Bottle Beach State Park

Westport, Washington

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Although Bottle Beach is a state park, it may be the least-developed and the easiest-to-miss park in Washington. This doesn’t bother the thousands of shorebirds that flock to the gradually sloping sandy shores as the tide rises in Grays Harbor. When the tidal conditions are right—during a two- or three-hour window around each high tide—this can be one of the best shorebird-watching locations in the state. And when the tide is out, bird-watching across the highway in the water-logged fields along Ocosta Third Street offers more bird diversity than can be found at most shorebird locations. Habitats: Lowland riparian, freshwater marsh, sandy beach, mudflats. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Brown Pelican; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied, American Golden-, and Pacific Golden-Plovers; Solitary Sandpiper; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Bandtailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Hutton’s Vireo.

Bottle Beach State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Although Bottle Beach is a state park, it may be the least-developed and the easiest-to-miss park in Washington. This doesn’t bother the thousands of shorebirds that flock to the gradually sloping sandy shores as the tide rises in Grays Harbor. When the tidal conditions are right—during a two- or three-hour window around each high tide—this can be one of the best shorebird-watching locations in the state. And when the tide is out, bird-watching across the highway in the water-logged fields along Ocosta Third Street offers more bird diversity than can be found at most shorebird locations.

Habitats: Lowland riparian, freshwater marsh, sandy beach, mudflats. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Brown Pelican; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied, American Golden-, and Pacific Golden-Plovers; Solitary Sandpiper; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Bandtailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Hutton’s Vireo."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Westport
Distance: 0.25
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 15 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Bottle Beach State Park

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May 2018