Joemma Beach State Park

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Joemma Beach State Park


(360) 902-8844

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Joemma Beach State Park is a 122-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on southeast Key Peninsula. Aside from the natural beauty of park and surroundings, the area is an excellent place for fishing, boating and crabbing. This property was granted to Washington at statehood in 1889 for the support of common schools. The original recreation site was developed beginning in 1961 and was named Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Area on opening day in 1968. The property was transferred to State Parks in 1995 and was renamed "Joemma Beach State Park" after Joe and Emma Smith who lived on the premises from 1917 to 1932.

Map of Joemma Beach (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 47.223893, -122.806210



  • Boating

    There is one boat ramp and 500 feet of dock space. The docks are available from mid-May through mid-October; offering 30 feet of moorage at low tide.

  • Camping

    The park has 19 tent spaces and five vault toilets (all ADA). In addition, there are two water trail sites (available only to campers arriving by human-powered watercraft) and two primitive hiker/biker sites (no motorized vehicles permitted). Maximum site length is 40 feet (may have limited availability). All campsites are first come, first served.

  • Fishing

    Salt water fishing available.

  • Hiking

    Two primitive hiker/biker sites (no motorized vehicles permitted).

  • Picnicking

    The park provides one sheltered and seven unsheltered picnic tables. The picnic shelter is reservable for a maximum of 50 people and requires a fee. To reserve call (888) 226-7688 and ask for the Penrose/Joemma beach shelter. Unsheltered picnic sites are all available on a first-come, first served basis.

  • Water Sports

    Water skiing and crabbing.



Located 28 miles southwest of Tacoma, Wash. in Pierce County.

From Tacoma: Take Hwy. 16 to Purdy exit. At the light turn left onto Hwy 302, which changes into Key Peninsula Hwy. Travel approximately 15 miles and turn right on Whiteman Rd. Go approximately four miles, turn right and travel on Bay Rd. approximately one mile. Stay on asphalt into park.

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(360) 902-8844