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Skokomish Park Lake Cushman


World's Your Oyster at
Skokomish Park on Lake Cushman

You'll experience quite a dizzying change in altitude scouting out the recreation choices around Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman. Your adventures may take you from climbing a mountain to diving far below the surface of fresh or salt water to swim among the fish. So diverse is this region of Washington state, you may never run out of things to do. Within a small area, there is a magnificent national park, a national forest, a saltwater fjord, and sparkling lakes and rivers.

Roam the Olympic National Forest that rings Olympic National Park and discover a landscape that includes rain forests, canyons, mountain ridges and ocean beaches. Emerging from the trees is  the striking  High Steel Bridge, an engineering feat built as part of a logging railroad. Get a rush watching the water churn below. The Olympic National Park is a wonderland of wilderness. You can go from mountain vistas to meadows of wildflowers to ocean tidepools inhabited by sea stars. If you're lucky, you might catch sight of an Olympic marmot, found only in the Olympic Mountains, sunning itself outside its burrow.

And speaking of luck, drop into the Lucky Dog Casino and try your hand at the newest slot machines. The  NorthFork Grill has a full range of delicious dining options, like burgers, steak, salads and sandwiches. If you're in the mood for golf, the Lake Cushman Golf Course is just four miles from Skokomish Park and Alderbrook Golf Club is 20 miles away. You'll find entertainment at some of the local fairs and festivals, like the Mason County Fair and the Blugrass from the Forest Festival. And then, of course, there is the OysterFest, Washington's official seafood festival. It's the scene of the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and the crowds eat it up.

You may not have the speed of the competitors, but you can scoop up your own oysters, clams and mussels along the beaches of Hood Canal. Oyster beds at Twanoh State Park are seeded annually and the oyster harvesting season is open year round. Hood Canal is also a hot spot for fishing and scuba diving. Divers travel from far and wide to spy wolf eels, octopi and fish. So much water all around Skokomish Park results in excellent boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. It also brings out the birds, so having your binoculars and camera handy is a must. 

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