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Dungeness River

Species:
Winter and Summer Run Steelhead, Sea-Run Cutthroat
Location:
Enters the Striaght of Juan de Fuca north of Sequim
Directions:
Take U.S.101 to Sequim and turn north on Sequim Avenue/Dungeness Way, which crosses the river near it’s mouth. Roads to the left near the river mouth provides access upstream. To reach the upper portion of the river, drive west from Sequim about 1.5 miles and turn (left) south on River Road.
Facilities:
Rainbow’s End RV Park is about 1.5 miles west of the river. Sequim Bay State Park, is about six miles east, and it has about 2 dozen RV spots. All your needs will be in Sequim or Port Angeles.
Fishing the Dungeness River:
Although the Dungeness River holds four species of the Pacific salmon, the Dungeness is only open for steelhead and trout. Efforts to protect spawning salmon are so serious, in fact, that even the summer steelhead season closes at the end of June to protect one of the Northwest’s earliest Pink salmon runs, which enters the Dungeness in earl July. That leaves only the month of June for summer run steelhead. Remember to release all wild fish. From November through February you may find winter run steelhead with anglers catching 200 or so fish a season. Hatchery steelhead comprise most of the catch.