Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington

Olympic National Park
> Coastline
> Strait of Juan de Fuca

Strait of Juan de Fuca

The Strait of Juan de Fuca is Washington State’s major channel from the Pacific Ocean. It is famous for its clear waters, dramatic cliffs, and immaculate beaches. Because of the sudden onset of storms, water sports are only recommended for experienced sportsmen, or those with a hired guide.

  • Juan de Fuca is the major channel linking the Pacific Ocean and Washington state’s major waterways. 
  • The Strait can be explored on short kayaking trips, or by experienced paddlers on longer trips 
  • Various whales can be viewed in the Strait, depending on the season 
  • The fishing is good for large or chartered fishing boats

What can I see and do at the Strait of Juan de Fuca? 

  • Whale Watching: To hungry migrating whales, the Juan de Fuca Strait is a prime buffet filled with their favorite fish. Though there is a resident pod of Orcas, the best chance of an Orca spotting is in the summer. Grey whales are most often viewed in the late spring, while humpbacks frequent the Strait in the early fall. 
  • Kayaking: Many experienced adventurers kayak the Strait on longer “survival” trips. They sometimes paddle one-hundred miles from Port Townsend to Neah Bay and camp onshore along the way. Surf-kayaking has become a popular trend close to shore in recent years. 
  • Fishing: The fishing can be great, but because of the sudden onset of storms, the Strait is only recommended for large fishing vessels and experienced fisherman. If you lack your own boat, there are experienced charter boats for hire along the Olympic Peninsula.

Where is the Strait of Juan de Fuca?

The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a channel extending from the Pacific Ocean into Washington state’s Puget Sound, Haro Strait, San Juan Channel, and Rosario Strait, and runs between the Olympic Peninsula and Victoria, British Columbia.