A Lively Community
As many as 130 homestead families called Lake Ozette home in the early 1890s. Schools, a post office, stores and a church sustained the farming community. Life was hard on this remote tip of the country.
Ozette InformationFacilities: A picnic area and accessible restrooms are available..
Camping: Campground is open year-round, but may be primitive with no water, and pit toilet only in winter. A total of 15 sites are available with accessible restrooms nearby.
(No RV hookups.)
Wilderness: Permits are required for backpacking along the Ozette Coast, year-round, and are limited in the Ozette area. Contact the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles for more information about wilderness permits and reservations. Bear canisters are required for food storage on the coast. Campfires are not permitted between Wedding Rocks and Yellow Banks, including Sand Point.
Regulations: Pets are not permitted on park trails or backcountry areas, including boat-in lake camping, and must be on a leash at all times while in the park. Feeding wildlife is prohibited, for the health of the animals and for your safety.
Trails at OzetteTrails begin behind the Ozette Ranger Station. Check a tide table to best time your beach hiking.
Cape Alava: 3.1 miles of trail, boardwalk and stairs crosses prairie and coastal forest to rocky beach.
Sandpoint: 2.8 miles of mostly boardwalk leads through coastal forest to a wide, sandy beach.
Ozette Loop: Connect the Cape Alava and Sand Point boardwalk trails by a 3.1-mile hike on
sand and rocky beach for a 9-mile loop.
Safety Alert! The boardwalks are very slippery when wet or frosty. Soft soled shoes like tennis shoes or lightweight walkers grip the boardwalk better than stiff hiking boots with hard-lug soles. Take your time and walk carefully.
A Culture Unearthed
A storm and serendipity unveiled one of the richest archeological sites in North America. In the mid-1960s, archeologists from Washington State University began excavating 12-foot thick deposits on the sheltered side of Cape Alava. Bone, shell and stone artifacts told of a sea-mammal hunting culture dating back at least 2,000 years. In 1970, a storm surge battered the upper beach and began to erode the bank. Hidden in the clay banks was the story of Ozette life, told by thousands of perfectly preserved artifacts.
Last updated: November 12, 2023