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The best camping near Birch Bay State Park

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

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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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Reimer's Serene Paradise

1 site · RV, Tent2 acres · Ferndale, WA
Learn more about this land: You will be surrounded by big Doug Firs and Cedar Trees with a Beautiful Pond and Rhododendron's that give a serene feeling of beauty all around! It is great for light tent camping and has great rv hookups. Has a fire pit (if the burn ban is off) for a great outdoor experience.
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West Beach Resort

28 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents11 acres · Eastsound, WA
West Beach Resort is located on the sunny and pristine west side of Orcas Island, Washington. We are a private destination resort specializing in providing guests with an authentic San Juan Islands getaway. We have been an Orcas Island lodging and hotel destination since 1938. Stay in our fully-equipped beachfront cabins on our world class walk-out, west-facing, sand/pebble beach and watch the sunset as you relive the day’s adventures from your private beach fire pit. We also offer ocean view and garden cabins, RV, camping, marina, boat rentals, general store, kayak and canoe rentals, and a seasonal activities kiosk and beachfront food service. Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind Pacific Northwest experience you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic family summer vacation spot or that romantic retreat in the off-season, you simply won’t find a more stunning location for your escape to Washington's paradise that is Orcas Island's West Beach Resort.
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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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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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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 Lookout

2 sites · RVs, Tents23 acres · Clear Lake, WA
The Lookout is an amazing piece of property with elevations with expansive south facing views of Clear Lake, Rainier, Olympics, and the foothills of the Cascades. The site is perfect for sunsets, a launch pad to activities in Skagit Valley, and most importantly a private mountain bike flow trail (experts only at this time). More trails coming this fall! Check us out on IG @___the_lookout
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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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$70
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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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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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Hideaway Glamping

2 sites · Lodging2 acres · Bellingham, WA
2 acres of serenity. An opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We are a small hobby farm. We offer two different Glamping sites... a Yurt and a Bell Tent. Your private getaway is secluded from the rest of the farm life but you are welcome to visit and partake in whatever the farm offers. We have Nigerian dwarf goats, apples, pears, plums, blackberries & Iris to enjoy. Wild animals abound. There are walking/biking trails right around the corner and you are 15 minutes from downtown, the ocean and enjoying sports like kayaking, swimming, whale watching, etc. Our glamping sites are completely off grid. Enjoy simplicity in comfortable luxury! We are dog friendly, and we require all guests to clean up after their dogs. There are plastic bags provided for animal waste disposal when dogs are in the backyard and on neighborhood walks. Cleaning up after pets includes excess pet hair, especially on furniture. Please use the waterproof pet blanket provided for the sofa and bed. Guests bring the animal onto the property at their own risk. The booking guest is liable for any damages that pets cause. (We will have to charge a cleaning fee if your dog leaves behind a mess or causes damage.) We find that most people are cooperative and responsible with their pets. We love traveling with our fur babies, and would like to keep allowing pets in our listings. Thank you for being understanding and working with us to keep our rental available to pets! Rules for dogs: 1. We do NOT have a fenced yard or space. If you have a dog that will wander, we require you to keep your dog on a leash or a lead. 2. We live in a country neighborhood and being good neighbors is very important to us. Excessive barking, making noise or being a nuisance to our neighbors is not allowed. 3. Clean up after your dog in the rental, around the rental and anywhere you take your dog in the neighborhood.
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Ravensong Refuge

7 sites · Tents10 acres · Eastsound, WA
10 acres of meadows, forest, garden, pond and seasonal stream on Orcas Island, WA! Camp in a grove of cedars or in a meadow by the pond. Orcas Island at large is a special place to connect with Nature and healthy ecosystems. Moran state park on the east side of the island is a fabulous evergreen rainforest sanctuary with old growth trees and amazing lakes to explore. Turtleback mountain is on the west side (close to us) and is a sacred mountain full of oak trees and splendid views of the surrounding islands, including Vancouver island in the distance. Some other features not to miss are whale watching, kayaking, and the excellent restaurants around the island. Our homestead is a great place to rest, recharge and sink in. There is no longer an outdoor kitchen for use and due to fire hazard/liability the sauna is not for use either.
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$50
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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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