Eld Inlet

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Eld Inlet is an inlet at the southern end of Puget Sound in the U.S. state of Washington. It lies between Budd Inlet to the east and Totten Inlet to the northwest. This inlet is about 5.1 miles NW of the state capital, Olympia, 6.8 miles NNW of the city of Tumwater,and 8.2 miles WNW of the city of Lacey. Eld Inlet is about 6 miles (9.7 km) long.[1] The southern end of the inlet is called Mud Bay.


In May 1792 Peter Puget and Joseph Whidbey of the Vancouver Expedition explored Eld Inlet. At the southern end they found a native village of about 60 inhabitants. Due to the friendly reception Puget called the place Friendly Inlet.[2]

Eld Inlet was given its present name by Charles Wilkes during the United States Exploring Expedition, to honor one of the expedition's officers, Midshipman Henry Eld.[3][4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eld Inlet
  2. ^ Roberts, John E. (2005). A Discovery Journal: George Vancouver's First Survey Season - 1792. Trafford Publishing. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-4120-7097-3.
  3. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. pp. 19, 44. ISBN 0-295-95158-3.
  4. ^ "Thurston County Place Names: A Heritage Guide" (PDF). Thurston County Historical Commission. 1992. p. 23. Retrieved 28 March 2018.

Coordinates: 47°4′57″N 122°59′21″W / 47.08250°N 122.98917°W / 47.08250; -122.98917