Located right in the middle of coastal Washington, Ocean City State Park continues to be a favorite destination for tourists and locals alike. This state-owned, public recreation area offers roughly 170-acres of beaches, dunes, and lodgepole pine. Ocean City State Park’s terrain lends itself to be the perfect spot for endless activities. Fishing, clamming, boating, and birding…. Where does one begin? Luckily, this natural beauty is a short, scenic drive away from our Ocean Shores resort, The Grey Gull so that you can enjoy the park all vacation long. 


Clamming has been a rite of passage in the Pacific Northwest for as long as we can remember, Mainly because some of the best beaches to clam are in and around Washington’s state parks. There’s something about the intense salty air, roaring waves, and the challenge of hunting that makes clamming so exciting. Are you up for the thrill? Stroll the tide flats and keep your eyes peeled for a dimple in the smooth, damp sand. When you catch a glimpse of a clam, plunge your gun deep into the sand for your gritty, tasty prize. We hope you’re hungry because dinner is served; slurps up!  


There are plenty of beaches to comb in Washington, but Ocean City State Park has remained to be a visitor favorite! To have a successful day beachcombing, it’s important to remember some essential tips. First, wear protective footwear. While Ocean City State Park always very clean, you never know what a previous guest may have forgotten on the beach during their visit. Next, when you find something cool, be sure that it isn’t somebody’s home. Ocean City State Park is full of beautiful shells, rock and more, but there may be a tiny creature inside. Another important tip is to bring plastic bags to collect trash. You’ll feel great knowing you’ll leave the park a better place.

Wildlife Viewing

Keep your eye on the sea and the sky when visiting Ocean City State Park! Visitors enjoy this park because of the area’s migratory birds and other sea mammals who commonly pass through. Fall migration kicks off in July when shorebirds find shelter in Grays Harbor and other homey parks. Most birds continue to travel south, but Dunlin, call Washington coast home until spring. Depending on the time of year, you also may be able to see gray whales. The area is a popular migratory route for gray whales. So, what are you waiting for?! Pack a lunch and have a picnic while watching the wildlife. 

The Grey Gull Resort

After a long day of soaking up the sun, head back to The Grey Gull resort for a night full of relaxation. Each condominium is uniquely decorated with west-facing windows. You’ll adore watching the sunset over the ocean or the families playing in the pool. Whether you’re looking for a quick stay, long-term vacation, or to purchase a unit, we have the facility for you! Learn more about The Grey Gull Resort by visiting our website or talking to our friendly staff 360-289-3381.