Bay View State Park is a quaint little park near the town of Bay View, Washington. It is what you might call a “local’s park.” Not many people will really go out-of-the-way to see this park with Deception Pass State Park only about twenty minutes away. However, it has its own interesting view and is worth a stop for a quick stop on the way. There is a campground here, but I’m not sure why you would stay here unless Deception Pass was full.
When coming off the road into the park you circle under the road and enter a perfect picturesque picnic landing. It’s maybe the size of 2 or 3 football fields and has plenty of tables for eating, and even a good-sized shelter for a large party. The view from here would probably be really impressive on a clear day, but we happened to come on a rather soggy afternoon with lots of grey. Many of the islands were still in view in the distance, and there was even a kite flyer testing the wind which was in plenty during our visit. Also in the midst of the park is a monument to the pioneers of this park, telling of how a tree hugging couple saved this plot of land from utter destruction. (Well maybe it isn’t that dramatic of a story, but the gist of it is close.)
After Soaking in the picnic zone we started waddling our way down the beach. The beach here is more like a river bank, with lots and lots of rocks and not much sand to go with it. Also the depth of the beach is very shallow and at high tide is not likely going to have much walking room. But if you are fortunate enough to be there in the low tide phase you’ll enjoy a rather beautiful walk on the beach. All be it you’ll have to watch your ankles. As footing can be both slippery and annoying. Imagine yourself walking through the Rocky Mountains, accept you’re a giant and they are just rocks… It’s probably equivalent to that. I did take a spill from stepping on a rock wrong and almost crushed my camera. My wife didn’t laugh, but I could sense she was amused by my lack of skill in walking. She claimed she was more concerned for me than the camera, but I do have my doubts.
Along the beach you’ll find plenty of awesome stones and shells for picking through, and also you’ll enjoy the seagulls yakking at you. They are ofcourse waiting until you are far enough away from your car that they can go poop on it without fear of being caught. None the less their company is better than the rocks, as all they do is sit on the ground trying to trip you. I’m not sure who is more malicious out of the two, but I’m not comfortable knowing they may be forming an alliance against me.
We spent far longer than planned here. Our car decided it didn’t want to start back up, so we were stuck for about four hours here, and after about the first hour it started raining buckets. This help me notice the idea I mentioned earlier about this being a “locals park”. Several people came and parked next to us while we sat in our car; and all they did was eat their lunch and stare out their windows. most never got out of the car. And that’s about all this state park is really good for… a lunch spot.
CONCLUSION: 3 stars out of 5, don’t camp here, but if you are in the area, stop in and eat some lunch. Because average is all that is here.