Salt Creek Recreation Area , The Straits

Salt Creek Recreation Area, located on the northern shore of the Olympic Peninsula, is a 196-acre county park that includes upland forests, rocky bluffs, rocky tide pools (great fun for the kids!), sand beach, Salt Creek access, 90 campsites, and panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Crescent Bay, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The site was used during World War II as a harbor defense military base called Camp Hayden.  The remnants of the camp are preserved on the site - two concrete bunkers which housed 16" cannons and several smaller bunkers .

Salt Creek is part of the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary and considered by many to be the best place to shore dive in Washington. The park is very popular with groups due to the availability of camp/RV sites. There are three main access points for divers, the most accessible of which is the staircase next to campsite #63. The underwater topography is very rugged with huge rocks, ledges, and underwater "channels" to explore, although the main attraction is a massive kelp forest that thrives in the in summer and fall. This dive is suitable for beginning to advanced divers skilled at reading currents. The bottom drops off outside of the kelp forest, and the current can become much stronger there. You will see large numbers of green, red, and purple sea urchins and large, brightly colored anemones at this site, as well as Wolf eels, Telia Anemones, sculpin, sea cucumbers and sponges. You can dive this site many times without seeing the same thing twice!

anemone
photo by Howard Cunningham
kelp
photo by Howard Cunningham
sea cumcumber
urchin
kelp