owned marina is open to the public. Rest-A-While Marina & Dive Center (360) 877-9122 | restawhile.com 27001 Highway 101 N., Hoodsport, WA Privately owned marina with sling boat launch, moorage, storage and rentals. Camping, hookups and supplies as well as dive shop. Dig your own clams and oysters at the private beach, or purchase at Sund Creek Seafood Market. Summertide Resort & Marina (360) 275-9313 | summertideresort.com Tahuya, WA The Resort is located 16 miles past Belfair on North Shore Road (Hwy 300). Reservations are required. Lodging, RV space, boat rentals and supplies available. Daily, monthly and seasonal moorage is available with dock. Pets welcome.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
Shellfish Gathering Come prepared with buckets, boots and crab pots! Spring is the time to
harvest clams and oysters on saltwater beaches. Many beaches are open to harvesting during summer, but the taste and condition of their meat are not always at their best at this time of year. Most species spawn in summer, which makes their flesh watery and tasteless. If you do harvest clams or oysters during the summer months, make sure to keep them on ice or eat them soon after harvest. Harvest regulations vary from beach to beach—be sure to check the rules at wdfw.wa.gov before digging. Fall and Winter are also a good time to harvest clams and oysters on saltwater beaches.
South Puget Sound Hope Island State Park, accessible only by boat and located between Steamboat and Squaxin Islands, is a great place for clams and oysters. North Bay, between Allyn and Victor, has enhanced oyster beds and several varieties of clams. A map shows which areas are best for harvesting. DNR 24/Grapeview, DNR beach clams and oysters open all year.
DNR 20/Stretch Island, DNR owned beach, clams and oysters open all year. McMicken Island State Park, clams and oysters open all year. Oakland Bay Recreation Tideland, 6 miles north of Shelton, makes for a fun but muddy day collecting oysters, manila clams and eastern softshell clams.
Harvesters –Please Fill in Your Holes
Hood Canal Belfair State Park, 3 miles west of Belfair, is an excellent beach for oysters year-round. Stay overnight, and grill your catch right from a campsite near the water. Lilliwaup State Park, clams and oysters open all year. Rendsland Creek, DNR owned clams and oysters open all year. Twanoh State Park, clams and oysters open all year. West Dewatto, DNR owned beach clams and oysters open all year.
Gathering oysters at Twanoh State Park
South Dougall Point, clams and oysters open all year. DNR 33, 47 & 48, DNR owned beach clams and oysters open all year. Cushman Park, 13 miles north of Shelton on Hwy 101, has several varieties of clams and oysters. Eagle Creek, 3 miles north of Lilliwaup on Hwy 101, has excellent oyster beds. The scenery along this stretch of highway make the extra drive to this little beach well worth the effort.
Filling in the holes you dig protects both shellfish & people.
The substrate dug from the hole is usually placed in a pile on the beach near the hole. This pile can get quite large and it may not wash away or flatten out with the waves or incoming tide. The pile can cover creatures that live on the beach. These animals suffocate and die when they cannot take in fresh seawater. Another reason to fill in the holes is to keep people from falling or tripping. Even a small hole becomes a hazard when the tide covers it. Someone wading at the water’s edge is likely to take an unexpected dip if they step into the hole or trip at its edge!
For more tips, including shellfish identification and current harvest regulations, visit wdfw.wa.gov.
Recreational Crab Fishing Several species of crab are found in Washington’s marine waters and along its shores, though only a few are large enough to be of commercial and sport interest. Two crab species (Dungeness and Red Rock) are harvested locally. Crabs are most commonly harvested with crab pots but are also caught using ring nets, dip nets, and by wading in shallow water during spring and early summer. Opens at 7:00 AM Monday July 1st . Closed Tuesday and Wednesday July 2nd and July 3rd. Then open Thursdays through Mondays each week through Labor Day September 2nd.
Year round fishing opportunities With over 35 major lakes and hundreds of miles of saltwater shoreline, Mason County has opportunities for anglers all year long. Visit wddfw.wa.gov for the most up to date license information, regional maps, fishing tips, identification and limits.
(March-May) For many anglers, the fishing year starts on the last Saturday in April, when trout season opens on lowland lakes. Although dozens of lakes are open for fishing year-round, those opening in April are heavily stocked with hatchery trout, greatly improving anglers’ chances of catching fish. Trout generally bite well until mid-summer, but tend to lose interest when the water temperature gets too warm. In Puget Sound, fishing for resident Blackmouth salmon winds down in April. Fisheries for wild Steelhead run through mid-April on several Olympic Peninsula rivers.
Anglers continue to reel in trout from lakes and ponds, most of which remain open to fishing through October. The salmon fishing season off the Washington coast generally opens in late June and runs through early fall. By late July, as more salmon move in from the coast, fishing heats up in the Puget Sound and Hood Canal. The Chinook season on the Skokomish River is always busy with these “kings” ranging 20 lbs plus as they move up river.
September is a prime time for Coho and Chum salmon fishing. Coho can be found in Hood Canal and the Puget Sound areas of Mason County. Fishing for Chinook salmon tapers off in October, but coho fishing is still good in the Skokomish and other Puget Sound rivers. By November, the main catch in Puget Sound is Blackmouth salmon, which remain in nearshore waters throughout the year.
(December -February) Many lakes close for trout fishing Oct. 31, but some remain open throughout the year, like Lake Isabella and Island Lake, providing good fishing for anglers willing to brave colder weather. Opportunities to catch salmon are limited during the winter months. The best bet is to fish in Puget Sound nearshore areas for Blackmouth salmon. Anglers can also fish for chum salmon in the Nisqually River in December and January. Hatchery-reared fish return to rivers in the Puget Sound area and on the Olympic Peninsula throughout the winter months.
Hood Canal Chinook & Coho Fishing Lower Hood Canal salmon fishery opens July 1 but the good fishing usually starts in the first weeks of August. The Chinook are first with weather & water temperature dictating how early they start. A little rain and cooler temperatures are a good sign. Every couple years, by the first week of August, there is usually a run of Pink salmon in the Canal. Near the shoreline, you can often see them finning. After these fish have entered their respective rivers, the upper Canal will be opened. There is a great Coho fishery in DaBob Bay open later in September when the hatchery fish return.
Jigging for Squid!
For something a little different and a whole lot of fun for the entire family – try squid jigging throughout Puget Sound. This easy and rewarding evening activity will engage everyone from the youngest family member to the oldest! See page 26 for details.
Most local salmon fishing is by trolling at depths from 20’ to 40’ depending upon conditions and location. Local outfitters like Verles (Shelton) or Hood Canal Marina (Union) are great resources for current conditions. You can also visit the wddfw.wa.gov for details on opening day, boundary lines, and fishing tips.
Want to play on the beach?
Below are a few places that you can get easy access to the beaches in Mason County.
Olympic Eagle Creek National Park
Flat beach exposed when tide is out, walking as far as you can see, obeying property signs. Loads of driftwood and unusual rocks. Mason Countyâ€™s bestkept secret beach is warm enough for swimming in summer months. Beach access & parking pull off areas across from Eagle Creek Saloon.
Small beach with dramatic view of the Olympics; excellent photography destination. Lots of ripe berries in late summer. From Mt Ellinor Belfair: take the Befair-Tahuya Road for several miles until you come to the Dewatto Rd. Continue on Dewatto Rd for four miles to Dewatto. Beach at bottom of hill. Parking is limited.
Olympic National Forest
Port of Hoodsport
Public boat dock with beach access on Hwy 101. Starfish and crabs at low tide. Picnic table and restrooms nearby. Close to dining,grocery and shopping.
Expansive beach (at low tide) with panoramic views southward to the Skokomish River Valley. Restrooms and picnic tables. Stream bisects county park.
Longest stretch of public beach in Mason County, popular for clamming, oysters, and photography; follow beach south from park entrance, curving with the Great Bend of Hood Canal. Park has camping, picnic tables, restrooms. Great for picnics and swimming, park pass required.
North Bay Kayak Park
Community park offers beach access, a picnic area and portable restroom and is very popular with kayakers, fishermen and local residents. Located on SR-3 at the south end of Allyn.
Beach access, playground, restrooms, picnic shelter and basketball court. Plenty of parking, close to Shelton. Take Olympic Hwy to Arcadia Rd, from Arcadia Rd take a left on Walker Park Rd, Park is on right. No shellfish harvest.
Easy beach access onto marshy estuary. Best at low tide. Popular for bird watching and salmon observing or fishing. Archaeological remains found nearby date 600 years back. Parking pullout along Hwy 101 near mile marker 356 and Old Olympic Hwy; near Kennedy Creek interpretative trail.
Twanoh State Park
Stairway to beach at north opening of Lilliwaup Bay. Walking north or south when tide is out. Eagles and osprey. Overnight RV camping permitted; no restrooms.
Nice beaches for walking and exploring with summer water temperatures surprisingly warm. Restrooms, camping and picnic facilities.
Famous for summer swimming. Excellent camping and picnic sites, shellfish harvesting.
Belfair State Park
Dewatto BayMt Ellinor
Park features an outdoor gazebo built by volunteers, along with expansive green lawns, gardens, restrooms, play area and beach access with public boat launch. Beach access parking SR-3 on the north end of Allyn.
Dayton Hope Island State Park
A 106-acre marine camping park on the western side of the state in Mason County, Puget Sound. This quiet island is reachable only by boat. Covered with old-growth forests and saltwater marshes, the park features a beach one-anda-half miles long. Great destination for kayakers and boaters!
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To Olympia & I-5
World-class hiking trails lace the Olympic Mountain wilderness, leading from mountain streambeds through old growth forest to high-altitude ridgelines with breathtaking views of Hood Canal and beyond. Old growth forest, pristine meadows, wildflowers and mountain critters such as marmot and bear make up the rich flora and fauna found along these rugged trails. Grab your pack and come experience the sights and sounds of the vast and scenic wilderness in Olympic National Forest & Park. You can explore the remote valleys and ridgelines of Olympic National Park throughout much of the year.
Shelton | Kamilche | Matlock
Huff n Puff Trail
3600 Shelton Springs Rd , Shelton Popular exercise course for joggers and walkers with wide, well maintained trails. Ample parking available, no restrooms or picnic area. Parking lot across from Shelton High School on Shelton Springs Road. Length: 1.5 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Flat forest trails under high canopy | No fee or pass
Goldsborough Creek Trail
The trail follows an extensive concrete fish ladder. In summer, wade among the miniature waterfalls created by the ladder. There is an educational kiosk, covered shelter, and railroad trestle spanning the creek. Take Shelton-Matlock Exit from Highway 101, pull into Ford auto dealership visible from highway. Drive through dealership, looking for iron gate where power lines and septic system are also located. Park at gate and follow clearing toward Goldsborough Creek to your right. Woods are to your immediate left, look for trail opening just before bluffs above creek. Length: 1 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Dirt trail
Kid friendly Hood Canal adventures Traveling as a family can be a great opportunity to spend quality time together away from hectic schedules that tie up our everyday lives. Whether you come for a Summer vacation or a weekend getaway – just the kids or a full family reunion – there are so many wonderful things to do in Mason County with activities that will thrill everyone! Just minutes from Olympia, and less than an hour from the Seattle ferry; it’s so much closer than you think! See page 19 for a list of beaches where you dig up your next memory!
Located northwest of Shelton in the Skokomish River Recreation Area. Travel US Highway 101 to the Skokomish Valley Road, (7 mi. North of Shelton, 7 mi. South of Hoodsport). Turn west on the Valley road and drive about 5.5 miles to the junction with FS Road #23. Turn right and proceed for 10 miles on FS Road #23 to the junction of FS Road #2353. Veer left and continue on FS Road #23 (end of pavement) another 8 miles to the Spider Lake trailhead. This trail loops around Spider Lake through old growth forest. Length: varies| Difficulty: easy | Topography: varies
6th Avenue Park
Waterfall with wading pond reflections are visible from trailhead. Follow a wooded trail that runs above the falls and continues up a gentle ravine, then return on same route to parking area. Trailhead parking at end of Sixth Street, beyond Laurel. Falls are visible from street, more dramatic in wetter months. Length: .5 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Dirt trail along creek | No fee or pass required
Isabella Lake State Park Trails
Developed network of trails on both sides of road, a reclaimed farm. Easy to explore with lots of exposed fields to stay oriented-, parking, restroom, picnic table and trails. Directions: exit Hwy 101 at Hwy 3, go south on Golden Pheasant Rd, turn right Delight Park Road. Length: various-2.5 mile loops | Difficulty: easy | Topography: rolling meadow | No fee or pass required
Kamilche Kennedy Creek Trail
Truman Glick Park Trails
1291 W Ford Rd, Matlock Winding trails, wooden arch footbridge and under-utilized picnic, field and playground area (with covered cooking pavilion). Directions: From Matlock, take Matlock-Deckerville Road 2 miles to right turn at Ford Road. Drive .75 mile on Ford, park is on left. Length: several loops totaling 4 miles or more | Difficulty: easy | Topography: flat, wetland & mixed forest
Length: 3.5 miles round-trip | Difficulty: easy
Northeast Mason Allyn | Belfair | Union
DNR Tahuya Trail System Tahuya State Forest is a 23,000-acre working forest with an extensive network of ORV trails that are also used by hikers, fishermen, bicycles, and hunters. Yearly serves 150,000 motorized recreationists. Lots of trails,
Trail frames walker’s view of Kennedy Creek with platforms and bridges. Directions: Northbound, turn west on Old Olympic HWY just before milepost 357. Southbound turn west on Old Olympic HWY at milepost 356 (look for the brown “wildlife viewing area” sign) go 3/4 mile to the salmon trail entrance road. - Note Trail Open 10am-4pm Weekends Nov. 3 - Dec. 2 Length: .5 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography flat
but dominated by motorized vehicle users.
