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North Cascades Region
Bay View State Park
Bay View State Park Bayview sunset © Janet Chambers
Bay View State Park © Janet Chambers

Phone: 888-226-7688
Reservations: 888-226-7688
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 15 existing national marine estuaries. On clear days, park users see the Olympic Mountains to the west and Mt. Rainier to the south.

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.
History of the Area
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.
The park has 46 tent spaces, 29 utility spaces, four cabins, one dump station, one restroom and two showers. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). The campground is divided into three areas.

Sites T1 to T9 (the view sites) provide the best opportunity to view Padilla Bay and are also utility sites. Site length is approximately 60 feet, and all sites are back-ins.

Sites T10 to T30 (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.

Group Accommodations:

The park provides one group camp for tents only. The camp accommodates 20 to 64 people. There is no space for RVs. Showers and restrooms are nearby. Fees vary with size of the group
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.

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.
Area Attractions
The beach area is good for swimming, but no lifeguards are on-site. On windy days, with appropriate tides, sailboarding is becoming more popular. Crabbing and clamming are best at other locations along Padilla Bay or Bellingham Bay.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 13 When we were young by Ramy & Britt
It was some time in 1974... we came back from Vancouver Canada... and we styed about two weeks there in Bay View State Park...living in a tent...
September 17 Fishermans hideaway by David H. from Centralia
We recently tent camped (Sept 9-13) I have to say it was the nicest time we ever had in the park. Not because we limited everyday on Pink salmon, but do to the fact that the state employee (named Laurie) treated us like family! She was very informative, eager to be part of our lives and share hers. She even went out of her way to bring us some homemade banana bread, on her own time. The camp ground was quite and clean! We will be back for sure! Keep up the good work and I pray you see the value in Laurie as we do. Keep her there whatever it takes! Thank you for the wonderful time!
June 28 Definitely coming back! by EllieC23
This past weekend was my first time going and it was great! The kids loved it and had a great time exploring around the campsite and going down to the beach playing in the sand. Our site was nice and secluded and the bathroom facilities were well kept with warm water! Definitely coming back!

Area Campgrounds
Wildwood Resort
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Fidalgo Bay Resort
4701 Fidalgo Bay Road
Anacortes, WA
Pioneer Trails RV Resort & Campground
7337 Miller Road
Anacortes, WA

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.


Washington State Parks