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Camp at the Hoko River Mouth and Ocean Retreat

Bedrooms 50
Separate WC's1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Six or more size groups enjoy camping experience in scenic and exclusive privacy

If your group (6 or more including kids) wants a special private and isolated ocean and river mouth beach tent camping experience, including a fully equipped kitchen canopy (hot-cold water stainless steel sink, refrigerator, propane stove with four burners, pots and pans, paperware, table covers and plasticware), fire pit with two large grills and lots of firewood (and a large tarp cover if it rains), three large picnic tables, lots of camping chairs, hot and cold water shower building, outhouse with lights and all needed supplies, this would be the ideal location for medium or large groups of tent campers (as many of 50 tents can be set up on the beachfront). You are on the mouth of the Hoko River where it comes out into the Pacific Ocean/Straits against a beautiful ocean cliff, Kydaka Point. The ocean surf at Hoko is well known to West Coast surfers. From this well outfitted camping location you can take excursions to tour the spectacular Makah Museum 15 miles west in Neah Bay, WA and hikes to Cape Flattery, Sooes and Shi Shi beaches, and/or drive 15 miles to Lake Ozette and hike to the famous Ozette Archaeological Site at Cape Flattery (7 mile round trip hike on USNP plank trails). There are several hiking opportunities at Hoko, especially the miles long beach on the spit across from the site (small row boat and life preservers available) or the long rocky beach reached in a short hike to the other side of Kydaka Point. The retreat has exclusive privacy, not found at State/Federal campgrounds, and parking at the end of a mile long private gravel road.

If you would like an educational group package, the property owner, a regionally well known archaeologist, can provide a salmon bake, tour of area, replication workshop on ancient artifacts, and trips/tours of the Makah Museum and Cape Flattery. See web site for more information on this opportunity beyond camping on your own by googling Hoko River Mouth Retreat.

Also if part of your group wants to stay in a fully equipped house just up the road (1/2 mile) from the Hoko River Mouth Retreat, a beautiful setting is provided through VRBO Listing #300069

In combinations this can be an ideal location for a unique and beautiful wedding, reunion, club gathering.

More Details

Dale Croes
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2017

About Dale Croes

I got my B.A. in Anthropology from the U.W. and my M.A. and Ph.D. from WSU, so have somewhat of a split Huskie/Cougar personality.

I specialize in waterlogged/wet archaeological site with acceptionally good preservation of wood and fiber artifacts (boxes, baskets, nets, cordage, etc.). I got my degrees working at the Ozette Village wet site--the spectacular artifacts on display at the Makah Museum in Neah Bay.

I directed the WSU/Makah archaeological work on the Hoko River from 1977-1987, and that is when I purchased the property as a place for our WSU field schools to camp. Now you can experience camping there too!

I am multi-cultural, with Dutch (Croes), English, Native (Tennessee Valley Cherokee, removed to Oklahoma (Trail of Tears) where my Grandmother still resided until moving to Texas, Colorado and eventually California, where I was born through her son, my Dad.

I live in Olympia with my wife, Mary, who works for Department of Health and Social Services, and our sons, Jaered, (who is running an online education company, TextFugu--a Japanese language online textbook--I am taking the Portland, OR), Kevin (finished his Culinary Arts degree at SPSCC and working at Fish Bowl restaurant), and Trevor who recently returned from a tour in Iraq in the Army and trying to re-adjust back and just got a great job with Puget Sound Energy. We also have two cats, Lucy and Ringo (just got this 5 mo. old cat).

When I am not teaching (currently part-time at The Evergreen State College), I like to go to the Coast to an old cabin on the Hoko River and, when possible at home, I work on my 1940 Hudson 2-door sedan (If you saw the movie Cars, the old race car (voice of Paul Newman) was a 1951 Hudson!--not in Cars 2....).

I am partly retired from full-time teaching and look forward to sharing our place on the Hoko River Mouth.

Dale Croes purchased this estate in 1979

Why Dale Croes chose Olympic Peninsula

As mentioned I purchased the Hoko River property so we would have a place for our many summer's of WSU Archaeological Fieldschools on sites up the river (no longer open or accessible).

You will experience an ancient Native fishing area, where they deep-sea fished for halibut up to 3,000 years ago.

What makes this estate unique

The Hoko River campsite, besides a spectacular place to camp, also is a good location to travel to Neah Bay to the Makah Museum and hike to Cape Flattery and Shi Shi beaches.

