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Griffin Bay State Park
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It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
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Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park is a 364-acre marine park with 8,316 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Pacific Ocean and 9,950 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Copalis River. The park extends from the beach through low dunes to the river, then north to the river's mouth. The Copalis Spit natural area, a designated wildlife refuge, is also part of the park. This oceanside beach day-use park extends through walkable low dunes to a river. The park is the northern border of the National Marine Sanctuary, and the Copalis Spit natural area is a designated wildlife refuge, particularly for birds.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

The park is open year round for day use.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Rabbits ? Crows or Ravens? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Pheasants? Wrens? Clams? Sea Birds? Seals? Shellfish? Whales? Perch? Salmon

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life? Alder? Lupines? Rose? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Seaweed

History of the Area
The park owes its existence to Judge Griffiths, who in the late 1800s purchased the original 117 acres that he willed at his death to be made into a park for everyone's enjoyment. Griffiths stipulated that the park be named Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park, a combination of his surname and the name of his foster parents who brought him to America from England as a child.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
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Services/Supplies Available in the area ? Auto repair? Camping? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Groceries? Hardware? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood

Griffin Bay is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail. The two inland campsites are for the exclusive use of boaters arriving by human- or wind-powered watercraft. Visitors arriving by vessels with motors are not allowed to camp at the park, but may use the island for day use. The park has two pit toilets and no potable water.

More about park hours Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
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Day-use accommodations include one kitchen shelter with electricity reservable by calling Ocean City State Park at (360) 289-3553. The park offers 10 unsheltered picnic tables, two windscreens with three picnic tables each and a playfield.

The parking area includes space for 37 cars and three non-camping RVs. The park has a restroom facility.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other? Fishing (freshwater)? Fishing (saltwater)? Clamming? Beachcombing? Bird Watching? Mountain Biking? Wildlife Viewing

A boardwalk connects the dunes with the beach. Vehicle access to the beach is closed, due to road erosion.

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Located 21 miles northwest of Hoquiam, Wash., on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Grays Harbor County.

From Hoquiam:Go north on SR 109 for 21 miles. At Copalis Beach, at the sign for Benner Rd., turn left (west).


Washington State Parks