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“Nice place to stop to let the kids run around”

Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Birch Bay
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We spent one afternoon exploring this camping park. Like most of the Pacific NW, it offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and Canadian Gulf Islands. There are hiking trails and a natural game sanctuary at the park's north end.

The children, ages 3-11, loved the long rocky beach and found many interesting "stuff". It was a cold day (we're from Florida after all) so swimming was not for us, though many others were taking advantage of the sunny day.

3  Thank Sofsof2
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We decided to stop here on our return from Vancouver BC since it is located just off I-5 South. It was a nice treat. The tide was out and you could trek almost half a mile out to the water. The town itself was quaint and charming with ample public access points to reach the water. The park itself was nice and clean. A plus is that you can have both saltwater and freshwater experiences in one park with its proximity to the ocean and Terrell Creek. Definitely worth spending a little time here.

2  Thank edge8400
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We go to Birch Bay at least once a year to camp. It is 20minutes from our home in Bellingham to the campsite. It is a clean, well regulated campground. Local Sheriffs are ever present poaching speeders who seem to enjoy cruising the beach strip in a variety of car show worthy vehicles. The road closes at dusk and re-opens in the morning so there is no night traffic noise.
This place is the definition of family friendly. There are a couple of camping loops that are flat with well worn paths for our kids to test their mountain biking skills. There is a camp store just outside the park that services a large RV park next door. Even little legs can manage the 1 mile ride to Birch Bay where there are cute restaurants, the first one is the C (Candy shop) to get shaved ice, ice cream, popcorn and candy. There is a slough that runs between the campground and the beach that is a haven for all sorts of birds including blue herons and kingfishers that graced us with their presence. The crows and ninja squirrels operatives are brave and resourceful, the later managing to open a sealed plastic crate returning and even trying to push firewood off it. The beach offers crabs, anemones, barnacles and relatively flat water to paddle. There is even a new bathroom that has warm water sinks and three (count'em three!) clean hot showers on each side!
Despite its close proximity to the BP refinery Birch Bay is a world away. We have been bringing our daughters there for the last 4 years, they are 7 and 10 now. Forget something? there is near by shopping. Having total meltdown? hotels are minutes away. If you are not sure if camping is for you but want to try, this is the place for you. It doesn't get any easier or safer than this. We have never had a bad time.

11  Thank Radvany
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

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 archaeological significance 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. The park features nearly two miles of beach and great views of the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. State Parks Discovery Pass, 2014 rates: $10/day to park/picnic or $30/year. Beautiful Area, appears to be well maintained. I bicycled from KM RV Beachwood Resort, 5001 Bay Rd through Birch Bay State Park and then along the waterfront shoreline road headed north (no shoulder or bike path unfortunately, but numerous very courteous vehicle drivers curved around me on the edge of the road) & then looped back to KM RV Beachwood Resort, over a couple hours on a nice sunny day. Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Visitors center, with a view of the waterfront was very helpful & friendly, with literature of local PNW attractions.

3  Thank DonaldLarson
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

The park was almost deserted, since it was cold, but a very nice sunny day. We had a blast, awesome view. Worth the visit.

1  Thank Amy K
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