Birch Bay State Park in Blaine, Washington is one of the northernmost state parks in the United States, located just ten minutes from the United States-Canada border. There are many outdoor activities and campsites within the two-mile-wide park, and visitors can enjoy the stunning landscapes and unique environments that the park has to offer.
One of the most unique aspects of Birch Bay is that it offers both saltwater and freshwater shorelines. Most of the year, the water is surprisingly warm, making it a popular spot for ocean lovers. Campers and visitors utilize the bay for all manner of water sports, including windsurfing, fishing, kayaking, and recreational boating. The area is out of the way for most Washington residents, and so most of the people utilizing the park are campers staying for a few days or nights. You, your dog, and your family can enjoy the beach and various hiking trails while in full view of the Cascade Mountains. Most of the area is a preserved marshland,
Dogs are allowed at the park provided that they are kept on a leash at all times. They are not allowed onto designated swimming beaches, but there are plenty of open beaches where swimming is not designated. While they are at campsites, they must be kept under control at all times and quieted during quiet hours, so make sure that your furry friend is well-behaved! There are no poop bags provided by the campsite, so you will need to make sure to pack your own in and pick up after your dog. Beyond that, your dog should know not to chase after local wildlife, especially the region’s prized Great Blue Heron.
If you find yourself looking for a secluded camping vacation, Birch Bay State Park has a lot to offer in a relatively small space. You and your dog—especially if the two of you love water—may find a new favorite bay in northern Washington.