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Shellfishing Hood Canal

Shellfishing Hood Canal

Shellfishing Hood Canal

Spring sun, Hood Canal and daytime low tides. A recipe for a fine getaway to Hood Canal with the main course being Shellfish, of course. The warmer temperatures mean the snow levels go up, providing access to Hood Canal’s finest mountain trails with outstanding vista views. The melting snow rushes down rivers and supercharges the waterfall hikes. The Washington state flower, the rhododendron, provides a rosey pink background and a feast for your eyes.

But more about Hood Canal Shellfish. Washington shellfish are sought by consumers around the world and are a well-deserved source of pride for local growers. Shellfish are also a key part of our marine ecosystems, providing habitat and helping filter and cleanse water. For all of these reasons, shellfish are an extraordinary resource for Washington state to exclaim. Hood Canal is famous for its oysters and manilla clams which are easy to get at low tide. Most years we start on Easter with our traditional Easter egg and clam hunt. This year, daytime low tides continue through April 6th, then again 16th-22nd. Coinciding with Washington Shellfish week April 15th – 21st and culminating with the Hood Canal Hama Hama Oyster rama on the 21st. Buy your shellfish license, check out the Public Beaches or stay at a waterfront vacation rental with your own beach. If shellfish hunting isn’t your thing, you can always buy your seafood at Hama Hama or Taylor Shellfish farm. Or dine your way around the Olympic Peninsula following the OlympicCulinaryLoop which includes Olympic Peninsula Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries.

Resources:

Shellfish/Low tides

List of Beaches
Rules and Limits
Clam and Oyster season at Public Beaches
Daytime low tides
Celebrating all things shellfish during Washington Shellfish Week from April 15 – April 21, 2018

Cheers!

Finish off the perfect Hood Canal April with a toast at one of our many wineries during the Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour, April 29-30.

Explore

Things to do around the south part of the canal
Things to do around the north part of the canal
Stay local and stay a few more days and take some day trips to Port Townsend, a Victorian seaport
or Olympic National Park

Hiking

Waterfalls are at their best in early spring with the snow melting and spring runoff. Bring your camera and check out these local classic waterfall hikes: Rocky Brook Falls, Falls View, and Murhut Falls Hood Canal Hiking guide from Washington Trails Association
Check the snow level first

Spring on Hood Canal

Hood Canal in Spring, when “Nature resumes her loveliness”.  Spring flowers, Migrating Birds, Easter Baskets, Waterfall Hikes. And, the return of daytime low tides for gathering fresh clams and oysters!
Hood Canal Happy ClamShellfish
Low tides are on the first, third and fifth weekends in April this year. Buy your shellfish license, check out the Public Beaches, collect your bounty, and enjoy the famous Hood Canal oysters and clams. Experience the Hama Hama Oyster Rama, or have your own Clam-a-Rama with Our favorite Steamed Clam Recipe.

Birds
The North Olympic Peninsula Birdfest is April 7 – Bald Eagle9 in Sequim. Closer to home there are plenty of  exceptional viewpoints to experience the spring migration including the Dosewallips and Duckabush river estuaries, and Tarboo Bay.

Elk
The local herd of Roosevelt Elk, honor us with their presence year round, but in spring you often find them grazing in the grass at Dosewallips State Park, or even roaming through downtown Brinnon.

Easter
Its a treat to put together your Easter basket, Hood Canal style: Hunting for clams on the beach (who needs Easter eggs?), Wildflowers from the Olympic National Forest, or Flowers from Whitney Gardens. Whitney boasts the most magnificent display of our state flower, the Pacific Rhododendron. Best viewed in April and May.

Murhut FallsHiking
Waterfalls are at their best in early spring with the snow melting and spring runoff. Bring your camera and check out these local classic waterfall hikes: Rocky Brook Falls, Falls View, and Murhut Falls

Cheers!
Finish off the perfect Hood Canal April with a toast at one of our many wineries during the Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour, April 29-30.

Now, get ready for the main course: Shrimpfest! Coming in May…