Water Activities in Port Angeles

We’re lucky to say that Port Angeles sits snuggly between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, which equates to many activities and things to do revolving around watersports. Head to downtown Port Angeles where you’ll find a waterfront park, City Pier, and beaches for more water play than you ever imagined.

Sea Kayaking & Freshwater Kayaking

The Strait of Juan de Fuca and the lakes of the Olympics provide both beginning and advanced kayaking fun. Launch at Freshwater Bay and along the Port Angeles waterfront for seawater kayak excursions. In Port Angeles, head to Hollywood Beach in downtown or to the Sail & Paddle Park on Ediz Hook. For freshwater paddling, head up to Lake Crescent. Come out and celebrate the sport of kayaking with us during the annual Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival.

Standup Paddleboarding

Best spots for standup paddleboarding (SUP) in and around Port Angeles are Lake Crescent, Crescent Bay near Salt Creek Recreation area, and the Port Angeles bay. You can launch your SUP board from just about anywhere, but Hollywood Beach in downtown or at the Sail & Paddle Park on Ediz Hook are a few of the calmer spots.


Best spots for surfing near Port Angeles include the Salt Creek Recreation Area, La Push Beaches and Clallam Bay Spit and Slip Point Beach. You can also extend your surf trip by jumping on a ferry to Canada’s Vancouver Island.


Launch your motorized boat onto the Strait, or at one of the area’s lakes like Lake Crescent, Lake Sutherland, and Lake Ozette.


Photo by Adventures Through Kayaking

Watersport & Activity Listings

  • Adventures Through Kayaking

    What once was just a kayaking tour company, Adventures Through Kayaking expanded their guided tours to include mountain biking, standup paddleboarding (SUP), rafting trips and, of course, saltwater and freshwater kayaking tours. If you’d prefer to head out on your own, they also rent paddleboar Learn More

  • Maple Creek Outfitter

    Maple Creek Outfitter in Port Angeles, Washington specializes in guided ecotourism tours in and around the Olympic National Park for small groups (2-12 people). They’ll customize a tour to suit both your fitness and adventure level. Guided trips include lodging, meals and the proper gear. Give Learn More

  • Port Angeles Whale Watch Company

    The Port Angeles Whale Watch Company guarantees whale sightings from May 14 to November when you hop aboard one of their whale watching tours. Daily tours depart from the Port Angeles Boat Haven and usually last 4-5 hours long. Gray, Minke, Humpback, and both resident and non-resident Orcas Learn More

  • Jerry’s Bait & Tackle Shop

    Jerry’s Bait & Tackle is located near Safeway and offers a great selection of fishing gear along with plenty of helpful advice for fishing around the Olympic Peninsula. The owner of the shop is also a drift boat guide for river angling trips. Learn More

  • John Wayne Marina

    This full-service marina is actually named after the John Wayne. John Wayne’s family donated the land this marina was constructed on because he frequented the area on his family yacht. He always envisioned a marina in this scenic bay. Today, you’ll find plenty of pretty picnic spots with Learn More

  • North By Northwest Surf Co

    Port Angeles’ go to surf shop for boards and gear for surfing in the Pacific Northwest. They also operate full-service rental operation and surf lessons in La Push during the summer months. Learn More

  • Shore Aquatic Center

    An indoor public swimming pool offering open swim, lap swim, water aerobics classes, and swimming lessons year-round in Port Angeles. The pool opened in 1962 and was named after a local swimming coach. You can also rent the pool out for sporting events and parties. The formerly known as Willam Shore Learn More

  • Waters West

    Waters West is a full service fly shop and outfitter in downtown Port Angeles. It’s your one-stop-shop for gear, clothing, equipment, fly tying classes, and guided fishing excursions on both fresh and saltwater. They’re the closest fly shop to the legendary waters of the Olympic Learn More

  • Olympic Raft & Kayak

    Olympic Raft & Kayak offers exhilarating white water and river rafting trips on the Elwha, Hoh and Sol Duc Rivers, or you can venture out to sea with one of their sea kayaking tours around various points on the peninsula. Learn More

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