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Jarrell Cove State Park
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Jarrell Cove State Park © Daniel Larsen
Jarrell Cove State Park Jarrell Cove State Park © Daniel Larsen
Jarrell Cove State Park © Daniel Larsen
Jarrell Cove State Park © Daniel Larsen
Jarrell Cove State Park Jarrell Cove State Park © Daniel Larsen
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391 East Wingert Road
Shelton, Washington   98584
(lat:47.2844 lon:-122.8834) map location

Phone: 360-426-9226
Jarrell Cove State Park is a 43-acre marine camping park with 3,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on the northwest end of Harstine Island in south Puget Sound. The forested island park is accessible by road and bridge and is off the beaten path. Most visitors arrive by boat. The park has campsites near the docks, as well as on rolling, grassy areas. Jarrell Cove State Park administers five other satellite parks including Harstine Island, McMicken Island, Stretch Point, Eagle Island and Hope Island State Parks. Harstine Island State Park is a day use park with beach access via a half-mile trail. It is a two mile drive from Jarrell Cove. The other satellite parks are all accessible by boat only and offer buoys for moorage. This forested island park is reached most easily by boat. Beach exploration is popular.
History of the Area
The park is named after Mrs. Philura Jarrel, the first pioneer woman to settle on the island. Jarrell Cove was acquired in four parcels between 1953 and 1969.
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.
Jarrell Cove State Park has standard campsites, partial-hookup sites, one restroom, and one shower.
1. Jarrell Cove State Park offers a variety of swimming options in Washington.
2. The park features 3, 500 feet of saltwater shoreline for open water swimming.
3. There are no designated swim areas or lifeguards on duty at the park.
4. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving due to clear underwater visibility conditions here too.
5. Swimming is also possible from boats anchored offshore within the cove area itself.

The park offers 14 moorage buoys and 650 feet of moorage and dock space.
Enjoy fishing in a serene marine park setting, with opportunities to catch salmon, cutthroat trout and shellfish.

Anglers can fish from the dock or launch their own boat for an offshore experience.

Fishing licenses are required before casting your line into these waters abundant with diverse species of fish.

Shellfishing is also popular here; clams and oysters abound on the shoreline during low tide.

The park provides two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus four sheltered and 10 unsheltered picnic tables. To reserve the kitchen shelters, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
1. Jarrell Cove Loop Trail: This is a 2-mile loop trail that offers scenic views of the cove and surrounding forest area.

2. Harstine Island State Park Trails: Located near Jarrell Cove, these trails offer an additional five miles of hiking through lush forests with occasional beach access points for stunning water vistas.

3. Twin Creek Nature Trail: A short but beautiful hike along two creeks in dense woodland areas; perfect for bird watching or spotting local wildlife like deer and raccoons.

4. Beach Access Pathways: Several small paths lead from main trails to secluded beaches on Puget Sound, offering opportunities for shell collecting or simply enjoying the peaceful shoreline scenery.

5. Interpretive Forest Walks: These guided walks provide educational insights into the park's diverse ecosystem while leading hikers through some less-traveled parts of its woodlands.

6. Picnic Point Hike: An easy walk suitable even for young children leads to this picnic spot overlooking North Bay - great place to rest after exploring other nearby trails.

7. Squaxin Passage Paddle Route: Although not strictly a 'hiking' trail, it's worth mentioning as part of your exploration options within Jarell Cover State Park - you can paddle around several islands including Squaxin island which has numerous landing spots where one could disembark and explore by foot too!

8. Wildlife Viewing Paths: Numerous smaller offshoots from major pathways are designed specifically with animal lovers in mind- they take visitors closer towards habitats frequented by various species inhabiting park grounds such as bald eagles, seals etc.

9. Campground Connector Trails: For those staying overnight at campgrounds there exist specific connector routes linking camping sites directly onto larger network making them easily accessible right outside their tents!

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 12 by Jim&Jenni B.
park review stars; one to five
June 17 by kisross
park review stars; one to five awesome park!!! staff very friendly and helpful. Extremeley clean! I recommend this state park to anyone
January 4
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Located on the northwest side of Harstine Island in South Puget Sound.

From Shelton : Take SR 3 north eight miles. Turn right on Pickering Rd., and drive four miles to Harstine Island. Once on the island, turn left at the stop sign, and drive four miles to the park.

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