Fay Bainbridge Park

This park offers one of the best views of Seattle and a panoramic vista of the Cascade Mountains that includes two volcanoes: Baker and Rainier. It also makes a great base camp for exploration of the local waters. The park is very popular and busy during the summer months.

One of our members, Karen Borell, has written a lovely historical document on the park. Download Fay Bainbridge Park and read it at your leisure.

Approach: Easy at low and high tide. Occasional floating logs at high tide are easily avoided. The beach is primarily sand with some gravel mix.

Location: Northeast side of Bainbridge Island.The Cascadia Marine Trail site is S of the picnic shelter on the E side near the volleyball court. Site is about 100 ft. from shore at high tide

Hazards: Subject to winds.

Sites: 1

Water: Available

Sanitation: Flush toilets and hot showers

Overflow: There are 3 hiker/biker campsites in the park in addition to the CMT site.

Fires: One beach fire ring

Extras: 2 picnic tables, children’s playground

Fees: $7/boat or $15 per site

Special Considerations: Campsites are closed from Oct. 15 to Apr. 30, and may close additional nights due to freezing weather.

Natural History: At the park entrance is a display of a bell donated by the Kitsap County Historical Society. This bell was brought to the area from San Francisco in 1883 by Cpt. Jeremiah Farnham. The bell was to proclaim important community events to the citizens of Port Madison. The park was acquired in 1944 from Mr. and Mrs. Temple S. Fay.

Reservations: No

Latitude: 47.702683
Longitude: -122.506616

Additional Resources: Google Maps Page, Guide Book PDF

Watch a video! This video was taken starting at the beach. This may help if you are paddling to the site. Remember to mark your waypoints on your chart before you go, and carry a compass, GPS and marine radio.

One thought on “Fay Bainbridge Park

  1. From Susan:
    When it’s busy this site is like camping in a huge fishbowl. The playground was right behind my tent so a bit noisy until the kids were ushered back to their camps.
    The upside to this busyness was that people were genuinely interested in the CMT site and asked me all kinds of questions about it. I was able to plug WWTA several times!
    Showers closed due to Covid
    No shade at CMT site, not easy to pitch a tarp for rain or shade.

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