Low Tide Beach Walk – Kopachuck State Park

Join Harbor WildWatch for a fun and educational public beach walk program on the stunning shorelines of the Salish Sea. Our knowledgeable and friendly biologists and volunteer naturalists will guide you through a hands-on exploration of the intertidal zone, where you will discover the incredible diversity of marine life that calls our local waters home.
During the program, you’ll learn good beach etiquette and get the chance to touch and examine creatures such as sea stars, crabs, and sea anemones, while learning about their unique adaptations and behaviors. You’ll also hear about the challenges facing our ocean ecosystems, and what you can do to help protect them.
This beach walk program is suitable for all ages and skill levels, and is perfect for families, school groups, or anyone with an interest in the natural world. Whether you’re a seasoned beachcomber or a first-time visitor, Harbor WildWatch’s beach walk program is sure to leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our local marine environment.
Our programs run in all weather, so please dress appropriately. We recommend closed-toe shoes for safety, rain boots, water shoes, or an old pair of sneakers you don’t mind getting a little wet and muddy. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, layers, and a snack if you think you will need it. Each beach walk will last approximately 60-90 minutes but you are welcome to peel off at any time before the beach walk concludes. Harbor WildWatch programs are always free, but a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 family is appreciated.
Kopachuck State Park
Discover Pass Required: $30 per year or $10 per day, available online at https://discoverpass.wa.gov/ or at pay stations at the park.
Getting to the Beach: Parking is available beyond the entrance gates (don’t forget to display your Discover Pass). Meet near the public restrooms at the top of the hill at the scheduled time. Look for Harbor WildWatch staff and volunteers wearing blue. If you arrive late, find us on the beach!
Terrain: Accessing this beach requires a short hike down either a gravel road or a winding trail system that can be muddy at times (less than .25 miles). There is one access point to the beach with stairs on the path next to the lower level information kiosk. There will likely be logs to traverse just beyond the stairs. Other beach access may include a scramble down an eroded bluff. This is a low sloping beach with cobble, gravel, sand, mud, and occasional boulders.
Restroom: Flushing toilets at the top of the hill, seasonal porta potty may be available at the far end of the gravel road near the bottom of the hill.
Drinking Water: Yes
Address: 10712 56th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335


Jul 06 2023


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Kopachuck State Park
Kopachuck State Park, 10712 56th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, USA


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