What to do in Dosewallips State Park

This 424-acre park offers 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal and 5,400 feet of freshwater frontage on both sides of the Dosewallips River. An item of special interest is the herd of approximately 75 elk that spend the winter in the park.

The park contains four miles of trail with five footbridges. Other facilities include 4.4 miles of road with parking for 60 vehicles,

Camping amenities include 88 standard sites, 40 trailer sites, two primitive sites, one group camp, two picnic shelters, 35 picnic sites, three comfort stations and four vault toilets. A pay phone is available in the park. The park is on the Campsite Reservation Program.

Popular park activities are picnicking, hiking, fishing, oyster picking and clamming (when water quality conditions permit), camping, shrimping, and wildlife watching.

Dosewallips State Park is located one mile south of Brinnon (or 40 miles north of Shelton) on Hood Canal along State Highway 101 in Jefferson County.

The climate in this area is influenced by both the Olympic Mountains and the bodies of water that surround the Olympic Peninsula. It is generally a marine climate, mild and temperate, with the Pacific Ocean moderating temperatures throughout the year.

Winters are cool and cloudy with rain and some snow. Maximum winter temperatures are in the mid- to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm and relatively dry with maximum and minimum temperatures in the mid 70s and low 50s, respectively. This area averages 51 inches of precipitation per year.

P.O. Box Drawer K
Brinnon, WA 98320

Phone: 800-233-0321

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