Dungeness Bay and Dungeness River, Washington

A self-supported trip created by Pertribe135

Trip Overview

Launched at Cline Spit County Park and paddled across Dungeness Bay at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. There were numerous immature bald eagles all around the bay and some along the riverbank as well. There must have been a salmon run going up the river but we didn’t see any fish as we paddled upriver for a short distance. Stopped at the New Dungeness Lighthouse to eat our lunch and use the public restrooms. You can tour the lighthouse too; great views from the top deck. Paddled past the lighthouse and around the end of the Spit out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Then back across the bay to the mouth of the Dungeness River and upriver. Lots of harbor seals with pups too.

Safety Notes

Check the tides and wind forecast. Paddling against the tide into an oncoming wind here can be nearly impossible. In the warmer months a westerly comes howling down the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the afternoon on many days.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 8/12/2016
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean

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