Following an impulse to not waste the precious sunlight of a beautiful October day led to an unexpected afternoon with a harbor seal. Pleasant Harbor is an easily accessible and protected cove on the Hood Canal for a paddle with both “urban” and wildlife appeal.
Paddling Pleasant Harbor
Located just south of Brinnon, Pleasant Harbor makes for a wonderfully interesting paddle. If you plan to make a weekend of it, stay at Dosewallips State Park just down the road. Curious about other local paddles or adventures? Check out this story on the Duckabush Estuary Paddle and E-Biking the Dosewallips River Road.
There is no public water access from neighboring Pleasant Harbor Marina. Although often overlooked, Pleasant Harbor State Park is a lovely place to moor your boat overnight. However, there is not a boat ramp at this location.
Bring your own kayak to the ramp or rent one from Hood Canal Adventures.