Activities at Our Lake Quinault Cabins

No matter what time of year you visit, there is no shortage of things to do at our Lake Quinault cabins. Whether you are looking for a little down-time, or you want to spend quality time with the family, Lochaerie Resort is a great place to stay in a private, rustic setting. Here is a list of some of our favorite local pastimes.

Big Tree Hunting

Olympic National Park is home to some of the largest trees on record. The American Forest Registry keeps tabs on some 826 species. Since 1940, citizens have helped American Forests find the largest trees in the US. Those champions are listed on the National Register of Big Trees.

Bird Watching

The Olympic Peninsula is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Many birds call the Quinault Valley and the ocean beaches their home.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoes and sit-a-top kayaks, as well as a small three person row boat, are available seasonally to guests at Lochaerie who want to explore the lake or enjoy some great Northwest fishing. Excellent places to paddle include July Creek, the mouth of the Quinault River, and Canoe Creek.

Clam Digging

It’s a short drive from Lochaerie to the Pacific Ocean beaches. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff conducts annual stock assessment of razor clam populations and determines clamming dates.

Fishing

Lake Quinault is open for fishing May into October. As part of the Quinault Indian Reservation, a Tribal Fishing Permit is required. Go to the Quinault Indian Nation site for information. Other lake, river, and stream fishing information can be found on the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Clamming, and Shellfish Regulations sites.

Seasonally, boat launching is available at Willaby and Falls Creek Camp grounds, and Hemlock Way on the North Shore Road.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet.

GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

Hiking

Download a list of North Shore Road Hikes (PDF)
Download a list of South Shore Road Hikes (PDF)

Also, visit The National Park Service site for more information.

Lake Quinault Museum

Through artifacts, photographs and written materials, experience the fascinating history of the Lake Quinault Valley.

Mushrooming

The Quinault Rainforest is a wonderful place to hunt for mushrooms. There is also a local mushroom festival in October hosted by The Lake Quinault Lodge.

Wildlife Watching

Lake Quinault and Olympic National Park are home to hundreds of species unique to a temperate rainforest climate. Keep watch for Roosevelt Elk, black bear, bobcats, and coyotes. The list goes on . . .