The best camping near Birch Bay State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Birch Bay adventure.

The best camping near Birch Bay State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Birch Bay adventure.

Camping near Birch Bay State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Birch Bay adventure.

Camp next to a shellfish-harvesting hotspot just nine miles south of the Canadian border.  

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Samish Island Bluff

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Bow, WA
Come and experience the beauty of Samish Island at this private high bank campsite. Enjoy the amazing water and mountain views from this unique property while lounging in your van, relaxing in your tent or hanging out on the spacious decks. Convenience of a drive on island and only 20 minutes to the freeway. Single campsite is located at the front of the property perched at the bluff edge, boasting amazing sunsets, panoramic water views of Samish + Bellingham bay with Blanchard and Chuckanut in the background. Bring your toys or just enjoy the view. Located just steps from the public beach access you can enjoy clamming, kayaking, paddle boarding or just beach combing. There is also a regularly serviced Honey bucket at the park access. Bikes are a great option for exploring the island and the surrounding area including all that Edison has to offer just a few miles away. Site includes a designated parking space, two large decks with a pergola, gazebo, timber table, firepit and adirondack chairs for enjoying the view. we are best setup for tent campers w/ single vehicle, trucks w/ slide in campers, vans etc. We CANNOT accommodate travel trailers at this site! No power/water/bathroom facilities Friendly pets are welcome, please pick up after your furry friends and keep them on leash or long line *firewood/bikes/kayaks/paddle boards not provided The residence is not currently occupied and we are starting repairs and renovations on the back buildings later this year, so you may see me in/out some days as I base my construction business from the shop at the back of the property Please enjoy the private campsite area and refrain from exploring the back of the property or other buildings.
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Serene Lopez Island Camping

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents29 acres · Lopez Island, WA
Designed with solo travelers, couples, & adults, in mind. Lopez Farm Cottages & Tent Camping is a casual farm style inn on the north end of Lopez Island. Conveniently located between the ferry terminal and the village where the restaurants, markets, and coffee shops are. With only 13 campsites on the property it never feels crowded. Choose from drive in, walk in, or fully furnished canvas wall tent sites and camp buildings that houses showers with hot water and flushing toilets. Whether you're seeking a quiet getaway or an outdoor adventure, Lopez Farm Cottages & Tent Camping provides the perfect setting. Guests can explore the island's scenic trails, cruise around the island on bike, or simply unwind on the property's grounds. Bbq grills, microwave, instant hot water dispenser, and a bocce ball court are amenities offered with each campsite having their own picnic table. At the Inn we have a pair of friendly cats, entertaining sheep and a couple dozen chickens. You'll get the sense of the farm, a taste of the slo-pez style, and a chance to connect with like minded folks or enjoy some peace and quiet to yourselves.
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The Doves

2 sites · RVs2 acres · Blaine, WA
Located close to Drayton Harbor, Blaine, WA, Semiahmoo, and Birch Bay and just 25 minutes from Bellingham by Interstate 5, this private campsite offers a bit of a view of Drayton Harbor and White Rock, B.C. on a sunny day and is serene. Also, 10 minutes from Nexus International and the Canadian border. Site #1 has full hookup; water septic, and electric. We now have a second site with water and septic. We hope to get electric there in a few months This is a big enough site to be a fun family or group camp site. Pets are allowed but need to be on leash or under voice control as we do have quite a bit of daytime traffic. Nights are very quiet. We have a small goat farm (pygmy goats) next door which the children enjoy seeing. We have reduced the rates for now through March and are offering a monthly rate during these 3 months as well.
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Waterfront Robins Nest

1 site · RV1 acre · Ferndale, WA
This serene waterfront setting provides views of the San Juan Islands yet only minutes away from downtown Bellingham. Enjoy the best views from your private campsite complete with a picnic table and relaxing adirondack chairs to end the day watching the sunset.Easy access to the water for your kayak or canoe!  Enjoy some of the most amazing birdwatching the state has to offer. Eagles and Herron, Redwing black birds, ducks and Canadian Geese making several daily appearances.  Spend Hours exploring around this little gem area of the Pacific NW. Golf, swimming and casino all close by.  Easy on/off from I-5Guests love it here: "We can not say enough about Robin and her place. It’s private and quiet. She welcomed us warmly with a print out of tides, things to do and general information about the area. We had one day of sun and one day of a storm with 50 mile an hour winds. The storm was amazing to watch tucked into our side of the property. Close to parks, hikes and Bellingham. For people with small children there is a playground just a few houses away. Bring boots or old shoes for low tide. This is by far one of the best places, and hosts, we have had while hip camping. We will be back often this fall and winter."
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Ball Bay View RV Park West Side

5 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Blaine, WA
Nice creek side camp sites. We have bathrooms with showers. Power and Water for each site. Close to the Birch Bay Beach amazing sunsets!! Bathrooms, showers and laundry on site.
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Bob and Rose's Pumpkin Patch

1 site · RV1 acre · Lummi Island, WA
When we purchased this property it was covered with black berry bushes, we did not even know what might be underneath when we started to clear it. At first we just wanted a garden but the deer ate the blueberries so we planted pumpkins. They were a success, in fact one year we gave a pumpkin to each Beach School kindergartner. Later on we decided to set it up as with RV hook ups for our friends and that is how we got to where we are now. We love to share Lummi Island, it is a special place. Park your camping trailer or RV, water, electricity, both 110 and 30 amp service, sewer (septic hook up) are ready for you. Once you're set up, start exploring. The beach, blizzard trail, ride your bike, bring your kayak or just sit back and take in views all the way to Canada. Lummi Island does have a grocery store, near the ferry landing, but, best to stock your meals from home as the store has limited supplies. There is only one restaurant on Lummi Island the Beach Store Cafe, moderate prices but only open Thursday thru Sunday. The best part of Lummi Island is the tranquility, kick back and enjoy fresh air, beach walks, outstanding sunsets and quiet nights. Pets OK, please pick up after pet and have a leash.
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June Bud Farms

