Ocean City, Washington
Miles of uninterrupted ocean beaches, historical Anderson Cabin, and a community sponsored 4th of July festival "Fire Over the Water."
Ocean City State Park is a year-round, 170-acre camping park, featuring ocean beach, dunes and dense thickets of shore pine. Migratory birds may be viewed at the park, and beachcombing is a popular activity.
A vehicle parking permit is no longer required for day visits.
Park Hours - Summer: 6 a.m. to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year round for camping and day use.
Loops one and two have grassy areas that accommodate badmitten, croquet and volleyball.
Digging for razor clams is allowed in certain areas during specified seasons and times.
Rip currents, hypothermia, floating logs and unexpected high waves may pose hazards for surfers, surf fishers, swimmers and waders. Laws and hazards are posted on each beach approach.
Vehicle traffic is allowed seasonally on portions of the beach. Driving is allowed only on the uppermost hard-packed sand, and all the rules of the road apply, as on a public roadway. The speed limit on the beach is 25 m.p.h. All-terrain vehicles are not allowed in the park or on the beach or dune areas. Dogsledding with wheeled sleds is allowed on the beach.
The area is part of the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds and is adjacent to the migratory route of gray whales and other sea mammals.
A creek stained various colors by algae and shore plants separates the beach from dunes. Wildflowers, including buttercups, wild strawberry and lupine color the beach grasses. Dense shore pine hugs tidelands and surrounds fresh and saltwater marshes. The park offers an excellent example of coastal wetlands and dune succession.