The Bogachiel is one of a number of picturesque rivers in the Forks area that originates in the Olympics and flows west, south of Forks, until it passes under Hwy 101 after which it turns northerly and is joined by the Calawah River just west of Forks and then heads southwest again to merge with the Sol Duc River after a few miles to form the Quillayute River which empties into the Pacific a few miles further west at La Push.
We first noticed the Bogachiel River from Hwy 101 where we saw kids splashing in the water, a few sunbathing along the rocky shore and another couple having a picnic lunch. Even though water levels were very low from the ongoing drought in August 2105, it looked like a lovely place for our picnic lunch but we did not learn until later that this area of the river is accessed through Bogachiel State Park.
A few days later, we stumbled upon the river again at the Quillayute River County Park, located where Mora Road branches from Hwy 110 (La Push Road) and where the Bogachiel and Sol Duc merge to form the Quillayute River. Here we did get the opportunity to explore the river bank and have a picnic lunch. Although the access to the river and the shady picnic tables here were nice, the park had some litter and showed signs of heavy use. At least from a distance, the access through Bogachiel State Park appeared much nicer.
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