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Hobuck Beach, WA


Hobuck Beach is a few miles past Neah Bay, Washington near the northern end of Makah Bay.  The beach is very gently sloping, with fine-grained sand, and a few pebbles.  A grassy campground and some cabins lie just behind the beach a small dune or two, and some evergreen trees.  The vibe at Hobuck is very mellow, with surfers, kayakers, bodyboarders, beach walkers, and bird watchers getting along well, sharing the resource peacefully.

Campground rules prohibit the use of ATVs in the campground, but occasionally an ATV or dirt-bike will run the length of the beach.  This is a very dog-friendly place.  Kids do well here too.  There is a day-use free for the campground area and beach, but most people camp and pay overnight fees.  There is also an annual recreation permit.  Contact Hobuck Beach Resort for more information.

Predicting surf conditions here is fairly straightforward.  Rocky reefs in the bay, plus the points and either end of the bay, provide some protection from the swell.  On a small day, you can expect the wave face height to be about one third to one half the size of the predicted groundswell height (depending on the swell direction and wave period).  Winds are predominantly onshore in the summer and offshore in the cooler months.  August, in particular, is known for having very small surf and fog.  The sand bars along the beach move around quite a bit, creating several moderate rips.  There are some rocks and small river mouths at both ends of the beach.  Hamp All adds, "The currents associated with the river outflows can be strong and can move a swimming kayaker out to sea quite rapidly."

We use these sites to help with our surf forecasting for Hobuck Beach: