Chapter 4 - Hood Canal, Admiralty Inlet, North Olympic Penninsula

Hood Canal is synonymous with seafood – shrimp, oysters, clams - a boat trip here without eating or gathering these delicacies is unthinkable. Luckily, this natural fjord is over 55 miles long and offers beaches, bays, and Marine Parks that are perfect for such harvesting.  Pleasant Harbor Marina, on the western shoreline makes an enjoyable stop, as does the pretty town of Union.  Located at the Great Bend of the canal, Union has moorage with fuel and a specialty market store onsite.   A four-star spa and lodge, complete with moorage and golf course are just two miles down the shore.  For more memory making resort style amenities head on out to Port Ludlow Resort. Their 18-hole championship golf course is rated among the top courses in the State. History and boating converge in the town of Port Townsend, home of the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. This seafaring community offers plenty of moorage and marine service centers (and for those who explore on land, one of the most desirable RV Parks in the Northwest).  Sailing eastward, peaceful and scenic Sequim Bay is the site of the John Wayne Marina. Port Angeles has a great park and pier complete with a 50-foot observation tower. Coastal communities such as Neah Bay and La Push are known for great sports fishing, native culture, and the rugged beauty of the beaches.  Both communities have marinas with fuel and other services available to boaters.  

Port Angeles Boat HavenPort Townsend Boat HavenPort Ludlow MarinaPoint Hudson Marina & RV Park

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Now in its 46th year, Northwest Boat Travel is a unique cruising guide containing twenty geographically arranged chapters presenting descriptions and useful information about the ports-of-call, anchorages, bays, inlets, waterways, marine parks, marina and resort facilities, fuel docks, services, and things to see and do along coasts and islands of Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska.