Fort Ward State Park - Washington

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Park Overview

Fort Ward State Park is a 137-acre marine park with 4,300 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rich Passage. Many of the structures in the park reflect the historic military significance of the area, but the park is well developed for day use. There is an underwater park for scuba divers, a two-lane boat ramp and a long, rocky beach along Rich Passage.


After World War II, the U.S. Navy used a radio tower (once located adjacent to the park and east of the upper picnic area) to send messages to Navy Command in Seattle at Pier 91.

In 1903, Fort Ward was offically commissioned as a seacoast fort with the primary objective of protecting the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Two gun batteries are located in the park. During World War II, the navy used the fort as a radio station and training school for communication personnel and installed a submarine net across Rich Passage. In 1958, the navy decommissioned the fort, and State Parks purchased Fort Ward in 1960.

Park Features

Fort Ward is located along Rich Passage with views of the Olympic Mountains and various marine-life habitats. The park is 137 acres of dense forest and features a rocky beach along the Puget Sound.

Interpretive opportunities

There are currently no interpretive opportunities at this park.


2241 Pleasant Beach, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


Located on the southwest side of Bainbridge Island, along Rich Passage in Kitsap County.

From SR 20:

Turn west on High School Rd. Travel to T-intersection (approximately three miles), and turn left onto Fletcher Bay Rd. Continue on Fletcher Bay Rd. to T-intersection, then turn right. This takes you past Linnwood Center. Continue to Y-intersection. Veer right to go to the Fort Ward boat ramp, or veer left to find park entrance and upper picnic area. To get to park entrance, continue on left fork to Country Club Rd., and turn right. Turn right again on Fort Ward Rd. Park entrance is on right. (NOTE: The route is well signed from High School Rd.

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