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The Canals
Ocean Shores, WA

Ocean Shores, WA has 23 miles of interconnecting fresh water lakes and canals.  The many canals traverse throughout Ocean Shores, and include the Grand Canal, the Bell Canals, the Fishhook (AKA, "Bayou") Canal (which I sometimes term the "Jungle Cruise" because of the beautiful canopy of alder trees), the Bass Canal, the Blue Heron Bayou Canal, and other "finger" canals.  The Grand Canal is the largest and extends from Downtown Ocean Shores to the south-end near the Interpretive Center/Marina, which is where the spillway is into the Bay.  The Bell Canals are named as such because they are shaped as a bell.  Access from the Canals into Duck Lake is via the Fishhook ("Bayou") Canal, which extends from the south-end of the Grand Canal; or via the Bass Canal.  Access into Lake Minard is via the Bell Canals.  Enjoy fishing, boating (no wake), kayaking, and canoeing (no jet skis are allowed).  All of these canals were man-made when Ocean Shores was platted back in the 1960s.

Houses are built along these waterways, which gives property owners direct access from their own docks.

Click HERE to see the Map of all of the Fresh Waterways on the official Ocean Shores Fresh Waterway's website.

Click on Video Tour to see my video of the Grand Canal.  Click on Video Tour to see my video of the Bayou (AKA "Fishhook") Canal.

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