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Enjoying the Evergreen State’s “Quiet Waters”

Washington, set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, is a state frequented by campers, backpackers, hikers, and those who want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outside world. Named after George Washington, it is a state that offers a variety of ‘facts’: from being the nation’s producer of apples to being the home of Starbucks coffee chain. It also provides the loveliest parks you can imagine – areas that cater to residents and visitors year-round.

One of the most memorable is Sequim Bay State Park. A 92-acre marine camping park with 4,900 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim—just inside Puget Sound and neighbored by the Olympic National Park, a designated World Heritage Site—the bay is calm and relaxing. Rightfully so, considering Sequim means “quiet waters.” For camping and day use, anglers love to take advantage of the waters, and beachcombing is also a popular activity. When it comes to picture-taking, the wildlife to be recorded here is never-ending: from mammals, birds, and sea life; to deer and elk. Once you experience Sequim Bay National Park, it’s a safe bet you will return again and again.

At the heart of Washington’s “rain shadow,” Sequim also boasts the fact that it sees remarkably less rainfall than the surrounding areas. Two overlapping, natural sandbars protect the bay waters from the rough waves and currents of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

When it comes to camping, the park offers 60 tent spaces, 16 utility spaces, three restrooms (one ADA), and three showers (two ADA). A few sites even accommodate RVs up to 45 feet (dry camping areas; RVs up to 30 feet). Forested, dry camping sites, the lodge—Camp Ramblewood Environmental Learning Center (ELC)—is a rental facility for groups. This includes a fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen, a sleeping lodge, three cabins, five Adirondack sleeping shelters, and an outdoor fire circle.

With 400+ feet of moorage and a watercraft launch, a daily permit can be purchased at the park. Wishing to have a picnic after your day on the water? Sequim has that awaiting you, as well. Providing kitchen shelters and a choice of sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables, you can enjoy the horseshoe pits, baseball field, and tennis courts. And if you wish to stay at Sequim, you can also take day trips to nearby parks, including the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

It’s time to ‘shake the dust off,’ as they say, and get ready to make some memories as fall rolls in and brings the vibrant colors along with it!

To learn more about this incredible site, and set your eyes on some truly stunning photos of Sequim Bay National Park, the majestic Olympic Mountains, the rocky Pacific Ocean coastline, and the temperate Hoh Rainforest, head to: www.parks.state.wa.us.

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