Hood Canal- South area


Mildred Lakes, First Lake

Along the southern portion of Hood Canal near Shelton and Hoodsport, WA, this area provides recreation opportunities near Lake Cushman, the Hamma Hamma and South Fork Skokomish Rivers, and provides access to Wonder Mountain, Mount Skokomish and the southern part of The Brothers Wildernesses.

High elevation lakes such as Elk, Jefferson, Lena, or Mildred Lakes provide opportunities for camping and fishing.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Hoodsport, Shelton
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene office

General Information


From Olympia, Wa take Highway 101 north 35 miles to Hoodsport, WA area.

Hoodsport Area Visitor Center

Mason County Chamber of Commerce operates the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center, 1 block west of Highway 101 on State Route 119. The visitor center provides information for both the Olympic National Forest and Park, along with local business and Olympic Peninsula tourist information.

Hoodsport - Shelton-Mason Chamber of Commerce, 150 N. Lake Cushman Rd., Hoodsport, WA 98548, (360) 877 2021

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Recreation sites in the Hood Canal- South area 


 View of Lake Cushman from above

Lake Cushman offers multiple recreation sites near the lake including Bear Gulch Picnic Site or Big Creek Loop Trails, and Big Creek Campground. Access the Staircase area of the Olympic National Park at the northwest tip of Lake Cushman.

 Lower Lena Lake

Take a short hike within old growth forest around Spider Lake, or climb the challenging Mt. Rose Trail for views of Hood Canal, the Olympics, and the Cascades.

Backpack up to Lower Lena Lake and stay the night at Lena Lake Campground. Hike, backpack, or horseback ride through old growth along the Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail.

 Hamma Hamma Guard Station/Cabin

Camp at Brown Creek, Big Creek, or Hamma Hamma Campgrounds or reserve a stay at the historic Hamma Hamma Cabin, only a quarter mile from the Hamma Hamma River.

Check out the High Steel Bridge, which spans the South Fork of the Skokomish River at a height of 420 feet. It was originally built as a logging railroad bridge in 1929.

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