Semiahmoo Bay

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Semiahmoo Bay, just south of White Rock. Point Roberts can be seen on the horizon

Semiahmoo Bay (/ˌsɛmiˈɑːm/ SEM-ee-AH-moh) is the southeastern section of Boundary Bay on the Pacific coast of North America. The bay is named for the Semiahmoo First Nation, who originally occupied the area. The Semiahmoo Peninsula borders the bay and was home to cannery operations. It is now home to the Semiahmoo Resort for golfing.

Semiahmoo cannery office along Semiahmoo Bay, August 1918

From the north to south, the following communities and places are located on its shore:

Blaine's Drayton Harbor opens into Semiahmoo Bay; the harbor is separated from the main body of the bay by Semiahmoo Spit. The Semiahmoo Resort is located on the spit.

The Washington State Department of Ecology classified the marine waters within Semiahmoo Bay, outside of Drayton Harbor, as extraordinary quality waters for (1) salmonid and other fish migration, rearing, and spawning; (2) clam, oyster, and mussel rearing and spawning; and (3) crustaceans and other shellfish (crabs, shrimp, crayfish, and scallops) rearing and spawning.[1]

The Campbell River flows into Semiahmoo Bay on the Canadian side; California Creek and Dakota Creek flow into Drayton Harbor on the US side.

External links[edit]

  • Birds on the Bay, by Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society
  • "Semiahmoo Bay". BC Geographical Names.

Coordinates: 48°59′59″N 122°49′05″W / 48.99972°N 122.81806°W / 48.99972; -122.81806