Schafer State Park Trail
Length: 1 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography: forest,
1365 West Schafer Park Road, Elma Riverside trail loops back along hillside away from river. Interpretive center, camping, picnic, swimming, fishing. Directions: 12 miles north of Elma, on the East Fork of the Satsop River in Mason County. The park is also accessible via the Brady exit from U.S. Hwy. 12. Pick up trail at bend on West Schafer Park Road, before bridge over river. Length: 1 mile loop | Difficulty: easy to moderate | Topography: mixed forest and river
Theler Wildlife Refuge (360) 275-4898 22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair A birder’s favorite, this wide, well-groomed trail passes through grassy marshland beside the shores of the Union River where it meets Hood Canal. Serene views, birds and wildlife greet the walker on this wheelchair-accessible trail.
Visit dnr.wa.gov for map and regulations.
Belfair State Park Trail 3151 NE State Route 300 Belfair Easy hike leading to wide beaches with plenty of sea life to explore. Excellent for swimming and sunning on hot days. Picnic tables and fire pits. field and tidal beaches | No fee or pass required
Twanoh State Park Trail Lush, tall canopy of cedar and fir. Trail follows Twanoh Creek then ascends the gentle bluffs above. Wildflower and moss beds, then follow with a warm swim in Hood Canal.
Topography: Tidal estuary marsh, riparian zone, farm & forested wetland | No fee or pass required
Jarrell Cove Trail Easy, level and short trail, very wide in spots, trail follows park boundary, circling the campgrounds, with access to a beach below eroded bluffs. Length: 1 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Mostly level forest trail with beach access for exploring | No fee or pass required
Harstine Island Trail More than 300 acres to explore in this best-kept secret on Puget Sound, and a perfect family hike. Length: 1.5 round-trip | Difficult: easy | Topography: Mixed forest, ravine, and beach | No fee or pass required
Off Road Vehicle Trails On Department of Natural Resources designated ORV trails in WA, bikes and all terrain vehicles do not need to be street legal but if you enter public roads and lands you must be licenced.
Length: 2.3 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: gentle rise | No fee or pass required
The Tahuya State Forest is said to offer the best riding during the rainy season. The area is covered by glacial till and outwash gravels, ideal for rainy weather bike riding. In the summer, riding can be extremely dusty and troubled with poor traction. There are trails for bikes and short and long base 4 wheel drives.
Hoodsport | Lilliwaup | W Hood Canal
Footbridges span Dow Creek, as trail loops between them and ascends slightly for the longer loop. Picnic tables and restroom at parking lot. Direction: from Hoodsport, follow Highway 119 for two miles. Length: .5 and 1.5 mile loops| Difficulty: easy | Topography: alder & conifer forest| No fee or pass required
Living Legacy Trail
Interpretive signs explaining the replanting of the forest by in the 1930s. This trail passes by the historic Hamma Hamma Cabin. Great for kids. Length: 1.5 mile loop | Difficulty: easy to moderate Topography: some slopes | No fee or pass
Lower Lena Lake Trail
Well maintained trail leads to a small lake with campsites. Expect company. Directions: Hwy 101 at Hamma Hamma Recreation Area, take FS #25 to junction; go right 1 mile | NW forest pass required Length: 3 miles | Difficulty: Moderate climb Topography: Forest and mossy boulders
Upper Lena Lake Trail
Big Creek Trail
Looping trail reaching rushing creeks at the mid-point. Great pack-in picnic destination, with tiny wading pools and footbridges. Direction: Where Forest Road 24 and Highway 119 meet, head toward Staircase but
Length: 2.9 miles | Difficulty: very difficult Topography: Old growth | Olympic National Park fee
Topography: mixed conifer forest | Trail pass required
This trail is in Mt. Skokomish Wilderness and travels through old growth forest. From the ridge loop trail, fantastic views of Bear Gulch Valley, Mt. Ellinor, Mt. Washington, Mt. Pershing, and the distant Huckleberry drainage may be seen. Directions: Take Highway 119 to junction with Forest Road 24, and turn left toward Staircase. Mt. Rose trailhead is about 3 miles ahead. Length: 6.4 miles | Difficulty: moderately difficult to difficult | Topography: forested slopes | No fee or pass
Staircase Rapids Loop Trail
Family friendly trail through large second growth beside the rapids of the North Fork Skokomish River. Several swimming holes make for a delightful trip. A marked trail spur leads to a massive, fallen old-growth cedar. Direction: From Hoodsport, take Highway 119, 9 miles to junction with Forest Road #24. Follow signs to Staircase, turning left and continuing with Lake
ness permit required for overnight camps.
conifer forest | Olympic National Park entrance fee
Mount Ellinor Trail
Mountain goats, eagles, wildflowers, and spectacular scenery. Snow often until July. Directions: State Route 119 for 9 miles, turn right on FS #24 for 1.6 miles to FS# 2419, then 4.9 miles to the lower trailhead. Continue on #2419, then left on FS-014 Spur 1.5 miles
avalanche chute. Directions: at Staircase
Length: 4 miles | Difficulty: light moderate
Cushman on your left, all the way to Staircase entrance.
Topography: 3,800 foot gain to subalpine lake
One of the steepest trails in Olympic National Park, with tight switchbacks to no switchbacks, difficult grade, once you stop climbing, traverse a brushy
turn immediately right into Big Creek Campground
Steep with unstable bed; not recommended in wet weather. Directions: Same as Lower Lena Lake, wilderLength: 7.3 miles | Difficulty: moderate to difficult |
Length: .9 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: tall
Shady Lane Trail
A small cave, a footbridge and a swimming hole, plus a grove of towering Old Growth forest. Trailhead across main bridge just beyond Staircase Ranger Station; bear left and follow river downstream instead of straight (Rapids Loop Trail) Length: 1 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography Level Olympic National Park entrance fee
North Fork Skokomish
Backpacking trail leading into the heart of the Olympics, and connecting with several main trails throughout Olympic National Park. Designated campgrounds every few miles. Ascends to 4,688 feet at First Divide. Some creek fording and often large trees down over trail. Directions: at Staircase entrance Length: 12.7 miles | Difficulty: moderate | Topography follows river as it climbs steadily through Forest Olympic National Park entrance fee required, and wilderness camping permit required for overnight stays
Lower S. Fork Skokomish Trail
Spectacular views and campsites, make this one of the best hikes in all the Olympics! Cedar and fir. Mountain bicycle and horse accessible. Direction: Two marked trailheads just before and at LeBar Horse Camp. From Highway 101, take Skokomish Valley Road for 5.5 miles, then turn right on FS 23 for 9 miles, turn right on 2353 for .75 mile, cross the river and go left for .2 mile for the hiker biker access trailhead. Length: 10.3 miles lower trail, upper 7.3 miles | Difficulty: light moderate | Topography: mostly old growth along river corridor | Trail pass required
Brown Creek Campground Trail
Loop around a beaver pond, great wildlife viewing area. Interpretive signs discuss the wetland ecology and its associated wildlife. Directions: located near the hand pump in Brown Creek Campground located in the South Fork Skokomish area.
Length: 3.1 miles (from lower trailhead); 1.6 miles
Length: 0.8 miles | Difficulty easy | Topography: loops
from upper trailhead | Difficulty: moderate to difficult
around a beaver pond and is a great wildlife viewing
Topography: forest becoming subalpine meadow
area | No fee or pass required
Stretch your legs
Mason County is filled with great places to lose a day – and find yourself - in the wilderness! See pages 18-22 for more details. Tahuya State “Working” Forest “
This popular 23,100-acre forest provides open spaces for sightseeing, camping, nature study, fishing, hiking, horse or motorcycle riding, and mountain biking. However, the Tahuya is a State Forest, not a State Park, and recreation facilities are primitive. Visit dnr.wa.gov for complete maps and closure information.
Hoodsport Trail Footbridges span Dow Creek, as trail loops between them and ascends slightly for the longer loop. Picnic tables and restroom at parking lot. Easy walk, no pass required.
Road is open year-round weather permitting. If snowy, may be gated at park boundary. Call (360) 565-3131 for status. Ranger Station: open in summer Olympic when staffing allows, with information, exhibits, wilderness permits, bear canisters, map salesNational and wheelchairForest available for checkout. Stock corral,trails and restroom and picnic area nearby. Regulations: Pets and bicycles areLilliwaup not permitted on trails. Permits required for overnight hikes. Above 3,500’ no fires; stoves only. See nps.gov/olym for more information.
Staircase Area in the Olympic National Park119
TRAILS: 4x4 Trails: Not smooth dirt roads. Many rocks, roots and deep ruts. Open to all users. Primary DNR Trails: 2-track trails, specific destinations and are suitable for most skill levels Single Track Secondary Trails: users will encounter roots, rocks, ruts, mud holes and possibly logs on ride. Open to horses, mountain bikes, hikers, and motorcycles - closed to ATVs. Single Track Primitive Trails: These single track “user-built” trails are throughout the forest. 101 These trails generally do not have destinations and are open to all expert Single Track trail users - Horses, mountain bikes, hikers, and motorcycles. - Closed to ATVs.
Olympic National Park
Potlatch Park & Beach Walk
Worth mentioning twice... park has camping, picnic tables, restrooms and beach access with the longest stretch of public beach in Mason County providing a good walking stretch towards Annas Bay. Great for photos and bird watching. Park permit required.
Goldsborough Creek Trail
Home to over two miles of interpretive walking trails within 139 acres of protected salt marsh and estuary wetlands at the mouth of the Union River in Belfair. Trails give you access to plants, birds and animals in their natural habitats: forests, wetlands, saltwater & freshwater marshes, swamps, bogs and river estuaries.
Matlock Kennedy Creek chum salmon are on view as they make their way home to spawn. The Trail is open every weekend in November. Visitors will see chum salmon in their natural environment and find easy access, multiple salmon viewing platforms, interpretive signs, and trail guides to answer questions. For more information or reservations contact the Mason Conservation District at 1-800-527-9436.
The Theler Wetlands Grapeview
The trail follows an extensive concrete fish ladder. In summer, wade among the miniature waterfalls created by the ladder. There is an educational kiosk, covered shelter, and railroad trestle spanning the creek.
The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail
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Harstine Island State Park
This short easy hike samples the park’s woods and shoreline. There are two ways to approach the beach. Take the one on the left for more variation. Follow trail for a quarter- mile into a cool and dark ravine graced with big cedars and firs. Come to a junction, head left. Drop deeper into the ravine and after crossing a pretty little creek emerge on a quiet and secluded beach. If the tide is low, hike south a short distance beneath forested bluffs. On the return, head back to the junction and climb out of the ravine passing ancient cedars along the way. The trail right heads back to the parking lot. Follow the trail left under a canopy of mature second growth eventually looping around to Yates Rd. Dogs permitted on leash. Discovery Pass required.
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Phillips Lake County Park
From a spectacular National Park to a quiet island beach – Mason County has a park adventure for all tastes!
Kneeland Park 100 Turner Ave, Shelton, WA Large play structure, picnic areas, restroom, horseshoes, open play area, landscaping.
South Mason Soccer Park
South Mason Shelton
220 W Franklin Shelton, WA Picnic tables, mature vegetation.
400 W E Street Shelton Ball field, play equipment, restroom, natural area, basketball court.
Hope Island State Park
Near Arcadia boat launch, Shelton, WA 106-acre marine camping park on the western side of the state in Mason County, Puget Sound. This quiet island is reachable only by boat. Covered with oldgrowth forests, friendly deer and saltwater marshes, the park features a beach one-and-a-half miles long. Summer: 6 a.m.to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Jacoby (Shorecrest) Park
120 E Shorecrest Parkway, Shelton, WA Open year round, picnic area, small boat launch, salt water access to Hammersley Inlet (low tide advisory for launch/load of boats) NO SHELLFISH HARVEST.
