Life on the Water


Whether you prefer fresh water or salt water, there are convenient options available right here in Mason County.  Boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, shell fishing, swimming, jet skiing, wake boarding, canoeing & leisurely floating are just moments away, so look no further.


The ever beautiful Hood Canal is the closest and most convenient option.  Hood Canal is a fjord forming the western lobe of the Puget Sound.  The entire length of the canal is approximately 65 miles with an average width of 1.5 miles.  The shape, size and location of the canal give it unique geography and topography ensuring beautiful views no matter how much or little you travel it.  There is water access and/or public boat/water-craft launches at the Hood Canal Marina, The Alderbrook Resort & Spa or Twanoh State Park.  Enjoy any of the multitudes of water activities right on the Canal.


For fresh water enthusiasts there are a number of accessible lakes and rivers.  Spencer Lake encompasses about 230 acres of clean fresh water and is a full sports lake.  Spencer Lake also provides some of the best fishing around for Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass and Perch.  Mason Lake is approximately 1,000 acres in size, with 10.9 miles of shoreline. The lake is perfect for jet skis, boats, kayaks and canoes.  Occasionally the water is calm enough for water skiing too.


For a river fishing experience, visit the nearby Skokomish River.  From beginning to end the river is approximately 49 miles in length.  A portion of the river enters Hood Canal at Anna’s Bay and creates the Skokomish Flats.  The river is good for a variety Salmon fishing and a project is underway to bring Sockeye Salmon back to the river.  There are few other local rivers to visit too which offer a variety of activities including fishing & camping; the Hamma Hamma River, the Duckabush River, the Dosewallips River and the Big Quilcene River.