Bay View State Park

Located in Mount Vernon, Washington, Bay View State Park is a 66-acre camping park with 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline on Padilla Bay. This park is closely situated next to the Padilla Bay Estuary, an 11,000 acre bay known by researchers, students, and tourists alike. If you love salt water air and sea creatures, this is the place to head to.

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Photo credit: Washington State Parks Website


bay view state park swimming
Photo credit: Washington State Parks Website

While some Washington beaches aren’t the best place to get swimming in, you’ll love that the beach at Bay View State Park offers a delightful place to swim, tan, and take in the salty air. Just be aware that there aren’t any lifeguards on duty, so swim at your own risk.

As always, make sure kids have adults present and that you bring any necessary safety equipment with you.

Wildlife Viewing

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Photo credit: Washington State Parks Website

Wildlife viewing opportunities about at Bay View. In fact, for those who love watching sea creatures you’ll appreciate the large estuary next door. For those who prefer to watch birds, turtles, and other land dwelling animals you can camp out on the peaceful beach or take a walk around the parks many trails. A quiet walk is sure to cause you to stumble upon many beautiful animals.

Remember when viewing wildlife look and don’t touch. And please do not feed the animals.

Saltwater Fishing

Those who love to saltwater fish will appreciate how this park offers you plenty of opportunities to catch the big one. Per the Washington State Parks website, “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.”

Be sure to follow all rules. It’s an important part of ensuring conservation efforts are respected.

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