Blake Island State Park - Washington

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Park overview:

Blake Island State Park is a 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat. Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing are offered at Tillicum Village, a concession on the island.

The park is open year round for camping and day use. There is a seven day overnight moorage limit.

Campsite Information:

The camp ground has 44 tent spaces, two primitive sites, one dump station, four restrooms (one ADA) and one shower area.

Three Cascadia Marine Trail sites are located on the west end of the island. These sites are for use by canoers and kayakers only. The primitive sites are available on the south side.

All campsites are first come, first served.

Group Accommodations:

A group camp is available by reservation for groups of less than 250 people. Fees vary with size of the group.

Maximum eight people per campsite.

Driving Directions

Located between Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island, eight miles west of from Seattle, Wash. in Kitsap County.

Blake Island is accessible only by tour boat or private boat.

Park Features

A highlight of the park is its five-mile beach shoreline, which provides views of mountains, volcanoes and the Seattle skyline.

History

Blake Island was an ancestral camping ground of the Suquamish Indian tribe, and legend has it Chief Seattle was born there. It is believed the island was named by naval explorer Captain Charles Wilkes in honor of George Smith Blake, who commanded U.S. Coast Survey vessels from 1837 to 1848.

William Pitt Trimble acquired the island at the turn of the century and re-named it Trimble Island, transforming it into a magnificent private estate. After his wife was killed in Seattle in 1929, Trimble never returned to the property. The foundation of his mansion still stands, although the home itself has been destroyed by fire .

The property became Blake Island State Park in October, 1974.

Interpretive opportunities

The history of the Trimble estate appears on a sign at the site of the former Trimble mansion. (Blake Island was once the private preserve of the William Pitt Trimble family.) Native plants are interpreted in signage on the nature trail.

Activities

8 mi. Hiking Trails - 7.5 mi. Bike Trails - Boating (saltwater) - 1500 feet of moorage (saltwater) - Diving - Fishing (saltwater) - Clamming, Crabbing - Beachcombing, Bird Watching - 49 Fire Circles - 2 Fire Circles (sheltered) - 2 Horseshoe pits - Interpretive Activities - Mountain Biking - 1 Volleyball Field - Wildlife Viewing

Firewood gathering is not permitted on the island.

Boating Features

The park offers 1,500 feet of moorage dock and 24 mooring buoys. Electrical service is available at the docks. A boat pumpout also is available.

Events

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Picnic and Day-use Facilities

Two picnic shelters with a fire circle (no electricity is available) for groups of 100 people or less.

Fires are permitted only in designated fire circles at individual campsites. Barbeque grills are located in the day-use area.

Wildlife

Chipmunks, Deer or Elk, Minks, Otters, Raccoons, Crows or Ravens, Doves or Pigeons, Ducks, Eagles, Geese, Gulls, Hawks, Herons, Ospreys, Owls, Woodpeckers, Wrens, Clams, Crabs, Mussels, Sea Birds, Seals, Shellfish, Starfish, Whales, Bullhead, Perch, Salmon

Environmental Features

The park is located on an island with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline. The tidelands and bedlands make an underwater park.

Cedar, Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Spruce, Yew, Alder, Cherry, Maple, Daisy, Foxglove, Berries, Ferns, Moss or Lichens, Seaweed, Thistle

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