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MISC. BEACH INFORMATION

Island County | Region 4 Information

Marine Area 8-1 (DECEPTION PASS, HOPE ISLAND, AND SKAGIT BAY)
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WEST PENN COVE
240150

SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES

Clams open all year
Oysters open all year

HARVEST PROFILE

This beach has been enhanced with oysters.

West Penn Cove (formerly known as North Penn Cove) is located at the base of Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. It is a relatively long beach, consisting of 4,376 feet of public shoreline. Between the access areas most of the uplands are private property. This beach features a variety of substrate types. The west end beach has a wide productive gravel-mud clam band, which narrows at points and widens in embayments. There is good digging for butter clams, native littleneck clams, Manila clams, cockles and horse clams. The area below the north access trail is particularly good digging. The littleneck clams tend to be higher on the beach while the butter and horse clams are lower in the tidal zone.

WDFW has planted oyster seed for enhanced harvest opportunity just below the south access area. Yellow fiberglass posts and signs along the beach mark these areas. When the beach is open, harvest is encouraged within the area marked by these posts.

Oyster information

DIRECTION TO SITE

There are two WDFW access sites for West Penn Cove. The north access is a gravel pullout just off of Hwy. 20. From Oak Harbor, take Hwy. 20 South until you see Penn Cove. The pullout is on the left shoulder, just south of Zylstra Road and just north of Madrona Road. Public tidelands are to the right when you reach the end of a short trail.

To reach the south access site drive another one quarter mile south on HWY 20 and turn left onto Madrona Way. Go about  one half mile and look for a small public parking lot on the left.

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FACILITIES
There are no facilities provided.

FUN FACTS/OTHER INFORMATION

 West Penn Cove kiosk  West Penn Cove beach

Beach information last updated: August 03, 2011 @ 10:43am

Whidbey Island/Camano Island

For individual beach information, including harvesting seasons, click on the yellow squiggles below.

Whidbey Island/Camano Island Foulweather Bluff (DNR-64) DNR-68 DNR-69 Meadowdale County Park Picnic Point County Park Mukilteo State Park South Mukilteo Park South Everett(Howarth Park) Kayak Point County Park West Pass Access Cavelaro Beach South Port Susan Further North Camano Head Far South Mabana Mabana Un-named DNR Beach East Elger Bay West Elger Bay Camano Island State Park Cama Beach State Park North Onamac Point Further North Onamac Point South Rocky Point Fort Casey State Park South Fort Casey DNR-124A DNR-124 South Whidbey State Park DNR-101 and South Bush Point Double Bluff State Park South Useless Bay Dave Mackie County Park Scatchet Head Northeast Cultus Bay DNR-99 DNR-100 North Randal Point South Sandy Point Sunrise Beach East East Point Freeland County Park Hidden Beach Saratoga Pass Harrington Beach Snatelum Point Long Point Coupeville Madrona West Penn Cove San De Fuca East San De Fuca Monroe Landing Blowers Bluff

Yellow map areas (links) identify approximate public property boundaries and should not be considered legal property boundaries.
Many of these public beaches have no upland entrance and must be accessed by boat. Please respect adjacent private property.

This map is provided for informational purposes only. The accuracy of this map is not guaranteed.