Outdoor Recreation in Poulsbo

Day Trip to Poulsbo – Absolutely! Poulsbo is centrally located in the heart of the Kitsap Peninsula and practically surrounded by water, making for great fishing, crabbing, sightseeing, mountain biking and kayaking.

Wildlife is plentiful throughout the shores of Poulsbo’s own Liberty Bay where one can view seals, otters, blue herons, and salmon returning to their natal streams to spawn during the fall in Dogfish Creek.

Kayaking in Poulsbo is an excellent day trip adventure and you can spend a day slowly sightseeing your way around Liberty Bay. The Olympic Outdoor Center, operates a kayak rental facility waterside in downtown Poulsbo. Grab a donut at the famous Sluy’s Bakery on front street – you won’t be disappointed – then stroll over and rent a kayak to burn off those calories!



July 1st kicks off crabbing season in the waters around Poulsbo. If you are visiting by boat, Poulsbo has a full service marina to tie up at. Crabbing isn’t far off, just outside Agate Pass there are some excellent options to drop a crab pot. Just look for all the other crab buoys!

Visitors interested in bird watching or sightseeing can also take in numerous picturesque views on the waterfront in downtown Poulsbo. Seals, otters, ducks, geese and blue herons all make a presence at one time or another.

The surrounding freshwater and saltwater of the Kitsap Peninsula is plentiful with fishing options, and make for a great day adventure if you are visiting the area.

Try your luck at Buck Lake in Hansville for some feisty rainbow trout, or perhaps one of the many nice sized bass that lurk in the shallows. Situated about 25 minutes from downtown Poulsbo, Buck Lake County Park offers a large grassy area, playground, boat launch and nature trails. Small boats and personal watercraft can easily access Buck Lake.

Visiting Poulsbo for a weekend stay?

Well, there’s no shortage of options to plan a great itinerary!

Plan a morning mountain biking trip to the miles of trails off Stottlemeyer road, just five minutes from Poulsbo. Riders have ample trails to choose from ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Poulsbo without being involved in some type of water activity, so finish the day off paddling around Liberty Bay on a kayaking adventure.

Day two of your adventure might include fly fishing adventure on the majestic waters of Hood Canal. Poulsbo and the surrounding area boasts some excellent saltwater fly fishing opportunities for the visiting angler. Fly fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat trout has become quite a hit lately around Poulsbo.

Hood Canal

These are hard fighting, wild sea trout that live in the waters surrounding Poulsbo and the Kitsap Peninsula. Sea-Runs are very aggressive and a fly-fishing excursion makes for a great day trip experience while visiting.

Fjord Fly Fishing is a saltwater fly-fishing guide service based in Poulsbo that offers guided fly fishing by boat. They offer full day 8-hour trips, and half day 5-hour trips for up to two anglers. Check out www.fjordflyfishing.com for more information on this great experience. Anglers new or experienced to the art of fly fishing can choose to chase these wily game fish in the waters of Hood Canal or Puget Sound with Capt. Chad Gillespie of Fjord Fly Fishing.

The outdoor options are limitless in Poulsbo and the surrounding Kitsap Peninsula, come visit us to get a Norwegian taste of this unique town!

Guest Blog, written by Chad Gillespie
Owner and Captain of Fjord Fly Fishing