Pacific Beach State Park features a wide open beachfront with direct access to the Pacific Ocean. This enchanting park offers a plethora of watersports for you to experience and an ocean view campground with 66 campsites, including 42 furnished with electric hookups. Located in the urban area of Pacific Beach, Washington, the 17-acre Pacific Beach State Park is nestled between nearly a half mile of sandy shoreline overlooking the incredible Pacific Ocean and the tranquil waters of Joe Creek. The small park has an urban feeling with amenities galore only a few minutes away from your campsite. When you arrive can find a little bit of an oasis within the quiet urban town, so don’t let the size of the park deter you from visiting.
The area was once the ancestral lands of the Quinault Indian Tribe who were self-reliant in sustaining themselves. Their first encounter with Europeans was in 1775 at Grenville Point where eventually the Spaniards and the tribe clashed over the conversion to Christianity. The Quinault Tribe has occupied land 15 miles to the north of the state park since the Quinault Treaty of 1855. Today, Pacific Beach State Park resides along a gorgeous stretch of sand that is perfect for beach goers and beach enthusiasts.
Activities at Pacific Beach State Park are geared toward watersports, relaxation, and ocean viewing. Watersport adventures include windsurfing, kite boarding, and sea kayaking. Recreational land options have you beachcombing or watching marine life. So if you are itching to experience the ocean in the northwest you should head your RV to Pacific Beach State Park.
The weather at Pacific Beach State Park is more pleasant in the summer months with temperatures from the 60s to high 70s with up to three inches of rain. Winter months brings up to eighteen inches of rain along with temperatures in 40s and 50s.
RV Rentals in Pacific Beach State Park
Transportation in Pacific Beach State Park
Access to Pacific Beach State Park is at the intersection of Beach Avenue and 2nd Street South in the heart of the town of Pacific Beach. Reaching Pacific Beach from the south along Washington State Highway 109 can be challenging starting around Ocean Grove where you will encounter numerous curves, including hairpin turns that may require RV drivers to pull over and allow faster traffic to pass. The highway has similar curves and hairpin turns just before Seabrook but then you will be afforded with an easy drive to Pacific Beach.
If you are traveling north to south along Washington State Highway 109 the only problem area will be around the town of Moclips where you will encounter one hairpin turn within the town before the highway straightens out and allows easy driving for you. Once inside the park driving is limited to a one-way road that travels through the campground and to the day use parking lot. Traffic is generally heavy around the day use parking lot so be aware of your situation.
You should obey all posted speed limits within the campground and be aware of bicyclists, pedestrians and children playing in the road. You can also drive along the uppermost portion of the beach front during the months of October thru March were the speed limit is 25 mph. Use caution and watch out for people picnicking as well as relaxing on the beach area. All-terrain vehicles are prohibited on the beach or dune areas at all times within the park boundaries.
Campgrounds and parking in Pacific Beach State Park
Campsites in Pacific Beach State Park
Pacific Beach State Park Campground
The campground at Pacific Beach State Park consists of one irregular loop that boasts 66 campsites that are furnished with a picnic table. RVers and trailers will find 42 back-in campsites with electricity hookups spread throughout the campground. 26 sites are right on the water's edge. RVs and trailers are limited to 60 feet in length and not all campsites with hookups can accommodate larger vehicles. Each campsite offers a paved parking pad which will not require leveling. There is a dump station near the entrance to the park where you can empty your holding tank and fill-up with water.
The campground offers no help from weather conditions such as wind, sun or rain and the campsites are tightly packed within the camping area. Fires are not allowed within the campground, but you can make one on the beach in the evening as long as the campfire is 100 feet from any type of vegetation. There are two restrooms throughout the campground that offer flush toilets, drinking water and showers. Quiet hours run from 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Generators may be used during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pets are welcome, but must be restrained at all times by a six-foot leash.
Seasonal activities in Pacific Beach State Park
Watersports are plentiful at Pacific Beach State Park where you can go sea kayaking, swimming, and windsurfing on the Pacific Ocean waters. Kayaking will take some paddling power to get past the rip currents until you reach comfortable waters offshore. Swimming is best along the northern portion of the beach area where the rip tides are not as strong but caution is still advised. Summer months bring plenty of wind to the area so the swells are perfect for speed, as well as acrobatic maneuvers with your windsurf board.
One of the more popular things to do for RV visitors in Pacific Beach State Park is to go beachcombing. The beach stretches for almost a half mile within the park and you can expect to find interesting shaped drift wood, plenty of sea shells, and you can spot razor clams in the sand. Bring your kite and extra string because a great thing to combine with beachcombing is kite flying. While you walk the beach there is plenty of sandy beachfront to maneuver your kite above in the sky especially during the windy months of summer.
You should always have your fishing pole ready to grab in the camper when you go to Pacific Beach State Park. Surf fishing is extremely popular year round but is best during the summer months when salmon, sea run cutthroat trout, and steelhead head inland along the waters of Joe Creek. Other species you can expect to catch include several species of perch. Unfortunately clamming is not allowed on the beachfront at the park. You should check the Washington fishing rules and regulations before casting out into the ocean waters.
Hiking is limited at Pacific Beach State Park, however, the Sheahan Trail will take you from the day use parking lot over several windswept sand dunes until you reach the coastline. While hiking on the trail, you will be pleased with the interpretive signage that explains the ecosystem of the area and what type of wildlife you can expect to see. Bird lovers will enjoy the hike along the dunes where you have the opportunity to view over 300 species of birds including Bald Eagles. Of course, you can also hike up and down the beach as much as you want while taking in those majestic ocean views.
Bring your board, wax, and a heavy wet suit because surfing in the winter months at Pacific Beach State Park is excellent. The giant swells and waves make this a great place to surf with both right and left breaks. There are better conditions in the southern portion of the beach area near the mouth of Joe Creek. Paddling out might be a chore and is not recommended for beginners. However, more advanced surfers will relish the idea of big waves, beautiful scenery, and minimal crowds.
Whale watching in the winter months is a fabulous thing to do during your RV camping trip to Pacific Beach State Park. Gray whales start to migrate south from the colder waters of the north between the months of November through February. The watching continues through April as the gray whales migrate north from their breeding grounds of Baja California in the Pacific Ocean. An added bonus for whale watchers is that you can park your vehicle on the hard packed sand on the uppermost portion of the beach area. Watching from your own vehicle is the only way to keep dry during the heavy rainy months of winter.