Jarrell Cove & Harstine Island State Park
391 E Wingert Rd, Shelton 43-acre marine camping park with 3,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on the northwest end of Harstine Island in south Puget Sound. The forested island park is accessible by road and bridge and is off the beaten path. Most visitors arrive by boat. The park has campsites near the docks, as well as on rolling, grassy areas. Harstine Island State Park is a day use park with beach access via a half-mile trail. It is a two mile drive from Jarrell Cove. Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is open year round.
325 E Poplar, Shelton, WA Basketball court, mature trees.
Latimer's Landing Park
3291 Pickering Rd, Shelton, WA Open year round, picnic tables, portable toilet, parking for boat launch, picnic area, beach access.
1020 W Franklin, Shelton, WA Ball field, athletic field, play structure, restroom, picnic shelter.
Mason County Disc Golf
3600 Shelton Springs Rd Shelton, WA Annual disc golf tournament, day use, parking on street. masoncountydiscgolf.com
Mason County Recreation Area
2100 E Johns Prairie Rd, Shelton, WA Park office year round; M – F 8 am – 4:30 pm, batting cages Feb – Oct; 9 am – dark, park recreation facilities Mar – Oct; 9 am - dark, restrooms, children’s play area, picnic areas, covered batting cages (4-stations; 2 softball, 2 baseball), two full-sized baseball fields, five baseball/softball fields, seasonal concession (Mar – Aug), on-site caretaker, Mar – June: ball fields used by Shelton High School (home field for all fastpitch & JV baseball games), Mason County Youth Baseball and Fastpitch Associations, June – Aug: Co-Ed softball leagues, June – Aug: most weekends offer some type of tournament activity.
Mason County Skate Park
110 Wallace Kneeland Boulevard, Shelton, WA Portable toilet, skate board ramps, picnic tables, recreational & competitive skate boarding & biking. Open year round.
Oakland Bay Historic Park
1570 E Agate Bay Rd, Shelton, WA Open space with limited paths and trails, access to Melaney creek and Oakland Bay, vault toilet, site of Malaney historical homestead, good spot to take a walk and enjoy Malaney Creek and Oakland Bay. Site of annual native plant workshop sponsored by Mason Conservation District and Capital Land Trust. Open year round
1200 Olympic Hwy S, Shelton, WA Historic marker overlooking downtown & mills. Great photo opportunity.
50 E Phillips Lake Loop Rd Shelton Open year round daylight to dusk, small picnic area, passive day use area, adjacent to State of Washington boat launch with vault toilets.
2102 John’s Prairie Rd E Shelton, WA Office Hours: Generally 4 pm to 6pm M-F June 15th through November 15th.
Truman Glick County Park
1291 W Ford Rd Matlock, WA Open March-September, large covered shelter, barbecue grills, vault toilets, wooden arch bridge over Decker Creek, nature trails good area for family reunions, group picnics, weddings, or receptions.
W Sunset Bluff Park
E. Sunset Rd. Shelton, WA Fishing, nature areas, dogs allowed, open year round.
Walker County Park
2400 SE Walker Park Rd, Shelton WA Open Mar – Oct, covered shelter, barbecue grills, restrooms, day use picnic area, children’s play area, on site caretaker, good site for group picnics, birthday parties, weddings, reunions, etc, trail to beach, part of Cascadia Marine Trail, reservations for shelter highly recommended, NO SHELLFISH HARVEST.
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Allyn Waterfront Park
Allyn, WA Dock, launch ramps, pumpout station, playground, restrooms, gazebo for events, restaurants, shopping, phone, post office, liquor store, groceries, mini-mart, gifts, souvenirs, bus service, sandy beach access to water, restroom, picnic area, interpretive, historic signage, ADA compliant, nightly & winter moorage
Belfair State Park
3151 NE State Route 300 Belfair, WA Belfair State Park is a 65-acre, year-round camping park on 3,720 feet of saltwater shoreline at the southern end of Hood Canal in western Washington. It is noted for its saltwater tide flats, wetlands with windblown beach grasses and pleasant areas for beach walking and saltwater swimming. Summer: 6:30 am to dusk. Winter: 8 am to dusk. Camping: Check-in time, 2:30 pm Check-out time, 1 pm Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6:30 am.
Coulter Creek Picnic Area
North Bay Rd/State Rte 302, Belfair, WA Open year round, picnic tables, vault toilet, vehicle parking, water access, wildlife viewing, picnics. Good place for leisurely walk and relaxation.
Harvey Rendsland (Jiggs Lake) County Park 10991 NE Belfair Tahuya Road, Tahuya Open year around, mainly hiking, open space, and access to Jiggs Lake. Good spot to take a walk and relax, park is undeveloped.
Mason Lake County Park
6011 E Mason Lake Drive West, Grapeview B oat Launch is open all year, restrooms are open April - October picnic areas, wooded area, boat launch, day picnic, ample parking for vehicle with trailer.
Menard’s Landing Park
William O. Hunter Park
Clifton Lane/Old Belfair Hwy, Belfair, WA Open year round, beaches, picnic table, MTA bus stop
NorthWEST Mason Potlatch | Hoodsport | Lilliwaup
Eagle Creek Park
Pull off areas across from Eagle Creek Saloon, Hood Canal North Show Flat beach exposed when tide is out, walking as far as you can see. Loads of driftwood, unusual rocks, warm enough for swimming in summer. Mason County’s best-kept secret beach.
18931 NE North Shore Road, Tahuya Open year round, covered gazebo, picnic areas, sanican, boat launch for hand-carry boat/kayak or other small watercraft, limited parking on left hand side of road, additional parking in dirt lot on right just before main access gate. Next to Rendsland Creek State of Washington shellfish beach (oyster enhanced). Be sure to check Washington State Shellfish Regulations before harvesting.
241 N Foothills Park Rd, Hoodsport WA March – September, 9 am to dusk, children’s play area, open field area, restrooms, on-site caretaker, good site for family or business picnic and field games, reservations recommended.
Twanoh State Park
McMicken Island State Park is an 11.5 acre marine park with 1,661 feet of saltwater shoreline. It is situated in the beautiful South Puget Sound and features a pristine cove to set anchor. Visitors can enjoy the many hiking trails, viewing an active bald eagle nest and shellfish harvesting. The shellfish population is abundant and open to shellfish harvesters year round. The park is open 6:30 a.m. to dusk year round for day use. Moorage buoys are available for overnight stays.
Sandhill County Park
1000 NE Sand Hill Road, Belfair Open March – October, restrooms, one full-sized baseball field, six youth size baseball/softball fields, seasonal concession (March – August), on-site caretaker, March-July: ball fields are used by North Mason Little League, North Mason Fast Pitch and North Mason Pee Wee leagues. Reservations required for ball field Use.
Theler Wildlife Refuge
22871 NE State Rte 3, Belfair, WA The refuge is home to over two miles of interpretive walking trails within 139 acres of protected salt marsh and estuary wetlands at the mouth of the Union River in Belfair. Trails are open every day from dawn to dusk, are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Trails go through a Washington Fish and Wildlife sanctuary: no dogs or domestic animals are permitted on the trails.
Tahuya State Forest
Northwest of Belfair Year-round destination, offers recreation opportunities for a variety of activities, including off-road vehicle riding (ORV), horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping and other uses. Tahuya is primarily a destination area for ORV riders.
Watson Wildwood View Park Highway 103, Victor, WA Open year round.
12190 Rte 106, Union, WA Twanoh State Park, situated on the shoreline of Hood Canal, features one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington state.The 182-acre marine, camping park has 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline. The name of the park derives from the Native American Twana tribes, better known as the Skokomish, who made their home in the area.
Union County Park
61 E Port Townsend Street, Union, WA OpenMarch – September, small covered shelter, restrooms,day use picnic area, children’s play area, one small baseball/softball field, small two-hoop basketball court, good site for group picnics, birthday parties, reunions, etc. Shelter reservations recommended.
Potlatch State Park
21020 N US Hwy 101 57-acre camping park with 5,700 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park’s beautiful grounds are home to a variety of activities, from interpretive programs for kids to boating and shellfish harvesting. Summer:8 am to dusk. Winter: 8 am to dusk. Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 pm Check-out time, 1 pm Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6:30 am.
Lilliwaup Bay State Park
Hwy 101, pull off just north of Lilliwaup, WA Stairway to beach at point on north opening of Lilliwaup Bay. Plenty of eagles and osprey, overnight RV camping permitted, no restrooms.
A varied Landscape Olympic National Park is
a land of beauty and variety. A day's exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like three magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its many faces! Olympic National Park is a United States national park located in the state of Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula. The park has multiple “faces”: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument in 1909.It was designated a national park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site. In 1988, Congress designated 95 percent of the park as the Olympic Wilderness. For details on access to the Park through Mason County and other areas, visit nps.gov
Port of Hoodsport
Downtown Hoodsport, WA Public boat dock with beach access. Starfish and crabs visible at low tide. Picnic table and restrooms nearby. Close to dining, grocery and boutique shopping. Beach Access Parking parking available on Highway 101.
What’s in a name?
In 1853, the county which surrounded the narrow inlet of Big Skookum (meaning strong water) now known as Hammersley Inlet, was named in honor of the Sa-Heh-Wa-Mish people. Se-Heh-Wa-Mish continued to be the name of the county for ten years until in 1864 the name was changed to Mason County in honor of Charles Mason, acting Governor in the absence of Isaac Stevens. Mason County today is a thriving community with major industrial activities focused on the area’s abundant natural resources, such as timber and shellfish. These industries provide a colorful backdrop for tourism. For an indepth look at Mason County’s history, stop by the museum in downtown Shelton.
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Shelton Historical Museum
Located downtown on Railroad the museum is open to the public. The museum sells local historical books and hosts displays depicting life along the shores of Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and in the old growth forests as they were explored and logged in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Hours: Tues - Fri 11AM to 5PM and Saturday 11AM to 4PM
Sage Bookstore and Lynch Creek Floral are great diverse shops to pick up that present for just about anyone on your list. You will be sure to discover some great finds in the many antique shops in the downtown core. Head uptown for the newer chain shops. Walmart is open 24 hours!
celebrating a rich timber history
Shelton is the westernmost city on Puget Sound with a population of over 9,000. Formerly called Sheltonville, Shelton was once served by a small fleet of steamboats which was part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. Traveling down Hammersley inlet on the fast moving tidal currents, these ships delivered supplies and mail to the community. Tugboats still ride these tides to deliver wood products and barges of sand throughout Puget Sound. Shelton’s economy was built around logging, farming, dairying and ranching as well as oyster cultivation. To this day, the Simpson Timber Company’s mill on Puget Sound’s Oakland Bay continues to dominate the landscape of the downtown area. Shelton also identifies itself as the “Christmas Tree Capital.”
Get your Race On!
Incorporated in the 1890s, Shelton’s municipal government is run in the Mayor/Commission form. It is the last city in the State of Washington to use this form of government.
Strong in its forestry roots, local Shelton residents are proud to have a working lumber train – running right through town! Downtown’s Railroad Avenue hosts Tollie and the Red Caboose which, apart from formerly brought the logs to the mill, now houses the Visitor Information Center (VIC).
The Ridge Motorsports Park is a race course located just outside Shelton. This course serves car, motorcycle and karting clubs with races and national events, visit ridgemotorsportspark.com for details.
Historical Walking Tours
Pick up a walking tour map of Shelton and wander through the historical neighborhoods to learn the generations of secrets each home holds!
Staffed by local volunteers, the VIC is a great place to gain some local knowledge and get the inside story on the best lunch special! There is no shortage of great dining options in Shelton! Try milkshakes made the REAL way with a retro shake machine – remember when you got the stainless steel canister leftovers and it always was the best part? Yep, you can still get that at Nita’s Cafe on Railroad. Check out page 38 for more Shelton dining. Urraco’s is an excellent place to start your shopping explorations in Shelton. Enter this coffee haunt and feel “full” by the rich aromas of the freshly roasted beans. Enjoy a fresh pastry before heading out to search for buried treasures in the antique and boutique shops!
Olympic National Forest
Our scenic routes will take you to historic sites, parks, trails, outdoor activities, museums and natural wonders. Stop at a waterfront resort for lunch and hike a mountain in the afternoon. Trace your hands over ancient rock formations and old growth trees and then relax at a pub. Take a car, bike or backpack, and make your own discoveries at every turn. Navigate through our area to discover our many different scenic touring routes. When you find one that piques your interest, use it to help you get where you want to be.
