Things to Do

No matter what time of year you visit, there is no shortage of things to do here. Whether you are looking for a little down-time, or you want to spend quality time with the family, Lochaerie Resort is a great place to stay in a private, rustic setting. Here is a list of some of our favorite local pastimes.
Read our annual Activities Calendar.

Big Tree Hunting

Olympic National Park is home to some of the largest trees on record. The American Forest Registry keeps tabs on some 826 species. Since 1940, citizens have helped American Forests find the largest trees in the US those champions are listed on the National Register of Big Trees.

Valley of the Giants


The Olympic Peninsula is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Many kinds of birds call the forests surrounding our cabins home. Bring a journal and some comfortable walking shoes. See how many birds you can identify.

In February, anyone can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Click here for more information.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoes and sit-a-top kayaks are available seasonally to guests at Lochaerie who want to explore the lake, paddle the Quinault River, or enjoy some of the best fishing the Northwest has to offer. Some great places to paddle include July Creek, the Mouth of the Quinault River, and Canoe Creek.

Clam Digging

It’s a short drive from Lochaerie to the Pacific Ocean beaches. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff conducts annual stock assessment of razor clam populations and monitors for marine toxins on each of the beaches the department manages.


Lake Quinault is open for fishing April through October. As part of the Quinault Indian Reservation, a Tribal Fishing Permit is required. They may be obtained at local merchants. Click here for the Lake Quinault Boat and Fish Regulations.  Other lake, river, and stream fishing information can be found on the Department of Fish and Wildlife web site. Click here for more information

Seasonally, boat  launching is available at Willaby and Falls Creek Camp grounds, and Hemlock Way on the  North Shore Road.


Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet.

GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.


National Park Interpretive walks are offered seasonally.

If you are planning to hike in the Olympic National Park, contact the Wilderness Information Center for current conditions at (360)-565-3100 or the Olympic National Forest and Park Recreation Information Center at (360) 374-7566.
Download a list of North Shore Road Hikes (PDF)
Download a list of South Shore Road Hikes (PDF)


The Quinault Rainforest is a wonderful place to hunt for mushrooms. There is also a local mushroom festival in October. Read our activities calendar for more information.
Click here for the Great Morel web site.

Onion Rock

Onion Rock is a treasury of wild flowers, grasses and mosses. Many of these are indigenous to the mountain meadows and have been carried down the Quinault River by heavy rains and snow melt. The seeds, bulbs, and roots of the plants from the high country lodge themselves in the crevices of the rock to bloom in turn throughout the summer.


Seasonally, sailboat  launching is available at Willaby and Falls Creek Campgrounds on South Shore Road, and Hemlock Way on the North Shore Road.

Wildlife Watching

Lake Quinault and Olympic National Park are home to hundreds of species unique to a temperate rainforest climate.

Lochaerie Resort
638 North Shore Road
Amanda Park, WA 98526
(360) 288-2215