Also, you can take another day trip to Lake Ozette and hike the trail to the Pacific Ocean and the site of the Ozette Village archaeological wet site (7 miles round trip, or do the loop trail and see the Wedding Rock petroglyphs in 12 miles). The National Park Service trail is made with cedar boards, and a easy walk through spectacular rain forests and prairies.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate on the Sekiu on the Clallam County

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 80
  • smoking allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower building - Shower Enclosure , Hot/Cold water shower building with towels/soap/shampoo
    Outhouse with electricity - Toilet
  • The camping area has an outhouse with electricity on the back of the property with lime.
  • 50 Bedrooms, Sleeps 80
  • The bedrooms are your personal tents, sleeping bags and mats--need to bring your own camping gear since only beach camping. Lots of firewood for individual or firepit fires. Firepit has 2 large grills for grilling.
  • Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Camp at the Hoko River Mouth and Ocean Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

We loved it!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Very large and private. We had 16 people, lots of space for our kids to play, kayak, boating, hiking etc. Dale has everything there that you need and he's a wonderful host. We are hoping to come back again next year and probably many more after that. Thanks Dale!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous, fun, relaxing venue for a camping weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay here was fabulous! From booking with Dale, directions getting there, and to the stay itself! This is a beautiful property with fabulous views and so much to do! We had a group of about 14 people plus 5 dogs-plenty of room for everyone to spread out and camp and the dogs to freely roam and play. The kitchenette is awesome, equipped with everything you could possibly need! On a good day there is decent surf on the beach-my husband was able to surf 2x during our weekend stay! Dale was available for anything we needed and was very nice and helpful to us! Everyone in our group loved it here and we all hope to come back soon!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, comfortable, a great spot!

  • 5 of 5

The property and the area is beautiful! It was perfect for our group - the little ones had a blast exploring the beach and the woods, and the adults enjoyed relaxing, cooking, taking out the boats and the glorious sunsets. We especially appreciated all the nice touches - the covered fire pit, the well-equipped kitchen (even a fridge and sink with hot water), the shower building, etc. It really made it easy to bring only the necessities, and know we were covered. We were fortunate to have great weather, but had it been rainy, there were covered gathering spaces to retreat to. Dale was so helpful with advice both before we arrived and while we were there. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Tapps

Idyllic back to nature weekend

  • 5 of 5

Love this place. Only came for a weekend but plan to come for a week next time. Idyllic!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yakima WA

Unbelievable Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I stayed several nights in Aug of 15. The lush forest opens to a secluded beach where the Hoko river runs into the Pacific. Setting our tent up above high tide we slept only a few yards from the waves. Building a fire in the early morning watching the fisherman come out, it was all serenely peaceful . The entire estate is very well cared for. The tent kitchen, bathroom and shower were well maintained. Dale the owner was very hospitable and accommodating. Greatful to have had the chance to take in such a unique place.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hoko Ocean Retreat Stay July 2015

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding! super private, the scenery alone blew us away. I have 2 young boys and they spent hours just playing, paddling and exploring. The owner Dale greeted us when we arrived and provides everything you could need for an outdoor camping stay, there's a sweet little shower hut and a very well outdoor kitchen well stocked with pans and utensils it even has a fridge!.

Place is a gem, definitely be back!.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Sekiu Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Clallam Bay/Sekiu, WA
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Port Angeles to Victoria BC
Nearest Golf
80 Miles
Sequim, WA
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Clallam Bay/Sekiu, WA
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
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Makah Museum featuring the Ozette Archaeological finds, hikes to Cape Flattery sea cliffs, NW most point in US; hikes on beaches at Neah Bay and NPS Shi Shi beach; hikes on plank trails to the Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean where the Ozette Archaeological Site was explored; hikes west along sandy beaches off the Hoko River mouth spit; hikes east along rocky beaches on other side of Kydaka Point; with license, trout fishing in Hoko River and offshore surf fishing for perch, black bass, lingcod, greenling and other bottom fish; surfing when surf is up!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate on the Sekiu, Washington

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring through Fall
18 Mar 2016 - 10 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
Spring through Fall
11 Sep 2017 - 10 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45.61
Tax Rate 10.4%

The rate is $25.00 PER PERSON ($15 PER CHILD 12 and under). RV should not be brought down to property because of the steep, narrow gravel road conditions (cannot get back up road), however campers on pickups can go in and out fine.

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