Are you a boater craving island time? Do you paddle the Puget Sound on your days off? Or are you a dinner-cruiser visiting Seattle and eager to try the Native American meal and cultural event at Tillicum?
Accessible only by boat, Blake Island offers a change of pace not far from Seattle. In addition to the Native American-themed Tillicum events, this destination features blue waters, peaceful trails, driftwood-scattered beaches and views of the city and Mt. Rainier.
Once off the boat, let your boots or bicycle take you down miles of trail to the island’s interior, where forest animals and birds make appearances. Or stay near the water and fish, dig for clams in season or go Scuba diving. Arriving by human-powered watercraft? Hunker down in one of the Cascadia Marine Trail campsites at the west end of the island for majestic sunsets over the Olympic Mountains.
Whether you’re lounging on your vessel, kayaking the Cascadia Marine Trail, or enjoying Tillicum as part of a tour, Blake Island will exceed expectations.
Blake Island Marine State Park is a 476-acre marine camping park with 5 miles of saltwater beach shoreline. The park is reachable only by tour boat or private boat. A Northwest flavors-inspired buffet meal with traditionally prepared alder fire-roasted fish and a live stage performance featuring Northwest Native American storytelling are offered at Argosy Cruises' Tillicum Excursion.
Two picnic shelters with a fire circle for groups of 100 people or less. No electricity is available. Fires are permitted only in designated fire circles at individual campsites. Barbeque grills are located in the day-use area.
7.5 miles of bike trails
8 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
1,500 feet of moorage
Other activities & features
Fire circles (2 sheltered)
Horseshoe pits (2)
The history of the Trimble estate appears on a sign at the site of the former Trimble mansion. Blake Island was once the private preserve of the William Pitt Trimble family. Native plants are interpreted in signage on the nature trail.
Argosy Cruises Tillicum Excursion, an attraction located on the island, features a traditionally prepared roasted fish buffet meal with a Northwest Native American performance enhanced by technology. A small cafe in the Tillicum longhouse is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, annually. For reservations/information, call Argosy Cruises (206) 623-1445 or visitonline.
Firewood gathering is not permitted on the island.
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.
Boating features Located in Kitsap County on Puget Sound, Blake Island offers 1,500 feet of moorage
dock and 24 mooring buoys. Electrical service is available at the docks for a $6 fee.
A boat pumpout is also available.
Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844. Latitude: 47D 32' 33" N (47.5425)
Longitude: 122D 28' 56.99" W (-122.4825)
This facility is open year round and is a public marina with an accessible pumpout. An EMP SaniSailor pumpout and a portable dump station are available on the pumpout float. Access to this pumpout is limited to vessels with a length of no more than 40 feet. Latitude: 47° 32' 34.81" ( 47.543)
Longitude: 122° 28' 57.08" ( -122.48252)
The campground has 44 standard sites, three Cascadia Marine Trail sites, one marine dump station, four restrooms (one ADA) and one shower area. All campsites are first come, first served.
During winter months, the water is turned off in the west campground and the restroom is closed. A vault toilet is available.
Three Cascadia Marine Trailsites are located on the west end of the island. These sites are for use by canoers and kayakers only.
A group camp is available by reservation for groups up to 100 people. Fees vary with size of the group.