Bay View State Park is a 25-acre camping park with 1,285 feet of saltwater shoreline on Padilla Bay. More than 11,000 acres of Padilla Bay are designated as National Estuarine Sanctuary. Breazeale Padilla Bay Interpretive Center is located a half mile north of the park.
The park offers views of the San Juan Islands fronting Padilla Bay, one of 28 existing national marine estuaries. On clear days, park users see the Olympic Mountains to the west and Mt. Rainier to the south.
Shellfish harvesting is closed until further notice.
The beach shelter capacity is 175 people. It provides a view of Padilla Bay, two large barbecues, and ADA access, but no electricity. Rental fees vary depending on size of the group. To make a reservation, visit online or call 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).
The park also provides six sheltered and 62 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served. No keg beer is permitted on the premises.
Water Activities & Features
Other Activities & Features
Fire pits throughout the beach area
The beach area is good for swimming, but no lifeguards are on-site. On windy days, with appropriate tides, sailboarding is becoming more popular.
Padilla Bay Shore Trail is one mile south of the park.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The park is on Padilla Bay with a public watercraft launch three blocks from the park. Be advised Padilla Bay is heavily influenced by tidal action. The bay becomes a large mud flat during low tides.
Skagit County Parks provides a boat launch eight miles west of the park, just off Highway 20 under the Swinomish Channel. The launch is useable under various tide conditions. Additional information can be found in the Boating Program.
The park has 46 tent spaces, 29 utility spaces, six cabins, two restrooms, and six showers. Maximum site length is 50-feet (limited availability). The campground is divided into three areas.
Sites 1-9 (the view sites) provide the best opportunity to view Padilla Bay and are also utility sites. Site length is approximately 50-feet and all sites are back-ins. Tents are not permitted in these sites.
Sites 10-30 (the utility sites) face a 1.5-acre grassy section, which provides space for kids to play safely and for parents to keep an eye on them. Site length varies, with 40-feet the maximum length. All sites are back-ins.
Sites 31-76 (the standard campsites) provide a parking place, stove, picnic table, and space to pitch a tent. Tent size and vehicle parking lengths vary from 25 to 40-feet. Only a few of the sites can accommodate a large tent. All sites are back-ins.
The park provides one group camp for tents only. The camp accommodates 20 to 64 people. There is no space for RVs. Showers and restrooms are nearby. Fees vary with size of the group.
The six cabins at Bay View are nestled among Douglas Fir trees with views of Padilla Bay and the San Juan Islands. Bay View cabins are within walking distance to the park's beach area and Padilla Bay. Each cabin is furnished with one double bed (sleeps two) and two single bunks (each sleeps two). Outside is a fire ring and an upright pedestal grill. For more information, visit our cabins and yurts page.
Reservations & Fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Services & Supplies
Ice is available for purchase at the park. Most services are available within 12 miles of the park. There are five golf courses in a 30-mile radius.
Bay View State Park was the home of Pat-Teh-Us, a Noo-Wha-Ah Indian Chief and signer of the Point Elliot Treaty. The town was named by William J. Mckenna, who plotted the original townsite in 1884. The original portion of the park was donated to the state in 1925 by the Skagit County Agricultural Association with the understanding that it would become a state park. Additional parcels were acquired up until 1968. The park site, formerly a baseball field and racetrack, derives its name from the community of Bay View.