Share:

Bottle Beach State Park

Ruby Egbert Natural Area

Southwest Washington Coast, Washington

Start Exploring
Bottle Beach State Park

Share:

Advertisement
  • Parking area and vault toilet at Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • West viewing shelter at Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • View out over Gray's Harbor from Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • View out over Gray's Harbor from Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • View out over Gray's Harbor from Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • View out over Gray's Harbor from Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • View toward Westport from Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Trail toward the east viewing shelter in Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
  • Bottle Beach State Park.- Bottle Beach State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Bird watching. Serene stretch of beach. Short hiking trail. Clam digging.
Cons: 
Muddy tidal flats.
Advertisement
Region:
Southwest Washington Coast, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Team

Thanks to a conservation campaign spearheaded by local activist Ruby Egbert and fellow birder Bob Morse in 1989, Bottle Beach State Park became Washington's first state park completely dedicated to the protection of bird habitat.

Today, Bottle Beach State Park is a modest, 75-acre preserve located on the southern shore of Grays Harbor roughly 14 miles from Aberdeen. The park is popular for bird watching, general wildlife viewing and casual hiking. From the parking area, a 0.6 mile trail and boardwalk leads past Redman Slough to the tidal flats and beach of Grays Harbor, with opportunities to stop at the park's two wildlife viewing shelters and large platform. With over a million migratory shorebirds stopping over annually, the park's trail has been designated an official Washington State Birding Trail by the Audubon Society.

Interestingly, the site was slated to be the primary deep-water port north of San Francisco at the end of the nineteenth century. Here at Ocosta, the Northern Pacific Railroad planned to create their Pacific Ocean terminus. Prospectors and investors followed suite, and soon the town of Ocosta was home to numerous hotels, three churches, a bank, post office, a school, a lumber company, and even its own brewery. Growing concerns over sedimentation along with financial challenges finally lead Tacoma, Washington to be the chosen terminus of the railway, and the economic promise of Ocosta quickly slipped away.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Map

Field Guide + Map

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(6 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(20 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
7 Members
Who's Done It
4 Members
Submission by
Team
1275 Adventures Explored
1273 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info