- Owned by the Quinault Tribal Nation, the Lake Quinault area provides a variety of recreational opportunities including an extensive system of hiking trails of all levels, trout fishing, scenic drives that offer great wildlife viewing and photo ops, guided excursions, and a small golf course.
What can I see and do at Lake Quinault?
Scenic drive: The Quinault Rainforest Loop Drive will take you – via automobile or mountain bike – on a 31-mile tour of region. There are a number of places to stop along the route so that you can photograph the scenery.
You might even be fortunate enough to spot some native wildlife as you make the drive, including elk, deer, bobcats, bald eagles, and bears. Also look for some pretty waterfalls along the way.
Guided excursions: Members of the Quinault Nation offer rainforest excursions that are of particular interest to those who wish to photograph the wildlife. Morning and evening tours are given, tips are provided, and the tours are suitable for all ages except very young children.
Fishing: Fishing season on the lake is determined by the Quinault Indian Nation and those who wish to fish must obtain a Tribal Fishing License and a boat decal, available at the Lake Quinault Mercantile. Steelhead trout are the primary catch for non-tribe members who participate in Lake Quinault fishing.
Hiking: There is a sizeable network of hiking trails you can check out when you’re visiting Quinault. The .5-mile nature trail includes interpretive signs and is suitable for everyone. However, the south shore’s Falls Creek Loop, about 2 miles round trip, provides some of the best scenery, crossing picturesque streams and passing waterfalls.
For longer, backpacking treks, check out Colonel Bob Trail – a 14.5 mile trip on a well-maintained trail along the steep mountainside, or the Pony Bridge Hike (about 13 miles) to the Enchanted Valley. So pretty!
Golf: Located on the south shore of the lake near the world’s largest Sitka spruce tree is a 9-hole golf course and driving range. The skill level necessary is minimal so it’s fun for all to play.
Camping: There are several options for Lake Quinault camping. The Lakeside RV Park, located about 3.5 miles off Highway 101 offers 31 sites with water and electricity. It fills quickly in the peak summer tourist months.
Also on the south shore of Lake Quinault is the U.S. Forestry Service’s Falls Creek Campground, which includes spaces for tent camping, trailers, and RVs up to 16 feet. No hook-ups are available but there is a potable water system. Also check out Willaby Campground, which is similar in size.
Where is Lake Quinault?
To get to Lake Quinault Washington, take U.S. Highway 101 to mile marker 125, which is on the southwest side of the Olympic National Park. Turn left onto Northshore Road and follow signs for the lake.