Welcome from the Mayor: You have discovered the gateway to Willapa Bay. One of the most pristine estuaries in the nation, Willapa bay offers you an incredible opportunity to view nature at its best. South Bend is your doorstep to adventure with so much nature to be taken in from bald eagles to egrets, coyotes to the majestic Roosevelt elk, grasslands to forests.
On the banks of the Willapa River you can hop into your canoe or kayak and launch from our newly updated City Recreational Dock at Robert Bush Park or use our wonderful boat launch just south of town for your larger boats to cruise the Willapa River system and do some fishing, crabbing, wildlife watching or just enjoy the relaxation of boating on the Willapa.
After a full day of playing on the river make sure you’ve made your reservations to stay in one of our motels. Both our motels are within walking distance of a variety of restaurants. Choose from Chinese, Mexican or American style food. We also have coffee shops, a deli and convenience stores.
Perhaps you would like to stroll through town and take in the sights and meet our friendly residents. Robert Bush Park sits on the river and affords you the opportunity to observe local fishermen hauling in their catch of salmon during the fishing season. Stop in at Pioneer Grocery and check out the great selection of deli items and then walk across the street to Mary Rogers Pioneer Park where you can enjoy your meal at one of the picnic tables.
South Bend has a nationally recognized county courthouse with a beautiful dome and a well-maintained water park. Also, check out the Pacific County Historical Museum or the Timberland Library.
There are numerous small shops around town you can pop into that may catch your interest.
South Bend has a large seafood industry. The oysters from Willapa Bay are world famous and not to mention very delicious. Stop in at one of the cannery retail shops and take home some of the freshest seafood.
Next time you are out traveling we invite you to schedule a stop in South Bend. You’ll be glad you did!
~Mayor Julie Struck