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USA Parks
North Cascades Region
Birch Bay State Park
5105 Helwig Road
Blaine, Washington   98230

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Birch Bay State Park


Birch Bay State Park
'Our 5ver and truck...'
© Photo by NWlambear

It was late September....and we practically had the whole park to ourselves. We like off season and avoid weekends...usually.

Birch Bay State Park
'View of Birch Bay'


Peeking through trees at the saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay, WA

Birch Bay State Park
'Loop road at Birch Bay State Park'
© Photo by NWlambear

Late September 2009...the park was practically empty.

Birch Bay State Park
'View from our campsite...'
© Photo by NWlambear

Recently spent a few beautiful Fall days here at our local Birch Bay State Park. First visit in our 5th Wheel, but have been there before in our C-Class.

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.

Park hours/updates:

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.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammal Birds Fish & Sea Life? Deer or Elk? Muskrats? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels ? Crows or Ravens? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Gulls? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Owls? Woodpeckers? Wrens ? Clams? Crabs? Mussels? Oysters? Sea Birds? Seals? Starfish? Bullhead? Salmon? Steelhead

Environmental Features Physical Feature Plant Life ? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Alder? Birch? Cherry? Maple? Foxglove? Lupines? Rhododendron? Berries? Eel Grass? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Seaweed
History of the Area
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.
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.

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There is one kitchen shelter with electricity and water; to reserve call (360) 371-2800. The park has six sheltered and 120 unsheltered picnic tables.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 0.5 mi. Hiking Trails ? Boating (saltwater)? Fishing (saltwater)? Personal Watercraft (saltwater)? Swimming (saltwater)? Clamming? Crabbing? Oysters ? 1 Amphitheater? 1 Basketball Court? Beachcombing? Bird Watching? 6 Fire Circles? Interpretive Activities? Wildlife Viewing
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 5
I love Beachwood Resort Campground in Birch Bay
January 5 I love Beachwood Resort Campground
I love Beachwood Resort Campground located next door.
May 1 Loved it!
Great park! had an awesome time!
September 29 Good location...and convenient by NWlambear
Good get-away spot for a few days or so if you live nearby. Or....good also if you are just passing through this part of NW Washington. Husband and I prefer the off season....less people...quiet. We were just there for a few lovely days and most of the sites were empty. Fall is here....many leaves falling....like snow! Beautiful weather...crisp, cool, refreshing. Good for walking...fire in fire pit if you like.
May 20 Best for some, OK for others
This is a popular park, but not overwhelmed. A natural area right on the shoreline, still undergoing some restoration, but not too far removed from small-town style civilization. At summer low tides, gravel areas are great for clamming (check conditions), sandy areas for castle-building and picnics at shore watching heron catch small fish. good road biking, 2nd growth woodland and other shoreline accesses in area. good interpretive programs and volunteer beach naturalists (check schedules)
July 29 Great location
The Birch Bay State park is a nice park secluded yet not too far from civilization. The beach and its breathtaking sunsets are minutes away by foot. There is also a grocery store and a coin operated laundry just up the road (Beechwood grocery). I highly recommend this place for those looking to getaway for the weekend.

Area Campgrounds

The Cedars RV Resort
6336 Portal Way
Ferndale, WA

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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 for one mile, then turn left onto Helweg.

From the north:Take exit #266 off of I-5, and turn right onto Grandview.

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