Explore the Waterways of Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores’ 23 miles of freshwater canals are popular with kayakers and stand up paddlers who are eager to explore. The waterways of Ocean Shores are a foundation of the community, beginning in 1960 when the town was being first developed.  For the next five years, a huge hydraulic dredge worked to create 1,600 lake and canal front lots.

Duck Lake and its connecting water routes are perfect for paddlers of all ages and abilities.  Unlike the beach, which can experience strong, gusty winds, the protected waterways are typically calm.   Explorers glide effortlessly, easily observing an incredible amount of wildlife that coexists with the homes along the water.

Natural beauty is abundant.  Migratory and local birds use the waters as a place of rest and dining.  You’re likely to see an avian dive for dinner.  Local deer populations wander along the shores.   Bring binoculars as you journey through peaceful routes with names like Otter Alley, Bass Canal, and Blue Heron Bayou.   

If you have your own vessels, head to any of three popular launch sites, at North Bay Park, Chinook Park, and at Texmar Avenue.  Above all, wear layers of clothing and life jackets, of course.

Watercraft Rental: Hydrobikes and Duffy Boats

For kayak and SUP rentals and life jackets, connect with Ocean Shores Boathouse.

They also rent unique vessels like Hydrobikes and Duffy boats.  Hydrobikes are like riding a bike across the water.  And, electric Duffy boats are like the Jungle boats at Disneyland. They are quiet cruisers that accommodate up to ten people at a time.   Duffy boats are easy to operate and offer a  fun way for people of all ages to get out on the water and look around.  Currently, the Ocean Shore Boathouse hours are 11 am to 6 pm daily, except closed on Thursdays.

The Polynesian Resort

The beautiful Polynesian Resort is located right on the beach in Ocean Shores providing the only condominium-style accommodation in Ocean Shores.   There’s ample room for family and friends and plenty of fun to enjoy at The Polynesian Resort. We have a wonderful outdoor private park with basketball, volleyball and picnic facilities, as well as a game room with a pool table. Located near all of Ocean Shore’s fun attractions, shopping, parks, golf, and more, you’ll have nothing but a great time when you stay with us. Book a room with us online, or call us at 1-800-562-4836.



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