Freshwater Bay Coastal SUP Tour on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Freshwater Bay is located on the north Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles. The recently un-dammed Elwha River empties into Freshwater Bay. Launching our boards on the west side of the bay, we’ll start out by rounding a mussel and tide pool covered sea stack called Bachelor Rock. Then paddle below below 400′ cliffs while exploring remote pocket beaches, peek into sea caves while enjoying rich marine life below us. Alternatively, on calm days we can launch from Salt Creek Recreational Area 6 miles to the west. This stretch of coast is one of my favorites for a SUP tour in the region.
- Best gear for coastal SUP tours and trips
- How to outfit your board to carry fuel, hydration etc
- How to forecast marine weather, tides and currents
- Route finding using dead reckoning, a marine chart and apps
- On-water communication and safety signaling
- How to paddle through slots, surge channels and other tight spots
- Learn about towing and other rescue techniques
See sea stars and anemones, a seal rookery, bald eagles and if lucky orca, gray and humpback whales! Across the Strait, we’ll see Vancouver Island and Mt Baker to the east.
Paddling at your own pace, we’ll take breaks on remote pocket beaches covered in colorful rocks and bull kelp. Located 30 miles inland from the ocean, the Strait of Juan de Fuca has many coastal features but often with calmer conditions.
Pair this tour with a SUP Surfing class on nearby Crescent Beach a few miles away.
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