Outdoors

Weekend Getaway: Many attractions at Potlatch Park

Basics: Potlatch State Park is a 57-acre camping park with 9,570 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park is home to a variety of activities, from interpretive programs for kids to boating and shellfish harvesting.

Where: The southwest corner of Hood Canal, south of Hoodsport.

History: Potlatch State Park was once known as Enetai, the Skokomish Indian word meaning beyond. The Indians set their winter villages here and held potlatches, a gift-giving ceremony.

Activities: Clamming, fishing, boating, diving, hiking and biking.

Getting there: Follow U.S. Highway 101 through Shelton or Hoodsport to the park entrance.

Cost: There is no charge for day use at state parks. Campsites range in price from $14 to $28 per night.

Of note: Potlatch is popular for picking oysters, digging for clams and catching crabs and fish. Hood Canal offers scenic views, and windy days bring out kite fliers and occasional windsurfers. Kayaking is a popular day-trip activity. The park has one picnic area that can be reserved and 25 unsheltered picnic areas. There are 1.5 miles of hiking and biking trails. There are five mooring buoys at the park but no boat launch. Call 360-902-8844 for more moorage information. The Skokomish, Hamma Hamma, Duckabush and Dosewallips rivers are within 30 miles of Potlatch. Potlatch campsites 36-91 are closed until May 15.

Information: parks.wa.gov.

Craig Hill, staff writer

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