I was chatting with a co-worker and asked her thoughts on what boating destination I should highlight next in our awesome blog. She said with certainty, “Blake Island”. At first I thought this would be a little boring for our adventurous boaters but I decided to do some research. I’m hooked. Blake Island Marine State Park. I have lived in Seattle for 15 years. Why haven’t I been here? Blake Island is going on my list of places to boat. I love the history and the opportunity for some glamping.
Did you know that Blake Island Marine 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? You don’t have to climb Mt. Rainier to enjoy some epic views. The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat. Here’s where some of the glamping comes into play…A Northwest flavors-inspired buffet meal featuring traditionally prepared alder fire-roasted fish and a live stage performance featuring Northwest Native American storytelling are offered at Argosy Cruises’ Tillicum Village Excursion. Lean More.
Boating Features
Located in Kitsap County on Puget Sound, Blake Island offers 1500-feet of moorage
dock and 24 mooring buoys. Electrical service is available at the docks for a $6.00 fee.
A boat pump-out is also available. Learn More.
A little history… 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.