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Location and Hours

Padilla Bay is located in Skagit County in Washington State. It's part of the Salish Sea, which includes the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, Hood Canal, Georgia Straits, and the waters around the Gulf and San Juan Islands.


Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273-9668


Take Interstate 5 North from Seattle or South from Bellingham to exit 230, just north of Mount Vernon. Take Highway 20 West toward Anacortes about 6 miles. Turn right at stop light onto Bay View-Edison Road (Farm House Inn Restaurant is at this intersection). Drive north about five miles, past Bay View State Park. The Breazeale Interpretive Center will be on your right, 1/4 mile past the state park. 


  • Our trails and parking lot are always open.
  • The Breazeale Interpretive Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - closed on official state holidays.
  • Staff is available to answer phones Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling our front desk (360) 428-1558