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South Bend is a city of 1,700 people (2018) on the Pacific Coast of Southwest Washington. It is known for its oyster production and scenery. Willapa Bay is a beautiful habitat for bald eagles, hawks, egrets, coyotes, deer, and Roosevelt elk.

South Bend fishing boat


South Bend was incorporated as a city in 1890. The name of the city comes from its location on the Willapa River.

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By car[edit]

Via Highway 101.

Get around[edit]


Pacific County Courthouse
  • The Pacific County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • In Robert Bush Park on the river, you can watch local fishermen hauling in their catch of salmon during fishing season.
  • Pacific County Museum, 1008 W Robert Bush Drive. Mar-Sep: daily 11AM-4PM; Oct-Feb: daily noon-3PM; closed on major holidays.


  • Canoeing and kayaking from the recreational dock
  • Fishing and crabbing on the Willapa.


  • South Bend has a large shellfish industry. You can buy oysters from Willapa Bay at the local canneries.
  • You can also buy fresh Dungeness crab when in season - you can check whether crab is in season on the Washington State Fish and Wildlife website.
  • From May to August, the Sunday Market on the Dock has live music, children’s entertainment, small vendors and foods.
  • Ekone Oyster, 33 Holtz Rd., +1 360-875-5494.
  • Pacific Seafood, 1200 Robert Bush Dr., +1 360-875-5557.





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