Join in on the action
Whether you love to watch bucking broncos, champion dog breeds or can’t get enough oysters – Shelton’s fairgrounds are a great place to catch up on some unique events – and consume a few oysters! See p 7 for current festivals.
Itinerary 1: Shelton & South Mason County
Let your taste buds roam
106 beaches After a day of skydiving (p 11) or exploring Annas (p 17) - you can really work up an appetite! Whatever Bay you crave, Shelton has a variety of delicious options!
From a mouth-watering slow cooked pulled pork sandwich at Smoking Mo’s, a perfectly cooked steak at The Strip or the Vietnamese influenced freshest seafood at Xinhs - that’s just the first block of Railroad Avenue! Visit the directory on p38-39 for details on dining in Shelton & Mason County!
Get on course
Bayshore Golf Course See page3 27 for details
Go jump out of a plane!
For the ultimate adrenaline rush head to the Shelton Airstrip on Hwy 101 and sign up for a tandem jump! In tandem skydiving you just need to hang on and your guide will take care of the rest! A great way to get a bird’s eye view of some spectacular scenery! See p 11 for details & tips.
Hope Island via Arcadia
Rent kayaks and launch at Arcadia Point, Pack a picnic, and paddle the short distance to the island! Visit p 15 for rental outlets; p 19 for State Park details.
Catch a double feature Opened in 1964, the Skyline is one of just 5
drive-ins still operating in WA and has received recognition as a historical site. Step back in time and enjoy the stars under the stars! Gates open nightly during the summer at 8PM. skylinedrive-in.com.
An Excuse to Stay Indoors
Free weekly entertainers and bands in the Starlight Lounge as well as top name concerts, comedy shows, cage and boxing bouts in the Skookum Creek Event Center. The Little Creek Casino Resort games include state-of-the-art slot machines, blackjack, poker, roulette, craps, keno, and many others. The Creek proudly offers luxurious resort and spa accommodations, several dining options, new world-class golf course, meeting & convention space and of course some of the best casino amenities in the Pacific Northwest. Details little-creek.com or visit p 26.
Taylor Town Kamilche Sink a Salmon safe ball. The new Salish Cliff108 Golf Course is
first to earn this rating, see p 27 for details!
Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center
Explore the lives of The People of The Waters and investigate the tools used by the first settlers and their relationship with the Seven Inlets of Puget Sound. Learn about the art and culture, or compare what existed centuries ago to what you see with your own eyes today. Visit squaxinislandmuseum.org for hours and details.
Walter Dacon Wines has gained World wide recognition of superior wines in just a decade! Visit this small winery for tours and tasting throughout the year. See p 40 for details.
The Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail - November Kennedy Creek chum salmon are on view as they make their way home to spawn. See pp 23 for more details.
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photo Steve Zugs
Allyn & Grapeview Overlooking the shores of Case Inlet
Puget Sound waters offer a unique family activity:
squid jigging! A sport that requires simple, inexpensive
fishing tackle, recreational squid fishing is available year round. Squid feed mainly at night and are attracted to light, which is why piers and docks are good locations for jigging. Hungry squid lurk in the dark fringes near patches of lighted water and then dart into the bright area in pursuit of food such as young herring and other small fishes. The most common species of squid found in Puget Sound waters is the Pacific squid, averaging around 8”. With a long tapered body and triangular tail fins, these fast-moving, ten-armed mollusks are also known as calamari when prepared as food. In all areas, except Hood Canal (which is currently closed to squid fishery) the current limit is 10 lbs per person, all squid anglers 15 years or older must carry a current Washington fishing license. License details as well as information on fishing, preparing and cooking squid are available at wdfw.wa.gov
Imagine a small picturesque village embracing the shores of North Bay and Case Inlet, teeming with shellfish and boating opportunities. Seat yourself on the patio at Lennard K’s Boat House and enjoy live music, great food and drinks, and “a toast-worthy scene”. Allyn hosts a shopping center, three restaurants, a market, several small shops and waterfront access through docks and boat launches. Allyn Waterfront Park has a gazebo built, and funded by community members, that is used for town celebrations, weddings, concerts and picnics. It is open to the public every day. The community was first settled in 1853 with its first sawmill on Sherwood Creek. The town was named after Judge Frank Allyn of Tacoma. By 1890 Allyn had a post office, school, newspaper, sawmill, two saloons, a hotel and wharf. From the 1870s to the 1920s, transportation needs for Allyn and other communities along Case Inlet were once served by a small flotilla of steamboats. By 1889 steamers made twice-daily round trips from Allyn to Tacoma, Olympia, and Shelton. These “mosquito fleet” boats carried nearly all passengers, mail, and freight to and from the area.
Like most Puget Sound Coastal communities, Allyn engaged in logging, oystering, fishing, and farming. During World War II oysters were not among the many food items rationed and the oyster business thrived in Case Inlet and surrounding areas. West on the town’s main thoroughfare, State Route 3, is the peaceful and serene waterfront community of Grapeview, this is a historical location of the first winery and vineyards of the Pacific Northwest. Grapeview’s Island Belle strain of grapes is still bottled at Hoodsport Winery, near Hoodsport. Many Island Belle vineyards are located on Stretch Island although the original St. Charles and other wineries closed in the 1960s.
Olympic National Forest
A short drive from metro centers in all directions, 119 Allyn and Grapeview are becoming increasingly popular as boating destinations. With friend- 101 ly communities and spectacular scenery –this Forestarea is a great place to begin your adventure.
Allyn House Inn
(360) 535-2198 Tahuya 18350 State Route 3, Allyn
Lennard K’s Restaurant & Lounge (360) 275-2954 | 18340 E WA-3 Allyn Waterfront dining - inside/deck. Open Monday - Friday, 11am to close; Saturday Sunday, 8am to closing. Annas
Allyn Waterfront Park & Historic Church
Lilliwaup Some of the lodging facilities, including Allyn House, also offer free use of kayaks and SUPs! What a great way to test drive your paddling skills on Puget Sound!
Itinerary 2: Allyn & the Grapeview Loop
Waterfront, cable TV, full kitchen, complimentary coffee, 106tea and hot chocolate, coffee maker, washer/ dryer. Use of kayaks and stand up paddle boards, high speed internet access. Wedding and catering Union available.
covered gazebo, children’s play area, boat dock, and boat launch.
Potlatch Fair Harbor Marina
(360) 426-4028 Annas 5050 Grapeview Loop Rd, Grapeview A short day trip from nearly any port in Puget Sound,Bay Fair Harbor Marina is a popular boating destination. The marina rests on the 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. Popular as a wedding venue. fairharbormarina.com
Grapeview- Vineyards on
Stretch island, maritime museum open Sunday’s in Summer.
Bear In A Box Kenny’s Northwest Experience (888) 775-7414 18351 E State Route 3, Allyn Reported to be the World’s largest chainsaw carving outlet, Bear in a Box a great place to explore this unique art form. Keney also teaches a course in chainsaw carving that is open to the general public. chainsaw-carving-school.com
Harstine Island Farmers Market Harstine Island Community Hall 3371 E Harstine Island Rd N Saturdays, June through September . 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 101
Top of the Cork Kamilche (360) 275-5657 Big Bubba’s Burgers (360) 275-6000 108 18471 E State Route 3, Allyn Burgers, fish and chips, battered pickles 7 days
2 Margaritas Family Restaurant (360) 275-4010 18321 E WA 3, Allyn, WA Traditional Mexican menu. Sunday - Thursday, 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm.
In May 1841 Admiral Wilkes expedition named Stretch Island for Samuel Stretch, a gunner’s mate with the expedition. Using his wit he then named the smaller island to the north Reach Island.
18351 E State Route 3, Allyn Top of the Cork is a tasting room featuring Northwest wines from Washington and Oregon. In addition, the shop offers a wide selection of local arts and gifts, jewelry and more.Located at (next door to George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving).
Get into the swing at LakeLand (360) 275-6100 200 East Old Ranch Road, Allyn LakeLand Village Golf Course challenges players with ponds and bunkers, offset by majestic views of the Olympics and Mount Rainier. This 27-hole golf course offers driving ranges, practice chipping and bunker areas, as well as putting greens. The clubhouse serves lunch and dinner options on select days.
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The story of the whale at Theler Wetlands, Belfair ............................
“Four and a half years worth of effort have produced one of the finest grey whale skeleton displays in America.” In 1999 a young gray 27’ whale died of unknown causes and washed ashore near Belfair State Park. Volunteers gathered the carcass and buried it so that it may decompose. After two years in the ground the bones were uncovered, numbered and documented and left to “dry.” Two more years, aired, the bones were moved again and on “Whale Wednesdays” volunteers began the long process cleaning the bones. After being cleaned, dried and sealed, latex molds were made of each bone so that replicas could one day, be made for additional studies and display. The bones then were painstakingly reassembled and held together with rods and cables; section by section our whale once again took shape. In 2004 nearly 700 pounds of newly articulated whale skeleton was finally placed on display at the Theler Wetlands. The display is free and can be viewed during open hours. Details visit theler.org.
the goodness at the tip of the canal Nestled in the tip of Hood canal is the town of Belfair, a busy close-knoit community that serves as the hub for the North Mason County. Here visitors will find all the modern conveniences with easy access to the natural wonders of parks and waterways. Be warned – many of the “locals” were once just visitors! Little is recorded about the early origins of the community of Belfair. Early information on the region notes the first post office was established in 1880 and that originally the village was called Clifton, as were several other towns in the state. To avoid confusion, it was renamed in 1925 by Mrs. Murray, the postmaster, who submitted the name Belfair from a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that she was then reading.
Belfair is also home to The Taste of Hood Canal, an annual event falling on the second Saturday in August. This festival features local artists, foods, a classic car show and is sponsored by the North Mason Rotary Club. In early September, locals, visitors and Scottish clan members enjoty the Hood Canal Highland Celtic Festival.
Located on the Union River, headwaters of the Hood Canal, a branch of Puget Sound, it serves as the commercial center of North Mason County. The population of the surrounding area swells in the summertime as tourists and nature lovers flock to the Canal and the Olympic Peninsula.
Washington State Route 3 is the main road leading into Belfair, from Bremerton and Gorst in the north, and Allyn in the south. Washington State Route 106 also starts at the south end of Belfair, leading toward Union, the next town along the south shore of Hood Canal. Washington State Route 300 begins in Belfair and runs along the north shore of Hood Canal, providing access to Tahuya and Dewatto Bay.
The town has local and chain restaurants along with two major grocery stores (QFC and Safeway), and many small local shops. Several public golf courses and lodging facilities are nearby (see page 32).
Belfair serves as a gateway town for the Hood Canal region, and is the last town with services before visitors reach Tahuya State Forest, famed for its miles of off-road vehicle and mountain biking trails.
Olympic National Forest
Itinerary 3: Belfair & South Kitsap Peninsula
tahuyaatvrentals.com | (360) 275- 2683 It’s easy! Tahuya ATV Rentals delivers honda Annas atv’s to the trailhead! They also offer atv rentals and Bay guided adventure tours in the Tahuya State Forest. A four hour rental costs $100.00 and includes all you need to get started! Call for reservaitions and additional options and available models.
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The region’s center for environmental recreation and education, welcomed over 150,000 visitors last year. The 135 acres of the Hood Canal Theler Wetlands also hosts four miles of barrier-free scenic trails that are open daily, dawn to dusk; viewing platforms, 1768 feet of floating boardwalk and many interpretive kiosks that provide opportunities to experience the variety of wildlife throughout the wetlands. Trails give you access to plants, birds and animals in their natural habitats: forests, wetlands, saltwater & freshwater marshes, swamps, bogs and river estuaries. Pets are NOT permitted on the wetlands trails.
Located at Theler Center’s South parking lot on State Route 3, Saturdays May through September.
Go play indoors
Horseback riding Tahuya Trails
NE 350 Dwatto, Tahuya | (360) 372-2506
Tahuya Trails offers horseback riding through the wilderness of the Hood Canal, with peaceful lakes, mountain views, and plenty of wildlife to be seen. Suitable for beginners to advanced riders and youth, Mother/daughter and adult camps are available. Guided rides begin at $35/hour. Call for details and reservations.
