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Bay View State Park

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • A monument in the center of the day use area.- Bay View State Park
  • A view of the San Juan Islands from the day use area.- Bay View State Park
  • Vault toilets in the day use parking lot.- Bay View State Park
  • Day use shelter area.- Bay View State Park
  • Inside the day use shelter.- Bay View State Park
  • Large group barbecue grills.- Bay View State Park
  • A view south to Padilla Bay.- Bay View State Park
  • A standard tent campsite.- Bay View State Park
  • Relaxing at an RV utility site.- Bay View State Park
  • Padilla Bay.- Bay View State Park
  • Horeshoe pits in the day use area.- Bay View State Park
  • Students on a field trip to the park.- Bay View State Park
  • Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) near the bay at low tide.- Bay View State Park
  • Great blue herons (Ardea herodias) fishing on Padilla Bay.- Bay View State Park
  • A day use picnic area and fire circle.- Bay View State Park
  • The group campsite fire circle.- Bay View State Park
  • Standard tent sites in the campground.- Bay View State Park
  • The campground has six cabins with views of Padilla Bay.- Bay View State Park
  • Views of Padilla Bay from the cabin area.- Bay View State Park
  • Views of the San Juan Islands from a short beach trail.- Bay View State Park
  • - Bay View State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Open all year. Views of the San Juans Islands. Cozy cabins.
Cons: 
Can have strong winds. Small campsites.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Bay View State Park is a year-round beach and camping destination with 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline on Padilla Bay. The bay is one of only 28 national marine estuaries, and it serves as a critical habitat for a variety of wildlife and birds. Mixed forests of Douglas fir, willow, red cedar and red alder bring great natural beauty to the eastern portion of the park and campground area. 

The Padilla Bay coastline was originally inhabited by Native Americans, and there was a main village located where the park is today. This was home to a prominent Noo-Wha-Ah Chief who participated in the signing of the Point Elliot Treaty.

The Bay View State Park Campground provides group accommodations, comfortable cabins, and RV utility sites from which to enjoy the park for overnight trips. From here, it’s a short walk down to the day use beach area for fantastic views out to the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains during clear weather. No hiking trails exist within the park boundary, but the superb Padilla Bay Shore Trail is just a mile to the south.

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