Twanoh State Park, situated on the shoreline of Hood Canal, features one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in Puget Sound. The 182-acre marine camping park has 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline. The name of the park derives from the Native American Twana tribes, better known as the Skokomish, who made their home in the area.
Twanoh is popular for shellfish harvesting. A shellfish license is required. Oyster beds are seeded annually, providing for ample harvests. There is a winter smelt run along the park beaches. In late fall, there is a chum salmon run in Twanoh Creek, but the creek is closed to fishing. Visitors also enjoy other recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and wildlife viewing.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

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  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA Amenities/Facilities

  • Campground

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities

The park offers two kitchen shelters with electricity, plus 125 uncovered picnic tables. One kitchen shelter can accommodate up to 150 people and can be reserved online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). The other kitchen shelter accommodates up to 40 people and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • 2.5 miles of hiking trails

Water Activities & Features

  • 100 feet of dock
  • 200 feet of moorage
  • Boat ramp
  • Boating
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing (saltwater)
  • Oysters
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing

Other Activities & Features

  • Badminton area
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles (20)
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Volleyball field
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive Opportunities

A plaque stands along the road in nearby Union. It commemorates Captain George Vancouver, the first European to sail into Hood Canal in search of the Northwest Passage.

Additional Information

  • Campers and day-users must bring their own play equipment, balls, racquets, horse shoes, etc.
  • Oyster season is open year-round. Oysters must be shelled on the beach. A shellfish license is required to shuck oysters or to crab. This license is sold anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Please check Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing publications for daily limits and information. Regulations are available wherever fishing licenses are sold. Anyone over 14 years of age needs a shellfish license to harvest oysters. The daily limit is 18 oysters.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
  • Gathering firewood is prohibited, but firewood is sold at the park.