Salt Creek Recreation Area,
Salt Creek is not only an excellent place to bird, but the tidepooling is phenomenal. In the summer months, when the tides are lower, the water draws back to reveal many treasures among the rocks and seaweed. I’ve seen sunflower stars, leather stars, gumboot chitons, brittle stars, blood stars, gooseneck barnacles, tunicates, anemones, polychaetes, nudibranchs, urchins, and so much more. It’s not hard to find them once the tide has receded. The colors, textures, and even smell are something to behold and enjoy.
In the winter, the park is a great place to look into the Strait of Juan de Fuca for seabirds. Marbled Murrelets, Red-throated Loons, and Long-tailed Ducks can be seen foraging in the waters off of the park. Tongue Point, the rocky outcrop that is mostly exposed during the low tides of summer, becomes a haven for foraging rocky sandpipers. Black Oystercatchers and Black Turnstones regularly forage on the small rocky island.
The park is also near to Ediz Hook in Port Angeles and Dungeness Spit of Sequim, which is a popular birding/hiking/beach destination.
Directions: take hwy-101 west out of Port Angeles, turn onto hwy-112, turn north onto Camp Hayden Road.