Penrose Point State Park

A bald eagle sits on a seaweed-covered rock while kids peer into the glassy waters of Mayo Cove, pointing out sea stars and crabs. Welcome to life at Penrose Point State Park.

At low tide, this Puget Sound park is a clam and oyster bonanza in season. Crabbing and saltwater fishing are also popular here. Catch a glimpse of majestic Mount Rainier to the east; the enormous mountain seems to be floating on air. 

As the tide comes up, beachgoers retreat to the grassy knoll above Carr Inlet and the forest beyond. Trails are rife with Douglas-fir, western red cedar, red alder, Pacific madrone and big-leaf maple and highlight an abundant understory of ferns, huckleberry and trillium. 

After your hike or bike ride, wind down at a campfire and enjoy a shellfish feast or game of horseshoes, then pitch your tent in a shaded campsite. Boaters may sleep in the comfort of their vessels at an overnight mooring buoy.   

Park features


Penrose Point State Park is a richly forested, 165-acre marine and camping park on the shores of Puget Sound. The park has nearly 2 miles of saltwater frontage on Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet. 

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. History
  5. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground

Picnic & day-use facilities

The park has two picnic shelters without electricity and 60 unsheltered picnic tables. All are first come, first served. A spacious day-use area at the beach features a large lawn, picnic tables, braziers, a small picnic shelter, and a restroom.

Activities


Trails


  • 2.5 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails

Water activities & features


  • 158 feet of dock
  • 270 feet of moorage
  • Boating
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Oysters
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing

Other activities & features


  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Three fire circles
  • Two horseshoe pits
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive opportunities


A self-guided interpretive trail called A Touch of Nature was built by Eagle Scouts in 1982 and renovated by a second group of Eagle Scouts in 1991. The trail is located in the day-use area, and extends for 0.2 mile.
Junior Ranger Program events during Summer months on Saturdays 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the amphitheater in the campground.
 
Additional information
  • The park has no lifeguard and no designated swim area.
  • 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.
  • Volleyball can be played on the lawn in the day-use area, but visitors must bring their own free-standing volleyball sets.
  • Bikes are allowed on all trails except the interpretive trail.
  • Bay Lake, a popular trout fishing lake, is located a mile from the park. A boat launch is available there, but parking requires a Discover Pass or a Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicle Access Pass.