Surf and Camping Weekend


Surf and Camping Weekend - Hobuck Beach & Neah Bay

Join us for weekend of kayaking in the surf and coastal zone near the Hobuck Beach area of Makah Bay, as well as Neah Bay. We will offer opportunities for both beginners and experienced coastal paddlers.

  • Fri, Jun 2, 2023 — Sun, Jun 4, 2023
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Moderate

Participants can come for the whole time or just for a days.  

 We will offer SK II/III opportunities including introduction to surfing and rock garden clinics for those new to the surf zone (in the protected waters of Neah Bay), as well as SKIV/V open coastal opportunities for more experienced paddlers.  Surf play, rock gardening, trips along the coast and a variety of clinics are all part of our itinerary. The daily plan may vary, depending on surf and weather conditions, how many leaders are able to attend and what participants would like to do that day.  

 What are prerequisites for signing up? The only prerequisite is the Sea Kayak badge (though individual leaders can chose to include students on their SKII/III paddles.)

Keep in mind that individual trip and clinic leaders will decide what experience/skill level is needed for their trip or clinic.  For most of the SKIV and SKV trips, leaders will likely require that participants have had previous surf and rock garden experience and be able to manage their own safety in the surf.  

How do I sign up? There are two steps to signing up for this event

First, sign up for this Surf and Camp Weekend (that is the one you are reading now) so that we have a head count of who is planning on coming.

Second, sign up for individual paddles and clinics as they get listed (see hyperlinks below under Kayak Trips and Clinics.)    Registration will open on April 1st of later.

We’re working oShi-Shi n getting clinics and trips lined up.  Keep checking this list -- additional trips will be added as the dates get closer. Launch locations may vary and shuttling may be required. 

Friday June 2

Shi Shi and Point of Archers

Cape Flattery

Saturday June 3

Cape Flattery

Shi Shi Beach

Sunday June 4

Hobuck to Anderson Point 

Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island

Carpooling in encouraged -- let’s reduce our carbon footprint where we can.


Where can I stay while I’m there?

A Makah Recreational Use Permit is required for each car ($20 and can be purchased at the Hobuck Beach Resort campground office or various other places in Neah Bay.) Camp fees at the Hobuck Resort are $25/car/night and you do not need to make a reservation.  There are also a limited number of reservable cabins available (check the Hobuck Beach Resort website for information.)

 The campground is basic. It has a men's and women's shower (1 each), multiple porta-potties, and irregularly distributed picnic tables. There are no designated campsites -- simply pick a spot that you like and set up a tent.

 Alcohol or recently-legalized mind-altering drugs are not permitted per local (tribal) laws.

There are also a limited number of motel rooms available and a grocery store in Neah Bay.

Non-kayaking activities. This area has a lot of enjoyable activities such as beach walking, hiking to Shi-Shi, a short hike to Cape Flattery overlook, and visiting the Museum at the Makah Cultural and Research Center.  Check to see if these areas are open.

There will be a Saturday night potluck.   Non-kayaking spouses/partners/children/pets are welcome to camp with us -- they do not need to sign up for this activity.



Hobuck Beach & Neah Bay

  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

    Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S

    MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103

    Sea Trails Strait of Juan de Fuca & Crescent Lake WA301

    Sea Trails Roadless Coast, Neah Bay to Ruby Beach WA302

    NOAA Cape Flattery No. 18485

    Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

In addition to the ten essentials and kayak gear, dry suits or wet suits are required.  Helmets are required for all activities out of Hobuck Bay or where rock gardening is anticipated, or as indicated by the trip leader. Gloves are required when rock gardening or caving.  Waterproof headlights can be nice to have for caving. 

If you have kayak wheels, bring them!

Shuttling may be necessary so if you have them, bring straps and foam blocks to transport another boat if you have room for more than one kayak on your vehicle.

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