As boaters from Portland, Seattle and beyond take to the water this summer and eager travelers hit the road, the Port of Ilwaco offers great options to safely enjoy the charms of a serene fishing village and its many attractions.
The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau has prepared helpful Visitor Guidelines to assist with planning for a safe visit. A little extra preparation and planning goes a long way to creating an extra relaxing getaway.
Fishing season is off to a redhot start, and charter passengers are returning with their limits reports Mike Cassinelli, owner, Beacon Charters. Salmon fishing is scheduled to continue through September with a two-fish limit which can be a Chinook or two marked coho. Fishing in Ocean Area 1 is seven days a week.
“Make sure you always check fishing regulations before heading out,” suggests Butch Smith, owner, Coho Charters. “Some areas have different rules.
Port of Ilwaco improvement
The Port of Ilwaco continues upgrades to its facilities with more improvements to be completed for the 2021 season, when the Pacific NW Offshore International Yacht Race will launch from Ilwaco. This summer, look for a graded and leveled boatyard, a new marine Travelift, and construction of a large building for vessel deconstruction, maintenance and repair. Please initiate all reservations for marina slips and boatyard spots at www.portofilwaco.com
Charming, working fishing village with lots to do
While some in the household are out fishing, landlubbers in the family will find unique shops and galleries, seafood markets and more. Highlights include an outstanding independent bookstore, Time Enough Books, and the festive Saturday Market, which runs through September 26 from 10AM to 4PM.
The gallery of artist Marie Powell, renowned for her vibrantly colored paintings and prints, looks out to the 800-slip marina. Powell will be joined by two other local artists, Luisa Mack and Penny Treat, for an open studio sale with art and jewelry specials on July 17, 18 and 19 from 10AM to 4PM. Visit with them and other artists including Don Nisbet on July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4 from 4 to 7PM during Arts Walk.
And great food, too
Salty, sea air making you hungry? At the Port, great food can be found at Salt Pub and Waterline Pub and nearby in Seaview at The Depot Restaurant, Shelburne Hotel Patio and North Jetty Brewing. All offer outdoor seating. Picking up take out for a breezy picnic is another popular option.
Stretch your legs
A walk up and over the Cape DIsappointment headlands on Discovery Trail is both a great way to work up an appetite and work off dessert. The more ambitious can follow the trail out the ocean from the Beard’s Hollow wetlands or out to North Head lighthouse on a mile-long spur.
Located in the southwestern-most corner of Washington State, the Long Beach Peninsula is a longtime favorite destination. Outdoor attractions include lakes, rivers and ocean; national, state and local parks; an extensive trail system and paved coastal trail; historic lighthouses, a boardwalk, grassy dunes and 28 miles of silver sand beach.