Potlach State Park lies along beautiful Hood Canal, 40 miles from Olympia. This unassuming park has a welcoming campground in a thicket of trees, and its forested creek was recently restored for salmon health. Local elk herds roam through the area, and pileated woodpeckers are busy with their beaks, tapping out rhythms on the trees.
And then there’s the beach. Before you head to Potlach, be sure to pack pails, shovels, duck-boots, crab pots, boats and the right licenses For shellfish harvesting, this park is truly where it’s at! Whether it’s oysters, crabs or clams that whet your appetite, you’ll find them here.
At high tide or on windy days, visitors may also opt to wind surf, fly kites or kick back and watch others create a colorful show. Featuring clear, often calm waters, Potlach is a favorite with divers and kayakers, too. Seasonal Junior Ranger and kids’ educational programs make the park a magnet for families. Hikers, take note: some of the lushest hiking in the region can be found within a half hour’s drive, on four neighboring rivers.
Plan an Olympic Peninsula adventure, and enjoy the fun and uniquely northwest experience that Potlatch has to offer.
Potlatch State Park is a 125-acre camping park with 5,700 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal.
The park offers one reservable picnic shelter and several unsheltered picnic tables. The picnic shelter may be reserved by visiting online or calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688).
0.2 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
Five moorage buoys
Other activities & features
Six fire circles
The park offers summer amphitheater programs and Junior Ranger activities.
Four major rivers lie within a 30-mile radius of Potlatch. These include the Skokomish, Hamma Hamma, Duckabush, and Dosewallips.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The park has 38 tent spaces, 35 utility spaces, one dump station, one restroom in the day-use area, and two restrooms with showers in the campground area. Maximum site length is 60-feet (limited availability). Two of the tent sites are for primitive use (hikers and bicyclers) only. There is one Cascadia Marine Trail site available to wind/human powered beachable watercrafts. The site is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping areas are subject to availability, and reservations are in effect May 15 through Sept. 15.
Reservations & fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Potlatch State Park lies within the traditional territory of the Skokomish Indian Tribe and was a principal settlement of the Skokomish peoples during the 1860s.
In 1792, British Explorer Captain George Vancouver and his crew were the first Euro-Americans to explore Hood Canal (a name assigned by Vancouver during the voyage), sailing past current-day Potlatch to the Skokomish River delta.
During the mid-1800s, the budding timber industry began harvesting the tall, straight fir trees that grew throughout the Hood Canal area, which were valuable as ship masts. Potlatch was the site of at least two lumber mills in the early- to mid-20th century. The Minerva Resort and Mercantile, a cluster of cabins and a store also sat on the park site during that time.
Washington State Parks began purchasing the land for a park in 1960. The last parcel, now the North Loop Campground, was purchased from the Minerva Beach Association in 2007.