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Meadowdale Beach Park

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

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 (see below for beach access updates) 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.
Beach Access
Current water and sediment levels within the culvert(tunnel) prevent dry passable conditions to the beach. The steel grates are unable to be re-installed within the tunnel/culvert under these conditions as they would be a fish barrier. Permits to perform maintenance to remove the gravels and provide positive creek flow out of the culvert were recently secured by Parks in September 2015. However a pre-maintenance site visit revealed that beach conditions are substantially different than summer/fall 2014 when permit documents were prepared making it impossible to comply with permit conditions. Areas that were described in the permit to be disturbed or altered for beach nourishment with gravels now have substantial native beach vegetation and enhanced habitat conditions, including a fair amount of large woody debris lodged into position. In addition the pocket estuary has increased in size and species diversity and beach grades were elevated. These conditions most likely are a result of decreased creek flows and warmer temperatures. Typical creek flows would have continued to carry some of the sediment to the Sound lowering or maintaining historical grades of the beach; and would have eliminated or significantly reduced the likelihood of seed establishment in an area that previously has not seen significant vegetation. In addition the delta that encompasses the pocket estuary has not seen much disruption from the tides or from big pulses of creek flow so it has extended further inland increasing the size of the pocket estuary. While all of these conditions are significant habitat improvements for salmon and other vertebrate and invertebrates, each aspect makes it impossible to perform maintenance with minimal disturbance to fish and habitat and comply with permit conditions.  The conditions will be re-assessed late June 2016 for a possible cleanout during the next fish window July 15 – October 15.  It is unlikely that the grates will be able to be re-installed within the culvert prior to that time unless a natural occurring event pushes gravels through the culvert and scours a channel that will enable positive flow from the culvert.  

For more information  contact Logan Daniels, P.E., Parks Engineer at or 425-388-6619.

BNSF Railroad
Do not cross the railroad tracks. Railroad tracks are private property and it is illegal and considered trespassing and carries fines levied by BNSF police. For more information on pedestrian safety around railroad tracks, click here.

Future Plans
The county recognizes the need for a long term more sustainable solution to the fish, people, and creek and sediment barrier issue and has been working diligently with the community and stakeholders on developing a plan. For more information click here.

Other County Parks with Beach Access
Puget Sound beach access is available at Picnic Point County Park

Related Herald of Everett article

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.