Section of South Beach to close to vehicles during Fourth of July

Grayland, WA – Part of the beach south of Westport will be closed to vehicles for the Fourth of July.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission tells KXRO that Washington State Parks, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will temporarily close a 4-mile stretch of the beach near Grayland from Warrenton Cannery Road to Cranberry Beach Road to motorized vehicles.

The restriction will start on Wednesday, July 3 at midnight and go to July 5 at 11:59 p.m.

They say this closure includes the beach at Grayland Beach State Park, though the beach will still be accessible to park visitors via footpaths from the campground and day use area.

According to Washington State Parks, much of the area is currently closed for personal use to protect the nesting areas of Snowy Plovers. 

They say the closure to motorized vehicles during the Fourth of July fireworks will provide additional protection for this already endangered species.