In the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains you’ll find Sequim Bay State Park. Boasting nearly a mile of shoreline, this 92-acre park is filled with activities to enjoy during your stay. Take a hike or bike ride down the Olympic Discovery Trail, which has a section running directly through the park. Hop on your paddle-board or kayak to paddle around the calm water in the bay. The micro-climate of Sequim brings an average annual rainfall of 17 inches. This is considerably less than the surrounding areas.
For about a century it was believed that Sequim translated to “quiet waters.” In 2010, this translation was determined to be incorrect. The correct translation is a “place to go to shoot.” It is thought to be a reference to Sequim's hunting history for elk and waterfowl. While hunting is prohibited in the state park, it is great for bird watching and spotting other wildlife such as deer, many species of birds, and various sea life. You’ll be sure to see plenty of different animals and marine life during your stay no matter the season.
Sequim Bay State Park hosts several sites with full hookups. There are others with partial hookups and some dry sites that can fit an RV or trailer of varying lengths. The peak season runs from May to mid-September. The off-season begins in mid-September and runs through mid-May. Campsites at the state park are reservation only. Reservations can be made online or over the phone.
Located on Sequim Bay in the Olympic Peninsula, the state park is located off highway 101 in Sequim, WA. The park entrance is on highway 101. This well-known highway runs along the Pacific Coast from southern California through Tumwater Washington. Sequim Bay State Park is near the city of Sequim and other localities, so if in need of gas or other supplies, it’s not a long drive for supplies.
If driving north on highway 101, be mindful of the curves. The highway mostly follows the coastline and while it provides stunning scenery, the road can be treacherous, especially at night. If coming from the west, you’ll experience a mostly easy route driving to the state park. You’ll pass over the floating Hood Canal Bridge. The bridge can be opened at times to allow for boats and vessels to pass through. The length of time the bridge is open can vary, which can cause traffic to stack up.
On either route, be cautious of driving while in the rain as the roads can become slick. If visiting the state park in the wintertime, watch for black ice, especially on bridges and shady areas.
Sequim Bay State Park hosts 26 campsites with full hookups in the RV loop. There are an additional 15 campsites with water and 50-amp electric hookups throughout the campground. In addition to campsites with full or partial hookups, some dry campsites can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 30ft. Be sure to reserve your site online or by calling the park. These spots can fill up months in advance.
Some parking pads are sloped, so come prepared to level your rig if need be. Each campsite is equipped with a fire-pit and picnic table. There is a dump station located within the state park for those without sewer hookups. Electric generators may be used between 8am and 9pm.
Other state park amenities include restrooms with showers, a park store with supplies such as ice, a boat ramp, and boat mooring. Pets are allowed with in the park, but must be kept on a leash at all times. There are doggy bags located throughout the park to pick up after your pet.
Boating, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are just a few of the popular activities you can experience in the calm waters of Sequim Bay. While out on your watercraft, keep an eye out for otters, jellyfish, and other wildlife. You may even spot an eagle nesting in a tree. Bring your poles and fishing license for salmon fishing. You’re bound to have a relaxing time out on the water!
With its 4,909 feet of saltwater coast, Sequim Bay State Park is perfect for beach combing. During low tide head on down to the beach to see what treasures and marine life you might find. Turn over a rock near the water or tide pool and you may find a flurry of tiny crabs. Walking along the shoreline you’ll find clam and oyster shells and may even find a few live ones that have been washed in by the changing tides.
The Olympic Discovery Trail is a 120-mile-long trail that spans the Olympic Peninsula and runs to the Pacific Ocean. The trail passes through cities that include Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Forks, and Sequim. Sequim Bay State Park is host to a portion of this trail. Hop on your bike or set off on foot for a hike for beautiful views of the ocean and the Olympic Mountains.
The state park provides a few casual games you can play with friends or family just for fun or for a friendly competition. There are horseshoe pits located in the park. Across highway 101 from the park there are also tennis courts and a baseball field. A tunnel connects the park to the sports fields, so state park campers have direct access without having to crossover the highway.
Sequim Bay State Park is perfect for birdwatching with both migratory and year-round species known to frequent the park. Look for herons and hawks gliding through the skies or an eagle perched high in a tree. Watch waterfowl fish for food and float on the bay water. No matter the time a day or season you’re bound to see many different species of birds throughout the park.
When visiting the state park be sure to bring a shovel or clam gun. The 4,909 feet of shoreline at the state park offers plenty of clam digging opportunities. At low-tide, head down to the beach to dig for fresh clams. A shellfish harvesting license is required for individuals 15 and older. Check for closings as some beaches may close sporadically due to pollution and other toxins.