Saltwater State Park

Saltwater State Park is an 88-acre marine camping park with 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. The park offers beautiful views and wildlife-watching opportunities – walk the upland trails for views of Maury and Vashon Islands, the Olympic Mountains, and spectacular sunsets.

Approach: Driftwood accumulates on sand and gravel beach.

Location: North of Poverty Bay, almost directly south-east of Point Robinson. The campsite is just north of the restroom.

Sites: 1

Water: South of restroom

Sanitation: Flush toilet

Overflow: Try the main campground if site is full

Fires: Fire ring available

Extras: Hiking trails and concession café

Fees: $12/night for up to 8 in site

Special Considerations: The park can be noisy, as it is located in the flight path of Sea-Tac International Airport.

Natural History: The park dedication in 1926 included a peace effort to stop the bad feelings between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. A hatchet is symbolically buried under a rock somewhere in the park. Much of the park we see today was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s. The park features tide pools and marine life, including salmon spawning in McSorley Creek. There is a large alluvial fan at the mouth of Thomas Creek, which helps maintain a large clam population. There is an underwater artificial reef for scuba divers.

Latitude: 47.3737
Longitude: -122.3245

Additional Resources: Google Maps Page, Guide Book PDF

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