Bottle Beach State Park is a 75-acre day-use park with 6,000 feet of shoreline on Grays Harbor. The open tide flats are the park's most significant feature. Mud flats in the area support a rich supply of invertebrates that attract shorebirds as they migrate from Central and South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
Grays Harbor is considered the single most important shorebird feeding area on the Pacific Coast, attracting more than a million birds each spring. Up to 20 percent of these migrating birds use the area just off Bottle Beach, which has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. Large numbers of migratory waterfowl also use the area. Raptors such as peregrine falcons visit the area because of the abundant prey available. In all, more than 130 species of birds have been observed at Bottle Beach.
Dogs are only allowed at the park during hunting season, from November through February. Service dogs are allowed at all times.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
The park is open dawn to dusk year round.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
Japanese tsunami debris:
Visit the Dept. of Ecology’s website
for information on tsunami debris found on Washington’s beaches, what to do if you find debris and how to report it.
Don't move firewood: Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination (within 50 miles). Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit online at www.dontmovefirewood.org or the Washington Invasive Species Council website.
The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website
Bottle Beach State Park is located approximately 14 miles west of Aberdeen. From Aberdeen, travel west on Highway 105 towards Westport. Continue on Highway 105 over Johns River and past the Ocean Spray Cranberry facility. Watch for brown park signs just beyond Ocosta Myrtle Street. The park is located on the north side of the highway.
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Bottle Beach State Park is located on the historic town site of Ocosta. Near the end of the 19th century, plans were made to establish a deep water port in the Grays Harbor area. The Northern Pacific Railroad chose Ocosta for its Pacific Ocean terminus, thus providing an avenue for imports and exports to find their way by land. As the boom ensued, prospective investors from the east were solicited, "...nothing can prevent making this the most important harbor north of San Francisco, if not the chief harbor of this Pacific Coast," read an early advertisement.
Soon, the Ocosta settlement sprouted with a school, three hotels, three churches, a bank, post office, the Ocosta Lumber Company and the Ocosta Brewing Company. Aspirations for an ocean harbor soon deteriorated as an economic downturn, railroad realignmnet and sedimentation undermined the possibility of Ocosta becoming a principle port. Time slipped away as Ocosta by the Sea slowly became the landscape you see today.
The Bottle Beach Interpretive Trail consists of a trailhead and parking lot, 0.7 miles of ADA-accessible trail, three wildlife viewing platforms or blinds and approximately 9.5 acres of habitat restoration, including removal of invasive plant species and appropriate replacement of native plants. The facilities focus visitation on a carefully located and screened trail, and viewing platforms and blinds minimize disturbance to shorebirds. The site also includes interpretive panels to enrich the visitor experience and increase awareness of proper birding etiquette, such as keeping voices low and avoiding sudden movement.
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• 0.7 mi. Hiking Trails
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• Interpretive Activities
• Wildlife Viewing
The park features 0.7 miles of ADA-accessible walking trails. The trails are for pedestrian use only. No motorized vehicles, horses or bicycles allowed.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on ten designated free days in 2013.
The 2013 State Parks free days are as follows:
Jan. 21 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 30 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 100th birthday on March 19
April 27 and 28 – National Parks Week
June 1 – National Trails Day
June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day and Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing weekend
Aug. 4 – Peak season free day
Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
Nov. 9 through 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
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• Deer or Elk
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Park photo gallery