“River or ocean?” When you have a free day, is that your big question?
Why choose? You can have both at Griffiths-Priday State Park!
Griffiths-Priday is set on the Pacific coast, at the mouths of Connor Creek and the Copalis River, 90 minutes west of Olympia.
The beach seems to stretch endlessly, backed by low, grassy dunes and bordered by the Copalis National Wildlife Refuge and Copalis Spit natural area, a haven for migratory birds – and birders. The shoreline also gets rave reviews for its bounty of razor clams in season. The river at this site is unshaded and sandy on the ocean side but green and brushy on the inland side.
Walk on the beach or sit by the river. Fly a kite, run with your dog, dig for shellfish. Or wade into freshwater and catch a few fish while breathing ocean air. At the end of the day, your big decision may be to take another day off.
Griffiths-Priday State Park is a 533-acre marine day-use park with 8,316 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Pacific Ocean, and 9,950 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Copalis River. Griffiths-Priday is not far from prime camping at Ocean City State Park or Pacific Beach State Park.
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.
Water activities & features
Other activities & features
A boardwalk connects the dunes with the beach.
Vehicle access to the beach is closed, due to road erosion.
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.