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. 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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