8 or more size groups enjoy camping experience in scenic and exclusive privacy
About Dale Croes
I got my B.A. in Anthropology from the U.W. and my M.A. and Ph.D. from WSU, so have somewhat of a split Huskie/Cougar personality. I specialize in waterlogged/wet archaeological site with acceptionally good preservation of wood and fiber artifacts (boxes, baskets, nets, cordage, etc.). I got my degrees working at the Ozette Village wet site--the spectacular artifacts on display at the Makah Museum in Neah Bay. I directed the WSU/Makah archaeological work on the Hoko River from 1977-1987, and that is when I purchased the property as a place for our WSU field schools to camp. Now you can experience camping there too! I am multi-cultural, with Dutch (Croes), English, Native (Tennessee Valley Cherokee, removed to Oklahoma (Trail of Tears) where my Grandmother still resided until moving to Texas, Colorado and eventually California, where I was born through her son, my Dad. I live in Olympia with my wife, Mary, who works for Department of Health and Social Services, and our sons, Jaered, (who is running an online education company, TextFugu--a Japanese language online textbook--I am taking the Portland, OR), Kevin (finished his Culinary Arts degree at SPSCC and working at Fish Bowl restaurant), and Trevor who recently returned from a tour in Iraq in the Army and trying to re-adjust back and just got a great job with Puget Sound Energy. We also have two cats, Lucy and Ringo (just got this 5 mo. old cat). When I am not teaching (currently part-time at The Evergreen State College), I like to go to the Coast to an old cabin on the Hoko River and, when possible at home, I work on my 1940 Hudson 2-door sedan (If you saw the movie Cars, the old race car (voice of Paul Newman) was a 1951 Hudson!--not in Cars 2....). I am partly retired from full-time teaching and look forward to sharing our place on the Hoko River Mouth.
Dale Croes purchased this Estate in 1979
Why Dale Croes chose Sekiu
As mentioned I purchased the Hoko River property so we would have a place for our many summer's of WSU Archaeological Fieldschools on sites up the river (no longer open or accessible). You will experience an ancient Native fishing area, where they deep-sea fished for halibut up to 3,000 years ago.
What makes this Estate unique
The Hoko River campsite, besides a spectacular place to camp, also is a good location to travel to Neah Bay to the Makah Museum and hike to Cape Flattery and Shi Shi beaches. Also, you can take another day trip to Lake Ozette and hike the trail to the Pacific Ocean and the site of the Ozette Village archaeological wet site (7 miles round trip, or do the loop trail and see the Wedding Rock petroglyphs in 12 miles). The National Park Service trail is made with cedar boards, and a easy walk through spectacular rain forests and prairies.
Pool / Spa
Check-out: 2:00 PM
Please clean up all used pots and pans and take garbage and recycle out with you--there is no garbage service at the site. Be sure to clean up the area before leaving and leave it as you found it. Store all folding chairs used back in the shed.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Amazing property and experience!
Our group of 16 adults stayed on Dale's Hoko property for a 3 day weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday. Dale was incredibly helpful and kind. He was there the entire time to assist us as needed and even welcomed us with hot chocolate on the day we arrived. The amenities available make the stay comfortable to almost everyone (even the non-campers). We would love to stay here again. Thank you Dale!
We love this campground. The amenities are fantastic, the location, is beautiful, and Dale is a great host. Highly recommend.
Our family and friends had such a lovely time and Dale was very helpful! This is a very special place!
We had a wonderful experience between all of the amenities and the incredible outdoor setting. We were 8 adults tent camping but really enjoyed the covered fire pit with plenty of fire wood and the camp kitchen. And of course Dale is a rock star host!
Enjoyed your group a lot. Real camping comrades. Thanks for coming, Dale
Perfect group getaway
Our group of 16 adults and 18 kids (2-9) included seasoned campers and first-timers. We all had a wonderful, relaxing (even with kids!) weekend because Dale thought of everything. The preparation email contained everything we needed to bring (and what was available at HRMR), detailed directions, and thoughtful suggestions of things to do along the way. Dale’s rowboats were useful to ferry our group to the spit and back. The wagons helped us move our gear from the cars to the campsites. And the kitchen contained everything we needed and more. Dale was a friendly and gracious host. We are so lucky Dale shares HRMR with the public and we can’t wait until our visit next year!
Summer Family Adventure 2019
Our party consisted of 7 kids (ages 4-12) and 8 adults (ages 40-70). My first impressions of the HRMR was nothing short of breathtaking. From the completely stocked kitchen tent to the comfy cabins and high equipped outhouses nothing was left out. Oh yah did I mention a covered fire pit complete with firewood overlooking the mouth of the Hoko River. My group consisted of both tent campers and out of state campers in the two cabins. Great place for children and adults. Dale and his care taker Tex were great to work with providing all necessary amenities described. We will definitely be back. If I had one thing parties need to keep in mind is trash removal at the end of their stay. The closest transfer station I could find was Port Angeles. 5/5!!
Makah Museum featuring the Ozette Archaeological finds, hikes to Cape Flattery sea cliffs, NW most point in US; hikes on beaches at Neah Bay and NPS Shi Shi beach; hikes on plank trails to the Cape Alava on the Pacific Ocean where the Ozette Archaeological Site was explored; hikes west along sandy beaches off the Hoko River mouth spit; hikes east along rocky beaches on other side of Kydaka Point; with license, trout fishing in Hoko River and offshore surf fishing for perch, black bass, lingcod, greenling and other bottom fish; surfing when surf is up!