Westhaven State Park Travel Guide

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    Surfers in the Pacific Ocean at Westhaven St Pk 1 more image

    by glabah Written Jan 7, 2012

    As with all Washington State Parks these days, be sure you have purchased a Discover Pass. There do not seem to be any vending machines for this pass in this park.

    The large waves that roll in off the Pacific Ocean mean that Westhaven State Park is very attractive to surfers. There are two beaches in the park: one faces north and is located near the coast guard tower, while the other faces directly west to the Pacific Ocean.

    As I am not a surfer, I can't tell you too much about the conditions here. However, several that I spoke with said the conditions were wonderful - though I noticed that the beach that faces north and at the entrance to Gray's Harbor had a much different wave pattern and attracted a different group than the beach facing the actual ocean.

    Also, virtually all the surfers I have seen at Westport (and indeed on the beaches in Oregon and Washington in general) use fairly thick thermal wet suits, or at least what resembles such equipment. This is not the type of place where people will last too long if they are only wearing a minimalist swimsuit.

    Though, even in winter I have seen people change their clothes right on the beach or right in the parking lot, exposing everything they have to the elements (not to mention various people of the opposite gender that happened to be wandering around). So, surfing here at Westport / Westhaven State Park definitely seems to attract a special breed, that may not necessarily be completely sane.

    Currently there is no information directly about Westhaven State Park on the state parks web site. However, it is mentioned on the section of the state parks about Westport Light State Park, so I have included a link to that below.

    Related to:
    • Surfing
    • Beaches

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