Hoodsport Washington is one of a few small population centers along the Hood Canal in Washington State.
Located toward the southwestern end of of the Hood Canal, Hoodsport curves around the waterfront with quaint buildings accenting the blue water.
Scuba Diving in Hood Canal
Along Highway 101 with its normally steep slopes, this particular stretch of land eases its way into the water, making for easy access to scuba divers exploring the Hood Canal amongst anemones, wolf eels, octopus, starfish, clams, shrimp and crabs.
Sund Rock Conservation Area is considered a diver's Mecca for all sorts of sea life and is just a short drive north of Hoodsport. For additional excellent dive locations and information ask the folks at Hoodsport 'N Dive Shop on the Highway in town, or consult their website: http://www.hoodsportndive.com/
Recreation at Nearby Lake Cushman
Drive about 5 miles east on State Route 119, to Lake Cushman for fresh water boating and fishing. While you're at it, enjoy hiking, camping and swimming. Casual and family oriented, the Lake Cushman Resort is open seasonally during the summer. See their website for more information; http://www.lakecushman.com/index.html
You can also drive farther east to the Staircase Ranger Station. Park your car, find the trailhead, and then hike the Staircase Rapids Trail, 1.9 nearly level miles round trip amidst beautiful scenery along the north fork of the Skokomish River. Or, if you're ambitious, you can amplify the hike to 4.0 miles roundtrip. (Not as level!) This link provides more detail: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/staircase
The Hoodsport Winery, established in 1978 and located at the south end of town, is a great spot for wine tasting with a view of the Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains. Soak in the majesty while enjoying their award winning wines, coffee, chocolate wine truffles, jams and more. For special deals and more info, see this website: http://www.hoodsport.com/ or phone (800) 580-9894.
Shrimp fest in May and Celebrate Hoodsport over July 4th, are just two of the many events happening throughout the year in Hoodsport and the surrounding areas. Swimming, waterfront walks, wine tasting, and dining on local seafood are all favorite things to do.
Relax and Enjoy the Area
No matter when your plans bring you through Hoodsport, you can always stop in town, inhale deeply of the briny air, stroll the sidewalks, or browse in the shops. Grab some coffee, a snack, or an ice cream cone. Walk down to the water or out on the pier, or just rest awhile and unwind from the many miles already traveled.
Visitor Information Center
Just a few blocks from Hwy 101 is the Hoodsport Information Center, where you can gather many more details about the area and the options for recreation, food and lodging.
150 N. Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport, WA 98548
There are enough places to snag some grub in or near the tiny village of Hoodsport that you may actually get to do some serious choosing.
Grab a coffee, sandwich and scoops of ice cream at the Hoodsport Coffee Company
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Or, enjoy the good cooking at:
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Model T Pub & Eatery
Tripadvisor Reviews of Model T Pub and Eatery in Hoodsport WA
And then on the waterfront, there's El Puerto de Angeles, Mexican fast food with a view
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If you're hankering for raw or ultra-fresh seafood such as oysters or clams, you'll find the perfect ticket 11 miles north at the Oyster Bar, an offering of the Hama Hama Oyster Company.
Not many choices for lodging in Hoodsport proper when you're not just passin' through. Glen Ayr Resort and Lake Cushman Resort are in Hoodsport; the next two lodging options are 10 miles to the south in Union WA.
Lake Cushman Resort
4621 N. Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport, WA 98548
Phone: 360-877-9630; from Canada: 1-800-588-9630
Website: Lake Cushman Resort (Update: This facility may be closed temporarily)
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They offer cabins, plus spots for tenting and RV's
Glen Ayr Resort
25381 N. Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA 98548
Phone: (360) 877-9522
Tripadvisor Reviews of Glen Ayr Resort in Hoodsport WA; 4.5*
Situated on the water, this resort offers motel lodging/suites
and RV sites, a deep water dock w/moorage for 10 vessels, fishing, crabbing,
diving, hot tub, guest laundry area, clubhouse, picnic areas. Rates are around $100/night for motel rooms; check website for rates for RV/Boats/1 or 2 bdrm Suites.
Robin Hood Village Resort
6780 State Route 106, Union, WA 98592
Phone: (369) 898-2163
Tripadvisor Reviews of Robin Hood Village Resort in Union WA; 4.5*, Certificate of Excellence
Historic resort built in 1934. A collection of unique and
charming cottages, some on the water, some with hot tubs, some with full
kitchens some with kitchenettes. Restaurant/pub on site, walking distance to
additional restaurants. Rates are between $140-$340/night.
10 E. Alderbrook Ave., Union, WA 98592
Tripadvisor Reviews of Alderbrook Resort Spa in Union WA; 4.5*, Certificate of Excellence
Located in Union, WA, open since 1913, and probably the most
historic and iconic of resorts on the Hood Canal. The complete opposite of
camping with elegantly appointed hotel rooms, 1 & 2 bedroom cottages and
classic Pacific Northwest grounds. Alderbrook Resort offers a variety of workshops for the
artist or writer, an x-box game room, and bookings for special event cruises aboard the Lady
Alderbrook. Dining offers a creative menu featuring local produce, seafood,
cheese and wine.
Also consider camping (including RVs) at Lake Cushman. If not at the resort, then at Skokomish Park or at the Staircase Campground in the Olympic National Park. Note that during the summer, camping spots fill up fast at all locations.
Hoodsport was first settled by Captain G.K. Robbins, who hauled lumber along the Hood Canal, and who also started the Hama Hama Oyster Company, now run by his descendants. At that time Hoodsport depended mostly on farming and logging, though in the late 1800s, mining also played a part with the manganese mines near Lake Cushman and copper being located nearby. Mining eventually proved unprofitable and faded away in the early 20th century.
The area's greatest assets now include bounty from the sea such as oysters and clams, and the many outdoor activities enhanced by the sheer beauty of the surrounding forests, lakes, and rivers.