Salt Creek Recreation Area County Park has national park aesthetics, with County Park amenities. The 196-acre Park includes upland forests, rocky bluffs, rocky tide pools, sand beach, Salt Creek access, campsites, and panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Crescent Bay, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Salt Creek is a regional park that draws visitors from all areas of the northwest and is another one of Clallam County's premier parks. Many colleges and schools from all over the United States visit the Park to study and observe the marine life.
The Park has something for almost anyone. For the kids and young-at-heart, play equipment, basketball court, horseshoe courts, softball field, and volleyball court provide the base to expend that extra energy. Passive leisure pursuits include tide pooling at the Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary, kite flying, sun bathing, watching shipping lanes, and exploring the remnants of WWII-era Camp Hayden. Many thrive on the nature driven activities of surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and bird watching. At night, spread a blanket to stargaze or prepare somores by the campfire or behold the lights of Victoria B.C. or ohhh and ahhh at the brightly lit cruise ships, as they pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The area was purchased from the Federal General Services Administration after being surplussed at the end of World War II. The site was used during World War II as a harbor defense military base called Camp Hayden. The remnants of World War II Camp Hayden are preserved on the site - two concrete bunkers which housed 16" cannons and several smaller bunkers.
Mountain bikers and hikers access the State's Striped Peak Recreation Area, from this western trailhead. Highlighted as a premier birding site, Salt Creek is on the Whale Trail and the National Audubon's Olympic Loop of the Greater Washington State Birding Trail.
Camping Information (Click for Camping Fees)
The campground is open year round. There are 90 premium campsites, with two camp host sites, located on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Approximately 72 of the 90 campsites have a view of the water. The campground is naturally divided into two distinct areas. The first has 49 campsites in a relatively open area, all with outstanding views of the Strait. 39 of these sites have water and electrical hook-ups (30 and 50 amp) available. The remaining 51 standard sites are located in a forested area. Please refer to the Park map for specific site descriptions and photos.
There are two ADA accessible campsites (# 39 and 71), one with utility hook-ups and one without. Two fully ADA accessible restrooms, with coin-operated showers, are available. There is no charge for paying campers to use the dump station. Firewood bundles are available for purchase. Water faucets are scattered throughout the Park.
Beginning in 2014, campsites # 40 through 49 have been designated for tents only. No RVs will be allowed to stay in these sites. Trailers, motorhomes, 5th-wheels, motorcoaches (buses), pick-up campers, etc. are not permitted to use these campsites. When staying in these sites be aware that when the grass is wet the area can be very slippery for vehicles.
Reservations may be made for one-half of the campsites. Campsites #16 through 39, 50 through 68, 71, and 72 may be reserved (#25 and 73 are camp host sites). The remaining sites, # 1 through 15, 40 through 49, 69, 70, and 74 through 92 will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. All reservation applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Park, at which you wish to make the reservation.
Reservations for 2014 will be accepted beginning on or postmarked January 2nd or the first working day after New Year's Day. Those postmarked prior to January 2nd will be rejected and returned.
Reservation forms are available by downloading from this website. Click on "Individual Campsite Reservation Form". Two copies of the Individual Campsite Reservation Form will need to be mailed for each reservation you desire. After your reservation has been confirmed or rejected, one copy will remain at the Park and one copy will be returned. Also, one signed copy of the Policy and Regulation form must accompany the reservation requests.
Printed forms are available by mail from the Park or going to the County Parks Office, at the Courthouse in Port Angeles. The printed form is a two part, non-carbon form. One printed form is required for each reservation you desire.
At Salt Creek, reservation applications will be accepted for camping throughout the year. Reservations and the appropriate fee must be received at the park at least 14 days prior to the desired date. Just click on "Reservation Procedures Form" for a complete rundown of the proper procedure for making reservations.
Currently, we are unable to process credit or debit cards. All payments must be by cash, check, or money order. Cash sent through the mail is done at your risk. We are unable to accept Canadian checks.
