Are you the type to start a road trip at 4 a.m., crossing fingers for a fabulous sunrise? Time your departure for an early stop at Triton Cove State Park on your drive up or down Hood Canal.
Known for dramatic daybreaks on clear mornings, this tiny day-use park is quieter than its northern neighbor, Dosewallips State Park. Triton Cove’s well-maintained, ADA-accessible boat launch also makes this a prime spot for in-season fishing and crabbing – and you can fish all day long.
Even if you don’t have a boat or a car, Triton Cove is accessible locally by public transportation, as Mason Transit Authority and Jefferson County Transit stop here.
Triton Cove State Park is a 29-acre day-use park with 555 feet of saltwater shore on Hood Canal.
Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Located on Puget Sound in Jefferson County, Triton Cove State Park has one boat ramp and 100 feet of handling dock. There is a large parking lot for cars with boat trailers.
The float is removed on November 5 and reinstalled on March 6.
Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following: • An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit); or • An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or • A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit.
A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at Washington State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff are available.
Latitude: 47° 36' 22.32" N (47.6062) Longitude: 122° 59' 9.6" W (-122.986)
In the 1930s, the area was the location of a gas station and a small country store. After World War II, the area was developed as a trailer-park fishing resort with a boat launch. Though the property changed hands a few times, it remained a fishing resort until the state purchased it in two parcels in 1990. Since then, the boat launch has been rebuilt. The area continues to be upgraded and developed to include more features.