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Explore the natural side of Ocean Shores

Discover miles of fresh inland waterways

A Suncruiser Duffy Electric Boat is docked at the Ocean Shores Boathouse and ready to explore 23 miles of inland waterways. Photo credit: Marguerite Cleveland

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The south shore of Ocean Shores is a natural undiscovered treasure just waiting to be explored. Visit the Oyhut Wildlife Recreation area, which is a birdwatcher's paradise. Hop in an electric boat or on a stand-up paddleboard and discover 23 miles of freshwater lakes and interconnected canals. Or visit Damon Point, a four-mile stretch of beach bordering Oyhut Bay and Grays Harbor. This driftwood-strewn beach begs to be explored. This less trafficked side of the shores is a wonderfully walkable community. The flat, quiet streets make for easy bike rides around the area.

Plan to stay at one of the newest vacation resorts in Ocean Shores, Oyhut Bay Seaside Village. The village is tucked in right next to the 683-acre Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area. This upscale resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom beach homes for around the same price as a hotel room. The upscale homes are fully equipped with modern luxury furnishings. The recently opened Fresh Market is a great addition to the village. The Oyhut Bay Bistro and the Loft Martini and Wine Bar are popular dining spots for locals and visitors alike. The Riptide Coffee Company is just steps away from your beach home. A trail connects visitors to the Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area, and it's just a 10-minute walk to the beach.

Oyhut Bay Seaside Village, daily, 300 Lodge Ave. SW, Ocean Shores, 360.209.1886,

The best way to explore the 23 miles of fresh waterways, which include Duck Lake, Lake Minard, Fishhook Canal and Bell Canal, is to visit the Ocean Shores Boat House (formerly known as The Electric Boat Company). Owners Steve and Maria Borba recently purchased the business and kept the beloved 21' Suncruiser Duffy Electric boats. The quiet electric boats are a perfect choice for a peaceful venture through the waterways. Wildlife abounds, and you may see blue heron, deer, ducks, geese, river otters, raccoons and bald eagles in their natural habitat.

"The fresh waterways are a hidden gem with an abundance of wildlife. Everything we have is electric or human-powered, so you can get pretty close," said owner Steve Borba.

A 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Borba appreciates the sacrifices of our servicemembers, police (to include correction officers) and first responders. To show his support, he offers a generous 25-percent discount. You must show verification of service to receive a discount. When you rent an electric boat, Borba will take you out and show you the ropes and then you are off on your own to explore.  The electric boats seat 10, have two tables and a heater and are fully enclosed. If you want something more active, check out the Hobie Mirage Eclipse Pedalboards -- think a water scooter. The pedalboard has a waist-high handlebar and pedals you move up and down. There are also stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and hydrobikes available for rent.

Ocean Shores Boat House, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 952 Point Brown Ave. SE, Ocean Shores, 360.289.0487,

For an escape from the bustle of downtown Ocean Shores and busy public beaches, head to the south shore for a more peaceful experience. For more information, visit

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