Freshwater Bay County Park

Freshwater Bay County Park is a 21-acre park on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The tranquil bay features a boat ramp, and is a popular place to fish, kayak, and canoe. Freshwater Bay was given its name by Captain George Vancouver, during his exploration of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.

There are two areas of the park. The upper area features picnic sites and a sweeping view of the Bay and the Strait. The Whale Trail sign at Freshwater Bay is in the lower area, near the boat ramp. A variety of woodland birds can be found in the forest of the picnic area; freshwater birds, including occasional swans, are found in Smith Pond, at the south end of the park; and marine birds are found in the bay.

Where the Whales Are

Gray whales and orcas occasionally pass through Freshwater Bay. Dolphins and porpoises have also been seen within the bay. River otters can be seen playing and swimming along the shoreline.  Harbor seals and sea lions are commonly seen, and compete with the anglers for a share of the salmon and other fish.

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  1. Lorraine Eckstein : 28 May 2013 9:13AM

    We saw a grey whale just to the west and south of Pillar Point on Sunday morning, May 26th at about 11:30 am. It was only about 40-50 ft from the rocks. It blew, surfaced a couple of times and then headed around the point and back to the west. It passed by a group of about 10 kayakers as it headed west. So exciting. We’ve been visiting this beach for years, and this is our first encounter at this location :)

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The Whale Trail

Address / Contact

300 Freshwater Bay Rd

Port Angeles, WA 98363


Park Information

Whale Trail Features

Whale Trail Sign near boat ramp

Whale Trail marker at entrance


  • restrooms
  • accessible
  • trails
  • picnic-area

Marine Mammals Commonly Seen Here

Marine Mammals Occasionally Seen Here

Marine Mammals Rarely Seen Here

Travel Tips

During summer, be sure to visit the upper part of the park. Great views from the bluff!

Page Sponsors

Olympic Peninsula Visitor's Bureau

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries