Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Washington

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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

The 3,310-square-miles of water that make up the Olympic Marine Sanctuary is home to an amazing ecosystem made up of marine animals, seabirds, plant life, and some 150 documented shipwrecks.

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  • Explore shore birds along 65 miles of coastline 
  • Take a sea kayak excursion along the shore 
  • Admire and photograph a variety of animals, like sea lions and herons 
  • Learn more about Olympic Coast marine life at the Discovery Center

What can I see and do at the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary? 

  • Wildlife Watching: Avid birders love visiting the 65 miles of coastline that the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary shares with Olympic National Park. Bring your binoculars as you’re sure to spot some interesting seabirds. 
  • Fishing: Sport fishermen can take to the waters of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary just about any season of the year. Species caught in the coastal waters here include salmon, halibut, cod, and albacore tuna. Look for charter excursions in Neah Bay, Sekiu, or La Push. 
  • Sea Kayak: The rugged coastline that is home to portions of the Olympic Marine Sanctuary lends itself perfectly to sea kayaking. Stay close to the coast for views of cormorants, herons, and some fun-loving baby sea lions. 
  • Olympic Coast Discovery Center: For an overview of the Olympic Coast in general, make a stop at this discovery center, which is located in Port Angeles at the waterfront. Here, you’ll not only learn more about the marine sanctuary and the maritime heritage of the area, but the helpful staff can assist you in further plans to explore the sanctuary.

Where is the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary?

The sanctuary covers more than 3,300 square miles and extends some 50 miles out into the ocean. You can access the area just about anywhere on the western side of Olympic National Park from Cape Flattery to just below Pacific Beach.

How much does Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary cost?

It doesn’t cost anything to explore the coast but each activity available will carry its own cost.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information, call the sanctuary’s Port Angeles office at 360-457-6622.