Birch Bay State Park, Birch Bay

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Birch Bay State Park is a 194acre Washington state park located south of Blaine in Whatcom County. The park has of saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay and of freshwater shoreline along Terrell Creek. Recreational opportunities include camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, crabbing, clamming, and boating.
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  • The park has great views of the ocean and is an excellent beach walk. Very good selection of sea birds and shore birds for the bird watchers.  more »
  • Well maintained camping and day use park on Birch Bay. The sites are a little close, but well groomed and the rest rooms are immaculate. Popular activities include trail biking, kayaking and shell fis...  more »
  • After a bad start, where the reservations staff cancelled our first night in error, the ranger on duty (James) was very helpful in sorting us out with an alternative camping spot for our three night s...  more »
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  • This is a quite large park that requires Discovery Pass or for you to pay about $10 per day. There is a lot of parking spaces along the Bay (not just next to the main party of the park). There are 2 restrooms that I've seen. One is a newer building with 1 shower stall, 2 changing stalls, 2 sinks with water, hand dryers, and of course toilets. You can walk along the beach which is typically composed of rocks and sometimes sand. I recommend checking when the high tide is online before coming because the scenery will be so much better. The first time I came, it was during low tide and the water was so far away from the road that it wasn't particularly appealing to look at the wet rocks and sand, almost mud-like consistency in some areas. But high tide is a completely different story. A lot of kids and even adults swim at this park because the water is quite warm. The water seemed a little too dirty for my liking - at least in the areas I looked at, but that clearly hasn't stopped others, and I assume the water would get clearer once you get further from the edge and deeper into the water. In all, this is a great location to spend a day at with your family and kids for a picnic, a swim, a walk along the beach or on trails, etc. and free (if you already have Discovery Pass). :)
  • The park was well maintained and the campground was great as well. Site 104 offered good privacy and was close the beach and restrooms. The host was so sweet! The beach was rocky but beautiful. Lots of sea creatures to find and a nice playground for the kids. There is a great little general store on the way in for all the things we forgot. The candy shop on the way out was a really fun way to end the trip too!
  • Great place for a beach walk, bbq (once burn ban expires), splash in the ocean, just take a break and watch the sunset. They also offer both rent and RV camping but reservations are highly recommended they fill up fast during our wonderful but somewhat short summer. You will need a Washington state parking pass for this park, annual is the way to go if you're local or planning to visit for more than 2 days. The attached picture is a sunset from a few days ago, they are really spectacular there.
  • Camped here while driving to and from Whistler. Can't speak to the beach, but I do have a couple thoughts on the campground. First, if you are staying in the North campground, stay away from the restrooms! They have ridiculously loud hand dryers, and the doors were propped open, so from Site 63 anyway, it was pretty annoying. On our way back we decided to try the South campground. While looking at the map, a friendly ranger stopped by. We mentioned the noise, and he recommended Site 137, which was great. Very large, with some privacy from nearby sites, yet still close to the restroom. And the restrooms over here were larger and without the turbo dryers. Also of note is that they have three different prices for various campsites. I believe it was $25 for the least popular, $30 for the majority of sites, and $35 for the most popular.
  • Great place to take the family. We go very frequently since we are in walking distance. Really close to the c shop as well so you can work off the ice cream that you will inevitably buy. Definitely would recommend visiting here and going to the park or camping. Lots of fun!
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