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Meadowdale Beach Park
- Bay Access
- Disabled Parking
- Picnic Shelters
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You can reserve Meadowdale Beach Park picnic shelter by contacting the Caretaker at 425-745-5111.
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.
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.
There is currently no beach access at the park. The pedestrian access tunnel is now closed.
Do not cross the railroad tracks. Railroad tracks are private property, and it is illegal to trespass onto railroad tracks. For more information on pedestrian safety around railroad tracks, click HERE.
Puget Sound beach access is available at Picnic Point County Park.
The tunnel was originally constructed by BNSF as a culvert for Lund’s Gulch Creek. An agreement with BNSF and Parks was executed in 1987 to allow for a shared-use of the tunnel. The culvert was modified with a boardwalk, now steel grating to allow for pedestrian access. Juvenile Chinook salmon, Chum salmon, Coho salmon and Cutthroat trout are among the fish species present in the creek that also share the tunnel. Erosion and sedimentation processes within the gulch have significantly increased and continue to worsen bringing gravels and other sediment down from above and depositing them upstream, downstream and within the tunnel becoming a barrier to fish as well as causing flooding within the tunnel submerging the grates. Parks has a permit that allows for removal of gravels within the tunnel under certain conditions and with specific costly protocol. However, given the current amount and rate of gravel deposition the problem reoccurs within days of any maintenance action. The current operation recommended by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is to remove the grates during fall and winter to eliminate the fish barrier and to allow natural processes, high stream flows to move the gravel beachward. The County is aware that the beach access is often the reward of the steep hike into the park, so Parks along with Surface Water Management and Public Works are pursuing interim solutions as well as a more sustainable long term solution.
For questions regarding projects, contact Logan Daniels, P.E., Parks Engineer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-388-6619
Related Herald of Everett article
Videos of the Access Tunnel
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.
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.