Out and About

Shelton, located within Mason County, boasts a population of over 9,000. Located approximately 20 miles Northwest of Olympia, and about 85 miles Southwest of Seattle, Shelton is a fairly slow paced community whose economy is primarily timber based. The area is rich in evergreen trees, such as the Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, and Hemlock. The significance of forest products to this region cannot be overstated. some two million Christmas trees alone are harvested in the county each year, generating roughly $12,000,000 in annual sales.

Mason County is also home to two Native American tribes: the Skokomish and the Squaxin. Both tribes operate gaming casinos in the immediate area. The Squaxin Little Creek Resort, located just south of Shelton off Hwy 101 and just a few minutes from Fawn Lake, is one of the largest casinos in the South Puget Sound area.

If fresh water angling and/or boating is your pleasure, opportunities abound. If salt water fishing or shellfish harvesting is more your liking, the Hood Canal offers some of the best opportunities around. The Hood Canal is abundant with clams, mussels, and the often elusive geoduck. Oh! And don't forget one of Mason County's most famous events "Oysterfest!" Held annually, this event attracts oyster lovers from all over the state.

For charter boat fishing, you may want to take a short drive over to the coast. Westport, just 1 1/2 hours from Shelton, is one of the many areas offering sport fishing opportunities.

For you snow skiers and snow boarders there is Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountain range, or you can venture over to the Cascades to Snoqualmie Pass or Mt. Baker for some of the greatest powder ever!

If you take the time to discover Shelton and the surrounding area, we're confident you will find the people friendly and the area rich in hospitality, good food, and a myriad of interests available for you enjoyment.