Inlet FAQs:

Q: Is an inlet an indentation of a shoreline?

A: Yes, and usually long and narrow, such as a small bay or arm, that often leads to an enclosed body of salt water, such as a sound, bay, lagoon, or marsh.

Q: Are inlets called canals?

A: Yes, and e.g., Portland Canal, Lynn Canal, Hood Canal, and some are channels, e.g., Dean Channel and Douglas Channel.