Port Angeles Harbor

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Community (previously listed as the Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington), Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (previously listed as the Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians), Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
State TrusteeState of Washington
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

Also Known As


Incident Type




Case Status



Puget Sound



Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Marine Mammals, Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species, Anadromous Fish

Financial Summary

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Case Description

Port Angeles Harbor is located on the northern coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The peninsula is bordered by the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, the eastern Pacific Ocean to the west, and Hood Canal/Puget Sound to the east. Protected from storms from the Pacific Ocean by the 2.5-mile-long arm of Ediz Hook, the harbor was home to two aboriginal Klallam fishing villages and continues to provide safe harbor for commercial ships, fishing vessels, and pleasure craft. Several surface streams drain into the Harbor, including Tumwater; Valley; Peabody; Morse; and Ennis Creek. Ennis Creek, which drains a significantly-sized area, is a snow fed stream with its headwaters located in Olympic National Park.

The City of Port Angeles includes approximately 26 miles of marine shoreline. Port Angeles Harbor is considered the largest natural deepwater harbor on the west coast of the United States, with depths exceeding 90 feet near the eastern end. The Harbor has many commercial and industrial facilities along its shoreline. Over the past century, the Harbor has been used by a number of industries including saw mills and plywood manufacturing, pulp and paper production, marine shipping/transportation, boat building and refurbishing, petroleum bulk fuel facilities, marinas, and commercial fishing. Since the early 1900s, pulp and paper mills have comprised a dominant portion of Port Angeles’ industrial sector. Treated and untreated mill process effluents were commonly discharged into the Harbor from wood product sources and have been identified as significant sources of constituents of potential concern to marine sediments.

Remedial Activiites, Credit: WA Dept of Ecology

Port Angeles Harbor, Credit: Site Map from PAS

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Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 FPA Addendum No. 3 Funding and Participation Agreement 11/03/2015
 FPA Funding and Participation Agreement 12/11/2014
 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 06/12/2012

Assessment;Case Funding

 PAS Preassessment Screen 08/01/2013


 Consent Decree Final Consent Decree Port Angeles Harbor 06/09/2021

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Case Contact

Washington Fish and Wildlife Office

Lacey, WA | (360) 753-9440 | http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of Washington
Tribe TrusteeLower Elwha Klallam Tribal Community (previously listed as the Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington)
Tribe TrusteePort Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (previously listed as the Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians)
Tribe TrusteeJamestown S’Klallam Tribe

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