Copalis Rock

The Copalis Rock area makes a nice excursion from Pacific Beach.  Four miles south of town, drive onto the beach at Roosevelt Beach Road. Keeping to the hard-packed sand of the upper beach, drive another two miles south to a stream issuing out of the Iron Springs Resort. If the water looks to be only a few inches deep, roll up the car windows, and cross the stream lower down the beach where the water spreads out. Drive through at a steady pace without stopping. The alternative is to park here and walk the rest of the way.

Copalis Rock lies a further one mile south of Iron Springs. It is an entirely isolated seastack rock. The next one of its size is found 20 miles north on the Quinault Indian Nation reservation at Point Grenville. The picture shows dozens of seagulls flying around the rock. There seems to be a colony nesting there.

Continuing south (by car or foot), some further small rocks are scattered about the beach, and then in the distance a bright red windsock can be spotted. This is the Copalis State Airport, an official airport managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The airport consists of a windsock, two signs explaining that this is indeed an airport ("elevation 1 foot"), and a container holding the Guest Book. The first plane arrived this year on April 1, 2008 from Union, WA. In the summer, as many as 75 planes have been known to visit in one day. There is no access to the road from the airport and no nearby facilities, other than by driving back up to Roosevelt Beach Road.

A bit further south the beach ends at the Copalis River. This marks the northern boundary of Griffiths-Priday State Park, which is accessible from the town of Copalis Beach. This park is nearly always deserted, including in August, so visitors may enjoy this beach to themselves. Access to the beach requires wading across the river (ankle-deep in August).