Washington State Parks

Deception Pass State Park
State Route 20 (SR-20) and Coronet Bay Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
360-675-2417
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Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park that extends across Deception Pass to include the shorelines on Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands. The park provides extensive saltwater shoreline, 3 freshwater lakes, and breathtaking views of the turbulent waters of Deception Pass with old-growth forests and abundant wildlife.

Total park amenities – include 1.2 miles of ADA trails, 38 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of horse trails, fresh and saltwater boat ramps and docks, freshwater swimming beaches, kayaking, scuba diving, sailboarding, a Public Works Administration (WPA) museum, and environmental learning center.

The park provides 167 tent sites, 143 utility spaces, and 5 hiker/biker sites with 2 dump stations, 7 restrooms (4 ADA), and 6 shower houses (4 ADA) within a spectacular shoreline setting on a year-round basis. Campsites are located at 3 locations within the park – Bowman Bay with 18 tent sites and 2 utility sites, Sunrise Resort with 2 tent and 58 utility sites, and Cranberry Lake with 147 tent and 83 utility sites. Maximum RV site length is 60 feet.

Primitive group camps with fire circles, picnic shelters, and vault toilets are also available including camp 1 – for up to 64 people with 5 tent pads and 2 adirondack sleeping shelters; camp 2 – for up to 32 people with 1 adirondack shelter, and camp 3 – for up to 32 people.

The park provides 50 sheltered and 261 unsheltered picnic tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park also provides reservations for 4 kitchen shelters with electricity and 6 without which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.

The beach portion of the park on Whidbey Island – is located on the west shoreline of the island on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The beach site provides a swimming and walking beach on the Strait and adjacent Cranberry Lake, and picnic facilities including a tables, shelters, a pavilion, and showers/restrooms.

A boat launch ramp provides access to Cranberry Lake that is stocked by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife with trout and jumbo rainbow trout that may be fished from the shoreline or by boat.

An adjacent day use area overlooks Deception Pass and has a number of kayak and canoe put-in opportunities. The sites provide direct kayak access to the islands located at the mouth of Deception Pass including Deception Island and Spy’s Island. These islands are composed of rocky outcrops and steep bluffs that are relatively inaccessible by land or water.

Cornet Bay – is the marina component of the park located on the south shore of Coronet Bay on Cornet Bay Road. The marina provides a 7-lane boat launch, 64 slip boat dock and moorage, swimming beach, picnic area, shower, restroom facilities, and parking areas.

Cod, flounder, sole, and pile perch may be fished from the docks located on Cornet Bay Marina.

The marina provides direct kayak access to the currents that pass under Deception Pass and the islands located within access of the bay including Pass Island, Strawberry Island, Ben Ure Island, and Hope Island. The islands are composed of rocky outcrops and steep bluffs. Some of the island beaches can be accessed by water craft during favorable tide conditions.

Hoypus Hill – is located on the east shoreline of the island on Skagit Bay at the end of Coronet Bay Road at Hoypus Point. The Hoypus Point addition to the park provides access to a gravel beach and public tidelands that extend west to Coronet Bay and south to Mariners Cove.

Most of Hoypus Point is a Natural Forest Area (NFA) and Natural Area Preserve (NAP) designated to be preserved and interpreted for natural forest processes. The area can be accessed, however, by an extensive system of walking and hiking trails.

The end of Coronet Bay Road has been improved to provide a vehicle parking area at the road end – which was the original site of the ferry across Deception Pass before the bridge was built.
Dugualla Bay State Park
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East Sleeper Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
This 586.0-acre state park site was recently acquired from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources by the Washington State Park & Recreation Commission. The undeveloped park site is located at the end of East Sleeper Road overlooking Dugualla and Skagit Bays, Goat Island, and the south entry to Swinomish Channel.

The beach area includes 4,800 linear feet of muddy shoreline that is relatively difficult to access at low tides. A walking trail presently provides access to the major portions of the site located on top of the plateau that include a significant wetlands and wildlife habitat.

Ebey’s Landing State Park
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Ebey’s Landing Road
Coupeville, WA 98239
Ebey’s Landing State Park is a 45.8-acre saltwater shoreline located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca adjoining Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

The park includes Isaac Ebey’s farmland on the bluff above the beach, Sunnyside Cemetery containing his grave, and the James Davis blockhouse built during the Puget Sound Indian Wars.

The park provides hiking, surf fishing, beachcombing, paddling, and birdwatching opportunities interpretive displays, a vault toilet, and 1.5 miles of trail along the bluff and beach.

