Eagle Island Marine State Park
Cute little Eagle Island is a great place to moor or anchor your boat, gaze at the splendor of Mount Rainier, relax on a sandy beach and watch harbor seals close to the shore.
Located in Balch Passage between Anderson and McNeil islands, this state park property near Tacoma is known by boaters as the gateway to South Puget Sound. Eagle Island Marine State Park is accessible only by watercraft and has three mooring buoys for overnight stays.
Washington's iconic peak Mount Rainier is a showstopper on the eastern horizon. Even on partly sunny days, the 14,411-foot giant may be visible, hovering over the clouds or the land. With so little distance to cover (by foot or by boat) on Eagle Island, you can watch the sunset and sunrise, and relax in between.
Eagle Island is a 5-acre marine park property with 2,600 feet of saltwater shoreline. During seal pup season, pups will rest on the beach during low tide. Federal law prohibits touching, feeding and disturbing marine mammals. So visitors, including dogs, are required to stay at least 100 yards from seals and their pups.
Picnic & day-use facilities
The park does not have potable water or garbage service. Visitors must pack out what they pack in.
Other activities & features
- Beach exploration
- Bird watching
- Wildlife viewing
Located in Pierce County on Puget Sound, Eagle Island has three moorage buoys available for overnight stays. Moorage fees are charged year-round for mooring at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Additional information can be found in the Boating Program.
Latitude: 47º 11' 15" N (47.1875) Longitude: 122º 41' 41.01" W (-122.6947)
The park was named after Harry Eagle, a member of the Wilkes Expedition.