With views in many directions, Fort Flagler is well known as a place for great photographic opportunities. Walk over a mile on the beach, visit the historic lighthouse and watch the seals play in the blue waters of Admirality Inlet. Mount Baker and Port Townsend are part of the visual attractions of this park.
Location: Fort Flagler State Park is on the northern end of Marrowstone Island. The main campgrounds are at the far northwest tip of the park. The Cascadia Marine Trail sites are in the woods, east of the lower campground, just inland from the north beach.
Hazards: Lots of driftwood (not for burning!)
Water: Available in the main campground
Sanitation: Toilets and showers in main campground, closed in winter
Overflow: Rest of campground
Fires: No fires
Extras: Picnic shelters, food concessions in day-use area, museum, hiking trails
Fees: $14/night for up to 8 in site
Special Considerations: Visitors may explore the military museum or arrange for a guided tour of historic buildings by calling the park office, 360.385.3701
Natural History: Fort Flagler, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Worden and Fort Casey, once guarded the nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890's, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching targets such as the Bremerton Naval Yard. Fort Flagler is named after Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler.
At low tide, the beach has a lot of big cobble and may have waves in summer from NW wind/swell. The posted price for the campsite at the park is $12. There is a more sheltered approach from Kilisut Harbor. To get there you must catch the rising tide through the harbor mouth. Watch for currents/waves. Under settled conditions, you may be able to paddle directly across the bar between the park and Rat Island into Kilisut Harbor.
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