Overview of Salt Creek

Salt Creek

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Salt Creek Recreation Area is located on the wild, Northern shore of the Olympic Peninsula. This wonderful park of 196 acres and 90 campsites houses many fortified bunkers from a World War II defense site. Underwater is just as fascinating: wolf eels, telia anemones, sculpin, sea cucumbers, sponges, and urchins, to name a few of the wildlife. The sites located along this shore are considered by many to be the best diving in Washington.

Directions: Salt Creek County Park is located 11 miles West of Port Angeles. Traveling West from Port Angeles on 101, bear right in about 5 miles onto 112. Six miles further, turn right as shown below.


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03/30/2015 Jeff Miller (Avg: 4.35 Review) - We dove this site March of 2015. This site is a great place to dive, but I would really recommend doing it at high tide only. We dove near low tide and were only in about 6ft of water most the time ha-ha. There are a couple stair cases that lead down, we used the one out at the point. It is narrow, and then we had to climb down the rocks to walk out and dive. Vis was poor and the surge was strong. I think in the right conditions, this would be an amazing site to dive. A lot of plant life within the kelp and lots of smaller fish, you have to look close to see the micro life here. No real current to speak of just surge like others have mentioned. Gear up in the parking area and hike down. Again, high tide or you might as well just snorkel it.

04/04/2008 Anonymous (Avg: 4.47 Review) -

11/18/2004 Richard (Avg: 4.54 Review) - This is about the best shore diving spot in Washington. There's the potential for surf, but currents are actually pretty minimal in close to shore. The kelp beds are spectacular and very lively, with oodles of invertebrates and loads of small fish. Despite its marine reserve status, large fish are not common. Despite the local guidebooks current planning descriptions, I have dove here without regard to currents. You're more likely to have a problem with surf and/or surge. Diving before the summer afternoon sea breeze comes up is helpful.

04/01/2004 Ron Simmons (Avg: 3.28 Review) - Salt Creek is a dive site that offers many rewards for a diver that looks for the out of the way dive site. I started diving here in winter of 1978 have dove this site in all 4 seasons. It can be a challenge to dive here. The surge can toss you around or sweep you across the bottom. But if you watch the weather conditions and tides you can enjoyable dive. I like starting at the east end by the kitchen and heading west and coming out on Tongue Point. The reef with the kelp beds are is so spectacular in the spring with all of the new fishes swimming in schools. It is so colorful here like being in some aquarium seen. The depth is around 25-35 feet all the way. The exit is nice, and if you time the swell you can be standing up with your fins in your hand and walk out. Enjoy your dive.

03/12/2003 Curt Johnson (Avg: 4.68 Review) - This is worth the drive. Many people from "away" camp at the park to dive there. I feel that the best diving is down the stairs at the west end of the park. It is shallow, but is a labyrinth of gorgeous benthic organisms. It can be dived at any time of the year, but because of the exposure, you must watch for surf. The normal array of fish - lingcod, Irish lords, rockfish, wolf eel, perch - are present. A careful search will most likely be rewarded with several octopus. Organisms normally expected in the ocean often drift in here. A neat dive from a beautiful location.


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*  Shell Fish Regulations -- Washinton Department of Fish and Wildlife
*  Confusing Sign -- Mr. Alex Hepler, Dave Croonquist provided me a copy of your e-mail asking about the regulations at the Salt Creek Park and for clarification of the county sign posted indicating that no marine life may be harvested. I spoke to Fish and Wildlife Officer Win Miller, who has been stationed in Clallam County for most of his career. He advised me that the county regulation has been in place for over 20 years and applies to the beach only. Salmon angling from the shore is legal, however he also stated that he rarely observes shore anglers at that location due to the adjacent kelp bed. Mr. Croonquist was correct in that a county ordinance, like the one referenced in the sign, can be more restrictive than state law. There are many county and city owned properties that are closed to fishing or shellfish harvest that would otherwise be in an area open under state fishing regulations. I hope this serves to clarify this issue for you. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call. My office phone number in Montesano is 360-249-1226, or I can be reached on my cell phone at 360-701-6261. Sincerely, Dan Brinson, Captain, WDFW Enforcement, Region Six, Montesano

 

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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2301
N4809.9897'
W12342.3033'

 

Entrance at Salt Creek 

Take a right here at the brown sign pointing in the direction of Salt Creek, Tounge Point and Crescent Beach Recreation areas.

Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2302
N4809.9897'
W12342.3033'

 

Entrance at Salt Creek 

At the curve in the road, continue straight into the recreation area.

Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2303
N4809.9897'
W12342.3033'

 

Entrance at Salt Creek 

Note the closing time on the sign, incase this is just a day trip for you.

Parking

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2304
N4809.8960'
W12341.8668'

 

Parking at Salt Creek 

There are camp sites everywhere throughout the park, and parking spaces are easily found for the visitor.

Trail Head

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2305
N4809.8960'
W12341.8668'

 

Trail Head at Salt Creek 

This trail head is located next to camping site #5.

Trail Head

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2306
N4809.9417'
W12341.8294'

 

Trail Head at Salt Creek 

Gear up at your car. It's an easy hike down to the water.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2307
N4809.9417'
W12341.8294'

 

Entry at Salt Creek 

There are a couple of locations to enter the water from these rocks. Watch for swells, and help your buddy in and out.

Trail Head

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2308
N4810.0200'
W12342.2853'

 

Trail Head at Salt Creek 

This trail head is found next to site #62.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA2309
N4810.0200'
W12342.2853'

 

Entry at Salt Creek 

Entry should be relative easy for an intermediate diver, depending upon the conditions. Also check out the entry next to site #58 if this one looks too difficult.

Last Verification: July, 2001  

 

Diver Averages for  Salt Creek  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  2.80
Bottom Conditions:  4.60
Reef Conditions:  4.60
Animal Life:  4.60
Plant Life:  4.80
Facilities:  4.00
Solitude 3.80
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  4.26
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.20
Beginner Scuba:  3.60
Intermediate Scuba:  4.60
Advanced Scuba:  4.60
Night diving Scuba:  3.20

Number of reviews for this site: 5

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