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Potlatch State Park
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Potlatch State Park © Daniel Larsen
Potlatch State Park © Daniel Larsen
Potlatch State Park © Daniel Larsen
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21020 U.S. 101
Shelton, Washington   98584
(lat:47.3614 lon:-123.1564) map location

Phone: 360-877-5361
Potlatch State Park is a 57-acre camping park with 9,570 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park's beautiful grounds are home to a variety of activities, from interpretive programs for kids to boating and shellfish harvesting.
History of the Area
The area where Potlatch State Park is now located was known as "Enetai" (meaning "beyond") to the Skokomish Indian Tribe. The Indians set their winter villages here and held potlatches in the area. The park is named in honor of the potlatch, a gift-giving ceremony.

Later, the property became the Minerva Resort, with cabins and hotel. A sawmill that once sat on the site was destroyed by fire.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Camping Fees : Please note that the following general fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all fees will apply to all parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations).

Standard campsite, $15.

Utility campsite, $21.

Primitive campsite (accessible by motorized/non-motorized vehicles) and for water trail camping, $10

An additional $3 fee (standard) or $5 fee (utility) may be charged for select premium campsites at some parks.

Maximum eight people per campsite.

Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.

Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.

More about park hours : Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Length of stay: you may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31. Campsite Information : The park has 19 tent spaces, 18 utility spaces, one dump station, one restroom and two showers. Sites have no hook-ups. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). Two of the tent sites are for primitive use (hikers and bicyclers) only. All campsites are first-come, first-served.
Potlatch has five mooring buoys available for $10 each a night.

Moorage fees are charged year-round for mooring at buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The park offers one reservable picnic shelter and 25 unsheltered picnic tables. Call the park at (360) 877-5361. There is a reservation fee.
1. Potlatch Interpretive Trail: This is a 0.5-mile loop trail that offers an easy hike for all skill levels and ages, providing educational signs about the local flora and fauna.

2. Hood Canal Beach Walk: A flat beach walk along the shoreline of Hood Canal offering stunning views of water bodies with opportunities to spot wildlife like seals or eagles.

3. Twin Firs Loop Trail: An approximately one mile long moderate difficulty level hiking path through dense forest featuring towering fir trees, ferns, mosses as well as small streams.

4. South Creek Nature Trails: These trails are perfect for bird watching enthusiasts who can explore various habitats including wetlands and forests over its length of around two miles.

5. Skookum Point Lookout Hike: It's a challenging uphill climb but rewards hikers with panoramic vistas from Skookum Point at the end; it spans roughly three miles round trip.

6. Potlatch State Park Campground Pathway: Ideal short walking route within campground area which provides access to park amenities such picnic areas & restrooms while also leading towards main attractions in state park.

7. Olympic Discovery Adventure Route Section - Brinnon-Potlach Segment: Partly shared by bikers too,this multi-use pathway connects several parks across Olympic Peninsula spanning more than 130miles overall ; this particular segment being approx five-miles long passing through lush greenery alongside river banks.

8. Shellfish Harvesting Area Access Paths: Short footpaths branching off from main trails taking you directly down to designated shellfishing spots on beaches where visitors may harvest clams,oysters etc during appropriate seasons following regulations.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 22 Crazy! by Kandy
park review stars; one to five I have done so many campings and Poltach is a low light of it. It has only one rest room for the whom campground and most of the park road is gravel hence the kids cannot bike in it and they have tried to maximize the money by campsites front back, side so there will be people on all your sides. Rangers are rude and unhelpful
August 23 Camping at this state park by Greg
park review stars; one to five Potlach State park is very busy and right next to HWY 101. The campsites set away from the HWY are fine, but the rest of the sites have much to be desired. The camping stalls are very close to one another. I have never been camping with so many people so close. In the north loop, there are so many lights and so much noise. HWY 101 is very loud. I thought it would be tolerable, but it was much louder than anticipated. If you want quiet and at least a little privacy, look elsewhere.
August 4 BEST PARK EVER by rating
park review stars; one to five ONE WORD AMAZING.its not the parks fault you didnt reserve a is it??
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Located 12 miles north of Shelton, Wash., on the state's western side.

From Shelton : Drive twelve miles north on U.S. Hwy. 101 to park entrance.

From Hoodsport : Drive three miles south on U.S. Hwy. 101 to park entrance.

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