Taylor Town Salmon Center
Allen’s Billiards & More is a full service pool hall and Olympic Mountain ice cream shop. The facility hosts billiard tables, dart boards, Xbox 360, internet, jukebox, full satellite tv as well as coin-op video games and fooseball. Serving a variety3of treats from floats to shakes and cones. All ages establishment. Open daily. allensbilliardsandmore.com 108
While here also visit the Native Plant Demonstration Gardens. Spread over two acres, gardens show-case more than 120 identified native trees, shrubs, ground covers, and grasses. theler.org
Belfair Farmers Market
The village of Tahuya is located at the mouth of the Tahuya River. Tahuya celebrates the first Saturday in July with the Tahuya Day celebration. Tahuya’s Rendsland Creek is an enhanced shellfishing beach, where visitors can harvest clams 6 months out of the year, 101 and Hood Canal oysters year round. wdfw.wa.gov
3151 NE State Route 300 Belfair State Park is a 65-acre, year-round camping park on 3,720 feet of saltwater shoreline at the southern end of Hood Canal in western Washington. It is noted for its saltwater tide flats, wetlands with wind-blown beach grasses and pleasant areas for beach walking. The park features swimming, 106 wading, shellfish harvesting, over 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline and 3,700 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park also hosts kite fliers and windsurfers. Interpretive programs are held all summer long. Kayakers will enjoy day trips or overnight outings from the easily accessible sloping gravel beaches. Fall brings large salmon runs to the creeks that flow through the park. parks.wa.gov
Belfair State Park
Time to get Potlatch dirty!
What floats your boat? Navigating a kayak through wetlands? Walking through native gardens? Shopping for antiques? Sampling 119Forg through rough wineries? mud tracks on an ATV? Whatever your preference – here’s a few ideas to get you started!
Take a walk on Theler’s boardwalk
ic al Forest
Tahuya State Forest is a working forest located on the southeastern portion of the Hood Canal west of Belfair. Tahuya offers recreation opportunities for a variety of activities, including off-road vehicle riding (ORV), horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping and other uses. Tahuya is primarily a destination area for ORV riders. Maps, details and event schedule available online at dnr.wa.gov.
Lilliwaup 23,000 acres of recreation
600 NE Roessel Rd, Belfair The Center strives to connect landscape, citizens, visitors, and wildlife through collaborative salmon restoration activities, and sustainable farming practices. The facility offers many opportunities for environmental educational to the general public and K-12 school children to participate in habitat restoration projects in all areas of the Hood Canal Watershed. Projects benefit resident salmon and support ecological diversity. pnwsalmoncenter.org
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Selah Inn Bed and Breakast
NE 130 Dulalip Landing , Belfair | selahinn.com Located on the north shore of Hood Canal with four suites and a beach house. Prices vary and include afternoon tea or coffee and a full country breakfast.
spectacular history & mountain views from the great bend Did you know? ............................
Pretty or spectacular?
Union was named one of America’s twenty prettiest towns by Forbes Traveler. ............................
Deep run the waters
Hood Canal is the only true saltwater fjord in the lower United States. Formation of Hood Canal began 3 million years ago. The current shape of Hood Canal was created by glaciers 15,000 years ago. Depths exceed 600 feet in Dabob Bay, and average 500 feet in the central channel between Seabeck and DeWatto. ............................
Channel or Canal?
Hood Canal was named for Lord Hood by Captain George Vancouver May 13, 1792. It was given the name “Hood’s Channel”. However Vancouver did call it a channel in his journals but wrote ‘canal’ on his charts.
In 1889 logging pioneer John McReavy platted Union City on Hood Canal’s south shore alongside the Native American communities that had gathered where Hood Canal makes its great bend. McCreavy promoted the new Union City as the “Venice of the Pacific.” With the promise of three railroads converging in the “city”, McCreavy organized the construction of a hotel, wharf, sawmill, store, Masonic Lodge and church. However, his financial success ended with the panic of 1893, leaving him only his house. The area later rebounded with Hood Canal resort business developments in the early decades of the 20th century and the Orre Nobles’ Olympus Manor artist colony was established in the 1920s creating a rich heritage of well heeled vacationers and artists. The artists drew creative inspiration from the remarkable landscape and the colony prospered until 1952 when the Olympus Manor burned to the ground. To this day, Union holds the title of the first non-native artist colony in Washington state. Union continues to support a wide variety of arts activities and attractions include working farms, roadside markets, a golf course, marina and public boat launch, and of course, the deep fjord of Hood Canal.
The Union area is a great place to begin your Hood Canal adventure. There is a wide range of lodging, see page 36 for details, from quaint private waterfront cottages - like Cameo Boutique and Pebble Beach - to deluxe resort accommodations with water craft rentals - like Alderbrook Resort and Spa. Likewise, the restaurants in the area offer a wide range of choices, most offering a taste of the local seasonal harvest. Visit the Robin Hood Restaurant for some amazing locally harvested seafood entrees. Robin Hood is also home to the Union Farmers Market, Sundays May – September, where you can stock up on locally grown produce as well as catch a glimpse of some of the artistic character that gives the area its unique flavor.
More information on Union, including updates on current events, can be found at the Union Tourism Association’s website - visitunion.com.
Olympic National Forest
Itinerary 4 Union and South ympic Hood Canal ational Park
Ellinor where Mt memories
“This is the place are made, where families come back year after year. Like having your own waterfront cottage, only better. The sweet succulent bite of fresh 119only two hours oysters. Can this hotel be from Seattle? It can.” alderbrookresort.com
families return each year to reconnect on the southern shores of Hood Canal.
Explore the splendor of Hood Canal in the 42’ wood boat, Jack. Moored at the scenic Alderbrook Resort & Spa during the summer months, Captain Lee LLC, offers scheduled tours as well as private charters. captainleellc.com
Cameo Boutique and Wine Shop
The Robin Hood Restaurant & Pub features local and organic Northwest cuisine and live music Wednesdays & Saturdays. therobinhood.com
10 E. 2nd St., Union Built in 1890 by pioneer landowner and terrtorial legistlator, John McCreavy, the house is believed to be one of the oldest existing homes on Hood canal. This Victorian-style mansion reflects the grand optimism of Union City in the 3 late 19th century, when three railroads planned to meet in the “Venice of the Pacific.”The current plans are to restore the McReavy House in downtown Union City and provide a focal point for local history and creative activity.
The McCreavy House Museum
6780 East State Route 106 (360) 898-2163 3 Built in the 1930’s, Robin Hood Village has been a destination for vacations, honeymoons, anniversaries and weddings. Tucked into the tall trees on a bend of Hood Canal the resort features unique cabins and beach access. robinhoodvillageresort.com
Dalby Water Wheel
Alderbrook Resort &
Robin Hood Village
6871 E State Route 106, Union (360) 898-3200 The building, one of the oldest in Union, was built in 1922. The shop features gourmet foods, apparel, jewelry, gifts, and an international and local selection 101 of wines. FREE tastings weekends from noon - 5pm. cameoboutique.com
Cruise the Canal in Style!Hoodsport
Moved from its previous location, the Dalby family donated the waterwheel and the land for its new site in 2005. Only a small portion of Dalby Creek is diverted to turn the waterwheel to make it run year round.
Olympic Alderbrook Resort and Spa’s introduction National Forest to their 100 years of Northwest Memories epitomizes why generation after generation of Lilliwaup
The wheel,one of the Seattle’s cable car systems and the dredge buckets, from the regrade of Seattle’s Denny Hill, were brought by boat by Ed Dalby from Seattle in 1924. After it was assembled and mounted, the waterwheel produced electricity for the Dalby home and several other cabins until the 1940’s. Although it no longer provides electricity, the Dalby Water Wheel is still an important symbol of the source of green power in the Pacific Northwest.
Many people visit the Union area just to relax and recharge – and even more visit for the amazing recreation opportunities offered in the local communities. Union offers public boat launches at the Hood Canal Marina (with moorage available - hood-canal-marina.com and the Twanoh State Park (parks.wa.gov). At the Hood Canal Marina and the Alderbrook Resort and Spa boat rentals are available. These include kayaks, rowboats, SUPs, as well as charters available on larger vessels with pick ups available at area docks. See page 15 for a list of marinas and boat rentals.
Mile Post 7, State Route 106, Union Ed Dalby conceived the idea of using the stream on his property, in Union, to generate electricity. With the help of his father they built the first waterwheel and thus, the first hydroelectric plant in the region.
Paddle and poke around points...
Union Square Deli
310 E Dalby Rd, Union This friendly little deli is open daily with free WI/FI and a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy some great sandwiches, pizza, dessert and a wide selection of beverages. Live music most weekends. unionsquaredeli.com
Dig Deeper into Union’s Cultural History
The Artist Colony on Hood Canal: Pixley, Orre Nobles & Waldo Chase | by Mike Fredson $24.95 Written by local Union resident and historian, this is the story of the artist culture that helped create Union’s identity on Hood Canal. It focuses on three artist who settled in the area: Orrie Nobles of Olympus Manor, Frank Pixley of Yachthaven and the woodblock artist Waldo Chase. The book is available at local shops as well as online at masoncountyhistoricalsociety.org
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Twanoh State Park
Famous for its warm waters, the 182-acre marine, camping park has 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline. The name derives from the Native American Twana tribes, better known as the Skokomish (see page 21), who made their home in the area. Open year round. parks.wa.gov
photo: Hoodsport Community Events Association
You don’t want to miss: High Steel Bridge at Vincent Creek
Vincent Creek explodes down the side of a fantastic gorge to meet the South Fork of the Skokomish River below. The falls are viewed from the aptly titled “High Steel Bridge”, which crosses over 300 feet above the canyon floor. The best time to visit is November to February when the Skokomish River basin receives heavy rainfall. For directions to both Bridge and Falls, visit waterfallsnorthwest.com
Shopping & ice cream
Whether you have your cone first or after, the whole family will enjoy exploring the treasures to be found in Hoodsport’s center. Olympic Mountain’s ice cream flavors at Hoodsport Coffee are well worth the calories!
Hoodsport The first thing you notice about Hoodsport – after the gorgeous view and quaint seaside ambiance – is the wonderful relaxed and welcoming people who invite you to the place they call home. Hoodsport is located along the Hood Canal, at the intersection of U.S. Route 101 and State Route 119. Nearby Lake Cushman is the gateway to the Staircase area of Olympic National Park. G. Robbins, the first person to settle at Hoodsport, was a ship captain who had been transporting lumber along Hood Canal. Like most settleres to the area, the Robbins family occupied themselves with farming and logging.To this day the legacy continues and Robbins’ descendents operate the Hama Hama Oyster Company. Other settlers soon joined him, forming a small community. Most occupied themselves with farming or logging. The town was officially platted in 1890 by the Mason County Mine and Development Company, which owned manganese mines near Lake Cushman. Prospectors found evidence of copper in the area and over 400 mining claims were filed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Nearly all claims failed to yield. Hoodsport is renowned among SCUBA divers as an area of spectaculr underwater life including the Giant Pacific octopus. (See page 12).
The Hoodsport Winery is located about one mile south of town. Other Hoodsport businesses include a grocery store with gas station, a hardware store, four restaurants, an espresso shop, two real estate offices, a dentist, a beauty salon, a marina, and several tourism-oriented gift shops.The Hoodsport branch of the Timberland Regional Library overlooks the town. Here you will also find the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center where you can stop by for a visit, purchase park passes and get helpful free information on where your next adventure should take you!
Olympic National Forest
Itinerary 5 Hoodsport & North Hood Canal
Entrance to Olympic National Park
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A trip along Hood Canal’s north shore is truly a magical journey. As Highway 101 hugs the curves of the coastline, you can’t help but dream of enjoying your morning coffee on the deck of one of the many cozy quaint sea cottages. Imagine the adventures!
Olympic National Park
How Staircase Got Its Name
Dive into the Hood
Local marine preserves such as Octopus Hole and Sund Rock offer divers the chance to see octopus, as well as wolf eels, rock fish, plumose anemones and other marine life. See page 12 for details.
The Staircase enrance to the Park
is located at Lake Cushman and is the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park.
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Lake Cushman Resort
Mike’s Beach Resort
(888) 877-5844 35846 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup Family owned and operated, the Hama Hama Company has been harvesting oysters and clams on the Olympic 106 Peninsula for four generations. Manila clams, Hama Hama Pacifics, Blue Pool oysters, geoduck, Olympia and European Flat oysters – all grown on site. Farm store open daily. hamahamastore.com
Tahuya Taylor Town
(360) 877-9522 | 25381 N Highway 101 Hoodsport Hood Canal waterfront recreation lodge with swim spa hot tub, pool table, and private dock. King and queen rooms or one and two bedroom suites. RV park, boat moorage available. Pet friendly.
(360) 877-5324 | 38470 N Highway 101 Lilliwaup Resort offers waterfront honeymoon and regular cabins, family rooms, marina, boat and kayaks rental, RV park, Shelton and tent sites, children play area, cinema, scuba facilities, hot-tub. Pets welcome.
