Birch Bay State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by dramatic views of the Cascade Mountains and the Canadian Gulf Islands, Birch Bay State Park is the ultimate outdoor playground just 10 miles south of Blaine, Washington, near the Canadian border. This 644-acre park has nearly two miles of secluded beachfront perfect for water sports with a natural game sanctuary in the north.

Set on 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay and 15,000 feet of freshwater shoreline along Terrell Creek, there are endless options for waterside recreation here all year round. Once you’ve set up your RV camp, go windsurfing, boating or fishing in the bay, hunt for crabs and clams at low tide, or hike the surrounding trails. The Terrell Creek Marsh is a rare saltwater and freshwater estuary – one of the few remaining in the northern Puget Sound – and its interpretive trail is ideal for immersing yourself in the birdlife and wildlife, from great blue herons to delightful songbirds.

Birch Bay State Park’s campground is perfect for an RV holiday with spacious sites, picnic areas and even a boat ramp for launching your own watercraft. In summer, the days are comfortable and warm while winters are cold and wet. Whatever time of year you visit, you can play a round of basketball, attend an environmental education program in the summer, or set off to explore the surrounding areas, such as the border town of Blaine or the university town of Bellingham.

Camping Accommodations

60’
Max RV length
60’
Max trailer length
Electrical hookup
Water hookup
Generator use
Food storage
Sewer hookup
Dogs & cats

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Transportation in Birch Bay State Park

Birch Bay State Park is easily accessible and well signposted, located approximately ten miles off the I-5 South. Once within the park, there are no driving restrictions for RVs or other rigs so you won’t have any trouble getting around. You can park your RV or camper van at the day area and enjoy the picnic facilities during daylight hours, or otherwise at the campsite if you’re staying overnight. Once you’ve parked your RV, hiking and biking are easy ways to get around the park without having to deconstruct your camp, and a boat launching pad makes boating another great option to explore the park’s shoreline from the water.

Campgrounds and parking in Birch Bay State Park

Campsites in Birch Bay State Park

Main Campground

There are 147 standard campsites and 20 partial hook up utility sites for RVs and trailers in the forested camping area. Each campsite has electricity, a picnic table and fire pit. There is access to drinking water, eight restrooms with hot showers (including ADA) and an RV dump station.

Other facilities at the park include a boat ramp, amphitheater, half-sized basketball court, and a half mile hiking trail. At the day use area, there are six sheltered and 120 unsheltered picnic tables plus one reservable kitchen shelter with electricity and water available on a first come, first served basis.

The maximum site length for the RV campsites is 60 feet but these are limited so make sure you book early. The park is open year round for camping and day use but some campsites may be partially closed in winter. Campsites are reservable from May to September, after which they are available on a first come, first served basis. One party is allowed per site up to a maximum of eight people per campsite.

Engine-driven electric generators may be operated between the hours of 08h00 and 21h00. Pets are welcome at the campground but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Primitive Group Camp

There also is a primitive group camp available at Birch Bay State Park that accommodates up to 40 guests as well as two group camps with five standard campsites in each. Restrooms are available with flush toilets and hot showers.

The park is open year round for camping and day use but some campsites may be partially closed in winter. Campsites are reservable from May to September, after which they are available on a first come, first served basis. One party is allowed per site up to a maximum of eight people per campsite.

Engine-driven electric generators may be operated between the hours of 08h00 and 21h00. Pets are welcome at the campground but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Seasonal activities in Birch Bay State Park

Boating

As Birch Bay State Park conveniently has a boating ramp on-site, you can bring along your own personal watercraft and enjoy water skiing, wake boarding and tubing in the summer months just a few steps from your campsite. The sunsets from the water are phenomenal! A day use area means you can enjoy boating at the park and use the picnic spot on the edge of Birch Bay even if you’re not staying overnight.

Water sports

A variety of summer water sports can be enjoyed at Birch Bay State Park. When the weather is good, enjoy swimming, canoeing and kayaking along the beautiful blue waters of Birch Bay or Terrell Creek. The fun doesn’t stop when the wind is blowing either as windsurfing, sailing and kite surfing are popular activities enjoyed off the coast in Birch Bay. Surfing is also a popular activity; the most popular spot to catch waves is in the middle of Birch Bay State Park at a surf spot called 'Seaman Spit'. On good days, you can surf all the way down the shore (about 50 yards).

Beachcombing & picnics

The glorious stretch of rocky beachfront along Birch Bay is perfect for lazy summer picnics and sea swimming in the warmer months. There is also a scenic picnic spot with a variety of picnic tables available at the day use area if you’re not staying overnight. Afterwards, the beach is perfect for a little beachcombing - walk along the bay at high tide or on the beach collecting unique shells and admiring the incredible marine life, from crabs to oysters, that lie scattered along the sands at low tide. Birch Bay State Park is known for its ecological diversity with both saltwater and freshwater access.

Nature walks

Birch Bay State Park’s many acres are filled with scenic nature trails to explore. Stroll the one and a half miles of saltwater shoreline along Birch Bay or enjoy the active summer interpretive program, the Terrell Marsh Interpretive Trail. This half mile loop is one of the last salt and freshwater estuaries in the northern Puget Sound. It runs through a forest of maple, paper birch, alder, cedar and hemlock with ten informative signs along the way. There is some incredible wildlife and birdlife to be seen, from American bald eagle to Great Blue Heron, so pack your camera and your binoculars!

Bird watching

Birders will be in their element at Birch Bay State Park with everything from migratory waterfowl to birds of prey to be spotted. You’ll see saltwater species like the common loon, and western grebe, as well as shorebirds like the greater and lesser yellowlegs, black turnstones and marbled godwits. Winter waterfowl viewing is particularly good and the chance to spot American bald eagles is nearly guaranteed in the off season when they feed on spawning salmon in the rivers. The Terrell Marsh Interpretive Trail is a fantastic spot to view great blue herons and smaller songbirds.

Fishing

Birch Bay State Park is perfect for this peaceful recreation with 8,255 feet of shoreline for fishing and catching hard shell clams, Dungeness crabs and oysters. During fall, enjoy fishing for Chinook, Pink or Sockeye salmon, and harvesting season for shellfish in mid-August. The clam band is a stretch of sand and gravel where you can dig for native littleneck clams and Manila clams. You’ll also find butter clams, cockles and horse clams at low tide. Some oysters can be found on the beach, but there are not very many. Please note that a recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at all Washington State Parks.