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Damon Point Natural Area
Campfire and Hotdogs © stateparks.com
Roasting hot dogs over an open fire.
Picnic Table © stateparks.com
It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
DAMON POINT NATURAL AREA
DAMON POINT NATURAL AREA
Ocean Shores, Washington   98569
(lat:46.9436 lon:-124.1106)
Damon Point, a 61-acre day-use park, is the southeastern tip of the Ocean Shores Peninsula. The park consists of a one-mile-long, half-mile-wide stretch of land jutting out into the sea. Damon Point is a textbook example of accreted land, and is one of the few remaining nesting sites of the snowy plover. This park features a one-mile walkable strip of land to the end of Damon Point, the southeastern tip of the Ocean Shores Peninsula. It offers spectacular views of Grays Harbor, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier. The point contains one of the few remaining nesting sites of the snowy plover, and is a textbook example of accreted land and natural plant selection. This is a popular site for bird watching and agate rock collecting.
History of the Area
Beginning in 1925, the S.S. Catala plied the Canadian coastal waters carrying miners, loggers and adventurers. The Catala was retired in 1958 and was used as a floating hotel at the 1962 World?s Fair in Seattle and also at Ocean Shores in 1963. A winter storm grounded the ship at Damon Point in 1965, and sand accreted around the rusting relic, eventually burying it.

Winter storms in February 2006 revealed part of the wreck, and oil was found in the hull in April 2006. The Department of Ecology is coordinating the effort with response contractors and state, federal and local agencies to safely remove the oil. Visitors to Damon Point State Park are asked to keep their distance from the wreck for their own safety and to maintain the stability of the site.



Picnicking
The park has five unsheltered picnic tables with no dump station availability. Visitors are expected to pack their garbage out when they leave. Picnic sites are first-come, first-served.
Nature Programs
The Ocean Shores Interpretive Center, in the town of Ocean Shores, displays some detailed history and photos of the Point.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other ? Fishing (saltwater)? Clamming? Crabbing? Beachcombing? Bird Watching? Wildlife Viewing

Rock collecting is also a popular activity, as is the one-mile hike to the tip of the point.

There is room for six vehicles to park just outside the park entrance. Past this point, vehicles may not proceed (due to road washout). Visitors, however, may enter the gate and walk the road to the end of the point.


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Area Campgrounds
Ocean Mist Resort
2781 State Route 109
Ocean City, WA
360-289-3656
Nearby Hotels
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Directions
Located in the town of Ocean Shores, Wash., on the Pacific Coast in Grays Harbor County.

From Hoquiam:Take SR 109 and SR 115 to Point Brown Ave. in the town of Ocean Shores. Proceed south on Point Brown Ave. through town, approximately 4.5 miles. Just past the marina, turn left into park entrance.

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