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The name is the Quinault Indian term for “…good place to land.” It is considered the only safe landing place for canoes between the Hoh and Queets rivers. There was a post office there between 1928 and 1956.

The village is noted for the trout, starfish, mussels, sea anemones, and other salt-water specimens found along the shore. Ducks, hell-divers, and loons dive in pursuit of their prey; gulls plunge in spirals upon any fish or bit of food appearing on the surface. Clams especially appeal to the gulls. Picking one up from the beach, the hungry gull ascends, drops the clam unerringly upon a rock, then dives to eat the contents. Agates, moonstones, and oddly shaped bits of driftwood attract souvenir hunters.

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Brown’s Point

Brown’s Point, here a series of jagged rocks is habitat of the piddock, or boring clam, which has a rare and delicate flavor, easily detectable in soup. When the surf is favorable and the tide reasonably low, seekers for this unusual sea food chop away at the rock with miners’ picks.

Kalaloch Creek

Kalaloch Creek rises between the Clearwater and Hoh rivers six miles from the Pacific Ocean in southwest Jefferson County and flows southwest to the ocean above Kalaloch. The Kalaloch Rocks are in the Pacific Ocean off the mouth of the Creek.