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Construction on the 23+ miles of inter-connecting, man-made fresh waterways started in 1960 when the planned
community of Ocean Shores was just getting started in its development. A huge electric hydraulic dredge,
known as the “Razor Clam” by locals due to it digging through and spitting out water, worked on the canal
system for half a decade. The first canal built was a water feature along the Ocean Shores Golf Course, with
the rest of the canals constructed quickly throughout the peninsula.
By the last few months of 1965, the canals were finished, opening up lake and canal front housing to over 1,600 lots. While the dream of sailing from your home to open water did not become a reality, the canals and lakes helped define this oceanfront town, giving it a unique experience unlike anywhere else in the state. Now, these waterways are becoming popular for those who use a canoe, a stand-up paddle Board (SUP) or kayak after years of being overlooked.
Today, the canals and lakes of Ocean Shores are considered a secret destination by tourists and kept mostly hush-hush by locals, helping to make this a relaxing way to spend the day. While the popularity of the region has increased in the past few years, few still know that Ocean Shores is home to some of the best kayaking, canoeing, boating and SUP experiences in Grays Harbor. With three popular launch sites, located at Texmar Ave, North Bay Park and Chinook Park, there are several options to begin your explorations.
The canals and lakes of Ocean Shores are perfect for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Since the waterways are mostly protected from the winds that blast the coast, the water is typically calm and boats gliding effortlessly though the canals. Today, most of the canals are lined with houses, but there is still an incredible amount of wildlife visible. Migratory and local birds use the waters as a place of rest and dining, while the local deer populations wander along the shores. With a few islands to explore and 23 miles to paddle, it is nearly impossible to experience the entire water system in one day. One popular activity for boaters is to head to Duck Lake and troll for fish while slowly slipping through the water. Huge bass, rainbow trout and even yellow perch and bluegill sunfish have been caught in the region, giving you yet another way to pass the time while exploring.