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Salt Creek Recreation Area

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Address: 3506 Camp Hayden Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363
Phone Number: 360-928-3441
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Activities: Camping, Hiking
Description: This popular coastal area was converted from an old military fort after...
This popular coastal area was converted from an old military fort after World War II.
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Your invertebrate zoology textbook come to life!

As a biologist and teacher, I'm always looking to supplement my teaching materials with real life examples and photos to expose students to the diversity of life on Earth. Salt... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

As a biologist and teacher, I'm always looking to supplement my teaching materials with real life examples and photos to expose students to the diversity of life on Earth. Salt Creek Recreation Area has been a source of inspiration in that regard. Tide pool organisms abound here, and it's easy to put their existence in context given the spectacular scenery.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Salt creek isn't bad but we went here for tide pooling and we were just at ruby beach on the coast and it was so much better. Part of this was we didn't have a good low tide.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Although people talk a lot about the beaches at La Push, this was our favorite spot to look for marine invertebrates and shore birds. We saw sea urchins, sea lemons, sea stars, many barnacles of both major types, lots of mussels, sculpin, crabs and more.

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went to Salt Creek Rec area as part of a private tour offered with Experience Olympic. What a gem of a park! This is a perfect spot for tidal pooling at low tide! We saw sea anemones, starfish, loons out on the water, eagles, and many other interesting creatures. There is a basic washroom and a small parking lot... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A hidden gem of a park locals know about. A great place to experience the strait shore in an RV, tent, or picnic. Incredible tidepool area. Picnic shelter available. WWII gun emplacement bunkers once protected the straits from enemy attack. This park can be a very busy place during the summer, but solitude can be found during the rainy season.... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

After going through the gate, park in the first parking on the L. The start of the trail is here. The trail was well-marked until we reached the top. At the top, we found several trails and no sign. We and another couple (with the same question) walked a few of these trails and never found the view of Striped... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

So much sea life to see in the tide pools. Make sure to go at low tide. Great sandy beach to explore also. Will return again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Read about the tide pools on Trip Advisor and we were glad we followed the recommendation to check them out despite a National Park ranger telling us they were not worth a visit. We saw a sea star and many beautiful anemones at low tide. Be very careful on the rocks- they can be very slippery!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Well worth the 20-25 minute drive from Port Angeles. It's a beautiful shoreline and there are lots of tide pools with sea creatures (anenome, crabs, etc). If you drive through the camping area, there are a few places along the way to park and walk down to the shore. Make sure to wear gym shoes because you'll have to scale... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Not enough bathroom facilities for the campers it can hold. Staff was great and very accommodating to our large group. They helped us find a spot as this is a first come first service camp ground. But they made sure to help us out even though there were booked solid. They checked books and registrations and found that a few... More 

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