James Island Quillayute River La Push, Washington Webcam – James Island is an island at the mouth of the Quillayute River near La Push, Washington, reportedly named either for Francis W. James, the first white man to climb the island in 1885, though the Origin of Washington Geographic Names attributes the naming to a Quileute chief named Jimmie Howeshatta.
Until the second half of the 19th century, the island was the site of a fortified village. After this, it was used as a site for growing crops for residents of the mainland, as well as a burial site for tribal chiefs. At 160 feet in height, the island was also used as a lookout for spotting whales. The island was formerly a sea stack, connected to the mainland, until the US Army Corps of Engineers rerouted the Quillayute River, separating it. Today, the US Coast Guard operates a lighthouse and foghorn for boats coming into the harbor.
This webcam features a view extending from the sea stacks and surf near the mouth of the Quillayute River across the Pacific Ocean to the western horizon. The sea stacks shown are located between James Island and Little James Island, near LaPush (about 15 miles west of Forks). The jetty visible at low tide creates part of the Quillayute River navigational channel. Watch for seals, seagulls, eagles and other wildlife!
Webcam: James Island Webcam (click image to view webcam – 5 second refresh rate)