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Whatcom County | Region 4 Information

Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands)
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Birch Bay State Park

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)

BIRCH BAY STATE PARK
200060

SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES

Clams open all year
Oysters open all year

HARVEST PROFILE

This beach has been enhanced with oysters. Birch Bay State Park has a large (8,255 feet of shoreline) and very productive beach, flanked by a low bank and wetlands. The park is located a few miles south of the Canadian border and is very popular with recreational clam harvesters. The clam band is a wide stretch of sand and gravel extending from the drift line down to low water. There is good digging for native littleneck clams and Manila clams in the sandy gravel of the upper intertidal and you will find butter clams, cockles and horse clams on lower tides.

There are some oysters on this beach, but they are not abundant. 

Oyster information

DIRECTION TO SITE

From the south:
Take exit #266 off of I-5. Go left on Grandview for 7 miles, then right on Jackson for 1 mile, then turn left onto Helweg Rd.

From the north:
Take exit #266 off of I-5, and turn right onto Grandview. Go 7 miles, then right on Jackson for 1 mile, then turn left onto Helweg Rd.

Map to this point  

PARKING INFORMATION

FACILITIES
Camping and picnic areas are available. Restrooms with plumbing, faucets, and water fountains are located adjacent to parking areas along the beach. There is a convenience store one block from the park entrance. Most other services are available within a few miles of the park.

FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION

Beach information last updated: September 14, 2017 @ 11:19am