The Pacific Ocean is definitely the top draw in Ocean Shores, but there’s much more to Ocean Shores beyond its smooth shoreline and crashing surf. Ocean Shores boasts 23 miles of freshwater canals and lakes. Duck Lake is stocked and considered one of the best year-round fishing lakes in Western Washington. The lake is power-boat accessible with two boat launches and is friendly to water-skiers and swimmers. No jet skis. All of the fresh water in Ocean Shores is excellent for many different boating experiences and Ocean Shores Boat House offers electric Duffy Boats, kayaks, hydrobikes and paddleboards for rent.
There are lots of entertainment choices in Ocean Shores: a full-time movie theater that gets all the big flicks, a PGA golf course, a bowling alley, two arcades, mini putt putt, Go-kart tracks, bumper boats; a year-round schedule of events and festivals, and many more fun and unique beach activities coordinated by the local community! For outdoor enthusiasts, Ocean Shores provides a wide menu. Bird watchers flock to Damon Point State Park for the state’s best shorebird viewing. Chenois Creek Horse Rentals helps horseback riders romp their mounts across the sand and into the surf.
Golfers have an 18-hole municipal course to challenge them with a full-time driving range & practice green. Kayakers have miles and miles of freshwater canals, lakes & the ocean to paddle around to watch birds, beavers, deer, ducks, geese and all kinds of wildlife.
The north jetty provides a lookout for marine mammals such as sea otters and seals and a spectacular vantage point for sunsets. If you walk down on the big rocks in the jetty, you’ll find gazillions of starfish and other sea creatures including crabs, etc. The jetty is a fascinating place to check out the sea life in Ocean Shores. Be careful on the rocks.
The Oyhut Wildlife area includes 682 acres of wildlife habitat, wetlands, tidal flats and world-class bird watching. It’s just North to the entrance of Ocean Shores and you’ll find it at Damon Point State Park.
Damon Point State Park, also commonly known as Protection Island, is adjacent to the Wildlife Area and extends nearly a mile into Grays Harbor’s entrance. The state park offers excellent views of the shipping lanes and Westport just across the bay. The park includes a natural area for walking, beach combing, and bird watching. There is abundant wildlife. No vehicles are allowed in the park. Ocean shores has 23 miles of interconnected freshwater canals.
Ocean Shores especially satisfies people looking for a quiet or romantic escape: You can stroll on quiet stretches of shoreline, canoe or kayak through protected waterways, watch waves crash on a moonlit beach, and enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets right from your Nautilus condo balcony.