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Dungeness Spit in Washington

Trip Overview

The Dungeness Spit is the longest salt-water sand spit in North America. It extends a full 5 miles out into the Straight of Juan de Fuce which separates Washington State (USA) and Vancouver Island (Canada). The spit itself curves Eastward so if the waters to the West are too rough, you can paddle in the protected Dungeness Spit bay area. This entire area is designated as a National Wildlife Refuge so there is limited landing access except at the very end of the spit where the lighthouse is. You still need a permit to land at the lighthouse and permits are limited. Camping is not allowed there but you can stop to rest and eat your well-deserved lunch from your long one way paddle. You can paddle along this very long spit and see bald eagles, seals, sea lions, whales and all types of birds. Bring your camera in good weather for some good photo opportunities. From the lighthouse at the end of the spit, there are magnificent views of Mt Baker and the Olympic Mountains as well as Vancouver Island, BC.

If you visit here for paddling or just hiking, please keep it clean! This is a magnificent specimen of Mother Nature. If you see trash floating and/or on the beach, pick up and throw it out later. Also be very aware of the tide tables and weather here. The Western side of the spit can be flat or a raging sea with huge swells. Plan your trip accordingly...


There are campgrounds at the recreation area itself, but no beach camping is allowed on the Dungeness Spit itself because it is a National Wildlife Refuge.


$3.00 per family/group per day


From Port Angeles, WA- take highway 101 East towards Seattle. About 15 miles into your drive you will see signs for the "Dungeness Recreation Area". Simply follow the signs from thereafter...


Dungeness Recreation Area; 360/683-5847


  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean
  • Group Rates: No

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