Birch Bay State Park

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Birch Bay State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

Birch Bay State Park is a 194-acre camping park with 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay and 14,923 feet of freshwater shoreline on Terrell Creek. The park is rich in archeological significance and offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and Canadian Gulf Islands. The Terrell Creek Marsh is one of the few remaining saltwater/freshwater estuaries in north Puget Sound. The park features nearly two miles of beach and great views of the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. A natural game sanctuary is at the park's north end. Birch Bay State Park has an active summer interpretive program, a 1/2 mile Terrell March Interpretive Trail and four interpretive signs throughout the park. Birch Bay was named by botanist Archibald Menzies for its abundance of black birch trees. Menzies was on the 1792 Vancouver expedition. Archeological evidence indicates that the bay was inhabited by Semiahmoo, Lummi and Nooksack tribes since prehistoric times. At the turn of the 20th century, the huge fir trees of the area were logged with oxen and horse teams. Large old-growth stumps, with spring-board marks, remain as evidence. Captain Vancouver stopped in Birch Bay during 1792 to calibrate instruments used to map their location and to brew beer, a common staple on the long voyage.

Map of Birch Bay (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 48.903997, -122.758656

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Activities

  • Boating

    Saltwater Boating is available.

  • Camping

    The park has 147 tent spaces (12' x 12') in the forested camping area, plus 20 utility spaces, an RV dump station, eight restrooms (one ADA), and 18 showers (two ADA). Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). Camping areas are subject to availability, and reservations are accepted for summer camping.

  • Fishing

    Birch Bay is a popular destination for hard shell clamming and is abundant in Dungeness crab, harvest season normally begins mid-August.

  • Hiking

    A half mile of hiking trails are available.

  • Picnicking

    There is one kitchen shelter with electricity and water; first come, first served. A reservable group day-use area includes a picnic shelter and accomodates up to 125 guests. The park has six sheltered and 120 unsheltered picnic tables.

  • Water Sports

    Saltwater swimming is available.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer: 6:30 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 20 miles north of Bellingham, Wash., and ten miles south of Blaine, Wash., near the Canadian border in Whatcom County. From the south: Take exit #266 off of I-5. Go left on Grandview for seven miles, then right on Jackson Road for 1/2 mile, then turn left onto Helweg. From the north: Take exit #266 off of I-5, and turn right onto Grandview for seven miles, then right on Jackson Road for 1/2 mile, then turn left onto Helweg.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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