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Blake Island
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Blake Island © Rick Moerloos / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Mt. Rainier from Blake Island
Blake Island © Joe Mabel / CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Blake Island, Washington, seen from the North Vashon ferry
Blake Island © U.S. Navy photo by Lt. David Burke / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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(lat:47.5377 lon:-122.4954) map location

Phone: 360-731-8330
Reservations: 888-226-7688
Blake Island State Park is a 1127-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline.

The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat.

Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing are offered at Tillicum Village, a concession on the island.

Blake Island offers a unique Northwest Indian dining and cultural experience at Tillicum Village. Visitors can enjoy a barbecued salmon dinner cooked in traditional Native American style while watching Northwest Indian dancing.

A highlight of the park is its five-mile beach shoreline, which provides views of mountains, volcanoes and the Seattle skyline.

Nature of the Area

The park is located on an island with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline. The tidelands and bedlands make an underwater park.
History of the Area
Blake Island was an ancestral camping ground of the Suquamish Indian tribe, and legend has it Chief Seattle was born there. It is believed the island was named by naval explorer Captain Charles Wilkes in honor of George Smith Blake, who commanded U.S. Coast Survey vessels from 1837 to 1848.

William Pitt Trimble acquired the island at the turn of the century and re-named it Trimble Island, transforming it into a magnificent private estate. After his wife was killed in Seattle in 1929, Trimble never returned to the property. The foundation of his mansion still stands, although the home itself has been destroyed by fire .

The property became Blake Island State Park in October, 1974.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
The camp has 44 tent spaces, four primitive sites, one dump station, four restrooms one ADA and one shower area.

Cascadia Marine Trail sites are located on the west end of the island. These sites are for use by canoers and kayakers only. Primitive sites are available on the south side.

A group camp is available by reservation for groups of less than 50 people.
Park Store
A snack bar is provided by Tillicum Village during summer months only. T-shirts and some camping supplies are available at the park.
The park offers 1,500 feet of moorage dock and 24 mooring buoys. Electrical service is available at the docks for a fee. A boat pumpout also is available.

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.

Two picnic shelters with a fire pit but no electricity are availble. To reserve call 888-226-7688.

1. Perimeter Loop Trail: This 4-mile trail circles the entire island, offering stunning views of Puget Sound and Seattle skyline.

2. Tillicum Village Pathway: A short but scenic route that leads to a historic Native American village with traditional longhouses and cultural exhibits.

3. North Beach Trail: An easy hike along Blake Island's northern shoreline featuring beautiful beach vistas, wildlife sightings such as seals or eagles, and occasional driftwood obstacles for added adventure.

4. South Beach Walkway: Similar to its Northern counterpart but on the southern side of the island; this path offers serene ocean views coupled with lush forest scenery inland.

5. Interior Forest Trails Network: These interconnected trails crisscross through dense woods in central part of Blake Island providing hikers an opportunity to explore diverse flora & fauna while enjoying solitude away from coastal crowds.

6. Twin Springs Nature Trail: Named after two natural springs found within it's course,this is a moderate difficulty level hiking trail which takes you deep into untouched parts of native forests where one can spot deer grazing around dusk/dawn times.

7. Westside Overlook Spur: This steep uphill climb rewards hiker by panoramic view over west coast line including Olympic mountains range at distance.It also connects perimeter loop making it possible for longer hikes.

8. Eastern Ridge Hiking Route: A challenging yet rewarding trek up eastern ridge provides breathtaking sunrise/sunset viewing spots overlooking Cascade mountain ranges.

9. Campground Access Paths: Multiple small paths leading towards various campgrounds spread across park.These are generally flat,easy walks suitable even for families having young children/strollers etc.

10. Trimble Creek Crossing: A narrow wooden bridge crossing over Trimble creek makes way between interior network & south beach walkways adding variety during circular routes planning.
Nature Programs
The history of the Trimble estate appears on a sign at the site of the former Trimble mansion. (Blake Island was once the private preserve of the William Pitt Trimble family.) Native plants are interpreted in signage on the nature trail.
Area Attractions
Tillicum Village, a concession on the island, sponsors salmon dinners and Northwest Indian dancing.

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