Blake Island State Park

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Blake Island State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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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. Blake Island offers a unique Northwest Indian dining and cultural experience at Tillicum Village. Visitors can enjoy a barbecued salmon dinner cooked in traditional Native American style while watching Northwest Indian dancing. 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.

Map of Blake Island (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 47.537609, -122.493036

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park offers 1,500 feet of moorage dock and 24 mooring buoys. Electrical service is available at the docks for a fee. A boat pumpout also is available. Daily and annual permits are available.

  • Bicycling

    7.5 miles of Bicycle Trails are available.

  • Camping

    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.

  • Fishing

    Saltwater fishing is available.

  • Hiking

    Eight miles of hiking trails are available.

  • Picnicking

    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.

  • Water Sports

    Diving is available.

Seasonality/Weather

Park hours/updates: Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year-round for camping and day use. There is a seven day overnight moorage limit. Camping: Check-in time, 1 p.m. Check-out time, 1 p.m. Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Directions

Driving

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. For tour information, call Argosy Cruises (206) 623-1445.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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