End of Voice Of America Rd W off Lotzgesell Rd
The rivers that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca carry a lot of sediment out to sea. The currents in the strait capture it, creating a number of sand spits, arcs of sand that reach barely above sea level as they head out into the straight.
At 5.5 miles long, Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the country. Within its arc are the waters of Dungeness Bay, a key component of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. A lighthouse is located at the end of the spit.
Follow the main road into the Dungeness Recreation Area, and at its end you will be in a parking area in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge at a trailhead that leads to Dungeness Spit. The spit is open to visitors year round.
Dungeness Spit (O14A0056)
It's hard to get a great picture of the spit from the ground as it is more than 5 miles long.
Dungeness Spit from the Sea (A14A0082)
A month after I took the first photo, I had the unexpected opportunity to see Dungeness Spit from the water when I was en route to Alaska. The New Dungeness Lighthouse is located near the end of the spit.
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Around Town, Port Townsend, Washington
- Mt Walker Viewpoint, Quilcene, Washington
- Hiking At Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington