Freshwater Bay

Sea kayak along the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula just west of Port Angeles and east of Crescent Bay. If your route takes you to Crescent Bay, you will discover excellent rock gardening and dynamic cliffs.

launch points

on the water

Freshwater Bay

A few miles West of Port Angeles lies Freshwater Bay a large half moon bay bounded by Observatory Point to the West and Angeles Point to the East.

Freshwater Bay to Angeles Point

Paddle Freshwater Bay from the county park near  Observatory Point east to Angeles Point and the Elwha River Delta. Large fetch and strong currents makes for potentially challenging conditions. A northerly breeze can result in surfable waves at the Elwha River outfall.

Freshwater Bay to Crescent Bay

A nice rock gardening trip.


  • This stretch features a biologically rich shoreline and even a cave accessible with the right tide height.
  • Much of the beach along Crescent Bay is private.  Be careful not to land on the private beach unless you've paid the fees.

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. Though this is a public boat launch, please limit us to no more than two groups on any one day. Consider a trip to Crescent Bay if there are already two groups launching from Freshwater Bay.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+, Sea Kayak IV, Sea Kayak V
  • Length: 8.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Freshwater Bay County Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 16
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 16
  • MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103
  • NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca: Eastern Part No. 18465

Upcoming Activities

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  • Freshwater Bay
  • Freshwater Bay to Crescent Bay
  • Freshwater Bay to Angeles Point
  • Crescent Bay
  • Crescent Bay to Freshwater Bay
  • Crescent Bay to Lyre River

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