How wide is Dungeness Spit?
Halfway down the hill we had this tremendous view of the Dungeness Spit, barely 100 yards wide but stretching 5 miles into the Pacific Ocean. The narrow strip of sand is a ridge that crests 10 to 20 feet above sea level. The sand is held in place by delicate sea grasses and piles of driftwood.
Is Dungeness Spit open today?
The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to one half hour before sunset. Hiking Dungeness Spit can be dangerous. Be sure to consult a tide table before you begin your hike. Waves and tides can turn them into powerful weapons.
Why is it called Dungeness Spit?
On April 30, 1792, Captain George Vancouver anchored Discovery near the spit. He named it Dungeness Spit after a famous headland (a narrow piece of land that projects from a coastline into the sea) on the south coast of Kent in England. He thought this new area closely resembled that of the English coastline feature.
What is the longest sand spit in the world?
The longest spit in the world is the Arabat Spit in the Sea of Azov. It is approximately 110 kilometres (68 mi) long.
What is Dungeness famous for?
A stark landscape with an otherworldly beauty, Dungeness is an unforgettable destination . It’s home to the smallest passenger railway in the world, lays claim to having the largest shingle beach in Europe, and arguably serves some of the best fish ‘n’ chips on the Kent coast.
Where is the trail to the Dungeness Spit?
The trailhead for the beach and spit is at the north end of the Recreation Area. The trail to the spit is short but steep. There is a fee for entering the National Wildlife Refuge which begins at the trailhead. All facilities at Dungeness are located in the Dungeness Recreation Area.
How much does it cost to go to Dungeness Spit?
Beginning at the large paved parking area, look for the large informational kiosk where you can pay your entrance fee. It’s $3 per family or group (which includes up to 4 people). Once you’ve done that, head into the cool forest.
Why is Dungeness Spit important to marine life?
The Dungeness Spit is part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for wildlife. These calm waters and tide flats are rich in marine life and provide protection from winds and pounding surf. They provide a place to rest and a source of food to a large variety of wildlife so remember your binoculars.
Is the Dungeness Spit closed for shellfish harvest?
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife does not regulate shellfish harvest on federally owned beaches. See map below for harvest areas. Clamming and crabbing are closed in designated harvest areas October 1 through May 14. The Graveyard Spit portion of Dungesess Spit is CLOSED year-round for clams, mussels, and oysters.