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Birch Bay State Park

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • Birch Bay from the park shore.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Beach views and the shore road.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Fern foliage on the Terrell Marsh Trail.- Birch Bay State Park
  • An interpretive sign on the Terrell Marsh Trail.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) on the Terrell Marsh Trail.- Birch Bay State Park
  • A family of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) on Terrell Creek.- Birch Bay State Park
  • A typical tent campsite. - Birch Bay State Park
  • One of the 20 RV hook-up sites.- Birch Bay State Park
  • A typical tent campsite with with views of Birch Bay.- Birch Bay State Park
  • The park's outdoor theater.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Looking south from Birch Bay toward the San Juan Islands.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Playing on the beach.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Terrell Creek.- Birch Bay State Park
  • The day use picnic area near Terrell Creek.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Afternoon beach activity.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Looking across to the Canadian Gulf Islands.- Birch Bay State Park
  • The day use picnic area.- Birch Bay State Park
  • Reservable kitchen shelter and restroom facilities.- Birch Bay State Park
  • One of six day use fire circles.- Birch Bay State Park
  • A lazy seagull (Laridae).- Birch Bay State Park
  • - Birch Bay State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Shellfishing and crabbing in Birch Bay. Migratory birds. Interpretive trail.
Cons: 
Peak summer crowds.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Located just a few miles south of the Canadian border in the far northern reaches of the Puget Sound, Birch Bay State Park is a great place to experience the sea without having to drive too far from the freeway. The 1.5-mile saltwater shoreline is packed with shellfish, and it offers beautiful views of Birch Bay and the Canadian Gulf Islands. Peak season boat traffic fills the bay around mid-August when the harvest season for hard shell clams and Dungeness Crab opens. 

Terrell Creek runs the length of the shore and separates the day use area and beach from the 170-site forested campground. With only 20 of those being RV-hookup sites, the area retains a primitive and woodsy feel, especially on the south loop.  The interpretive Terrell Marsh Trail makes a 0.5-mile loop through the east portion of the park and is a wonderful introduction to various types of trees and plants. The marsh is one of the few remaining brackish estuaries in the north Puget Sound, and it attracts many feathered visitors, such as the Migratory Waterfowl and Great Blue Blue Heron.

Note: A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington State Parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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