When the tide is out, Birch Bay is a great place to build sand castles. Kids can spend hours creating sand sculptures on the beach during a low tide. Don't leave too early because it is often just as fun for kids to stay and watch their creations become submerged by the tide as it returns. During June, the Birch Bay Chamber sponsors a Sandcastle Contest with prizes for several different categories.
What can I do in Birch Bay while the tide is out? Fly your kite with your children at Birch Bay. Our tide flat allow hours of enjoyment with your family.
Where can I get kites? Kites can be purchased at Bay Center Market and several seasonal shops along Birch Bay Drive.
Birch Bay is a great place for swimming. After a low tide, the ocean water is temporarily heated up to bathtub temperatures by the sun-warmed sand as the tide returns. Since the sand flats are so shallow, young swimmers can enjoy a safe place to swim with virtually no undertow. Swimming is best in the central portions of the bay with the vast sand flats. The beach is much more rocky on the south end by the state park.
Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge
For crabbing and clamming, a recreational license is required for anyone over the age of 15, and children are required to maintain a catch record card just as an adult for crabbing. For more information on recreational crabbing, go to WDFW's official site for Crab Seasons and Harvest Rules Birch Bay is located in Marine Area 7.
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