Bay View State Park

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. 
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  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities

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

  • Boating
  • Personal watercraft
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
  • Sailboarding

Other Activities & Features

  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Fire pits throughout the beach area


Additional Information

  • 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.