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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

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

If your group (8 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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2018

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 Sekiu

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:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 14:00
  • Max. occupancy: 80
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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


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Camp at the Hoko River Mouth and Ocean Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Quiet retreat with everything your group needs, and all to yourselves--including the views!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have had a better experience at the Hoko River Mouth Retreat. Dale made us feel incredibly welcome, showing us the best tent spots, preparing the fire pit, giving us local tips, and even explaining to us how and where to harvest and prepare mussels from nearby areas. Then, he left us to our privacy :) The covered kitchen (with all of the amenities), fire pit (with dry wood), and a hot shower made life convenient and kept us dry when it was rainy (though we had lovely spots of sunshine, too). Finally, the views from camp...wow!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jamie: Happy 30th Birthday! Thanks for choosing Hoko to celebrate this landmark. Also glad the newly married couple could have another honeymoon there. Sorry for late response, we were very busy rebuilding yurt. It came together well. Thanks for taking such good care of place. Keep celebrating and hope to see you again soon
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Stunning Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Our group loved the HRMR! We had such an amazing time! This place has it all (just bring your food, sleeping bags and tents) Dale was out of town but our care taker Tex was so nice and made sure we were well taken care of!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dora: Glad you had fun and great sunsets. Tex an I appreciate how clean you left the campground. I am here now, had nice wedding in So. Cal., and now one here this and next weekend. Hope kids didn't have too much fun, Dale
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Ideal location for a group camping experience.

  • 5 of 5

We get as many as we can of our 27 children and grandchildren together for a "Family Camp" every two or three years. We had 19 campers this year. My wife and I provide the campsite and each family provides breakfast and dinner for the camp for one day. We provide the makings for do-it-yourself sack lunches for each day. We research attractions at the campsites and in the nearby areas to suggest to group members. We usually plan a group campfire with "smores" or such. Not all our campers are rugged outdoors persons, but as long as we manage to have good food in camp and hot showers available nearby, and we make reservations well in advance we can get most of our group together each time.

My wife and I were able to arrange to inspect the camp about a year in advance and make our reservation for 2017 shortly thereafter. The kitchen facility provided by the camp greatly eases and facilitates cooking for such a large group and eliminates the need for hauling one large dining fly. The four large propane burners with accompanying pans and pots are very satisfactory. The campfire/eating area is covered by a large awning next to a well-stocked wood supply, again greatly facilitating eating arrangements and campfire activities. Abundant seating was provided by the camp. Though no flush toilets are provided, the two out-houses were satisfactory for the camp. Each out-house was provided with sufficient toilet paper, lime for treating each toilet, and hand sanitizer. The stand-alone shower stall near the kitchen appears to share the hot water from the water heater for the kitchen sink, so shower duration needs to be minimal to facilitate the needs of large groups. Towels and wash-cloths are provided, though many of our campers used their own. Electric lighting is provided for the toilets, shower, etc. The Hoko river next to the camp is very calm and not as cold as the adjacent open ocean. We didn't have much luck fishing on the river, but we did use the two camp rowboats in the ocean outside the river mouth with some success. We brought our own kayaks and most campers enjoyed exploring the river by kayak for a couple of miles upstream. The campsite itself is a beautiful, private location with short trails and a delightful eagle nest. Outstanding activities nearby included the Hoh Rain Forest Trail, the amazing trails to Cape Flattery and Shi Shi Beach. Many of our campers enjoyed taking in the hot springs at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort one day.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 20-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 10-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
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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
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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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring through Fall
11 Sep 2017 - 10 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £42.34
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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