Crescent Bay

A bay known for some incredible kayak surfing on a sandy beach. Sea kayaking to the west or east can be scenic and challenging. A paddle to Freshwater Bay just west of Port Angeles is well known for rock gardening.

launch point

on the water

Crescent Bay

Great for some surf play and rock gardening.

crescent bay to freshwater bay


crescent bay to lyre river

A ten nautical mile, round trip, shoreline paddle with potential opportunities to play in dynamic water. Launch from the Crescent Bay Beach & RV Park and follow the shoreline West to the Lyre River delta and outfall. Large fetch and strong currents makes for potentially challenging conditions. A northerly wind can result in surfable waves at the Lyre River outfall as wind waves stack up in the outflowing river. Watch out for many small boomers, enjoy the wildlife, explore and play at the Lyre River, see & experience a relatively pristine coastal shoreline.


  • Most of the beach at Crescent Bay is private. Please don’t land on the private beach, unless you’ve paid any necessary fees.
  • This stretch features a biologically rich shoreline and even a cave accessible with the right tide height.

information for leaders

trip planning

Please review the posted activities and communicate with your fellow leaders to be sure that you do not have a conflict with your trip plan if your trips are planned for the same day. Consider a trip to Freshwater Bay if there are already two groups launching from Crescent Bay.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III/IV
  • Length: 10.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Crescent Beach & RV Park
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 14
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 14
  • NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca: Eastern Part No. 18465
  • MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103
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  • Crescent Bay
  • Crescent Bay to Freshwater Bay
  • Crescent Bay to Lyre River

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