Birch Bay State Park

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 shellfish resources 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. A natural game sanctuary is at the park's north end.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.
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  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. Maps
ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Campground
  • Restroom
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
There is one kitchen shelter with electricity and water that is on a first come, first served basis. A reservable group day-use area includes a picnic shelter and accommodates up to 125 guests. The park has six sheltered and 120 unsheltered picnic tables. Call the park to reserve at (360) 371-2800.

  • Half mile of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
  • Boating
  • Boat ramp
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
  • Oyster harvesting
  • Personal watercraft
  • Swimming
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • Basketball court
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Six fire circles
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
Birch Bay State Park has an active summer interpretive program, a half-mile Terrell Marsh Interpretive Trail and four interpretive signs throughout the park.

Additional Information
  • Birch Bay is a popular destination for hard shell clamming, and is abundant in Dungeness crab. Harvest season normally begins mid-August.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington State Parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.