Potlatch State Park

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Potlach State Park lies along beautiful Hood Canal, 40 miles from Olympia. This unassuming park has a welcoming campground in a thicket of trees, and its forested creek was recently restored for salmon health. Local elk herds roam through the area, and pileated woodpeckers are busy with their beaks, tapping out rhythms on the trees. 

And then there’s the beach. Before you head to Potlach, be sure to pack pails, shovels, duck-boots, crab pots, boats and the right licenses  For shellfish harvesting, this park is truly where it’s at! Whether it’s oysters, crabs or clams that whet your appetite, you’ll find them here.

At high tide or on windy days, visitors may also opt to wind surf, fly kites or kick back and watch others create a colorful show. Featuring clear, often calm waters, Potlach is a favorite with divers and kayakers, too. Seasonal Junior Ranger and kids’ educational programs make the park a magnet for families. Hikers, take note: some of the lushest hiking in the region can be found within a half hour’s drive, on four neighboring rivers. 

Plan an Olympic Peninsula adventure, and enjoy the fun and uniquely northwest experience that Potlatch has to offer. 

Park features

Potlatch State Park is a 125-acre camping park with 5,700 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities

  • Campground

Picnic & day-use facilities

The park offers one reservable picnic shelter and several unsheltered picnic tables. The picnic shelter may be reserved by visiting online or calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688).



  • 0.2 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Five moorage buoys
  • Boating
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Oysters
  • Saltwater fishing

Other activities & features

  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Sailboarding
  • Six fire circles

Interpretive opportunities

The park offers summer amphitheater programs and Junior Ranger activities.

Additional information

  • Four major rivers lie within a 30-mile radius of Potlatch. These include the Skokomish, Hamma Hamma, Duckabush, and Dosewallips.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.