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Olympic Peninsula mid June

I'm thinking about taking a few days off in June and would like to get out of town and chase steelhead in a remote, beautiful setting. I've always wanted to explore the Olympic Peninsula so I'm thinking that might be an option for early summers. I will be going solo (maybe bringing the pooch) and would like to camp. I'd be ok with hiking and wading in to fishing spots, but I could also bring my Assault pontoon and float. Any info (rivers, timing, places to camp, sections to float, shuttle service, whether or not it will be a zoo, etc.) would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone plans to visit the area during this time and would like to meet up I would be game.

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I'm hoping for a June early summers trip myself, but from Boston it's still up in the air.

Check in with Dave Steinbaugh at Waters West, then head west to fish the Forks area. My #1 pick would be the middle to lower Duc on foot, staying at Olympic Suites as home base. If they aren't there, hit the other Quillayute rivers or venture into the Hoh Rain Forest Park. Plenty of solitude, limitless beauty, and fresh summer runs.

You could float but work out shuttles with a local service. Upper Duc is hairy depending on your experience level and watercraft design.

You will pass many gorgeous rivers from OR to OP, Columbia tribs / SW corner OP / Queets / etc. Good luck trying not to stop along the way

If I get the June time off I'll drop you a line.

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Bogachiel River State Park is a good place to camp. Showers/full hook-up and tent sites. The river runs behind and has good numbers of fresh summer-runs by then. 1st week in July '12 and the water was low enough for a single hander, full-foater, long leaders, and small speys on the swing. 5 minute walk to some nice water or 15 min drive to Forks and the Quillayute River System to the North, Hoh River to the South. Oxbow Camp Ground on the Hoh River is/can be sketchy since it is an open camp.

Bob's Sporting Goods In Forks will do shuttles and there are many others.

I will have to see what it looks like for me in June. The West End is a beautiful place to be at any time of the year.

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Olympic Park - Hoh

The Hoh up into the park will likely be closed to protect spawning fish. Please chime in here if I'm mistaken. Again, the regulations change often so best to be VERY flexible when making plans to fish Washington.
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good ideas.

Remember to buy a parking pass: I didn't get away with skipping the pass, it cost me about $110 bucks. Watch out for smokey the bear, I passed 6 or 7 on 10 miles of road.

Good Luck!

Camping at Oxbow is great, BBQ pits and fishing water at a stones throw from the tent. No garbage cans; outhouse style toilets, a good boat launch and plenty of mosquitoes for everyone to enjoy.
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Specifically, you need a Washington State Parks Discover Pass in some places. My buddy was stung by having a Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife tag that you get with your license. He was parked in a spot that required a Discover Pass. It was a $99 fine.

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The Hoh up into the park will likely be closed to protect spawning fish. Please chime in here if I'm mistaken. Again, the regulations change often so best to be VERY flexible when making plans to fish Washington.
Good call. Saw it coming didn't you?

The dingle-down (AKA "Hey dingle-berry" *, ) has the Oxbow camp down correct, and the Eastside is right-on-point WRT the Discovery Pass which should come with purchase of the license.

GWJ: I'd like to know how the trip turns out. I'll be headed that way sometime after Independence Day.

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