Fort Casey State Park
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Engle Road
Coupeville, WA 98239
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Fort Casey State Park is a 467-acre marine and camping park with a lighthouse, sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and 2 miles of saltwater shoreline on Keystone Spit adjacent to the Keystone to Port Townsend Ferry landing.

The historical park was originally built with gun emplacements (with 4 gun batteries still on display), ammunition depots, and other military fortifications to guard the entrance from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Puget Sound.

The bulk of the park is located on top of steep bluffs that continue to erode onto a 1.5-mile gravel beach. The upland portion of the park is heavily wooded and contains Admiralty Point Lighthouse and Interpretive Center, the original gun emplacement structures, ammunition depots, viewpoints, and the historic 1890s era military garrison post.

The north portion of the property that includes the fort barracks, officer’s quarters, and other buildings is presently owned by Seattle Pacific University (SPU). SPU operates youth soccer and other activity camps during summer months and school vacation holidays.

North park amenities include 1.8 miles of hiking trails and interpretive activities within the gun battery and adjacent military garrison post. The park also provides a designated remote-controlled glider area and parade field popular for kite flying. The lighthouse and interpretive facility is open on a seasonal basis.

The park provides 35 standard campsites with 1 restroom and 1 shower facility on a year round basis next to the Keystone Ferry Terminal. Maximum site length is 40 feet.

The park provides 68 unsheltered picnic tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Keystone Jetty – the south portion of the park adjoins Keystone Harbor and is leased to the Washington State Ferry system for the terminal between Whidbey Island and Port Townsend.

The jetty portion of the site provides a gravel beach, an historical viewpoint, interpretive signage, drinking water, restroom facilities, 2 saltwater boat ramps, 50 vehicle parking spaces that can accommodate boat trailers, fishing, and scuba diving access to an underwater park.

The site adjoins the original, historical railhead structure developed to support the Great Northern Railroad’s speculative (and never completed) expansion from Port Townsend.

Fort Ebey State Park
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Fort Ebey Road
Coupeville, WA 98239
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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.

Joseph Whidbey State Park
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West Beach Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
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Joseph Whidbey State Park is a 112-acre park located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca shoreline below Whidbey Naval Air Station. The park has one of the grandest beaches on Whidbey Island. Paths lead from the picnic area across a low rolling meadow covered with beach grass to the broad sand and gravel beach facing the Strait.

The park provides picnicking, hiking, surf fishing, and beachcombing activities – as well as views of airplane take offs and landings, and the Smith Island Lighthouse on Smith and Minor Islands in the Strait.

The day use park is open April through September providing 9 unsheltered picnic tables, 4 sheltered picnic tables, a kitchen shelter (reserve-able), 9 fire circles, soccer field, volleyball court, badminton area, 2.0 miles of biking and hiking trails, and 0.5 miles of ADA trails, and vault toilets.

Keystone Spit and Tidelands
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Keystone Harbor
Coupeville, WA 98239
Keystone Spit is a 274-acre undeveloped state park property located adjacent to the Port Townsend-Keystone Ferry Terminal and Fort Casey State Park, and adjoining Crockett Lake – a 250-acre shallow marsh. The site provides access to an extensive gravel beach, upland sand and gravel dunes, and the wetlands adjoining Crockett Lake

The upland portions of the site were originally improved with access roads for speculative vacation home subdivisions. Portions of the southeast end of the site were excavated for borrow pits and other gravel mining operations.

This portion of the undeveloped park provides picnicking, beachcombing, birdwatching, surf fishing, kite flying, windsurfing, scuba diving, and interpretive facilities.

Crockett Lake is an inland brackish body of water located north of Keystone Spit that has been acquired by the state for preservation. Old pilings and other remnants of historical shipping and rail activities are visible along the south shore of the lake. The Crockett Blockhouse site is located on private property on the northeastern shoreline. The lake has not been otherwise developed for water or park activities.

South Whidbey State Park
Freeland, WA
888-226-7688
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South Whidbey State Park is a 347-acre camping park with 4,500 feet of saltwater on the Admiralty Shore. The park includes the old-growth forest, tidelands for clamming and crabbing, and campsites secluded by lush, forest undergrowth and views of the surrounding Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. An array of birds, aqautic animals and mammals as well as several different kinds of plant life are all featured here.

The park features 3.5 miles of hiking trails, bird watching, beachcombing, saltwater fishing and swimming, clamming, crabbing, and wildlife viewing. The park also provides 15 uncovered fire circles, 1 covered fire circle, a kitchen without electricity, and 19 picnic tables and 4 covered picnic tables.

The park is available for camping year-round. The park sells firewood and nature books, and most other services are located within a few miles.

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