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Island County | Region 4 Information

Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay)

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Clams open all year
Oysters open all year



West Penn Cove (formerly known as North Penn Cove) is located at the base of Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. It is a relatively long beach, consisting of 4,376 feet of public shoreline. Uplands south and east of the Madrona Road access (heading toward Coupeville) are private property. This beach features a variety of substrate types. The west end beach has a wide productive gravel-mud clam band, which narrows at points and widens in embayments. There is good digging for butter clams, native littleneck clams, Manila clams, cockles and horse clams. The area below the north access trail is particularly good digging. The littleneck clams tend to be higher on the beach while the butter and horse clams are lower in the tidal zone. This is an excellent site for harvesting mussels, primarily near the south access.


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There are two WDFW access sites for West Penn Cove. The north access is a gravel pullout just off of HWY 20, locally known as Grasser's Lagoon. From Oak Harbor, take HWY 20 South until you see Penn Cove. The pullout is on the left shoulder, just south of Zylstra Road and just north of Madrona Road. Public tidelands are to the right when you reach the end of a short trail.

To reach the south access site drive another one quarter mile south on HWY 20 and turn left onto Madrona Way. Go about  one half mile and look for a small public parking lot on the left.  This access is locally known as Mueller's.

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A port-potty is available at he north access. During peak summer months a port-potty may be available at the south access point. Overnight parking is prohibited.  


 West Penn Cove kiosk  West Penn Cove beach

Beach information last updated: August 17, 2015 @ 10:56am