Open Year-Round for Family Fun!
The fastest growing area in Whatcom County, Birch Bay’s claim to fame is a large tide flat of sand several square miles in size that bares itself at low tide, and as the water creeps back in over the hot sand it warms to bath water temperatures in the summer. It has one of the largest heron nesting areas in the state, a large state park at one end and outstanding birding throughout the year. Especially for seabirds and shorebirds (depending upon where they rest at night), it’s classed by the Audubon Society as one of 50 Important Birding Areas (IBA's) in Washington State, along with nearby Blaine’s Drayton Harbor.
The area is a popular unincorporated summer tourist destination that’s rapidly becoming a “real” town. Attractions and activities include a sand castle contest in the summer and a well-patronized Polar Bear Swim every New Years Day. There’s a small golf course in town and two more championship courses, one in nearby Blaine designed by Arnold Palmer, just minutes away.
It’s home to about 4,500 year-round residents, and in the summer population swells to over 12,000 people, with Birch Bay State Park recording over a million individual visits each year.
For more information on all fun activities happening in Birch Bay, visit:
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center
7900 Birch Bay Drive