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Westport Light State Park: Weekend Getaway for Aug. 20

Surfers enter and leave a surf spot at Westhaven State Park. The park is the north end of 18 miles of public beach, so surfers can easily find uncrowded waves.
Surfers enter and leave a surf spot at Westhaven State Park. The park is the north end of 18 miles of public beach, so surfers can easily find uncrowded waves. Staff file

WESTPORT LIGHT AND WESTHAVEN STATE PARKS

What: Westport Light State Park is a 212-acre park adjacent to the retired Westport Lighthouse. A 1.3-mile paved trail connects the park to Westhaven State Park. You can also drive between the parks. The old lighthouse is on Coast Guard property and is regularly open for tours.

Where: Westport.

When: The parks are open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. in the summer and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the winter.

Getting there: From Westport, drive west on Ocean Avenue to the park entrance.

Cost: A $10-per-day or $30-per-year Discover Pass is required for each vehicle.

History: The park is named after the nearby 1898 lighthouse. The lighthouse was built as a navigational point at the south entrance to Grays Harbor.

Of note: There is no camping allowed at either park. However, you can camp at nearby Twin Harbors State Park. Both parks offer beach access. Westhaven State Park is considered one of the best surfing spots in Washington, but the area, especially Half Moon Bay, is not for beginners. The Surf Shop and Steepwater Surf Shop in Westport rent boards and wetsuits. Steepwater offers lessons.

Information: parks.wa.gov.

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