Quinault area

Mystic forest in the Quinault area, Courtesy Larry Workman-QIN

Veiled by a canopy of ancient Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlocks this area showcases the ancient temperate rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula. Towering giant trees cloak the fern and moss laden forest floor in an ecosystem that contains more biomass per acre than any other forest type. Home to the historic Lake Quinault Lodge, various campgrounds, and a vast network of trails spanning Quinault National Recreational Trail System, Colonel Bob Wilderness and the West Fork Humptulips River, the Quinault area provides a wide array of recreation opportunities for all. Lake Quinault is owned and managed by the Quinault Indian Nation for boating and fishing regulations click here

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Aberdeen, Forks
Information Center: Pacific Ranger District, Quinault Office

General Information


From Port Angeles, WA take US Highway 101 West for 120 miles. ~ 3 hours drive time.

From Seattle, WA follow I-5 South to Exit 104, Highway 101 North, continue onto, WA-8 W to WA-12 W for 110 miles to Aberdeen. Then Head North on US Highway 101 for 45 miles.  ~ 3 hours drive time

USGS Topo Maps Quinault & Colonel Bob:

Colonel Bob; Larson Creek; Stevens Creek; Burnt Hill; Quinault Lake East; Quinault Lake West; Finley Creek; Matheny Ridge.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Quinault area

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Quinault area

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Quinault area

Cabin Rentals

31 rooms available in the Historic Quinault Lodge, 16 fireplace units, 36 new lakeside units and 9 annex units. 

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Quinault area

River and Stream Fishing

River and stream fising only. Fishing in Quinault Lake is restricted.

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Quinault area

OHV Trail Riding

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Quinault area

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Quinault area

Visitor Centers

The two-story historic Quinault Lodge was built in the mid-20s and has welcomed thousands of visitors from all over the world including President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the early 1930s.

Areas for Visitor Centers at Quinault area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities