Fort Ebey State Park is a 645-acre camping park originally built as a coastal defense for during World War 2. The historical park was improved with gun emplacements, ammunition depots, and other military fortifications to guard entrance from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The bulk of the park is located on top of steep bluffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Admiralty Inlet that continue to erode onto a 2-mile rock, sand, and gravel beach with tide pools.
The upland portion of the park is heavily wooded and contains Pondilla Lake and Floral Creek that drain into the Strait south of the park’s borders. This portion of the park is defined by an extensive series of “kettles” – large depressions left in the earth by the receding glaciers from about 12,000 to 30,000 years ago. The retreating glacier dropped large chunks of ice which were engulfed in rock debris. The kettle holes and generally uneven ground were left behind as the ice chunks melted. Pondilla Lake is located in one of the kettle holes.
Fort Ebey State Park has 3 miles of saltwater shoreline on the Stait of Juan de Fuca, a freshwater lake for fishing, and 28 miles of hiking and biking trails. Other park amenities include large sports fields, surfing and parasailing, and fishing areas.
The park provides 40 standard campsites, 10 utility campsites with electricity and water hooks, 1 ADA restroom, and 2 showers (1 ADA) on a year round basis. Maximum site length is 100 feet – trailer dump stations are not provided on-site.
A primitive group camp that can accommodate up to 75 people provides a vault toilet and running water – flush toilets and showers are within a 5 minute walk.
The park provides 25 unsheltered picnic tables located next to the gun battery, beach area, and Point Partridge available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park also provides 2 reservation covered picnic shelters with tables and large cooking grills located near the beach and a grassy area that can accommodate up to 100-150 people.
The park also includes Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) form Point Partridge Recreation Site located on the south border of the park below a steep, eroding bluff. The site is accessible by trail only from Fort Ebey State Park and Ebey’s Landing. The site provides firepits, 4 picnic units, restrooms, and 11 primitive campsites.