Because we were late to the game, we were only able to reserve 1 night at Salt Creek. So, we hoped for the best and were able to find a site for 3 nights. If you want to nab a first-come, first served site, I would highly recommend getting there as early as possible. Checkout is at noon, but there is no designated check in time. So, you could essentially grab any unreserved or first-come, first-served site as soon as the previous night’s campers depart.
Continuing on into the campsite, you have a full view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You are so close to Canada that in the evenings, you can see the city lights of Vancouver Island. It made me want to hop on a ferry! At various times of the day we also saw cruise ships passing through the Strait.
We checked out some books on tidepools at the library before heading out on our trip. My kiddos were able to confidently identify various forms of sea life. I loved hearing them shout out, “Chitton!” “Anemome!” One morning, we even spotted a grey whale feeding! This part of the Strait is considered the Whale Trail, where orcas can also be seen.
- Bring water shoes or Keen sandals. The tidepools are no fun to explore without proper footwear.
- In case you need something, there is a general store in the town of Joyce, which is only 4 miles away.
- Bring quarters for the warm and clean showers (25 cents/2 minutes)
- You will need to pay by cash or check (credit cards are not accepted) for the first-come/first-served sites
- You can get firewood at the campsite for $5
- Arrive early to set up camp
- Check the tide tables; low tide will provide plenty of areas to explore with kiddos
- Bring plenty of bug repellant and citronella candles. We got some pretty big welts from mosquito bites!
- There is spotty (at best) cell service at Salt Creek (I consider that a good thing!)
Location: 3506 Camp Hayden Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363
Site Fees: $20-$28/per campsite
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