Manchester State Park

A former torpedo warehouse, built in 1901, still stands in the park. It was later an officer’s club, a barracks and a mess hall, and is now a picnic shelter in the day-use area. The small concrete building east of the torpedo warehouse was originally used as a mining casement, and later for coal storage.

 

Approach: Easy gravel and sand below the low bank.

Location: Manchester Park is on the western side of Rich Passage, directly across from the south-western shore of Bainbridge Island. Sites are in the wooded area above the lawn between the day-use restrooms and wooden picnic shelters.

Hazards: Watch for ferries. Exposed mud flats at low tides.

Sites: 2

Water: Available in the day use area

Sanitation: Day-use toilets and showers ($0.25/6 min), closed in winter

Overflow: In the rest of the campground

Fires: No open fires allowed.

Extras: Picnic shelters, volleyball court and interpretive nature trail

Fees: $14/night for up to 8 in site

Special Considerations: Fragile environment. Avoid further erosion of the bank above the beach by using trail from beach to grass area to access sites.

Natural History: A U.S. Coast Artillery harbor defense installation was constructed on the property at the turn of the century for the protection of Bremerton. During World War II, the property was a naval fuel supply depot and fire-fighting station.

Reservations: No

Latitude: 47.5785
Longitude: -122.549716

Additional Resources: Google Maps Page, Guide Book PDF

3 thoughts on “Manchester State Park

  1. You have wrong information…
    Showers are $ .50 for 3-min hot water (tokens must be purchased at the camp store)
    Marine Sites are $12 a night (but no fires allowed at marine sites)
    Must notify park office prior to dusk for restrooms to be kept unlocked in Day Use Area

  2. Thank you Tim, that is excellent information and we will endeavor to update our database. Sincerely, Andree

  3. From Susan:
    It is 3 NM from Blake to Manchester State Park; Guidebook, page 49, states 4.6NM
    I liked the privacy and coziness of the CMT sites here, especially after the “kid chaos” at Blake Island.
    Picnic shelter (old torpedo warehouse) is closed due to Covid
    Pro-tip: you can charge your power bank and/or electronics with the outlet in the bathroom or the picnic shelter just to the west of the CMT sites!
    Very quiet after 9 pm and pleasant in the morning
    I stopped at Fort Ward across the channel on my way out the next morning but it wasn’t clear exactly where the CMT site is. I think the carsonite signage is gone?… I did see a Kitsap Pen Water Trails sign so that’s probably the spot.

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