La Push, surrounded by the lush forest of the Olympic Peninsula, is almost an island unto itself. Located on the northwest coast of Washington's most westerly peninsula, it sits at the mouth of the Quillayute River, surrounded by Olympic National Park. Transport to this small community is either via road or by boat. The are airports nearby in Forks, approximately 16 miles away, Sekiu, approximately 43 miles away and Port Angeles, approximately 70 miles away.
La Push is inhabited almost exclusively by the descendants of the ancient Quileute Indian tribe, which is said to have lived in this part of Washington for thousands of years. The town, local resort and fishing harbor are managed by the Quileute tribe.
The La Push area is famous for its ocean fishing, and has seen a dramatic resurgence in the past few years. Several fishing tour services operate out of the town and report excellent fishing conditions for king, Coho, Chinook and silver salmon, as well as halibut and cod.
Many travelers also come to La Push to experience the pristine surroundings of Olympic National Park. Access to the park is either via organized tour from La Push, or by self-guided hike. Rialto Beach, which lies north of the town, is typical of the unbridled beauty that is to be found on this coastline, with its towering sea stacks and awe-inspiring vistas.
The Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, which cradles the northwest coastline of the peninsula, is more than 100 miles long and is home to millions of birds during migration. Although the refuge is closed to humans, wildlife can still be viewed from nearby beaches.
Visitors should be aware that pets are only allowed on a small number of national park beaches (for the safety of pets as well as the resident wildlife). Pets are permitted in campsites, but must be maintained on leash.
Quileute Tribal Council. PO Box 279, La Push, WA 98350. Phone: 360-374-6163.
La Push Ocean Park Resort. 770 Main Street, La Push, WA 98350. Phone: 360-374-5267; Toll-free: 1-800-487-1267.
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