Illahee State Park

Tucked between Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Kitsap Peninsula, Illahee State Park occupies prime beachfront on Port Orchard Bay.

A dense, verdant forest backs a shell-strewn beach at this classic state park, where a dock and a boat launch allow visitors to arrive by water or land. The fishing, crabbing and shellfish harvesting are superb, and the summertime waters are warm and inviting for swimmers, divers, paddlers and water skiers.

A playground, a softball field, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts await, ensuring fun for everyone in the family. A memorial featuring two large naval guns honors the park’s founder, Earl Hawkins, and the young men of Bremerton who lost their lives in World War I. Other activities include geocaching and metal detecting. 

Pitch a tent or park an RV for a few days for a relaxing break at this Puget Sound beach park.

Park features


Illahee State Park is a 75-acre marine camping park with 1,785 feet of saltwater frontage on Port Orchard Bay. The park has ample parking, facilities and access to water. Illahee features a veterans' war memorial and the last stand of old-growth timber in Kitsap County. One of the largest yew trees in the nation grows in this park.

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.

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

ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom

Picnic & day-use facilities


The park provides four reservable picnic shelters with electricity, plus 90 additional unsheltered picnic sites. To reserve kitchen shelters, call the park at (360) 478-6460. Picnic sites are available first come, first served. Day-use groups of 20 or more are required to register and pay the applicable fees.

Activities


Trails


  • 0.5 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features


  • 356 feet of moorage
  • 360 feet of dock
  • Boating
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • One boat ramp
  • Oysters
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing

Other activities & features


  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Softball field
  • Three horseshoe pits
  • Two volleyball fields
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities


A veterans' war memorial is located in the park. Several interpretive displays are available that explain park features such as stilted trees, a Works Progress Administration-built kitchen shelter, totem garden, yew tree and the pier.


Additional information


  • The park provides a children's play area.  As of July 2017, the playground items have been removed for safety concerns. The slide is still available.
  • Other activities available include geocaching and metal detecting.
  • 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.