Kelly's Marina is the greatest place on Earth. And I've been to the Vatican, Eiffel Tower and Eagle River, Wisconsin. Kelly's is a bright green building right off of the 101. We ended up here on a rainy Sunday. Mary was visiting and we had hiked Cape Falcon earlier that day. Within 10 minutes of showing up, we already had our nets in the water. It was a really laid back day with a bunch of people hanging out around the fire pits. There was a Dave and Jimmy reunion (see pic below). Kelly didn't grace us with his presence until the tail-end of our stay. He loved Mary and deemed her, "the fire-keeper." At a later date, Mary would be offered a job at the Marina. We didn't catch any keepers, but there were some epic battles of man/woman versus crab. At one point, one of the little guys picked up a stick to use as a weapon! We purchased crab to feast on while we listened to Dave and Jimmy perform songs which I can only compare to the likes of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
Aaron and I came back with his parents a few weeks later, then I brought my parents and Erin here. We recently brought mini-van of people: Kara, Mary, Rachel, Phil and Sarah to meet with our friends Amanda and Joe. The verdict: everyone loves this place. If you're going to be on the coast, break up the drive with a quick stop here. The crabbing process yourself is very simple: you throw a net in the water, go drink a beer for 20 minutes (this place is BYOB) and then go check the net. It's a really laid back environment and it's a good time rain or shine!
This place is located north of Tillamook on the 101. If you catch a keeper, they will cook it for you and show you what parts to eat etc. The owners are always around and are really nice people. Camping is available on the property.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2012. I quickly identified myself as a hiker. I want to document my experiences so that I can refer to them for myself and others to provide the best hiking experience. I also hope to learn more about hiking from others comments and recommendations.