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Kopachuck State Park
KOPACHUCK STATE PARK
KOPACHUCK STATE PARK
11101 56th St. NW
Gig Harbor, Washington   98335

Phone: 253-265-3606
Kopachuck State Park is a 109-acre marine and camping park with 5,600 feet of saltwater shoreline on Henderson Bay. One portion of the park, Cutts Island (or "Deadman's Island") is a half mile from shore and reachable only by boat. The park provides scenic views of sunsets, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. This beautiful park has a western exposure with spectacular sunsets, sandy beaches and a panoramic view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Cutts Island, a portion of the park located half a mile from the park proper, is reachable only by private boat.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk; day use only.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Chipmunks. Deer or Elk. Foxes. Raccoons. Squirrels. Crows or Ravens. Ducks. Eagles. Geese. Gulls. Hawks. Herons. Ospreys. Owls. Snipes. Woodpeckers. Wrens. Clams. Crabs. Mussels. Oysters. Sea Birds. Sea Cucumbers. Seals. Shellfish. Shrimp. Starfish. Salmon

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life . Cedar. Douglas Fir. Hemlock. Alder. Maple. Foxglove. Lupines. Rhododendron. Ferns. Moss or Lichens. Seaweed
History of the Area
The name "Kopachuck" originated from "Chinook Jargon," the trade language of the Pacific Coastal Indians. Kopachuck is a merging of two words: "Kopa" meaning "at," and "chuck" meaning "water." This scenic park was once a seasonal fishing and clamming site of the Puyallup and Nisqually tribes.

Cutts Island, which sets in the water a half mile away from the park proper, is also known as "Deadman's Island." The latter name derives from the belief that the island was used by saltwater tribes who buried their dead in canoes placed in the forks of trees. It is unknown how the island acquired the name "Cutts Island." Prior to its current popular names, the place was called "Crow Island," for the large quantity of crows explorer Peter Puget discovered there in 1792, and later "Scotts Island," in honor of Thomas Scott, quartermaster of the 1841 Wilkes expedition.
Camping
The park offers 41 tent spaces, one dump site, one restroom (ADA) and and two showers.

The park has one camping loop, which is nestled in a forest of Douglas firs. Each campsite is quiet and private.

Tent campsites vary in size. Most will accommodate large RVs (without hookups). Some sites are smaller and are suitable only for smaller RVs or tents. Maximum site length is 35 feet (may have limited availability).

All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Group Accommodations:

The park has two reservable group camps suitable for tent campers only. One group camp accommodates approximately 35 people and the other approximately 20. Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve, call the park office at (253) 265-3606.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Swimming
Most of the activities at Kopachuck center around the beach. During low tide, the sun warms the sand, which in turn warms the water brought in by the tide. The sandy beach is ideal for wading, sand-castle building, and exploring the marine habitat. The most popular day-use area is the beach. Getting there requires a short 1/8-mile walk down a hill. People with limited mobility may drive or be driven to the beach. Contact park staff to make such transportation arrangements.
Boats and RVs
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WABoat Rentals
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
87.8 miles from park*


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Picnicking
The park provides four kitchen shelters with electricity, plus 16 sheltered and 76 unsheltered picnic tables on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nature Programs
The park offers Junior Ranger beach walks for kids aged 12 and under during the spring and summer only. Rangers lead the walks, explaining marine habitat and environmental features. Walks are by appointment through the park ranger office. Call 253-265-3606.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other. 2 mi. Hiking Trails. Boating (saltwater). Diving. Fishing (saltwater). Personal Watercraft (saltwater). Swimming (saltwater). Water Skiing (saltwater). Clamming. Crabbing.Oysters.Beachcombing. Bird Watching. 2 Fire Circles. Interpretive Activities. Wildlife Viewing

There is a large field suitable for volleyball, but equipment is not provided.

Most of the activities at Kopachuck center around the beach. During low tide, the sun warms the sand, which in turn warms the water brought in by the tide. The sandy beach is ideal for wading, sand-castle building, and exploring the marine habitat. The most popular day-use area is the beach. Getting there requires a short 1/8-mile walk down a hill. People with limited mobility may drive or be driven to the beach. Contact park staff to make such transportation arrangements.
Things To Do in the Area
Gig Harbor Rent-A-Boat Charters, LLC - Gig Harbor, WABoating
Take command and be the Skipper Rent one of our Larson powerboats by the hour or the entire day. Take in the scenery or zip around the sound in a speedboat, deck boat, or cruiser. If you don't have the need for speed rent one of our Kayaks, Canoes or Pedal Boats. You can enjoy the scenery at your pace. Whatever your desire may be here at Gig Harbor you will make memories that will last a lifetime.
Web Site: gigharborrentaboat.com
3.9 miles from park*
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival - Rollingbay, WAArts/Cultural/Drama
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival is a family-focused music event organized by volunteers. The festival brings diverse music to the community, raising funds for local charities, this year PAWs of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
Web Site: BainbridgeBluegrass.org
24.4 miles from park*
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WAFamily Outting
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
Web Site: leavenworthoutfitters.com
87.8 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 18 Campground Closed
The campground at the park has been closed since August of 2011 due to Laminated Root Rot. It will not be re-opening anytime soon. The beach, day use and picnicking areas are open from 8 am until dusk. A Discover Pass ($30 - www.discoverpass.wa.gov) or a $10 daily parking permit is required. Daily parking permits can be purchased at the self-pay stations in the parking lot.
July 26 Very Nice, Good Privacy by Freedom Czar
Most of the sites have good natural privacy, the beach and day use areas have nice views of the water and Olympic Mountains. Will surely come back for another visit in the future.
September 25 great park by weekend worriors
we have gone every weekend this summer and have had fun...and will continue to go as long as weather holds up.
June 11 Our Anniversary spot by Jennsue and Joshua
My hubby and I have been coming to kopachuck since we married five years ago on 6-12 we are going today and cannot wait for the wildlife and serenity this park/camp offers!! We would hate to ever see this park be shut down... in fact we donate to their boxes extra money now... in hopes of it staying open!!!
May 7 Our Favorite Local Camping by Univ Place Families!
We go camping the first weekend that school ends to celebrate the start of summer with friends of ours. The kids love Kopachuck and the nearby water fun and exploring the woods.
April 2 Fun@Kopachuck state park!
Our 6 families go as a group every single year! It is a blast! Love it! We also go to cuts island for 4th of July every year. It is a great place to spend time with family!


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Located five miles west of Gig Harbor, Wash.

Coming from either the east or the west, take the second Gig Harbor exit off Hwy. 16. Look for the Kopachuck State Park sign. Take that exit and follow signs five miles to the park.

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