Until the mid-20th century, Spencer Spit on Lopez Island was a popular location for Native Americans to crab, fish, and dig for clams. It got its modern name because the area was homesteaded by the Spencer family in the 1870’s. They built a home on the main part of the island and later constructed a cabin for guests on the sand spit. The family sold the land to Washington State in 1967. Remains of Spencer’s old house are adjacent to the spit while a replica of the cabin is on the spit itself.
When I walked along the beach, I saw many shells and lots of drift wood. Gulls, herons, ospreys, and other sea-loving birds frequents the area because of its rich marine life.