Bay View State Park lives up to its name! A gorgeous park nestled among evergreen trees on Padilla Bay, there’s a quarter mile of saltwater shoreline in the park and several more boat launches and waterside trails on either side of it. Look around and see the Bay and San Juan Islands in one direction and the Olympia Mountain Range and Mount Washington in the other. Padilla Bay-by you light up life like nobody else!
Much of Padilla Bay is a designated National Estuarine Sanctuary because of the unique mudflat habitat where the Skagit River meets the Salish Sea, which means you’ll find salmon, crabs, herring, clams, and all kinds of crazy worms, which attract birds, which attract humans who like to watch some and eat others. There are cabins and campsites for your fish and oyster feasts, but don’t get too excited, kegs aren’t allowed. Hey, why don’t you just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by Padilla Bay? You just may! Whattaya say?
We won’t promise you can see Russia from Bay View State Park, but on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier...
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History of Bay View State Park
Bay View State Park was the home of Pat-Teh-Us, a Noo-Wha-Ah Indian Chief and signer of the Point Elliot Treaty. The town was named by William J. Mckenna, who plotted the original townsite in 1884. The original portion of the park was donated to the state in 1925 by the Skagit County Agricultural Association with the understanding that it would become a state park. Additional parcels were acquired up until 1968. The park site, formerly a baseball field and racetrack, derives its name from the community of Bay View.