Blake Island is a favorite overnight paddle from Seattle. Leave from Alki Point and cross the shipping channel or put in at Vashon or Southworth. The view of the city against the Cascades during the day, or the distant Seattle lights at night, makes this a great stopover. If you plan ahead, you can drop by Tillicum Village for a show and salmon dinner.
Approach: Easy gravel and sand.
Location: The island is located in Puget Sound, 3.5 miles South-West of Seattle Alki Point Lighthouse, 2 miles S of Bainbridge Island. The site is just East of the North-West tip of the island.
Hazards: Be aware of shipping lanes east of Blake Island and ferries going to Vashon Island, Southworth, and Bremerton via Rich Passage
Water: Available from nearby spigots in summer: bring your own in winter.
Sanitation: Flush toilets in main campground and west end campground. Pay showers in main campground.
Overflow: See ranger at main park area, 1 mile away by trail (there are 48 campsites at other locations.)
Fires: Fire rings available
Extras: Picnic table; Tillicum Village salmon dinner (by reservation)
Fees: $12/night for up to 8 in site
Special Considerations: Keep food secure from wildlife at all times. Dune grass restoration is in progress, please stick to trails and store boats at campsite.
Natural History: Blake Island was an ancestral camping ground of the Suquamish Indian tribe, and legend has it Chief Sealth was born here. The island was named by Cpt. Charles Wilkes in honor of George Smith Blake, who commanded U.S. Coast Survey vessels from 1837-48. The island was briefly called Trimble Island after a man who built a mansion there in the early 1900s. The foundation of his mansion still stands.