Wind-powered Vehicle Use on Washington Ocean Beaches

Blo-Kart on Ocean Beach

On March 26, 2015 following a public process that included public meetings in Ilwaco and Ocean Shores, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the use of wind-powered vehicles on portions of Parks-managed ocean beaches. Wind-powered vehicles include kite buggies, blo-karts, kite boards and other wind/sand sailing recreational vehicles. Prior to reaching this decision, State Parks held demonstration events with wind-powered vehicle users to understand the potential for safety issues, user conflict and impacts to wildlife.

Wind-powered vehicles are allowed—subject to certain conditions and seasonal restrictions—in designated areas on Long Beach, South Beach and North Beach in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties. Maps are available below and at park kiosks and in park offices. Please consult the use-area maps before you head out. Using wind-powered vehicles on unauthorized portions of the beach is subject to citation. A fact sheet and maps of the use areas can be found below.

The rules for wind-powered vehicle use include:

The State Parks Director establishes the areas on the beach where use can occur.

  • The maximum speed limit for wind-powered vehicles is 25 mph.
  • Use is limited to the hard sand portion of the beach.
  • Use can occur from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise restricted.
  • During recreational razor clam digs, use is prohibited from three hours before the published low tide until three hours after the published low tide.
  • A minimum age of 16 is required for operation. Those under 16 must be accompanied a person 16 years of age or older.
  • Wind-powered vehicles must yield right-of-way to all pedestrian, equestrian and vehicle traffic.
  • Wind-powered vehicles cannot be operated in a reckless manner, including weaving through congested pedestrian, equestrian or vehicular traffic; operating unnecessarily close to other users of the beach; or recklessly swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision.