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-where you can get the mnaog out of your l~age while enjoying the calm natural beauty of beaches, lakes, rivers, forest and mountains. You can rough it in a trail shelter far up in the Olympic wilderness or Ioli around in comfort in a well-appointed state park with hot showers and a place to plug in your elec- tric razor. Within the county there are five state parks, five national forest improved campgrounds, four state forest camps, and one Olympic Nationa} Park campground. For back-packers the national forest and national park maps show many other camps and trail shelters deep in the Olympics. Belfair State Park, 81 acres on the north shore of Hood Canal three miles west of Belfair, has supervised saltwater swimming, fishing, and clamming. There are 147 campsites, 47 trailer hooksups, picnic areas, restrooms with hot showers, and shelters. Cushman State Park, seven miles west of Hoodsport, has 50 campsites, 30 trailer hookups, picnic sites along the lake shore, modern new restrooms with hot showers, shelters, and ample day parking. Fresh water fishing, boating, and unsupervised swimming are leading attractions. Potlatch State Park on the west side of Hood Canal is a 143-acre center of salt water heach fun. Clamming is great. Fishing and un- supervised swimming are other activities. There are 15 campsites, 18 trailer hookups, trailer dumping site, and large picnic area Twanoh State Park on the south shore of Hood Canal between Union and Belfair is pop- ular for boating and water sports and super- vised beach swimming. Fishing, clamming and hiking on scenic trails are also on tap. The 175-acre site has large tree-shaded picnic areas, 81 camping and 10 trailer sites. Dreasing rooms for swimmers are provided. Schafer State Park occupies a beautiful wooded site of 119 acres along the Satsop Riv- er in the extreme southwest corner of Mason County. Access is by way of Highway 410 which may be reached from Shelton by the Elma-Aberdeen turnoff from Highway 101. Recent improvements at Schafer Park are hot showers and a trailer dumping station. A large covered shelter with a huge com- munity fireplace gives this park outstanding rainy day insurance. Picnic areas, 44 eamp- sites, and six trailer sites are located under the trees along the river. Activities are fish- ing and unsupervised swimming. Staircase Campground onthe North Fork of Skokomish River is located at the head of SPECTACULAR VIEWS of Hood Canal, the Olympics, and nearby Aldrich Lake are offered at the Paul Sharp Scenic Area, a Department of Natural Resources picnic and camp site on Tahuya Peninsula. Lake Cushman, nine miles beyond Cushman State Park. This no-fee Olympic National Park camp- ground has 60 campsites and spots for a few small trailers. Thirty-five miles of maintained trails lure hikers into the high country. River and mountain lake fishing are other attrac- tions. Brown's Creek Camp at the junction of that creek and the South Fork of Skokomish River was enlarged last year to 16 campsites, with toilets and piped water. To reach it, turn west off Highway I01 on the Skokomish Valley road for seven miles, then take the Camp Govey and Fir Creek roads which are signed. Wynoochee Falls camp is a beautiful spot in old growth timber beside the falls of the Wynoochee River. It has ten camp sites and well water. Access is by the road to Matlock from Shelton, thence to Camp Grisdale and beyond there nine miles by signed forest road. Three improved campgrounds are provided in the Hamma Hamma Recreation Area under the supervision of the Hoodsport Ranger Dis- trict of the national forest. Hamma Hamma camp has nine camping and six trailer sites. Lena Creek camp has seven sites each for camping and small trail- ers. These are reached by the Hamma Hamma River road, west off 101 north of Eldon, a beau- BACK PACKERS take a break beside an alpine lake enroute to a Forest Service shelter high in Olympic National Forest. tiful drive through a rain forest. Lena Lake camp is a two-mile hike from Lena Creek. It has ten camping spaces. These three campgrounds serve as bases for some of the most exciting hiking in the Olympics. A nine-mile jaunt from Lena Creek up the Hamma Hamma to Whitehorse Creek and thence across rough terrain leads to the Mildred Lakes basin. This is a sub-alpine hang- ing valley enclosed by the Sawtooth Range and flanked by Mt. Cruiser and Mt. Lincoln. Camp Bob, Fossen's Lake Camp, Camp Spillman, and Paul Sharp Scenic Picnic Area are four units completed in a State Department of Natural Resources program for developing recreation sites on state forest lands. Camp Bob is a camp and picnic area on the west branch of Lilliwaup Creek, three miles northwest of the town of Lilliwaup and three and a half miles from Lake Cushman. It is easily reached from the Cushman-Jorstad Road. Picnic tables, water, and toilets-are provided on a three-acre site. Fosen's Lake, like Camp Bob, is in highly scenic country at the base of the Olympics, offering mountain hiking, trout fishing, and big game hunting. It is six miles up from Highway 101 via the Jorstad Creek Road to the Eagie Creek Road. Camp Spillman on the Tahuya River is a pleasant spot, shaded by large cottonwoods and mature Douglas-fir. It is extremely popular, with heavy use on weekends. Outstanding feature is a beautiful wooded amphitheatre. The 10-acre site is 13 miles southwest of Bremerton, reached by the Camp Spillman-Haven Lake Road. Facilities are picnic tables, toilets, garbage disposal, four tent sites, and two trailer spaces. The Paul Sharp Scenic Area is located at Aldrich Lake on the Tahuya Peninsula. Tremendous views of the Olympics and Hood Canal are the outstanding feature of this 15-acre site, 21 miles southwest of Bremerton. A spectacular view of the snow-covered Olympics draws winter visitors. A historical point of interest is an old log chute down which logs stored in Aldrich Lake used to plunge into Hood Canal in the days of steam donkey logging. To reach it take the Hood Canal North Shore Road from Belfair to Tahuya, turn right there on a black top road, thence past Maggie Lake about a mile and turn left on the Dewatto Road, then left at an old gravel pit to the Camp Habobas Road, thence to the Boy Scout Camp where a sign at the ranger's residence points to Aldrich Lake, reached by a DNR fire protection road. Page 5-18 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 LUS Who has the BEST SHRIMP in Mason County They'//Tell You ALSO CALMS, OYSTERS 1 Mile South of Hoodsport Open Daily 8 a.m. til dark S00 SPECIMENS OF FISH FROM LOCAL AND CORAL REEF WATERS, INCLUDING SEA HORSES * Shell Shop * Tropical Fish * Aquarium Supplies * Rock Shop * Fishing Tackle * Coins for Collectors * Jewelry * Scuba Gear * Sport Equipment * Gift Shop uarlum At Hoodsport Under New Management Open Even/Day 9 A.M. - 1 O P.NI. " slness mes erty Make Your first Stop At And Meet: * Dick Endicott * Mike Kirk * Jim Shumate cOo * Bill Smith * Helen Spaulding OH OT REALTY Hooclspoz't, Washington ~)85~&8 Telephone 8~"7-5678 Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 5-75