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Blake Island State Park
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It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
Blake Island State Park is a 475-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.

Park hours/updates:

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

The park is open year round for camping and day use. There is a seven day overnight moorage limit.

Camping:Check-in time, 1 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
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.
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 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.

All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Group Accommodations:

A group camp is available by reservation for groups of less than 250 people. Fees vary with size of the group.
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 for groups of 100 people or less. To reserve the center shelter call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. The point shelter is first-come, first-serve.
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.

Firewood gathering is not permitted on the island.
Things To Do in the Area
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.
15.3 miles from park*

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