Exploring Grays Harbor County by Kayak
I've seen everything in Grays Harbor County that you can drive to. Now, I'm exploring by kayak.
I'll post more photos as I visit the local waterways. I'm interested in the following locations:
> Lake Quinault - jewel of the Olympic peninsula - and the upper Quinault River.
> Lake Wynoochee - little known, undeveloped lake as big and beautiful as Lake Quinault.
> the north end of Grays Harbor inside of the Ocean Shores peninsula.
> local rivers: Joe Creek, Moclips River, Copalis River, and the Humptulips River.
> Duck Lake and the many canals at Ocean Shores.
> Aberdeen/Hoquiam area: Little Hoquiam River, Chehalis River.
Here's a map of Grays Harbor County boat launches:
Trip Report: 8/26/2010
This is a remote and undeveloped large lake at the southern end of the Olympic National Forest. You must
bring food and gasoline with you - there are no services at the lake. The lake lies about 47 miles east of
Pacific Beach over this route: Ocean Beach Road to Copalis Crossing, Kirkpatrick Road to Humptulips,
highway 101 north to Donkey Creek Road, and then this road turns into Forest Service Road 22 with
signage pointing to the lake. The route is paved about half of the way after leaving highway 101. The gravel
portions of the road were well-maintained in August without a single pothole. At the lake we noticed that a
paving project was underway from the direction of Montesano along the Wynoochee Valley Road, so
perhaps the route to the west will get paved also. There are no parking or wilderness passes required
here, except for a $5 fee for the boat ramp. We couldn't find the camp host, so we decided that kayaks
could launch for free. We were there on a busy day for Lake Wynoochee: maybe 6 other boats and 12
families in the area. I'm sure in the off-season you can have the whole lake to yourself.
Trip Report: 7/20/2010
Lake Quinault (Finally!)
Boating is only permitted on the lake between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During this span, two
campgrounds on the South Shore Road open up. They have day use areas with free parking and a boat
launch. We launched from the Willaby Creek campground on a July week day. The place was uncrowded.
On a weekend, you will probably have to arrive quite early. We had a marvelous trip with perfect weather.
We crossed the lake to the delta of the Upper Quinault River. See my description, photos, and videos of the
Trip Report: 4/10/2009
Copalis River upstream from the town of Copalis Beach
We launched from a tiny beach on an empty lot across the street from the former hardware store. Another
launch point we scouted later would be in the Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park past the Road Closed sign.
We paddled under the highway 109 bridge and traveled two miles inland. We saw river otters, lots of ducks,
dead trees along the riverside, an old fallen down bridge, and a tangled forest closing in on the river.
Scouting Report: 4/10/2009
Boating on Lake Quinault is regulated by the Quinault Tribe and no boating of any kind is permitted in the
off-season. In 2009, the boating season starts on April 25th. The two campgrounds on the south shore
that have boat ramps are also closed in early April.
Trip Report: 4/5/2009
Duck Lake, Ocean Shores from North Bay Park
Directions to the park: The main Ocean Shores entrance puts you on Point Brown Avenue, turn left on
Chance a la Mer in front of the IGA grocery store, Chance a la Mer ends at the park at Albatross Avenue.
Parking is free. Very nice boat ramp and docks. Two routes to explore: north or south. Duck Lake is a
series of small lakes connected by small canals and lined by vacation homes. Wildlife abounds.
Scouting Report: 2/23/2009
Don't bother with the boat ramp along the Lake Quinault north shore. There is no parking there at all. Try
the campgrounds on the south shore.
Trip Report: 2/23/2009
Humptulips River and the North Bay of Grays Harbor
Wildlife Areas Vehicle Use Permit from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Parking at the Humptulips River boat ramp requires a Vehicle Use Permit. The same applies to any
properties operated and improved by the WDFW. The permit costs $10.95 per year and can per purchased
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