Oysters and more at the Hama Hama store
(800) 580-9894 Hoodsport Hoodsport Winery, located just south of Hoodsport, produces limited bottlings of local wines. The winery originated in 1978 as a pioneer in the Washington State wine industry. It now offers traditional wines such as Merlot and Riesling, and varieties from raspberries, loganberries and other fruits. The winery affords majestic views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Tours and tasting are offered daily. www.hoodsport.com
Glen Ayr Waterfront Resort
Olympic (360) 877-9630 4621 N Lake Cushman Rd, National Forest Hoodsport, WA Matlock Open year around for cabin & RV site rentals, and April through October for tent camping. Cable/ satellite TV, kitchen/kitchenette bathroom with shower available in the cabins. Leashed pets are welcome.
You will see no staircase at Staircase today. Buit in 1890, when Lt. O’Neil made a trail through theAnnas Skokomish wilderness, the rock bluff across the river from the campground was a major obstacle. Bay To get over it they built a cedar staircase. Until the Shady Lane Trail was built in 1911, the Devil’s Staircase was the only path over the bluff. The name, and O’Neil’s legacy, remains.
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Find that perfect gift in Hoodsport!
For three years, Pier 101 was voted into the Top 5 as Best Women’s Boutique through KING-5’s Best of Western WA contest – but that’s not all Hoodsport has to offer! Be sure to To visit some great little specialty shops including the Octopus 3 Garden (take a look at their beautiful custom made, one-of-a kind jewelry), antique and gift shops as well as the newly 101 Hardware Distillery Co. opened
Alice’s Little Beach House
(360) 877-9226 Eldon Waterfront beach house with a view of Hood Canal. Allyn
Visit Grapeview a salmon hatchery The WA Department of Fish and Wildlife operates a fish hatchery on the North side of the town of Hoodsport. Vist wdfw.wa.gov for more information on visiting times and tours. There are public restrooms at Hoodsport Hatchery.
Olympia & I-5
A Lighthouse on Hammersley Waterfront bed and breakfast overlooking the swift moving Hammersley Inlet on South Puget Sound.
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From all inclusive waterfront resorts to a quaint bed and breakfast or economy lodging, Mason County hosts a selection of accommodations to suit every vacation need.
South Mason Shelton
A Lighthouse on Hammersley
(360) 427-1107 | lighthouseonham.com 292 E Libby Rd ,Shelton, WA Waterfront bed and breakfast, pool table, ping pong, foosball, electronic dart board, putt-putt golf, home theater,and exercise room. WiFi Rates: $$ | Rooms: 4 | Dining: on-site
Pirates Cove Caboose
(360) 569-2799 | website 202 E Pirates Creek Rd Shelton, WA Waterfront, sleeps up to 8, however is better for 2 to 6. TV, collection of DVDâ€™s, no TV reception. Outdoor fire pit near bank, washer/dryer, kitchen, small refrigerator. Rates: $ | Rooms: 1 | Dining: nearby
City Center Best Rates Motel
(360) 426-3397 128 E Alder St, Shelton, WA Conveniently located in downtown Shelton. Full bathrooms, singles and double queens available. Coffee in rooms. FREE Hi speed DSL. Pets permitted with fee. Rates: $ | Rooms: 13 | Dining: nearby
Shelton Inn Motel
(360) 426-4468 628 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA Commercial rates,weekly rates, senior citizen discount, coffee and tea in lobby, restaurant adjacent, small dogs under 30 lbs allowed. Free WiFi and cable TV. Rates: $$ | Rooms: 32 | Dining: on-site
Harstine Island Beach Cabin
(253) 943-5264 | harstinerental.com 21 E Dana Dr, Shelton, WA 1,500 square feet with 3 bedrooms ( sleeps 8), 1 and 3/4 baths, kitchen and laundry room. Fully furnished TV with DVD player, no cable. No internet access. Rates: $ | Rooms : 3 | Dining: nearby
Little Creek Casino & Resort
(800) 667-7711 | little-creek.com W 91 State Route 108, Shelton, WA All rooms fully equipped including refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, flat screen TV and cable. WiFi. Pet friendly ($50 fee), pool, jacuzzi, spa, sauna, business center, RV parking, exercise room, gift shop, smoke free casino, 5 dining options, 2 espresso bars Rates: $$-$$$ | Rooms: 188 | Dining: on-site
Shore Lane Beach House
(206) 999-1720 E Shoreline, Shelton, WA Waterfront (sleeps 10). Washer/ dryer, fireplace, outdoor fire pit, cable/satellite TV: tv with cable, DVD, shared salt water pool, BBQ grill, large covered deck. WiFi. No pets, kid friendly. Rates: $ - $$| Rooms: 3 | Dining: nearby
Super 8 Motel
(360) 426-1654 2943 Northview Circle, Shelton, WA Pet friendly, internet access, free continental breakfast, truck/bus parking, cable TV Rates: $$| Rooms: 39 | Dining: nearby
Northeast Mason Allyn | Belfair | Tahuya | Union Allyn Allyn House Inn
(360) 535-2198 18350 State Route 3, Allyn, WA Waterfront, cable TV, full kitchen, complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate, coffee maker, washer/dryer. Use of kayaks and stand up paddle boards, high speed internet access. Wedding and catering available. Rates: $ - $$| Suite: 1 | Dining: nearby
Tahuya & South Kitsap Peninsula Summertide Resort & Marina
(360) 275-9313 15781 NE North Shore Rd, Tahuya, WA Full kitchen facilities, boat and kayak rentals, as well as a boat launch and parking for boat trailers, pets welcome, fireplace, cable TV, internet Rates: $ - $$| Cottages: 5 | Dining: nearby
Belfair Belfair Motel
360) 275-4485 23322 NE WA-3 Belfair, WA Offers the following amenities: views, kitchen units, free local calls & WiFi. Pets welcome with fee and laundry facilities are available. Group discounts, weekly & monthly rates available. Rates: $ | Rooms & Suites: 28 | Dining: nearby
World-class golf courses Weather your looking for a glorious, challenging course or if you’re a recreational golfer looking for an affordable game and a beautiful stroll, check out one of Mason County’s destination golf courses. LakeLand Village Golf Course
Alderbrook Golf Course
Lake Cushman Golf Course
(360) 898-2560 | alderbrookgolf.com Union, WA Alderbrook is consistently rated as one of the top 25 courses in the Northwest for spectacular scenery and playability. The well-maintained par 72 course follows the natural contours.
(360) 877-5505 | lakecushmangolfcourse.com Lake Cushman, WA (near Hoodsport) Lake Cushman’s course is nestled in the forest of the Olympic Mountains above Hoodsport, Washington on the scenic Hood Canal. It is a public 9-hole course with dual tees which plays a challenging 18 holes, with an open driving range, putting green and practice bunker. The course is a nice walk or you can rent one of the club’s Yamaha golf carts.
(360) 275-6100 | lakelandliving.com Shelton, WA Lakeland challenges players with numerous ponds and gaping bunkers, offset by majestic views of the Olympics and Mount Rainier. At over 9,000 yards, this 27-hole golf course also offers driving ranges, practice chipping and bunker areas, as well as putting greens. The clubhouse serves gourmet lunch and dinner options on select days.
Lake Limerick Golf Course
Reservations can be made 7 days in advance for individual groups, or up to a year in advance for tournament groups.
Bayshore Golf Course (360) 426-1271 | sheltonbayshoregolf.com Shelton, WA Bayshore is a short and demanding course just four miles north of Shelton. It features a full service pro shop, rentals, carts, and 9 holes on a par 36 course and is open year round.
(360) 426-6290 | lakelimerick.com Shelton, WA Lake Limerick is a quiet and picturesque course, surrounded by fir trees. Gentle hills and some sand make for a challenging and fun round of golf on this 5864-yard, easy to walk course. Facilities include a restaurant and pro shop.
(360) 462-3673 | salish-cliffs.com Kamilche, WA A new, salmon-safe 18-hole championship golf course created by award winning architect Gene Bates. The par 72 layout offers world-class golf and views adjacent to Little Creek Casino Resort. Rates include the greens fee, golf cart, range balls before play and tax.
Looking for a new and different type of golf? Check out the Shelton Springs Disc Golf Course. This 18-hole course is located in the large watershed across from the Shelton Senior & Junior High Schools just off the southernmost tip of the Huff n’ Puff trail. It is the pride of Northwest and the #1 rated disc golf course in Washington. Cabin on Hood Canal
(360) 277-0257 121 NE Wagon Wheel Road , Belfair, WA Waterfront, kitchen and a living/dining area with a propane fireplace. Front deck complete with gas BBQ and outdoor shower. WiFi, cable TV and a DVD player. Rates: $$ | Bedrooms: 2 | Dining: nearby
Cady Lake Manor Bed and Breakfast
(360) 372-2673 P.O. Box 2190, Belfair, WA Lakefront, provides access to fly fishing, jacuzzi tubs; handicap accessible sink and shower, four comfortable guest rooms, and a pool table. Rates: $ | Rooms: 4 | Dining: on-site
The Cherokee Beach House
(877) 232-7941 130 NE Dulalip Landing, Belfair, WA Waterfront, huge front yard and deck, large kitchen with granite island, double ovens Rates: $$ - $$$| Rooms: 4 | Dining: on-site
Gladwin Beach House
(360) 337-2960 391 Gladwin Beach Rd, Belfair, WA Waterfront, living room with river rock fireplace, and french doors.Fully equipped kitchen. Cable TV, VCR/DVD; gas BBQ, fire pits; rowboat, kayak Rates: $ - $$| Bedrooms: 4 | Dining: nearby
Oyster Beach House
(205) 341-2937 170 NE Dulalip Landing, Belfair, WA Covered deck with grill, gourmet kitchen, jetted tub, fireplace, TV, VCR, DVD player, WiFi. No pets. Rates: $$ - $$$| Bedrooms: 3|Dining: nearby
Selah Inn Bed and Breakfast
(360) 275-0916 130 Dulalip Landing, Belfair, WA Afternoon tea or coffee and a full breakfast. Board room and conference facilities for small business meetings are available by prior arrangement. Cable TV, internet access. Rates: $$ - $$$| Rooms: 4 | Dining: on-site
Sisters Point Cabin
(360) 275-6816 12121 NE North Shore Rd., Belfair, WA Beach front, full kitchen facilities, linens provided, DVD player, BBQ grill, kayaks, lifejackets, dogs allowed, no smaking. Accommodates 4. Rates: $ - $$ | Rooms: 1 Dining: nearby
Harmony Hill Retreat Center
Harmony Hill serves thousands of visitors each year through many wellness programs, including those living with cancer, those who seek a retreat away from their daily lives or those who want to make healthy changes in their lifestyle.
Union Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Harmony Hill Retreat Center
(360) 898-2200 7101 E State Highway 106, Union, WA Waterfront, heated covered pool, spa, marina, luxurious rooms and cottages and a neighboring PGA class golf course. WiFi
(360) 898-2363 7362 E State Route 106, Union, WA Comfortable accommodations; flexible, inspiring meeting spaces; dining with healthy meals; wellness options including yoga and massage.
Rates: $$ - $$$| Suites: 77 | Cottage: 16 | Homes: 3
Rates: $$ - $$$| Dining: on-site
Dining: on-site | Marina & boat rentals
The Bend on Hood Canal, LLC
(360) 490-5545 253 E Great Bend Drive, Union, WA Waterfront, kid friendly, handicapped accessible, washer/dryer, covered parking, fireplaces, wood fire pit (no wood provided), cable TV, DVD, video, Wii games library, CD, stereo system, private hot tub, pool table, foosball, kitchen, beer cooler available catering available upon request. BBQ grill, deck/Patio, balcony, WiFi. Rates: $ - $$| Bedrooms: 7 | Dining: nearby
Rates: $$-$$$ | Dining: nearby
(360) 898-2924 10230 E State Route 106, Union, WA Fully furnished kitchen, washer/ dryer, private deck over-looking Hood Canal with view of the Olympic Mountains. Living room has a full sofa sleeper, gas fireplace, private meditation garden and deck. Cable TV, DVD, CD. Fire circle, shared deck and hot tub. Shared dock . Rates: $$ - $$$ | Bedrooms: 2 | Dining: nearby
Robin Hood Village
(360) 490-7006 6871 E State Route 106, Union,WA Waterfront and waterview cottages, full bath, decks, centrally located near dining, golf, recreation and shopping. Rates: $ - $$| Cottage: 3 | Dining: nearby
Rates: $$ | Cottages: 13 | Dining: on-site
(360) 898-2362 7550 E Highway 106, Union, WA Sleeps 8, linens, washer/dryer, deck, kitchen, gas fireplace, gas BBQ, cable TV, CD, WiFi. Sorry, no pets unless they are registered guide or assistant dogs.
