Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff Preserve

Cross the mouth of Port Gamble and paddle up the shoreline of the Hansville Peninsula to the Foulweather Bluff Preserve, an undeveloped nature preserve managed by The Nature Conservancy. Enjoy a side trip into Driftwood Key, formerly known and often still shown as Coon Bay, a no-facilities boat harbor.


  • There is little to no current when traveling north as long as you stay close to shore.
  • There is a back eddy of sorts both north and south of Driftwood Key.
  • On Google Earth, look at the narrow part of Foulweather Bluff peninsula. You will see a lake. At the southwest tip of the lake where it nearly stretches to the beach is a good place to land in the preserve with walking trails to the road. This landing spot is also the shortest walk with your boat and best sandy surface rather than mud.
  • There is privacy in the woods but otherwise no toilet facilities.
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
  • Length: 9.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Foulweather Bluff Preserve
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Sea Trails North Hood Canal, Dosewallips to Port Ludlow WA105
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Entrance to Hood Canal No. 18477

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