There is diesel and gasoline available in La Push for boats. Transit moorage is also available. There are not many shore-side services, although there is a good restaurant near the fuel dock and a small resort store within a reasonable walk. A free shuttle bus runs into the nearby town of Forks, where groceries and hardware are available. There is a Coast Guard station at La Push. Cell phone coverage is poor.
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La Push, an Indian village on the E bank and about 0.4 mile above the entrance of Quillayute River, is an important sport fishing center.
The river channel is protected by a jetty on the SE side and a dike on the NW side; a lighted whistle buoy is about 1.8 miles SW from the outer end of the jetty. About 250 feet of the outer end of the jetty is awash at high water.
The river channel leads from the sea to a small-craft basin at La Push. The entrance channel is marked by a directional light. The channel to the basin is marked by a light and seasonal buoys. Buoys are not charted because they are frequently shifted in position; local knowledge is advised. In 2011, depths of 4 to 10 feet were available in the basin. The N and S sides of the entrance to the basin are marked by lights.
The channel, which passes close to the SE shore of James Island, is sometimes dangerous, especially in heavy S weather. Weather conditions which make the entrance hazardous normally occur only in the winters, usually in December and January. When there are breakers of any size making across the entrance, it should not be attempted except at better than half tide and with a well-powered boat.