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Island County | Region 4 Information

Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet)

Double Bluff State Park

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)



Clams open all year
Oysters open all year


Double Bluff State Park, also known as Useless Bay Tidelands, is a 24,354 foot stretch of beach on the southwest shore of Whidbey Island. The beach is wide and sandy at the access and becomes rockier with cobble and large boulders towards the west. Two large unstable bluffs are the major feature of the uplands. Clam habitat is patchy and restricted to the cobble areas in the lower intertidal. While butter clams are the species most commonly harvested at this beach, native littleneck clams, cockles, horse clams, eastern softshell clams, and macoma clams are also present in lesser numbers.


From the south: From the Mukilteo ferry terminal drive north on Hwy 525 for 8.3 miles. Turn left on Double Bluff Road and follow to the end.

From the north: Take Hwy 20 south through Oak Harbor and continue on Hwy 525. Turn right onto Double Bluff Road and follow to the end.

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There is parking space for up to 24 cars.


While the tidelands are a State Park, Double Bluff Park (the upland portion of the park) is operated by the Friends of Double Bluff and Island County. There are bathrooms, outdoor showers, picnic areas and a pay phone at the access area. This is an off-leash dog park. This beach features views to the south of Mt. Rainier.


More information for Double Bluff Beach & Dog Park.


Beach information last updated: June 14, 2011 @ 2:02pm

Whidbey Island/Camano Island

For individual beach information, including harvesting seasons, click on the yellow squiggles below.

Whidbey Island/Camano Island Foulweather Bluff (DNR-64) DNR-68 DNR-69 Meadowdale County Park Picnic Point County Park Mukilteo State Park South Mukilteo Park South Everett(Howarth Park) Kayak Point County Park West Pass Access Cavelaro Beach South Port Susan Further North Camano Head Far South Mabana Mabana Un-named DNR Beach East Elger Bay West Elger Bay Camano Island State Park Cama Beach State Park South Rocky Point Fort Casey State Park South Fort Casey DNR-124A DNR-124 South Whidbey State Park DNR-101 and South Bush Point Double Bluff State Park South Useless Bay Dave Mackie County Park Scatchet Head Northeast Cultus Bay DNR-99 DNR-100 North Randal Point South Sandy Point Sunrise Beach East East Point Freeland County Park Hidden Beach Saratoga Pass Harrington Beach Snatelum Point Long Point Coupeville Madrona West Penn Cove San De Fuca East San De Fuca Monroe Landing Blowers Bluff

Yellow map areas (links) identify approximate public property boundaries and should not be considered legal property boundaries.
Many of these public beaches have no upland entrance and must be accessed by boat. Please respect adjacent private property.

This map is provided for informational purposes only. The accuracy of this map is not guaranteed.