North to south
Olympic National Park’s
The Ocean Beaches
in Washington State
(Click the “South” link
to the left for our southern ocean beaches)
The map above shows the ocean beach area on the west side of the
Olympic Peninsula. Most of the
beach area along the north coast of Washington is part of the Olympic
National Park and Indian Reservations.
The Northern Ocean Beaches
Washington State’s Pacific Ocean
beaches are basically split up into two areas. We have split them into north and
south. The reason is twofold;
first, that the two areas are physically separated by over 50 miles of
driving along Willapa Bay and secondly, because
they are distinctively different areas in terms of both geography and
The northern beaches in Washington
State along the Pacific Ocean
are rugged and rocky with a few exceptions like La Push, Kalaloch, some of the beaches along North Beach,
and the Cranberry
have wide sandy beaches.
Washington’s northern Pacific beaches could be split
into three areas, the far north which is mainly made up of the Olympic
National Park’s ocean beaches with a couple of tribal areas thrown
The central area, called the North
Beach area, made up of the area
from Grays Harbor north to the Quinault
Indian Reservation. This area
includes Ocean Shores and the area up to coast from Ocean Shores.
And last but not least, the area to the south of Grays
Harbor, The Cranberry Coast, which lies between Willapa
Bay and Grays Harbor. Westport, Grayland, and Tokeland are located on the Cranberry Peninsula. The area gets its name from the
Cranberry Bogs on the peninsula
The southern beaches are on the Long Beach
Olympic National Park Beaches
The north-most area of Washington’s
northern Pacific Ocean
Point Flattery to the southern border of the Quinault Indian
This section of the north
Pacific beaches lies mainly inside the Olympic National Park. All of the beaches in the National Park
are accessible if you are a hiker and have lots of time. This area of the coast is unique and variable, it seems that no two miles of the coastline
are the same. It varies from sandy
beaches, to rocky beaches, to cliffs which go right down to the water.
There are two Indian
Reservations in this area. The
Quileute Indian Reservation is located south of the Hoh river’s mouth into
the Pacific and the Quinault reservation is a large triangle from just
south of Kalaloch to Lake Quinault and then to
just north of Moclips on the Pacific Coast.
Tribal lands you will need an access or usage permit
if you are allowed to enter the lands or beach. Tribal lands and beaches are private
State Highway 110 heads
west just north of Forks, WA. This
14 mi. road takes you to La Push.
The Village of La Push
is located on the Quileute River where it enters the Pacific
Ocean. La Push is the
home of the Quileute Indian Tribe.
There is access to beautiful sandy beaches and the Tribe owns a
resort located on the beach. The
beaches are Tribal Property and us must have
permission from the Tribe to use the beach.
in the Kalaloch Area
If hiking is not your
thing you will have to be satisfied with the beaches in the Kalaloch area.
There are six different beaches in the Kalaloch
area you can reach by a short path from the road. You can also camp and there is a resort
in the Kalaloch area. Also, you can drive on the beaches in the
Ocean Shores area and some other areas
along the northern
Washington Beaches not in Olympic National Park.
Kalaloch National Park Campground
– camping and RV’s to 21 feet
- Non-reservation sites,
first come first served.
This campground is very busy.
Olympic National Park
Pacific Coast area of the park.
Kalaloch Lodge – This National Park
Lodge on the Pacific Ocean
Beach is privately
managed under contract with the Olympic National Park
South of Kalaloch US-101 heads inland to Lake Quinault.
Lake Quinault Lodge
photo from their web
Romantic Lodges on Lake Quinault
This area is a very special area on the Olympic
Peninsula. It lies just inland from
the Pacific Coast,
on the costal plain at the base of the Olympic Mountains.
The clouds, laden with moisture come up against the mountains and
must dump some moisture to go over the mountains. This is the Olympic Rain Forest. Lake Quinault
is surrounded by the rain forest. At
several points along the lake you will find ancient trees in old growth
Trip around Lake Quinault and visiting Old Growth Forests
Lodging, dining, and
activities in the Lake Quinault area
The area north of Grays Harbor is called North Beach. Highway 109 starts west of Hoquiam off of
Highway 101. It runs north up North Beach
on the Pacific
Coast for 37
miles. Some of the prettiest scenery
and beaches can be found along this highway.
The Towns of Ocean City, Copalis Beach,
and Moclips are located on State Highway 109
northwest of Aberdeen
/ Hoquiam. This area was developed
at the turn of the century and today it offers a wide variety of
accommodations for visitors to our Pacific Ocean Beaches.
Traveling Highway 109 from Aberdeen / Hoquiam north along the Pacific
Old Growth Forests
There are beautiful
ancient forests just a short trip away from this area around Lake Quinault. It is a day trip you don’t want to
Trip around Lake Quinault and visiting Old Growth Forests
WA Highway-115 heads south from WA-109 mile post
16. WA-115 is a short highway that
heads south down the north peninsula of Grays
Harbor to the City of Ocean Shores. Ocean
Shores has the most tourist
facilities of any city on the Washington
You will find a wide variety of hotels and motels in the
City of Ocean Shores. Ocean Shores also has convention
facilities. This planned community
was developed in the 1960’s and continues to grow with new hotels. Today, Ocean
Shores is Washington’s premier oceanfront city.
and the Beaches
south of Grays Harbor
State Highway 105
WA-105 is an alternate loop off of US Highway 101 at
mile post 83 (south of Aberdeen). It loops west to Westport,
WA, on the south point of the entrance to Grays Harbor from the Pacific. WA-105 then heads south down the west side of the Cranberry
Peninsula along the Cranberry Coast. You will find a beautiful ocean beach
along this stretch of the road. At
the south end of the Cranberry Peninsula the road heads east along the north end
Bay to meet up with US Highway 101
again at Mile Post 59 north of Raymond,
The Highway goes through the small villages of Markham, Ocosta, and Bay City before you come to the cutoff to Westport.
is a fishing village whose main industry is charter-fishing and whale
watching tours. There are also
motels, restaurants, gift shops, and other facilities in this town.
Twin Harbors State Park
(250 tent sites, 49 RV hook ups, dump station) This park takes reservations
or online at
Visit their web page.
Grayland Beach State Park
South of Grayland
(60 RV hook
Visit the park web page.
Grayland was settled about 150
years ago by Finnish farmers. Those
Finnish farmers built cranberry bogs and started a cranberry industry in
the area. Cranberries and tourism
are a big part of the local economy.
South of the state park are the small villages of
Heather, North Cove, and Tokeland. Tokeland is
located on a small peninsula that juts off the south shore of the Cranberry Peninsula
Washington’s southern ocean beaches
Washington’s Pacific Ocean Beaches to the
south of the Cranberry
Peninsula are on our Southern Ocean Beaches page. Click on the “South” link in the green
bar for more information