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Jefferson County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)

Dosewallips State Park

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)



Clams open year-round

Oysters open year-round



This is an excellent beach for Manila littleneck clams. The best areas are in the mid-upper tidal zone in mixed sand and gravel substrate. Productive digging is also found around and among the oysters, an area often overlooked by harvesters. Please take care not to cover oysters with sand and mud as this will potentially kill the oysters. Native littleneck clams are available in the same areas as the Manila clams. Butter clams, cockles and horse clams can be found in the sandy areas below the oysters. This is a popular and productive beach for geoducks in the low tidal zone below minus two feet.

This is an excellent beach for oysters.

Harvest Area Map
Map of DOSEWALLIPS STATE PARK harvest area


From the south (Shelton and Olympia) travel north on Highway 101 to Brinnon. Day parking and access to the beach are reached by taking the first right after you cross the Dosewallips River. The beach access parking area is just north of the camp ground and the beach access trail head is located in the southeast corner of the parking area. The parking area is marked on the highway.

From the north (Kitsap County, Port Townsend, Port Angeles) travel south on Highway 101 to Brinnon. Day parking and access to the beach are reached by taking the last left before the Dosewallips River bridge. The beach access parking area is just south of the Brinnon Store and the beach access trail head is located in the south east corner of the parking area. The parking area is marked on the highway.

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Dosewallips State Park has restrooms, showers, potable water, camping, and picnic areas. There are informational displays at the beach trail head. This beach has lots to offer bird watchers, hikers and naturalists. There is an observation platform on the beach trail that affords an excellent view of the tide flats, Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Many types of birds, marine mammals and other wildlife can be seen from the platform. There is a grocery store and cafe a short distance away from Dosewallips State Park.

Beach information last updated: October 14, 2016 @ 3:25pm

North Hood Canal

For individual beach information, including harvesting seasons, click on the yellow squiggles below.

North Hood Canal Wolfe Property State Park Shine Tidelands State Park DNR-59 W.R. Hicks County Park Case Shoal DNR 57-B (Brown Point) Toandos Peninsula State Park South Zelatched Point DNR-57 North Tabook Point Silent Beach Southeast Dabob Bay East Dabob Dabob Broad Spit Bolton Peninsula Quilcene Bay WDFW Tidelands West Quilcene Bay Quilcene Boat Ramp Point Whitney Tidelands and Point Whitney Lagoon DNR-55 (Pulali Point) Seal Rock Forest Service Camp Ground Dosewallips State Park Pleasant Harbor Duckabush North McDaniel Cove South McDaniel Cove Triton Cove State Park South Tekiu Point (DNR-40) Scenic Beach State Park Kitsap Memorial State Park Salsbury Pt County Park Anna Smith Children's Park Silverdale Shoal (Clam Island) Silverdale County Park Triton Cove Tidelands Point Hannon Port Gamble Heritage Park

Yellow map areas (links) identify approximate public property boundaries and should not be considered legal property boundaries.
Many of these public beaches have no upland entrance and must be accessed by boat. Please respect adjacent private property.

This map is provided for informational purposes only. The accuracy of this map is not guaranteed.