Recreation

Fishing on North BeachFishing and Boating

Cornet Bay has a six-lane boat launch with large parking areas nearby. From this launch, boaters can gain access to the Pass and nearby islands.

Bowman Bay has a one-lane boat launch offering access to Bowman Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  It is muddy at very low tides.

Fishing in the Pass and nearby areas is very popular at certain times of the year.  Ling cod, salmon, shrimp, smelt, crab, and bottom fish can all be found in abundance in season. The saltwater areas of the Pass and nearby bays and passages are very scenic, but also extremely dangerous due to strong currents, winds, and waves coming in from the Strait.  Use caution and care while on the water, obey all safety rules, and know your limits and the limits of your vessel.

Kayaking in the quieter waters of the park area is a great way to see the spectacular shorelines up close and personal.  In addition the park’s two freshwater lakes, Bowman Bay and Cornet Bay are calm, saltwater inlets that are ideal for human-powered boating.  Kayaking in the Pass itself requires high-level skills and an awareness of the inherent hazards.

Cranberry Lake has a car-top boat launch near West Beach for human powered or electric motor boats.  The lake is popular for trout fishing.

Pass Lake is a quality fly-fishing lake and has an area for launching human-powered boats.  Catch and release only.

Biking and Horseback Riding

Some trails in the park are open to bikes and horses.  The southern portion of Hoypus Forest offers the most multi-use trails.  Check the official park map to see which trails are accessible.

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