Bay View State Park

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Bay View State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

Bay View State Park is a 25-acre camping park with 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline on Padilla Bay. Over 11,000 acres of Padilla Bay are designated as National Estuarine Sanctuary. Breazeale Padilla Bay Interpretive Center is located a half mile north of the park. The park offers views of the San Juan Islands fronting Padilla Bay, one of 28 existing national marine estuaries. On clear days, park users see the Olympic Mountains to the west and Mt. Rainier to the south. Bay View State Park was the home of Pat-Teh-Us, a Noo-Wha-Ah Indian chief and signer of the Point Elliot Treaty. The town was named by William J. Mckenna, who plotted the original townsite in 1884. The original portion of the park was donated to the state in 1925 by the Skagit County Agricultural Association with the understanding that it would become a state park. Additional parcels were acquired up until 1968. The park site, formerly a baseball field and racetrack, derives its name from the community of Bay View.

Map of Bay View (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 48.489850, -122.480412

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park is on Padilla Bay with a public watercraft launch three blocks from the park. Be advised Padilla Bay is heavily influenced by tidal action. The bay becomes a large mud flat during low tides. Skagit County Parks provides a boat launch eight miles west of the park, just off Hwy. 20 under the Swinomish Channel. The launch is useable under various tide conditions.

  • Camping

    The park has 46 tent spaces, 29 utility spaces, six cabins, two restrooms and six showers. Maximum site length is 50 feet (may have limited availability). The campground is divided into three areas. Sites 1 to 9 (the view sites) provide the best opportunity to view Padilla Bay and are also utility sites. Site length is approximately 50 feet and all sites are back-ins. Sites 10 to 30 (the utility sites) face a 1.5-acre grassy section, which provides space for kids to play safely and for parents to keep an eye on them. Site length varies, with 40 feet the maximum length. All sites are back-ins. Sites 31 to 76 (the standard campsites) provide a parking place, stove, picnic table and space to pitch a tent. Tent size and vehicle parking lengths vary from 25 to 40 feet. Only a few of the sites can accommodate a large tent. All sites are back-ins.

  • Fishing

    Saltwater fishing is available. Please Note: Until further notice, there is no shellfish harvesting at Bay View State Park.

  • Hiking

    Please contact the park for information on hiking trails.

  • Picnicking

    The beach shelter capacity is 175 people. It provides a view of Padilla Bay, two large barbecues and ADA access, but no electricity. Rental fees vary depending on size of the group. The park also provides six sheltered and 62 unsheltered picnic tables available first-come, first-served. No keg beer is permitted on the premises.

  • Water Sports

    The beach area is good for swimming, but no lifeguards are on-site. On windy days, with appropriate tides, sailboarding is becoming more popular.

Seasonality/Weather

Dump station closure notice: Due to a failed drain field, the dump station at the park is closed indefinitely. Park staff will provide directions to local dump stations in the Burlington/Mt. Vernon area. Please Note: Until further notice, there is no shellfish harvesting at Bay View State Park. Park hours/updates: Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year-round for camping and day use. Some campsites are closed in winter. Camping: Check-in time, 2:30 p.m. Check-out time, 1 p.m. Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Directions

Driving

Located seven miles west of Burlington, Wash., and 14 miles east of Anacortes, Wash. in Skagit County. From I-5 north or south: Take exit #230. Follow Hwy. 20 seven miles west to Bay View-Edison Rd. Signs will alert you to a right turn. Turn right onto Bay View-Edison Rd. Park is four miles north of Hwy. 20.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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