Pebble Beach Place
(360) 898-2163 6780 State Route 106, Union, WA Cottages equipped with everything needed to make your morning coffee! Some with full kitchens, some have kitchenettes. Each cottage is unique, most of the cottages have fireplaces and five cottages have private and pristine spa pools.
Saint Andrews House
Potlatch | Hoodsport & NW Hood Canal Potlatch The Waterfront at Potlatch
(360) 877-9422 21660 N Highway 101 Potlatch, WA Waterfront, suites, one and two bedroom cabin vacation homes, and 14 RV sites. Suites and cabins have decks and balconies, community room for group functions, 3 mooring buoys, BBQ and picnic area, seafood cleaning station, crab boiling pots, on site guest laundry, RV bathrooms, wash tub and secure drying room for dive gear, ice, firewood, WiFi Rates: $$ | Rooms: 4 | Dining: nearby
Hoodsport Glen Ayr Waterfront Resort (360) 877-9522 25381 N Highway 101 Hoodsport, WA Hood Canal waterfront recreation lodge with swim spa hot tub, pool table, private dock. King and queen rooms or one and two bedroom suites. RV park, boat moorage available. Pet friendly. Rates: $$-$$$ | Suites: 2 | Townhouse: 1 | Rooms:14 Dining: nearby
(360) 877-9686 27131 N Highway 101 Hoodsport, WA Suites with, fireplaces, full kitchens, microwave, refrigerator, cable TV, VCR, coffee maker.
Rates: $-$$ | Dining: nearby
Rest-A-While RV Park
(360) 877-9474 27001 N. US Hwy. 101, Hoodsport, WA Waterfront and wooded RV sites, marina, RV supplies, group facilities, private shellfish beach. Rates: $-$$ | Dining: nearby
Tidewater Acres RV Park
(360) 250-8169 2705 N Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA Waterfront, water, sewer, and garbage included, free WiFi, cable TV, laundry and showers, covered picnic area w/ tables and BBQ, family friendly recreation hall, pool table and exercise equipment, outdoor playground for the kids. Rates: $-$$ | Dining: nearby
Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort
(360) 877-5301 24520 N Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA Private rooms, dorm-style rooms for large groups, kitchen units available, daily maid service provided, most rooms have canal view, cable, internet access. Pets welcome. Rates: $$ | Rooms: 15 | Dining: nearby
Lilliwaup Lilliwaup Motel
(360) 877-0002 28621 N Highway 101, Lilliwaup, WA Waterfront, all rooms have view and access to the Hood Canal. Fireplaces, cable/satellite TV, and internet access. Store on-site. Diving destination for training and open water certification. Rates: $| Rooms: 4 | Dining: nearby
Mike’s Beach Resort
(360) 877-5324 38470 N Highway 101 Lilliwaup, WA Resort offers waterfront honeymoon and regular cabins, family rooms, marina, boat and kayaks rental, RV park and tent sites, children play area, cinema, scuba facilities, hot-tub. Pets welcome. Rates: $$ - $$| Suites: 4 | Cabins: 8 | Dining: nearby
Eagle Creek Guest House
(360) 877-5542 Lilliwaup, WA Sleeps 8 – 10. Fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, satellite television, deck with BBQ, foosball, games, laundry facilities, hammock, fire pit. Rates: $$ - $$| Rooms: 4 | Dining: nearby
Lake Cushman Resort
(360) 877-9630 4621 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport, WA Open year around for cabin & RV site rentals, and April through October for tent camping. Cable/ satellite TV, kitchen/kitchenette bathroom with shower available in the cabins. Leashed pets are welcome.
Pali-Kai Canal House
Rates: $-$$ | Cabins: 11 | Dining: nearby
Rates: $$ - $$| Rooms: 3 | Dining: nearby
The Moose House at Lake Cushman
Alice’s Little Beach House
(503) 393-6397 Lake Cushman, Hoodsport, WA Fully equipped kitchen , sleeps 6 (by special arrangement can hold more),TV/VCR/DVD and CD, fire pit, wooded area. Rates: $$ | Rooms: 2 | Dining: nearby
(360) 426-2224 327000 N Highway 101 Lilliwaup, WA Beachfront, fully equipped kitchen, ice maker, linens, garage, RV/boat/trailer parking, washer/ dryer, stereo, satellite/cable, VCR/CD/DVD, patio with BBQ, 240’ saltwater with fresh oysters.
(360) 877-9226 | (509) 952-7867 Eldon, WA Waterfront beach house has sliding glass doors entire length of building revealing a view of Hood Canal. One bedroom, small kitchen with dining table, living room with two sofa beds, propane fireplace, and bathroom with shower. Weekend rentals can be turned into a week. Rates: $$ - $$$ | Dining: nearby
RV excursions along Hood Canal
Whether you’re planning a “staycation” or are coming cross-country to see the sights, an RV excursion to Hood Canal is a great adventure! Dividing scenic Kitsap Peninsula from the green wonderland known as the Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal is home to several state parks. Begin your RV camping itinerary on Hood Canal’s northwestern shore, where Dosewallips State Park offers RV campers wonderfull scenic campsites. Triton Cove State Park in the same area is a scenic little day-use park that also lets fishermen get close to the water. If you travel south along Hood Canal to Potlatch State Park near Hoodsport, be sure to bring your shellfish harvesting license! Twanoh State Park is also well-known for its oyster beds and warm saltwater beaches. Rounding out your journey through Hood Canal’s state parks is a visit to the saltwater flats and beaches of Belfair State Park on the Canal’s eastern shore.
RV Sites in Mason County: The Waterfront at Potlatch, Lilliwaup, WA Rest-A-While RV Park, Hoodsport, WA Tidewater Acres RV Park, Hoodsport, WA Lake Cushman Resort Hoodsport, WA Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort, Hoodsport, WA Glen Ayr Hood Canal Waterfront Resort Hoodsport, WA Summertide Resort, Belfair, WA Little Creek Casino & Resort, Shelton, WA Spencer Lake RV Park, Shelton, WA
Dining From a Beach Picnic to Waterfront Gourmet! Mason County boasts dining choices for every “taste.” Whether you crave authentic Mexican or Thai in Belfair, the finest waterfront dining in Union, eating fresh baked oysters and steamers on the beach in Lilliwaup, or a delicious steak in Shelton; Hood Canal and Mason County have it all and everything in between!
South Mason Shelton
North Of Shelton
Bayshore Golf Course Restaurant & Lounge (360) 426-1271 3800 E State Route 3, Shelton, WA Located at the Oakland Bay waterfront northeast of Shelton. Great place to meet your friends for lunch. Jumpers Cafe (360) 432-8000 Sanderson Field, Shelton, WA Located at the Shelton Airport the cafe offers espresso, sandwiches, hamburgers, and desserts. Lake Limerick Cafe & Restaurant (360) 426-6290 790 E Saint Andrews Dr, Shelton, WA Cafe open daily; restaurant open for dinner: Thursday and Sunday, 5pm - 8pm, Friday - Saturday, 5pm - 9pm, Wednesday: Family style dinner at 6:00 pm, see website for details and reservations Lefties Pub and Eatery (360) 432-8778 2810 E Spencer Lake Rd, Shelton, WA
Spencer Lake Bar & Grill (360) 426-2505 1180 E Pickering Rd, Shelton, WA Waterfront family restaurant , lounge
Burger King (360) 426-9671 301 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd, Suite 124, Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily.
Nothing beats a just caught salmon grilled on the fire. Or how about baking your gathered oysters right in the coals? Yep, you can do this, and crabs and shrimp, in Mason County! See pages 17 – 18.
Denny’s Restaurant (360) 427-6502 301 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd , Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily.
Subway (360) 427-4011 2121 Olympic Hwy, Ste 118, Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily.
El Sarape Family Mexican Restaurant (360) 432-1085 2503 Olympic Highway N, Shelton, WA Open at 11am seven days a week
Suzan’s Grill (360) 432-8939 1927 Olympic Highway N Shelton, WA Full menu - breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fred Meyer Deli (360) 432-5348 301 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd, Shelton, WA Full service delicatessen and bakery
Taco Bell (360) 427-16591 301 Wallace Kneeland Blvd #155 Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily.
Happy Teriyaki (360) 432-1000 3101 Olympic Highway N, Shelton, WA Hours: M-Sa 11am-9pm.
Central & Downtown Shelton
Jack in the Box (360) 427-1468 2947 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily. McDonald’s (360) 426-4080 2507 Olympic Hwy N Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily. Miako Teriyaki (360) 426-8018 301 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd #218, Shelton, WA Open for lunch and dinner, eat in or take out. Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake Pizza (360) 427-6400 301 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily.
Lucky Dog Casino (360) 877-5656 19330 N US Hwy 101, Skokomish Nation, WA Hamburgers, soups, seafood, desserts. Su - Th 8 am - 9 pm F - Sa 8 am - Midnight.
Roosters (360) 426-7224 3001 Olympic Highway N, Shelton, WA Burgers to turkey dinners and homemade desserts. Try the cream pies or a fresh thick milkshake. Open M -Th, Su 6:30am - 9pm | F-Sa 6:30am - 9:30pm.
Olympic Bakery and Deli (360) 426-4566 591 E Pickering Rd, Shelton, WA Freshly baked Items, handmade sandwiches, salads, hot soups and local ice-cream.
Royal Shanghi (360) 427-0560 2571 Olympic Hwy N Shelton,WA Lunch and dinner buffets offered seven days a week. Open 11:30am-9pm.
Craving the freshest seafood EVER?
Blondie’s Family Diner (360) 432-2777 628 W Railroad Ave Shelton, WA Casual dining and home cooking. Free WiFi. Bob’s Tavern (360) 426-1745 118 S 2 Street Shelton, WA Local haunt famous for its fried chicken. Food available for take-out, call and order ahead. Bar open daily. Dairy Queen (360)-426-7277 223 N 1 Street, Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily. Domino’s Pizza (360) 427-8700 134 N 1 Street Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily. El Sarape Family Mexican Restaurant (360) 426-4294 318 W Railroad Ave , Shelton, WA Open at 11am seven days a week Gianni’s Pizza (360) 426-1166 118 South 3 Street, Shelton, WA Hand crafted authentic Italian pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soup, salad. Daily specials. Grove Street Brewhouse (360) 462-2739 233 S 1 St, Shelton, WA Daily specials posted outside. On-site microbrews, local seafood, sandwiches, pizza, selection of homemade teas, live music. Open daily at 11 am
Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant (360) 426-4411 124 N 1 Street Shelton, WA Chinese food, eat in or take out available. Healthy Benefits Market (360) 462-0606 825 W Franklin Ave Shelton, WA Soups, sandwiches and other lunch items as well as locally raised and organic foods. Jillian’s (360) 427-2393 203 W Railroad Ave Shelton, WA Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Full menu with homemade sauces and desserts. Barbeque, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and steak, daily specials. Kobe Teriyaki (360) 432-0533 118 W Alder St, Shelton, WA Sushi, Japanese and Chinese food. La Morelense (360) 432-9670 801 S 1st , Shelton, WA Mexican dining. Little Creek Casino (800) 667-7711 628 W 91 W State Route 108 Shelton, WA Variety of restaurants as well as catered gourmet dining: Creekside Buffet and Island Grill open daily. Log Cabin Tavern (360) 426-5646 1749 Olympic Highway S Shelton, WA Full menu. Open daily, nightly specials Ming Tree Cafe (360) 426-4423 423 W Railroad Ave Shelton WA Chinese Restaurant Nita’s Restaurant and Gallery (360) 426-6143 325 W Railroad Ave Shelton, WA Fresh pies and home cooking. Open M - F 7am - 4pm. Osaka Sushi (360) 427-2625 506 W Railroad Ave Shelton, WA Sushi and traditional Japanese menu Pine Tree Restaurant (360) 426-2604 102 South 1 St, Shelton, WA Family-run diner. Open daily. Pizza Hut (360) 426-2700 805 S 1 Street Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily. Take out and delivery The Ritz Drive-In (360) 427-9294 325 S 1 Street Shelton, WA Traditional drive-thru menu; delicious milkshakes!
Rockin Chocolate (360) 462-4662 109 S 1 St, Shelton, WA Hand dipped truffles and gourmet confections; daily lunch specials. M - Sa 10am-6pm.
The Strip Steakhouse (360) 432-5844 405 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA Specializing in steak dinners. M - Sa 11am to 9pm, closed Su. Olympic Mountain ice cream available here!
Safeway Deli (360) 426-9978 600 W Franklin St, Shelton, WA Full service delicatessen and bakery.
