Lake Crescent (on the Olympic Peninsula in the NW corner of Washington State) is boasted to be one of the most beautiful lake in the United States.
And on Lake Crescent’s eastern shore lies the dog-friendly East Beach Picnic area.
East Beach on Lake Crescent, Washington State
Stop for a break, a peaceful picnic and a cool swim with your dogs. East Beach Lake Crescent is easy to find and less than a mile off Highway 101, 17 miles west of Port Angeles.
A big plus for East Beach is that it’s on the way to (or way back from) one of the few hikes in the Park that allows dogs. Be sure to read Jessica’s You Did What with Your Wiener’s review of the Spruce Railroad Trail.
What to Expect
Heading west, 17 miles out of Port Angeles on Highway 101, turn right onto East Beach Road (you’ll see the noticeable brown National Park sign for “Olympic National Park – East Beach – Log Cabin Resort”). The turn comes up fast at 60 mph, on the outside of a long curve.
¾ miles down East Beach Road, turn left at the East Beach sign.
Careful, the road dips down sharply at the turn.
The lake beckons through the trees, you are yards away!
Dog friendly picnicking, but keep your pets leashed.
Parking is directly in front of the beach. You can practically stumble out of your car into the water. What may not be noticeable from these pictures is a nice sandy beach, plenty of space to lay out your towels and take a load off.
All-important facilities are on-site.
The spacious picnic area has a view to the water, and plenty of “personal” space for those reactive dogs.
A reclusive picnic area sits to the left of the parking lot. A trickling little stream separates it from the parking. Plus fire pits are available. And shade!
If you’re not too busy mugging for a picture, you may even score potato chips under the table.
The scenery is both spectacular and serene, even on a cloudy day.
The water is super-clear and crisp. In the summer it is cool but not too cold, certainly swimmable.
The water is shallow in the swimming area. Zoe could walk practically out to the buoys without getting her head wet.