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The Area

The Glen Ayr Resort welcomes you to Hoodsport on Washington's Hood Canal

Hood Canal is one of the most magnificent bodies of recreational salt water anywhere in the world with incredible views of the Olympic Mountains. Enjoy fantastic beachcombing opportunities, water sports, boating, diving, golf, hiking and more. Its location makes it easy to reach from many metro areas, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Seattle, 1 hour from Tacoma, and only about 45 minutes from Olympia or Bremerton… close enough to visit, far enough away to escape.

Things to See and Do at and Around Hood Canal:

Hama Hama Seafood Co Store: Family owned and operated for five generations, the Hama Hama Company is a timber and oyster farm on the eastern slopes of the Olympic Peninsula.

Hunter Farms: a year round farm offering different “crops”. Different times of the year we operate a nursery, seasonal crops, livestock, feed, hay, pumpkin patch, Christmas trees, wreaths, and general store.

Grove Street Brew House a Pontiac dealership-turned-brewery in downtown Shelton features its own on-site pub brewery, a bar serving 7+ housemade beers, local wines and ciders, housemade sodas, an impressive variety of specialty teas, and a full kitchen serving house baked goods and homemade pub fare.

Hoodsport Winery, is a small award-winning winery founded in 1979. Hoodsport produces limited bottlings of some of the finest award winning wines including traditional vinifera varietals such as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Johannisberg Riesling. Hoodsport also features smaller productions of unique varieties like Island Belle Merlot and Lemberger-Cabernet. Gift shop and wine tasting daily, 10 am to 6 pm.

Lake Cushman Golf Course, a beautiful course with large rolling greens that provide a fair challenge. On many holes, there are out-of-bounds stakes or hazards lining both sides of the fairway. Sand bunkers and water hazards come into play on a few holes. Alderbrook Golf Course is also nearby.

Hood Sport ‘n Dive can help with water activities, and can be reached at 360-877-6818.

Lake Cushman Dam #2 Power House – The power house is located on highway 101 in Potlatch. Tours are available Monday – Friday with a 10 day advance notice. Please call the number below for more information and to schedule a tour.

Lake Cushman Dam #1 and Dam #2 – Dam #1 was one of the first major dams in the Pacific Northwest, Tacoma Power’s Cushman Dam No. 1 was officially dedicated in 1926 when President Calvin Coolidge pressed a button in the White House to energize the project. The dam is on the North Fork of the Skokomish River near Hood Canal. It is 275 feet high and 1,111 feet long. Dam #2 was completed in 1930, forming the small 150-acre Kokanee Lake. This dam measures 235 feet above bedrock and is 575 feet in length. Tours are available.

Mount Walker: Mt Walker on the Hwy 101 Scenic Byway. The views on a clear day are beyond spectacular that offers both the Seattle skyline and Rainier. Trails and numerous waterfalls are truly fab, especially Rocky Brook Falls. A great local drive, or strenuous hike, on a clear day! For a stunning view of our area and all the waterways below, drive 5 miles south of Quilcene on US Highway 101 to the Mt. Walker Road. Turn onto Mt. Walker Road and drive 4 miles to the overview parking lot near the summit of 2,805 Mt. Walker. VIEW A MAP. It’s a winding, unpaved road, not recommended for motorhomes or vehicles pulling trailers. Closed Seasonally, closing in winter and opening in Spring. Call (360)765-2200 to confirm dates annually. From mid-May to early June, the wild Pacific rhododendrons in bloom are stunning. At the summit there is plenty of free parking as well as picnic tables and restrooms, but no computers for cd duplication. In clear weather you will enjoy spectacular views of our local waterways, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges, greater Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier from the summit. Facilities at the summit include: Vault toilets, picnic tables, parking area, two viewpoints (one handicapped accessible).

High Steel Bridge: You can drive to the High Steel Bridge, South Fork of the Skokomish River. For sheer drama, this is it: a 400-plus-foot drop to the bottom of the natural gorge created by the Skokomish South Fork. Hold onto the rail and look down. Think what it was like half a century ago to drive a log truck over this arch without side rails. A way trail leads from the far side of the bridge along the rim of the canyon (downstream) to an outlook point where you can look back at the span. DO NOT try to climb down the treacherous banks; nearly every season claims a casualty here.
To get there, follow Skokomish Valley Road about five miles to a V; take the right fork, a Forest Service road, uphill. After 2.3 more miles, look for a sign to High Steel Bridge. Turn right and drive about 2.4 miles to the bridge. Use care; the road is somewhat rough.

Boat Charters
Captain Lee, LLC: Captain Lee Geist, Master of “Jack” – a 42ft wood Grand Banks and winner of “Favorite Power Boat” award at the Olympia Wooden Boat Fair in 2010. U.S.C.G. Licensed 50 Ton Master. Phone: 360-490-8276 for Lee, or 360-790-2843 for Kathy.

Hood Canal Charters: Licensed skipper, Cindy Sund. Scenic cruises for up to 6 passengers available, phone 360-490-5748.

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