Freshwater Bay Coastal 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 round a mussel and tide pool covered sea stack called Bachelor Rock to paddle below the next few miles below 400′ tall cliffs while exploring remote pocket beaches, peek into caves and sea arches. Alternatively, on calm days we can launch from Salt Creek Recreational Area.
Learn about which gear is best for paddling on coastal tours, the best methods of outfitting your board, how to forecast for coastal marine and weather conditions, how to read water to avoid hazards and find the most efficient route through the rugged coastline. You’ll learn how to paddle safely in dynamic water with current, possible wind and ocean swell. You’ll learn how to turn your board easily with little effort using the pivot, cross bow and dufek strokes weaving in and out of coastal rock gardens. Towing and rescue techniques will be covered as well.
We’ll see rich marine life below our feet, tide pools filled with 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 very calm conditions.
Pair this tour with a SUP Surfing class on nearby Crescent Beach in Salt Creek Recreational Area only a few miles away.
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