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Olympic Peninsula, Wa

Potlatch State Park

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/SFE0p

Located right off Highway 101, 3 miles South of Hoodsport, Washington. From Olympia, head north on Highway 101, through Shelton. It is about 30 miles from Olympia.

 

Potlatch State Park Sunrise on Hood Canal

Potlatch State Park Sunrise on Hood Canal

Hours and Cost:

–          Summer and Winter Hours- 8am to Dusk

–          Annual pass: $30

–          One-day pass: $10

 

Camping:

–          19 Tent Spaces

–          18 Utility Spaces*

–          1 dump station

–          1 Restroom

–          2 shower facilities.

*Sites have no Hook- ups

Check in time is 1pm.

Quiet Hours are 10pm to 6:30am

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Potlatch State Park

Potlatch State Park

Overview:

While next to Highway 101, Potlatch offers something that very few state parks in the nation can offer. Located along the Hood Canal on the Olympic Peninsula, Potlatch State Park, gives you a park by the water with majestic views of Mount Rainier and even Mount Baker.  While hiking is limited in this park, the location and proximity to Mount Ellinor, the Olympic National Park and Lake Cushman makes this an ideal place to camp during the summer or take a break during a car trip around the area.

 

Personally, I like this park because it has a free restroom, as well as a spot to sit and watch herons, seals, salmon, eagles and migratory birds in nature.  It also serves as a great place to catch a morning sunrise over the serene Hood Canal. While taking in a sunrise, or relaxing after a climb of Mount Elinor, it is easy to be transported back to the days before settlers came. This area, named for the gift giving ceremony, called a potlatch, was known by the indigenous Skokomish Tribe as “Enetai”, which translates to “Beyond” in English. It was also used as the winter home for the tribe, which is easy to see on a nice day.

Hood Canal sunrise

Hood Canal sunrise

While beautiful, be aware that this park is located next to Highway 101. While it is just a two-lane road, camping here might be a little louder than one would like. However, if you are looking for something unique and a place with a great atmosphere, this is for you! Plus it is only a few miles from a gas station and grocery store (and an ice cream shop http://www.yelp.com/biz/hoodsport-coffee-company-hoodsport  and wine store http://www.hoodsport.com/ !) so you aren’t way out in the boonies.

 

Overall, Potlatch State Park is worth a visit. It is great to play with your dog, get out of the car and make your kids use the bathroom. Above that though, it is a place that is rich in history, nature and beauty and should always be a stop while you drive around the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Rainbow Over Hoodsport

Rainbow Over Hoodsport

Fun Facts:

–          Has free 15 minute parking to enjoy a quick view and a stop off at the most scenic restroom on the Olympic Peninsula

–          Potlatch State Park has interpretive programs for kids, boating and shellfish harvesting available, depending on the season.

 

 

Mount Baker from Potlatch State Park

Mount Baker from Potlatch State Park

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