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