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Meadowdale Beach Park

Features

  1. Bay Access
  2. Disabled Parking
  3. Picnic Shelters
  4. Picnic Tables
  5. Restrooms/Sanicans
Maps

Picnic Shelter
You can reserve Meadowdale Beach Park picnic shelter by contacting the Caretaker at 425-745-5111. 
 
Park Description
Stroll through the park's corridor on a one mile long nature trail. Experience the sounds of the adjacent tumbling stream as it weaves its way through the giant trees of the old forest. The stream, which is home to various aquatic life, including fresh water fish and migrating salmon, forms a small marine estuary as it empties into Puget Sound.

View various bird species in their natural habitat on a hike through the forest. Or comb the beaches and enjoy the breathtaking views of the distant Olympic Mountains.

Meadowdale Beach Park is 108 acres. It is beautiful, but delicate, and not impervious to humans and natural calamity. Its care and preservation are imperative to wildlife and the balance of people with nature is not possible without vigilance.

Park History
The gulch area passed through several owners before it became a park. John Lund first homesteaded the site in 1878. The site was eventually acquired by the Meadowdale Country Club. The well-tended private park featured a clubhouse, manicured lawns, an Olympic-size swimming pool with bath houses, and a fish hatchery. The club closed in the late 1960s, partially due to access road failure.

Snohomish County Parks acquired the land in 1968 to develop a public park with beach access. A fire destroyed the already vandalized clubhouse in 1970. The county filled in the swimming pool because of the safety hazard.

In 1979, the park was closed for public access and use until a safe public and emergency vehicle access road was built. The park was reopened in 1988. The park was closed again in 1996 due to excessive storm damage and re-opened the following year after costly repairs.
 
Access Tunnel

The tunnel is currently open, but water still covers the walk.  When using the tunnel, be prepared to get your feet wet, and use caution as the surface may be slippery.  
 
Please do not cross the railroad tracks to access the beach.

The original design of the tunnel with fish and humans sharing the same narrow passageway seemed to work for several years.  However, development occurred upstream and subsequent erosion and additional sediment came downstream through Lund's Gulch seems to coincide with the time the park started experiencing problems with keeping the passageway clear for fish and humans alike.

Long-term, we believe a pedestrian overpass is the best solution but that will cost millions of dollars that we presently do not have in our budget.

Videos of the Access Tunnel

Driving Directions

164th Street SW exit off I-5. Follow 164th Street Southwest west to 164th Southwest. Turn right to cross Highway 99. Turn right onto 52nd Avenue West. Turn left onto 160th Street. Turn right onto 56th Ave W. Turn left onto 156th Avenue West. Park entrance is at the end of the road.

Disabled Access
A gated access road is available for disabled persons. To apply for access, please download and mail/fax/e-mail the application form or complete the online application

NOTE:  If gate does not open upon entering PIN, please allow 90 seconds before making a second attempt.