With eastern exposure and a beautiful vista of Mt. Rainier, the Wingehaven campsite offers you the opportunity to sleep on the front lawn of what once was a 1930’s island mansion. You will discover remnants of the old estate from the moment you approach the deteriorating balustrade sea wall leaving the sounds and lights of today’s busy Seattle behind you.
Location: Campsite is located on the NE shore of Vashon Island, in the first bay S of Dolphin Point and .75 mi from the ferry terminal on the E side. The bulkhead has a crumbling crenellated wall of white arches and caps. Sites are in the flat grassy area above the wall.
Sanitation: Summer-only Sanican
Fires: No open fires
Special Considerations: At high tide water goes to bulkhead; best to land at lower tide level.
Natural History: This spot was developed in the 1920s and turned into a ritzy estate that featured amazing gardens with many pools. It was known as a drop-off point for liquor during prohibition. During the Depression, an entrepreneur raised goldfish in the pools. In 1950 the land was acquired by a shipbuilder named Winge whose children sold the land to King County Parks in 1969 as part of the Forward Thrust bond issue.