Outdoors

Weekend Getaway for Feb. 5

Dosewallips State Park

WHAT: Dosewallips State Park sits on Hood Canal with 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline and 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park offers camping all year. The park also offers trails for hiking, picnic facilities and a popular spot for divers.

WHEN: The park is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the winter and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. in the summer.

WHERE: On the west side of Hood Canal, just north of Brinnon.

ACTIVITIES: Many visitors swim and fish in the river in warmer months. The park is also popular during clamming season. Dosewallips draws visitors for beachcombing, short hikes and bird watching. It is currently closed to metal detecting.

GETTING THERE: From Shelton, drive north on U.S. Highway 101 for 40 miles and follow the signs to the park.

FEE: A Discover Pass is required for each vehicle entering state parks. The passes are $10 per day or $30 for the year.

ALSO: The park has 5 miles of hiking trails, picnic facilities, an amphitheater and two horseshoe pits. Campsite fees range from $12 for a primitive camp to $35 for a full-utility campsite. Camping check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and checkout time is 1 p.m. Pleasant Harbor State Park is nearby, about 2 miles south of Brinnon. The day-use areas can be closed intermittently due to high water levels brought on by winter storms and tides. Cabins ($45-$59) and platform tents ($40-$59) are available to rent.

HISTORY: Before the park, the "Dose Meadows" were homestead sites. Old rail beds used for transporting logs from the woods to the water are still in place.

INFORMATION: parks.wa.gov.

Craig Hill, craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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