Twanoh State Park 'Walking Tree Roots' © Allyson Ricketts
Twanoh State Park in Washington State shot by Allyson Ricketts in October of 2009.
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Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas Region
Twanoh State Park
12190 E. State Route 106
Union, Washington   98592

Phone: 360-275-2222
Twanoh State Park
'Walking Tree Roots'
© Allyson K. Ricketts


Twanoh State Park in Washington State shot by Allyson Ricketts in October of 2009.

Twanoh State Park
'Creepy Roots'
© Allyson K. Ricketts


Twanoh State Park in Washington State shot by Allyson Ricketts in October of 2009.

Twanoh State Park
'Moss And Color'
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Twanoh State Park in Washington State shot by Allyson Ricketts in October of 2009.

Twanoh State Park
'Fabulous Foliage'
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Twanoh State Park in Washington State shot by Allyson Ricketts in October of 2009.

Twanoh State Park
'Cold Water Bridge'
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Twanoh State Park in Washington State shot by Allyson Ricketts in October of 2009.

Twanoh State Park is a 182-acre marine, camping park with 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The name of the park derives from the Native American Twana tribes, better known as the Skokomish, who made their home in the area. The park is situated on one of the warmest saltwater beaches in the state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in Puget Sound. The park offers access to one of the warmest saltwater beaches in the state. Wading, swimming and oyster and crab harvesting are immensely popular.

Park hours/updates:

The park is open year round for camping, with limited water supply in the winter.

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

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
The soil in the park is "glacial till," an unlayered sediment which was deposited by glaciers over most of western Washington. Twanoh Park is on Hood Canal, which is actually a "canal" in name only. Hood Canal is (in reality) a "fjord," a long narrow body of water open to the ocean and bordered at one end by steep cliffs or hills.
History of the Area
"Twanoh" is a Native American word for "gathering place." The Skokomish Indians, a Twana tribe, made their home along Hood Canal because of its abundant wildlife. Because of this abundance, the Twana were among the few hunting/gathering societies of the world that produced wealth beyond their needs. The basis of their economy was salmon.

The park area was logged extensively during the 1890s. Scars still show in some cedar stumps from "spring boards," accessories to an early logging technique.

Most of the park buildings were built during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Most of the CCC structures still stand as a monument to the hard work and craftsmanship provided to this country by the men of the CCC. The buildings are made of brick, stone, and round logs. Most are still used extensively today.

The area was a private resort for many years before becoming a state park.
The park has 25 tent spaces, 22 full hookup spaces, six restrooms and one shower. Maximum site length is 35 feet (may have limited availability). Gathering firewood is not allowed, but packaged firewood is available for purchase from the campground host or local stores. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Group Accommodations: The park offers a group camp that accommodates up to 50 people. Facilities include a picnic shelter, water tap and vault toilet. The dirt road up to the group camp is steep and windy, so vehicle access is restricted to non-RV-type vehicles. Rental fees vary with size of the group. For reservations, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

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.
The park offers one watercraft launch ramp and 100 feet of dock.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit may be purchased at the park.

Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

The park also provides 200 feet of moorage.

Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844.

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The park offers two kitchen shelters with electricity, plus 125 unsheltered picnic tables. One kitchen shelter can accommodate up to 150 people. To reserve, (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. The other kitchen shelter accommodates up to 40 people and is available first-come, first-served.
Nature Programs
A plaque stands along the road in nearby Union. It commemorates Captain George Vancouver, the first European to sail into Hood Canal in search of the Northwest Passage.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 2.5 mi. Hiking Trails? Boating (saltwater)? 1 boat ramp (saltwater)? 100 feet of dock (saltwater)? 200 feet of moorage (saltwater)? Fishing (saltwater)? Personal Watercraft (saltwater)? Swimming (saltwater)? Water Skiing (saltwater)? Crabbing? Oysters? 1 Badminton area? Beachcombing? Bird Watching? 20 Fire Circles? 1 Horseshoe pit? 1 Volleyball Field? Wildlife Viewing

Campers and day-users must bring their own hand equipment, racquets, etc.

There is a winter smelt run along the park beaches. Oyster beds are seeded annually, providing for ample harvests. In late fall, there is a chum salmon run in Twanoh Creek, but the creek is closed to fishing.

Clam season is open from Aug. 1 ? Sept. 30, closed the rest of the year. Oyster season is open year-round. Oysters must be shelled on the beach. A shellfish license is required to shuck oysters or to crab. This license is sold anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Please check Department of Fish & Wildlife fishing publications for daily limits and information. Regulations are available wherever fishing licenses are sold. Anyone over 14 years of age needs a shellfish license to harvest oysters. The daily limit is 18 oysters.

Gathering firewood is prohibited, but firewood is sold at the park.
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
17.9 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
27.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 18 One of The BEST Parks To Visit in the US
This place really knocked my socks off. Its clean. Quiet. Tranquil. Pristine. Drop dead gorgeous. I do a lot of travel and travel photography and this place is just magical!
August 30 great for the kids
We had the best time. We took the whole family and camped for three days. We went crabbing on the boat. Got oysters and clams from the shore. We were right by the coolest tree I ever seen. The kids made friends in camp and we enjoyed ice cream from the concession in the park. We will be going back for sure!!!
May 20 Great place to go for a week away in Aug by rosebud
Oysters Galore...The park is peaceful & great amminities(showers,hook-ups for Elect.,water)Across the street is where all the action is!Fun in the sun
September 19 Secluded but Close!
Girl Scout troop 40514 visited this weekend thanks for the leader. Ranger Stacy allowed us to paint the tops of the trash cans with text encouraging people to not litter. We had a wonderful weekend, despite the rain, and really enjoyed the great facilities this park offers. It has everything a great campground needs.
September 11 A great park with great staff! by Bill Ruland
An unhurried place for a short getaway. Highly recommended, particularly during the week when the crowds are smaller. The park ranger was particularly helpful.
June 29 A hidden beauty!
My kids school has their end of the year picnic at Twanoh every year. I always look forward to a day of fun at such a beautiful park! A true hidden gem!
March 4 Great park by Seth Seeger
I work at the park in the food stand during the summer, It is a verry relaxing enviorment with great veiws. And during my breaks I can go for a swim or ride my seedoo which is always fun. Ive seen many partys and lots of ppl having fun. I think its a perfect place to spend a sunny day.
November 23 Wow. Peaceful, beutiful, perfect!
I found this park by accident while driving to Union Washington on a phorography trip. When I pulled in the scent of fresh trees was everywhere. The air was so clean and the atmosphere very peaceful. There is a cold water stream running through it and some moss bridges too. I LOVED it there!
April 16 My place of peace by Alena

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Located on the south shore of Hood Canal, eight miles west of Belfair, Wash.

From Bremerton : Take Hwy. 3 southwest to Belfair, and go west on Hwy. 106 eight miles to the park.

From Hwy. 101 : Drive east on Hwy. 106 for 12 miles to the park.

From downtown Seattle : Take a beautiful, one-hour ferry ride to Bremerton, then a half hour drive on Hwy. 3 southwest to Belfair. From Belfair, go west eight miles on Hwy. 106 to park entrance.

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