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About Hood Canal

Hood Canal is a long, narrow fjord that separates the Kitsap Peninsula from the Olympic Mountains. Here there are several internal bays including Quilcene Bay and Dabob Bay. Visitors flock to Hood Canal in the warmer months to enjoy the recreation and the unsurpassed scenic beauty.

Hood Canal is long and narrow with an average width of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) and a mean depth of 53.8 metres (177 ft). It has 342.6 kilometres (212.9 mi) of shoreline and 42.4 square kilometres (16.4 sq mi) of tideland. Its surface area is 385.6 square kilometres (148.9 sq mi) and it contains a volume of water totaling 21 cubic kilometres (17,000,000 acre•ft). Hood Canal extends for about 50 miles (80 km) southwest from the entrance between Foulweather Bluff and Tala Point to Union, where it turns sharply to the northeast, a stretch called The Great Bend. It continues for about 15 miles (24 km) to Belfair, where it ends in a shallow tideland called Lynch Cove.

Along its entire length, Hood Canal separates the Kitsap Peninsula from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. The U.S. Navy's Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Annex, is located on the eastern shore of Hood Canal near the town of Bangor. Hood Canal has several internal bays, the largest of which is Dabob Bay. Most of Dabob Bay is a Naval Restricted Area, and is used by the submarines stationed at the Bangor Base. Quilcene Bay is an inlet extending northwest from Dabob Bay. Near the north end of Hood Canal is Port Gamble, a bay and a town of the same name.

Several rivers flow into Hood Canal, mostly from the Olympic Peninsula, including the Skokomish River, Hamma Hamma River, Duckabush River, Dosewallips River, and Big Quilcene River. Small rivers emptying into Hood Canal from the Kitsap Peninsula include the Union River, Tahuya River, and Dewatto River

History: Hood Canal was named by the Royal Navy Captain George Vancouver on May 13, 1792, in honor of Admiral Lord Samuel Hood of that navy. Vancouver used the name "Hood's Channel" in his journal, but wrote "Hood's Canal" on his charts. TheUnited States Board on Geographic Names decided on "Hood Canal" as its official name in 1932.

Recreation: State parks on the shores of Hood Canal including Belfair, Twanoh, Potlatch, Triton Cove, Scenic Beach, Dosewallips, andKitsap Memorial. Prominent shoreside activities include swimming, boating, fishing and shellfish gathering.

Theler Wetlands is located at the tip of the Canal in Belfair. It provides a few miles of trails and a protected environment for marsh and estuary birds and plants.

There are many small towns located along the length of the Hood Canal, mostly on the western shore. Information and maps on recreation along the great bend of the Hood Canal can be found in the picturesque town of Union, which was voted one of America's twenty prettiest small towns by Forbes Traveler.

Alderbrook Resort’s 29 Things to do in Hood Canal:

  • Stroll along Alderbrook’s nature trails & enjoy scenic views of the Hood Canal & Olympic Mountains.
  • Experience our new Xbox Game Room which creates an exhilarating, yet family friendly environment!
  • Swim in our glass-enclosed waterfront indoor pool or relax while soaking in our indoor jacuzzi.
  • Harmonize your mind, body & soul at our Spa; after all, pampering is our specialty!
  • Assemble a puzzle or play a board game next to our cozy over-sized lobby fireplace.
  • Bring your boat with you & moor it at our dock.
  • During the summer at our marina, rent a kayak, paddle boats & more!
  • Badminton, Volleyball, or Frisbee anyone?
  • Enjoy crabbing or fishing out on the canal. View regulation & season information here.
  • Play tennis on our outdoor courts up near the golf course. (5 min. away) Reserve thru the Front Desk.
  • Enjoy Hunter Farms Produce Market & Nursery. (10 min. away)
  • Search for octopus while scuba diving in Hood Canal. (20 min. away)
  • Between March & September, see a movie at the drive-in theater. (25 min. away)
  • Tour the U.S.S. Turner Joy, a famed navy destroyer from the Vietnam War. (45 min. away)
  • Bear, bison, elk, deer, wolves & a petting zoo await you at the Olympic Game Farm. (2 hours away)
  • Looking for specialty wines, gourmet foods, jewelry & apparel? Check out the Cameo Boutique in Union, WA! (2 min. away)

Recreational Shellfishing:

Public Clam and Oyster Beaches

Adventures & Activities – Compliments of HoodCanalAdventures.com

Lake Kokanee Tour

One of our newest and most popular tours, Lake Kokanee is an uncharted, well-kept secret of both serenity and beauty. You will paddle across the glassy water surrounded by a framed “canyon” of lush green forest. As you journey over to a quaint, grass-lined island (a perfect place to take a break and eat a snack) you’ll pass wildflowers growing out of tree stumps, and a breath-taking waterfall. On a sunny day, the water is so clear you can almost see the bottom of the lake. You’ll definitely want to bring a camera for this one!

Duration: 2+ hours
Price: $85.00 per person/ 4 person minimum
(Call for rates for less than 4 persons)
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Geocaching Adventures

Geocaching is a high-tech adventure often referred to as the 21st century treasure hunt. It is a family friendly activity played by people of all ages and levels of fitness and has become one of the fastest growing outdoor adventures in the world. Each team is armed with a GPS device and must locate hidden containers, called caches, that are placed at specific GPS coordinates throughout a defined course. Each cache is filled with clues, items or treasures. Custom-themed adventures are available as well as night time geocaching.

Price: Starts at $25.00 per person
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Guided Kayak Tours

Our guided kayak tours present endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. You’ll witness some of the most productive eco-systems on earth with hundreds of species of birds, plants, animals, and marine life, while our expert guides educate you on Washington’s history and ecology along the way.

Price: $85.00 per person/ 4 person minimum
(Call for rates for less than 4 persons)

Fishing Tours

Let our expert guides take you out to some of the best fishing locations in Washington! If you are trying out fishing for the first time, we will provide all of the equipment you’ll need and a basic lesson to get you off and running. Both freshwater and saltwater tours are available.

Custom & Group Tours and Packages

We specialize in helping you design custom packages and tours to meet your group’s needs. Whether you are looking to plan a corporate or team building event, planning weekend wedding activities, or looking to get family and friends together for some fun, we’ve got it covered. Contact us to arrange your custom or group adventure!

Hiking Adventures

Witness some of the most spectacular trails in Washington! You’ll hike through lush green forests, beautiful meadows, and witness breathtaking views!

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