The beaches of Westport Light State Park could have sprung from a novel. Tall dune grasses whisper in the wind. Pathways snake along low bluffs down to sandy stretches of shore. Sunlight plays on the landscape (or storm clouds roll in) and birds cry in the distance. Several hundred feet inland, a tall, lonely lighthouse peeks through the coastal conifers.
Walk the 1.3-mile mostly paved path to Westhaven Jetty, which separates the Pacific Ocean from Half Moon Bay. Go fishing, go surfing or explore the Westport Lighthouse (on nearby Coast Guard property). Run with your dog or ride your horse down the beach. Hop in the car and explore nearby parks. Bottle Beach State Park is a known birding destination, and Twin Harbors or Grayland Beach state parks provide seaside retreats in yurts, cabins or your tent or RV.
This long stretch of Washington beach is the perfect place to play in the summer and curl up in the winter with that book you wanted to read, or with a pen and your journal. You’re the protagonist of your own vacation. Thankfully, this park is not fiction.
In 2016, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission combined Westhaven and Westport Light state parks into one park.
Westport Light State Park is a 626-acre-acre day-use park with 1,215 feet of shoreline on the Pacific Ocean and Half Moon Bay, with beach access to both shores. The park is within minutes of the City of Westport and its marina, maritime history museum, and other attractions. A paved path provides a 1.3 mile walk into Westport.
Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
The park provides 15 unsheltered picnic tables, and one restroom for day-use visitors. Flip-top braziers are located at picnic sites, which are all first come, first served.
ADA accessible 1.3-mile hiking trail
Water activities & features
Other activities & features
The beach is popular for surfing and suitable for many improvised games.
An ADA-accessible hiking trail, which is actually a concrete boardwalk along the beach.
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are illegal on the beach and dunes.
Swimming in the ocean is not advised due to variable currents and/or rip tides.
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 named for the historic Westport Lighthouse, also called Grays Harbor Lighthouse, built in 1898 and adjacent to the park on Coast Guard property. The lighthouse was built as a navigational aide for Point Chehalis at the south entrance to Grays Harbor.