Clallam County annual BEACH report

The Makah Tribe sampled five beaches in Clallam County from January-March for their BEACH Program. Sampling was terminated at the end of March due to COVID-19.

We monitored five beaches in Clallam County from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2020:

  • Cline Spit County Park beach
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Salt Creek Recreation Area beach
  • Marylyn Nelson County Park
  • Mouth of the Elwha River

Cline Spit Beach

Keeping beaches safe

The Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication & Health (BEACH) Program ensures that marine water is safe to swim and play in and informs the public if water doesn't meet swimming standards.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2020, we sampled 63 public high-use beaches statewide, either weekly or biweekly, for enterococcus, a type of fecal bacteria. High enterococcus levels are linked to swimmer illness.

Clallam County saltwater swimming beaches

Five beaches in Clallam County were sampled during the sampling season in 2020. The Makah Tribe sampled five beaches from January through March for their BEACH Program. The Makah Tribe stopped sampling in late March due to COVID-19.

Makah Tribe BEACH program

During 2020, the Makah Tribe sampled five beaches from January-March

  • Dakwas Park Beach, Neah Bay
  • Front Street Beach, East
  • Hobuck Beach
  • Sooes Beach
  • Third Beach, Neah Bay

You can view monitoring results for the Makah Tribe beaches through the Coastal Atlas BEACH data portal. In the dropdown menu, under Select a Location - County, choose "Clallam."

Washington state BEACH program

As part of the Washington state BEACH program, Clallam County sampled three beaches from June 1 – Aug. 31, 2020. 

Find details about each of the Clallam County beaches below:


Data summary: Bacteria results compared to standards

The chart below summarizes the bacteria levels in Clallam County beaches in relation to the EPA swimming standard or saltwater swimming criteria. Beaches are considered unsafe for swimming when the geometric mean of enterococcus/100 mL of water is greater than or equal to 30 and the statistical threshold value of enterococcus/100 mL is greater than or equal to 110. We issue a public swimming advisory when enterococcus levels exceed 104 per 100 mL of water.

Table: Calculated geometric mean and statistical threshold value at Clallam County beaches
(in enterococcus per 100 mL) for 2020.

Beach

GM

STV

Cline Spit

18

166

Hollywood Beach

16

38

Marylyn Nelson

16

35

Mouth of the Elwah

13

26

Salt Creek Recreation Area

13

21