Oysterville is the undisputed pearl of the Peninsula, holding court on the northern end of the 28-mile stretch on pristine Willapa Bay. The charming hamlet is often compared to Cape Cod but without the development and we’re all thankful for that.Founded in 1854 and known as “the town that oysters built”, Oysterville was once a bustling town of 500 settlers. In the late 1800’s it is said that there were more gold coins in Oysterville than any other city on the West Coast except San Francisco thanks to the premium prices oysters were fetching.

Today the town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as an evocative reminder of Washington’s colorful past. Willapa Bay is a sanctuary for wildlife including herons, eagles, deer, raccoons, porcupines, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot one of the neighborhood black bears. They, too, seem to appreciate Oysterville’s peace and quiet.