Low Tide Beach Walk – Manchester 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.
Manchester 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. Manchester has a ranger station as you enter the park which is another opportunity to get a parking pass.
Getting to the Beach: Follow signage for day use access. There is angle-in parking before you get to the beach (it’s easy to do a loop if you drive too far down the hill before finding a parking spot-don’t forget to display your Discover Pass). Meet at the picnic tables closest to the beach at the scheduled time. Look for Harbor WildWatch staff and volunteers wearing blue. If you arrive late, find us on the beach!
Terrain: There is a sloped sandy path to the beach. This is a low sloping beach with cobble, gravel, sand, mud, and occasional boulders. At low tide a hard clay shoreline is exposed providing a more classic tidepooling experience – this area can be very slippery.
Restroom: Flushing toilets
Drinking Water: Yes
Address: 7767 E Hilldale Rd, Port Orchard, WA 98366