We made a deliberate decision to begin the reservation service as a mail-in process to maintain control at a local level, keep our fees down, and retain all the funds within the County. In the future, we may find it prudent to convert to an internet application. The catalyst for the reservation system came from camper comments. If you have questions regarding the reservation process, please contact the Park. If you have questions about the park or campsite reservations, please call the park directly. Contact information is available below. If you have suggestions or comments on the reservation system, please email your remarks to: or phone 360.565.2659, Bruce Giddens, Parks and Fair Supervisor.
The Picnic Shelter may be reserved. Please follow these rules while occupying the shelter:
No overnight camping allowed
- No alcoholic beverages allowed
- Do not remove tables from shelter
- Clean up area before leaving
- Day use visitors must leave before dusk
To reserve the Picnic Shelter, with all of the amenities (hot water, electricity, & cook top), the following fee schedule applies:
All Day - $75.00
Half Day (7am to 2pm or 3pm to Dusk) - $40.00
To reserve the Picnic Shelter, without amenities, the following fee schedule applies:
All Day - $40.00
Half Day (7am to 2pm or 3pm to Dusk) - $20.00
If the event is to exceed 100 people, a surcharge of $1.00 per person is paid by the group for the excess of 100 (101 – 150). Maximum of 150 people allowed.
To reserve, please contact the Park Manager.
Hours of Operation
The park and campground are open year round. During the summer months, the gate opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. During the winter months, the gate opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m. Campers leaving the Park should plan to return before the posted gate hours. If a registered camper arrives after the gate has closed they must park in the lot near the gate and walk to their campsite. The park is managed by a resident park manager who lives on the site year round.
Clallam County residents
Clallam County residents
Basic Campground Regulations
- Self registration
- One extra non-camping vehicle may be allowed in sites that are large enough to safely handle vehicle within site pad. Extra vehicle must be registered on camp fee permit and proper fee paid.
- The occupancy of a single campsite shall be limited to 6 individuals.
- A 14-night continuous camping limit will be enforced.
- Pets are allowed on leashes not longer than 8 feet.
- Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am (this includes generators).
- Camping is allowed in designated campsites only. All campsites are numbered.
- All fireworks are prohibited.
- Hunting or the use of firearms, bow and arrow, air or gas weapon, or other projectile devices capable of injuring or killing any person or animal or damaging any park property is prohibited.
- All alcoholic beverages are prohibited by State law.
- Check out time for all campers is 12:00 pm (noon)
- The tide pools in front of Salt Creek Recreation Area are rich with marine life and are designated as a Marine Life Sanctuary. This means "do not remove anything from the shoreline, including all marine life, shells, rocks, and driftwood".
Additional Park Information
Park Hosts: Opportunities for park hosts are available at this Park, and those interested in being a Park Host should contact the Park Manager.
Park Boundary: The working western boundary line of the County Park is the middle of Salt Creek. Please respect the private beach that lies west of the creek. A portion of the beach is available to paying patrons of the Crescent Beach RV Park. This private beach and recreation area may be used by contacting the Crescent Beach R.V. Park at 360-928-3344.
Third Weekend of September: Every year on the third Saturday of September Port Angeles High School hosts an invitational cross country meet at the park. The park road is used as a portion of the race course. The races run from approximately 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Due to safety concerns traffic is restricted during these hours. Incoming campers are asked to delay your arrival until after 1pm. Campers leaving on that Saturday must leave before 8am or shortly after the conclusion of the last race of the day, around 1pm. For further information contact the Park Manager directly.
Directions to Salt Creek Recreation Area
The Park is located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca 15 miles west of Port Angeles. From Highway 112, after approximately 9 miles turn north onto Camp Hayden Road (near milepost 54). Travel approximately 3 miles, and the Park entrance will be on your right.
3506 Camp Hayden Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363
Links for Tide Tables
For tide predictions for Salt Creek Park, select Crescent Bay.