4 sites · RVs, Tents121 acres · WA
June Bud Farms was established in 1960s.  Blending two single parents, each with 4 kids. While June & Bud raised 8 kids, they collected Registered Holsteins for their quaint dairy. As the Dairy grew to 110 acers home to 120 heifers', they soon had to add an additional milking parlor. From milking 4 cows to a staggering 12 at once, Bud made the paper for the cutting edge technology! As time marches on, the kids all grown, the little farm retired. Fast forward to 2020, its time to breath new life into this stout and sturdy barn. Cows are not in the current foreseeable future, but flowers are. We will carry on the name of Grandma June and Grandpa Bud. The play on the names is still quite fitting, and June Bud Farms continues to live on.
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Coyote Camp

2 sites · Tents5 acres · Blaine, WA
Whether you're just passing through, wanting to hanging out, on your way somewhere or on your way back to your nesting grounds, Coyote Camp can provide a true "rest stop" along your journey! Our property is surrounded by a ton of recreational sites such as hiking, biking, swimming and so much more!  After a long day of the activity of your choice you can come back and recharge in a quiet, peaceful forest. Or if you are on your way to the recreational destination this land will be sure to nourish your body and spirit before heading off to your adventure!  You're in for a sweet serenading lullaby of coyote songs, your dreams will be held by the cedar boughs and you won't have to worry about missing your alarm clock, the birds around here got your back! Their dawn chorus will be the best ring tone you've ever heard.  We hope you choose us for your adventure and that you enjoy your stay!
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High Bluff

12 sites · RVs, Tents13 acres · Bellingham, WA
High Bluff Campgrounds are situated on 13 acres of pure nature. Offering 8 camp sites suitable for tenting and campers, and 3 RV sites with water and electrical hook ups. Each camp site has a firepit with cooking grill top, and a picnic table. Enjoy a complimentary bundle of firewood upon your arrival. The camp sites have community potable water, portable toilets, and power. Large Chuckanut boulders lie on the mountain side surrounded with large cedar and alder trees. Just minutes to Old Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham, but yet tranquil and private. Lake Samish is also 5 minutes away for swimming and boating. Galbraith and Squires Mountain are close by for the mountain bike community! Also new this year is our own private hiking trail to High Bluff. This advanced hiking trail is a challenging jaunt to magnificent views of Lake and surrounding mountains.
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River Rejuvenation Retreat

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Concrete, WA
Private property as well as private beach Access nestled in the trees with the beautiful woods and an amazing view of the skagit River. Activities include fishing, swimming, river rafting, kayaking, and wild bird watching. Also, we have 3 fire pits available: 1 in ground near the gazebo overlooking on the river 2 portable. Alcohol and marijuana are okay as long as they are used responsibly.
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The Chuckanut Rock

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Edison, WA
Watch the sunset into the world famous San Juan Islands. Our property is located on the scenic Chuckanut Drive. It is a 15 minute walk to Taylor United's Seafood Bar that has beer and wine. You will need boots just below the knee, or hiking shoes that will get wet. The Creek crossing is a little deeper this year. You will also be crossing a muddy area for about 20 yards, you will sink about 3 inches into the mud. The hike into the campsite takes 12 minutes. You need to contact me to check the tides, as to be able to get to the campsite. We need to hike in below a 5 foot tide. Starting October, the campsite closes for winter. Again , this campsite is Tide dependent. The first question to me should be, What is the latest we can hike in? I am not Moses, I can’t part the sea.
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Jordy's Place

2 sites · RVs7 acres · Ferndale, WA
The Silver Maple tree on this property is said to be well over 100 years old. The original farmer who owned this property and much of the surrounding properties once said that his crops never grew as good anywhere else as they did around this tree.Learn more about this land:Quiet and spacious campground located in a rural setting with a great view of Mt. Baker and flowing grass fields. Minutes from I5 as well as popular entertainment and traveling destinations such as Birch Bay State Park, The Silver Reef Casino, Neptune Beach, and even great fishing at Lake Terrell. 
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The best camping near Birch Bay State Park guide

Overview

About

Birch Bay carves a semi-circle out of Puget Sound, just nine miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. This peaceful spot shows off views of the North Cascades and Canada’s Gulf Islands⁠—and features epic sunsets on clear days. Visitors can head to the beach at low tide to harvest oysters and clams, take a dip in the relatively warm water on a hot day, spot birds at Terrell Marsh, and set crab pots. Campsites at the sole Birch Bay Campground are tucked away in the forest, a short walk from the beach.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • All of the campsites at Birch Bay State Park are reservable for arrival dates from May 15 to September 15.
  • The park is open year round for camping, though some campsites are closed in winter. 
  • All reservations can be made nine months in advance at most.

When to go

Birch Bay State Park is open year round. It’s most busy on summer weekends and holidays, though summer weekdays can be busy, too. Spring and fall are quieter, with fewer crowds and campsites readily available without much advance planning. The park is very popular for crabbing, with harvest usually beginning in mid-August. 

Know before you go

  • If you plan to go crabbing or shellfishing at Birch Bay, be sure to buy a recreational license through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • The city of Bellingham, where you can stock up on essentials, is a short 20-minute drive away.
  • The half-mile Terrell Marsh Interpretive Trail is one of the few remaining saltwater/freshwater estuaries in the area, and is a great spot to look for a variety of birds.
  • The park requires visitors to purchase a Discover Pass for entry. Birch Bay has an automated pay station to buy a one-day or annual Discover Pass.

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