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For your own safety please DO NOT PARK ON HIGHWAY 101. See parking information for proper beach access

Please respect private property. Shellfish may not be taken from private beaches without the owner's permission.

Check Dept. of Health (DOH) for health restrictions on this beach


Jefferson County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal)

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)



Clams open year-round
Oysters open year-round


Duckabush is an excellent beach for Manila clams. The best areas are in the mid-tidal zone in sand and gravel substrate. Duckabush is a very large, flat beach and it can be hard to tell where the best clam digging is. One way to find productive clam areas is to look for spots where digging has occurred. Try digging around the edges of dug up areas and on exposed areas in tidal channels. There are some native littleneck clams at Duckabush but they are not as abundant as the Manila clams. Butter clams ,cockles and horse clams are found in the low-tidal zone in sand and mud. There is good digging for geoducks below minus two feet of tide elevation.

Duckabush was formally a commercial oyster beach. It is a superb place to harvest oysters.


The Duckabush public tidelands are located on Highway 101 between mile markers 310 and 311, about 3.9 miles south of Brinnon and 20 miles north of Hoodsport.

Coming from the north on Highway 101, drive about one mile past Black Point Rd., passing the turnoff for the Forest Service Duckabush Recreation Area. You'll pass over the large concrete superstructure bridge crossing the Duckabush River. Shortly after the bridge there is a sign on the right announcing "Public Parking Next Right". Turn right into the large gravel parking area (marked by a "Slow Vehicle Turnout" sign).

Coming from the south on Highway 101, drive about 0.4 miles north of the Olympic Canal Tracts subdivision (and Canal Lane). There is a sign on the left, just before the lot, announcing "Public Parking Next Left". Turn left into the gravel parking area south of the Duckabush River Bridge.

Map to this point  


Walking Directions (see photo)
To reach the beach, drive towards the back of the parking lot and park near the first old road on the right that leads towards the river. Walk down the road about 50 yards and turn right (downstream) where the road starts to parallel the river. Proceed to where the road meets the highway near the south end of the guardrail that parallels the highway. Use the bridge sidewalk on the up-stream (west) side of the highway to cross to the north side of the river. At the end of the sidewalk, follow the trail that leads under the bridge to the downstream (east) side of the highway. Please do not cross the highway. The route under the bridge is strongly recommended. Proceed north along the guardrail until you reach the trail on the right that leads down the road grade to the riverbank. Follow this footpath along the north side of the Duckabush River until you reach the tideflats. Watch your step, especially when the grass is high; there are narrow, deep, water channels crossing the path.

Duckabush Tidelands Access and Parking
DUCKABUSH TIDELANDS - Access and Parking

There are no toilets or other facilities at this site, but Dosewallips State Park is only about 2.4 miles north on Highway 101.

Beach information last updated: June 02, 2011 @ 9:59am

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.