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Dungeness, Washington

Dungeness is an unincorporated community in Clallam County, Washington, United States, located north of Sequim and on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Dungeness has a number of waterfront residential communities, but also features the Dungeness Spit, a popular destination for locals and tourists. The name "Dungeness" refers to the Dungeness headland in England. It was given by George Vancouver in 1792, who wrote: "The low sandy point of land, which from its great resemblance to Dungeness in the British Channel, I called New Dungeness."[1]

Dungeness, Washington
Dungeness Spit at dusk
Dungeness Spit at dusk
Dungeness is located in Washington (state)
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates: 48°08′48″N 123°07′18″W / 48.14667°N 123.12167°W / 48.14667; -123.12167Coordinates: 48°08′48″N 123°07′18″W / 48.14667°N 123.12167°W / 48.14667; -123.12167
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)

Dungeness crab get their name from the area, where the first commercial fishing was done for the species. The Dungeness crab fishery began in 1848 and is said to be the oldest known shellfish fishery of the North Pacific coast.[2] Crab flourish in Dungeness Bay, and crabbing is a popular local pastime.

The 3 Crabs

Recreational areas in and near Dungeness include Cline Spit and the Dungeness Recreation Area and Wildlife Refuge which contain many trails. The latter contains the Dungeness Spit, Washington state's longest natural sand spit and home to the New Dungeness Light House.

Dungeness is currently home to Nash's Organic Farm, Five Acre School, and Olympic Lavender Heritage Farm. The latter is home of the Olympic Lavender Festival and one of many farms featured during the annual Sequim Lavender Farm Tour in July and annual Tour de Lavender Metric Century Ride in August.

The 3 Crabs restaurant was founded in Dungeness in 1958 and existed until it closed in October 2012.[3]

Smaller communities within the Dungeness area include Old Town, which is located near the Cline Spit, and Jamestown, located around Jamestown Road.


  1. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3.
  2. ^ "History of Puget Sound Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery". WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ "3 Crabs site would be razed after state buy, proposal says". Peninsula Daily News. Retrieved 29 December 2014.