Taylor Station Restaurant & Lounge (360) 426-8501 62 SE Lynch Rd Shelton, WA Open daily from 7 am. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner specializing in clams, oysters and razor clams. Banquet room seats up to 35 people. Full service lounge, pool table, pull tabs.
Sage Book Store (360) 426-6011 116 W Railroad Ave Shelton, WA Lunches on Mondays Subway (360) 358-8384 410 N 1 Street Shelton, WA Chain menu served daily. Smoking Mo’s (360) 462-0163 203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA Serving Carolina Style BBQ and Southern Barbeque, Burgers,Soul Food, Southern. Alana Black serves raspberry lemon sorbet at the Hama Hama OysterRama
Taqueria Las Palmas (360) 432-3220 116 E Cota St, Shelton, WA Authentic Mexican cuisine. Open daily. Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House (360) 427-3380 221 W Railroad Ave Shelton, WA Award winning seafood dishes featured in cookbooks and on cooking series’ and World’s Dirtiest Jobs. Open Tu–Sa 5pm–9pm, closed Su and M.
Uniquely Mason County Olympic Mountain ice cream delights all ages! Tucked away in the Skokomish River Valley near the base of the Olympic foothills is one of the oldest artisan ice cream companies in the Northwest. Here, for over 25 years, the Black family has been crafting intensely flavored, creamiest and freshest handmade ice creams and sorbets available.
“One small batch at a time, the Blacks create a mouthwatering, delectable piece of heaven with every bite! “ Available at restaurants, events and stands in Mason County, olympicmountainicecream.com for locations.
Locally brewed, mashed & bottled in Mason County!
You can do the loop around Mason County tasting exquisite seafood & fresh raised beef at our local dining treasures – pairing with stops at some of the best tasting rooms in the Northwest!
Cameo Boutique Wine Shop Nanstad Winery
Walter Dacon Wines
The Hardware Distillery
(360) 898-3200 | cameoboutique.com 6871 E State Route 106, Union, WA The Cameo Boutique Wine Shop (Bin 106) offers wines from all around the world. Wine tastings offered Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Special “after hours” by invitation.
(800) 580-9894 | hoodsport.com 23501 Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA Hoodsport offers traditional wines and varieties from raspberries, loganberries and other fruits. Tours and tasting daily.
Mosquito Fleet Winery
(360) 275-9100 mosquitofleetwinery.com 21 NE Old Belfair Hwy, Belfair, WA A small winery that prides itself in Bordeaux-styled wines aged for 18-24 months in oak barrels.
(360) 271-5729 | nanstadwinery.com Formerly McGavick-Nanstad Winery, until October of 2006 when Nanstad Winery was born. McGavick Winery champions charitable causes by providing quality wines for fundraisers. Nanstad Wines are available in local restaurants, wine shops and stores.
Stottle Tasting Room
(360) 877-2247 | stottlewinery.com 24180 Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA Locally bottled Lacey Washington, Stottle Winery hosts a tasting room in Hoodsport. Open seasonally, see website for hours.
(360) 426-5913 walterdaconwines.com 50 SE Skookum Inlet Rd, Kamilche, WA Handcrafted Rhone and Mediterranean style blends aged in French and American oak barrels. Winery offers tours and tasting several days a week.
Grove Street Brewhouse
(360) 462-2739 233 S 1 St, Shelton, WA Daily specials posted outside. On-site microbrews, local seafood, sandwiches, pizza, selection of homemade teas, live music. Open daily at 11 am.
(206) 300-0877 thehardwaredistillery.com 24210 US 101 Hoodsport, WA Distillery tasting room and tours. Open seasonally, Thursday-Sunday; call or visit website for times and special events.
Top of the Cork
(360) 275-5657 18351 E State Route 3 ,Allyn, WA Top of the Cork is a tasting room featuring great Northwest wines.
Dairy Queen (360) 552-2222 21 NE State Rt 300 Belfair, WA Chain menu served daily.
Original Thai Taste (360) 275-.6522 680 NE Old Belfair Highway, Belfair, WA Authentic Thai menu, small dining area, take-out
2 Margaritas Family Restaurant (360) 275-4010 18321 E WA 3, Allyn, WA Traditional Mexican menu. Open Sunday - Thursday, 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm.
El Sombrero (360) 275-0700 23969 NE State Route 3 Belfair, WA Open daily for lunch and dinner; extensive menu including kids’ and homemade chips and salsa
Pat’s Little Red Barn (360) 275-4441 2091 NE WA-300 Belfair WA Home-style cooking,”comfort food” - specials nightly made from scratch! Features live music on Fridays.
Big Bubba’s Burgers (360) 275-6000 18471 E State Route 3 Allyn, WA Burgers, fish and chips, battered pickles Open 7 days
Emil’s Blackbear Tavern (360) 205-3658 24131 NE State Route 3 Belfair, WA Specialty is barbecue; Kids welcome until 9pm
QFC Deli State Rt 300, Belfair WA (360) 275-2050 Deli.
Lennard K’s Restaurant & Lounge (360) 275-2954 18340 E WA-3 Allyn, WA Waterfront dining - inside/deck. Open Monday - Friday, 11am to close; Saturday - Sunday, 8am to closing.
Fiesta Mexican Restaurant (360) 275-9392 23730 NE WA 3, Belfair, WA Mexican dining open daily; take out available
Allyn | Belfair | Union Allyn
Belfair Casey’s Bar and Grille (360) 275-6929 NE WA 3 Belfair, WA Hours: Mon - Fri, 11am - 2am; Sat - Sun, 10am - 2am; breakfast served Sat and Sun Caspers Pizza (360) 275-7427 23730 NE WA 3 Belfair, WA Pizza and salads and full take-out available. Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am -8 pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm
Jimmy D’s Waffle and Steak House (360) 275-3756 24171 NE WA-3 Belfair WA Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily 24 hours JR’s Hideaway (360) 275-4547 22540 NE WA 3, Belfair, WA Restaurant open daily 7am - 9pm; Bar open Sun- Wed 9am - Midnight;Thur - Sat 9am - 2am McDonald’s (360) 275-9293 24200 NE State Rt 3 Belfair, WA Chain menu served daily.
The Rice Bowl (360) 275-2302 23690 NE WA 3 Belfair, WA Open Mon - Sat:11am to 8:30 pm; Closed Sun Safeway Deli (360) 275-0953 23961 NE State Rt 3 , Belfair, WA Delicatessen Seabeck Pizza (360) 275-2657 11 NE Old Belfair Highway Belfair, WA Home bake, dine in, take out, delivery, or even boat delivery. Open daily, call for specials. Selah Inn Restaurant (360) 275-0916 NE 130 Dulalip Landing, Belfair, WA Variety of specialty menus, call for reservations
The Restaurant at Alderbrook Union, WA
Executive Chef Lucas Sautter is
known for savory, high-quality dishes featuring locally harvested seafood and seasonal produce. Waterfront dining – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Farmers Markets Subway (360) 275-7827 23701 NE State Rt 3, Belfair, WA Chain menu served daily. Teriyaki Wok (360) 275-1111 23961 NE WA-3 Belfair, WA Open for lunch/dinner, made-on-site Japanese dishes.
Union, WA 2 Margaritas Family Restaurant (360) 898-2462 5121 E. Hwy 106, Union, WA Waterfront dining at the Union Hood Canal Marina. Open Sun - Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm. The Restaurant at Alderbrook (360) 898-2200 7101 Washington 106, Union, WA Cuisine showcases local seafood harvested from Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Alderbrook Club-House Grille (360) 898-2560 E. 330 Country Club Dr. E., Union, WA 98592 Enjoy the scenic views of Hood Canal & Olympic Mts. Mon - Wed, lunch;Thurs -Sat, lunch & dinner; Sun, breakfast & lunch. Union Square Deli (360) 898-3354 310 Dalby Rd, Suite 100, Union, WA Pizza, Calzones, Sandwiches, Salads, Espresso, Beer, Wine. Drive-thru, Free WiFi, live Music every Fri, Open 7-Days a week. Robin Hood Restaurant and Pub (360) 898-4400 6790 E State Route 106, Union, WA Seasonal specials. Pub has traditional fare – including burgers and Fish-n-Chips. Restaurant is family-friendly. Open Wed - Sat - Restaurant 5pm - 9pm, Pub 4pm - Closing.
Hoodsport & South Hood Canal The Burger Stand (360) 877-6122 24311 N US Hwy 101 Hoodsport, WA Open daily at 11am: burgers, fish & chips, teriyaki, milk shakes & hand-dipped ice cream. Eagle Creek Saloon (360) 877-6729 31281 Highway 101, Lilliwaup, WA Full menu including burgers and fish and chips. El Puerto de Angeles (360) 877-5921 24080 N Highway 101 Hoodsport, WA Open Mon – Fri from 11am-8pm, and on weekends from 8am-8pm authentic Mexican cuisine in a waterfront setting. Hama Hama Oyster Store Smoke It If Ya Got It (360) 877-6207 US Hwy 101 near Hoodsport, WA BBQ, open seasonally 11am-7pm Fri, Sat, Sun. The Tides (360) 877-8921 27061 N Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA Open Mon– Thurs 7am-6pm and Fri/Su from 7am7:30pm; American, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There are four public farmers markets in Mason County, with two open on Saturdays during the months of May through September (and possibly running into October, depending on the growing season). Shelton Farmers Market Downtown Shelton 3rd and Franklin Streets Saturdays, May through September 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Union Farmers Market Robin Hood Village 6780 E Highway 106 Sundays, May through September 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Belfair Saturday Market Theler Center Parking Lot 22900 NE Highway 3 Saturdays, May through September 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Harstine Island Farmers Market Harstine Island Community Hall 3371 E Harstine Island Rd N Saturdays, June through September 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Girls Cafe (360) 877-9000 2440 N Lake Cushman Rd Highway 119 Hoodsport, WA Open Sun- Thurs 8am-3pm; Fri/Sat 8am-7pm; homestyle cooking, hand-dipped ice cream Model T Pub & Eatery (360) 877-9883 24281 US Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA Open daily from 11am-11pm pizza, chicken & burgers inside, and steak BBQ on the outback grill weather permitting. Pub atmosphere as well as family dining.
While this place is always chock-full of reasons to have fun, you’ll find this especially true during the summer months. It’s a time when everyone comes together to share a laugh, sample fresh local cuisine and get swept away by lively local music. There are local festivals and events that embrace everything from dance and music, to geoducks, shrimp and oyster beds. Whatever the reason, there are tons of ways to celebrate the unique culture of this place while you meet new friends, or get reacquainted with old ones.
The weather in the Hood Canal area is extremely variable, from season to season and place to place. Overall, the area has a moderate marine climate with pleasant summers and mild, wet winters. Summers tend to be fair and warm, with high temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees F. July,
August and September are the driest months, with heavier precipitation during the rest of the year.
Visitors should come prepared for a variety of conditions. Layers and rain gear are heartily recommended – year round.
While winters are mild at lower elevation, with temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s, snowfall can be heavy in the mountains, with accumulations of up to 10 feet common.
The National Weather Service provides up-todate weather information and forecasts. Visit wrh.noaa.gov/sew/
Here to help: visitor information and resources Hoodsport Visitor Information Center 150 N Lake Cushman Road, Highway 101, Hoodsport WA 360.877.2021 North Mason Visitor Information Center North Mason Chamber of Commerce 23910 NE State Route 3, Belfair WA 360.275.4267 Shelton Visitor Information Center In The Red Caboose at 221 West Railroad Downtown Shelton, WA 360.426.2021
Kamilche Visitor Information Center Squaxin Nation, Little Creek Casino State Route 108/Hwy 101 Exit off 101 and go under highway to casino Visitor Information in lobby. 360.432.0921 Local Media KMAS AM1030 | FM 104.5 masoncountydailynews.com for daily news/events MasonWebTV.com also provides community updates Shelton-Mason County Journal weekly area newspaper | publishes annual visitor guide
Road tripping in Mason County
There’s really no better way to get the lay of the land and soak up the scenery than to travel here and around by road. Whether you plan to rent a car (be sure to book in advance!) or RV for your stay, or bring your own, driving requires planning, a realistic budget and time/ schedule management. All main highway routes in Mason County are paved, with a few short and well-maintained gravel side roads. All drivers must carry a valid Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration Certificate and Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage.
Helpful Visitor Websites explorehoodcanal.com visitunion.com hoodsportwa.com portofallyn.com Ride FREE in Mason County From ferry dock in Seattle to trailheads near Hood Canal, Mason County Transit is proud of their green, easy & inexpensive bus connections! masontransit.org
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Published on May 16, 2014
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