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Washington State Parks

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North Cascades Region
Birch Bay State Park
Birch Bay State Park Tranquility © Tricia Jones
Birch Bay State Park Loop road at Birch Bay State Park © Brian and Tricia Jones
Late September 2009...the park was practically empty.
5105 Helwig Road
Blaine, Washington   98230

Reservations: 888-226-7688
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.
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.

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.

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!

Area Campgrounds
The Cedars RV Resort
6336 Portal Way
Ferndale, WA

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.


Washington State Parks