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Joemma Beach State Park
Afternoon Hike ©
Picnic Table ©
It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
20001 Bay Road KPS
Lakebay, Washington   98459
Joemma Beach State Park is a 122-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on southeast Key Peninsula. Aside from the natural beauty of park and surroundings, the area is an excellent place for fishing, boating and crabbing. This forested park set on Puget Sound provides a boat launch and water trail campsites. Fishing and crabbing attract visitors.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

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? Foxes? Raccoons? Crows or Ravens? Gulls? Herons? Hummingbirds? Wrens? Clams? Crabs? Mussels? Sea Birds? Seals? Shellfish? Starfish? Bullhead? Perch? Steelhead

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life ? Douglas Fir? Maple? Berries? Ferns? Seaweed
History of the Area
This property was granted to Washington at statehood in 1889 for the support of common schools. The original recreation site was developed beginning in 1961 and was named Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Area on opening day in 1968. The property was transferred to State Parks in 1995 and was renamed "Joemma Beach State Park" after Joe and Emma Smith who lived on the premises from 1917 to 1932.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area? Camping? Camping? Pay phone

The nearest gas station with basic groceries and a post office is five miles away.
The park has 19 tent spaces and five vault toilets (all ADA). In addition, there are two water trail sites (available only to campers arriving by human-powered watercraft) and two primitive hiker/biker sites (no motorized vehicles permitted). Maximum site length is 40 feet (may have limited availability). All campsites are first-come, first-served.

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.
There is one boat ramp.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available 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.

Joemma Beach State Park is located near Gig Harbor, Lacey and Lakewood

The park provides one sheltered and seven unsheltered picnic tables. The picnic shelter is reservable for a maximum of 50 people and requires a fee. To reserve call (888) 226-7688 and ask for the Penrose/Joemma beach shelter. Unsheltered picnic sites are all available on a first-come, first served basis.
Area Attractions
Water Activities Other? Boating (saltwater)? 1 boat ramp (saltwater)? Fishing (saltwater)? Water Skiing (saltwater)? Crabbing? Beachcombing

Beachcombing is also popular.
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.
12.2 miles from park*

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 25 LOVED IT! by Heather
It was a beautiful weekend to start with. I took my three kiddos for the weekend while their dad had to work. Such a goodtime there memories were made with sand castle building tons of crabs to catch ay only knee deep water. If your outdorsy you will love it. The park rangers were so nice and helpful. However expensive community so get your groceries before you go out there.
June 30 no docks very lame
traveled 45 miles by boat to stay and there are no docks but has spot for them , what a tease
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Located 28 miles southwest of Tacoma, Wash. in Pierce County.

From Tacoma:Take Hwy. 16 to Purdy exit. At the light turn left onto Hwy 302, which changes into Key Peninsula Hwy. Travel approximately 15 miles and turn right on Whiteman Rd. Go approximately four miles, turn right and travel on Bay Rd. approximately one mile. Stay on asphalt into park.


Washington State Parks