Joseph Whidbey State Park
Joseph Whidbey State Park is a stunner. Its west-facing views from Whidbey Island include Victoria, B.C., Lopez Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. When the weather is clear, the evening sky lights up with color. Hearty visitors come for the prime storm watching, as dark clouds roll in and giant waves crash on the shore.
A grand beach, a playing field and an excellent trail system through wetlands, forests and fields make this day-use park a destination on any visit to Whidbey Island. Visitors often stop for a picnic, a sunset view, or an excuse to kick back and roam the beach with their kids. The park closes at dusk, but camping is available at nearby Fort Ebey State Park, a historic part of the U.S. coastal defense system until World War II, with batteries and gun emplacements to explore.
Joseph Whidbey State Park is a 206-acre day-use park with 3,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in northern Puget Sound.
Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island periodically fly over the park while engaged in local training. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for visitors. At various times during the day and night, the aviators may engage in Field Carrier Landing Practice for imminent operations aboard aircraft carriers. The park and naval station have been neighbors since 1942, and park staff stays in regular contact with officials at NAS Whidbey Island. We will do our best to notify park visitors of anticipated Field Carrier Landing Practice periods. Although State Parks cannot be responsible for the jet noise, we do share visitor concerns with representatives of Naval Air Station Whidbey.
Picnic & day-use facilities
The park offers one kitchen shelter. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688, and ask for the kitchen shelter on Fort Ebey's inventory. Four sheltered and nine unsheltered picnic tables are available first come, first served.
- 0.5 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
- Personal watercraft use
Other activities & features
- Beach exploration
- Bird watching
- There are two large grass fields in the park. Nets can be put up, or games can be played on the grass.
- 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.
- Printable park brochure (PDF).
Most non-motorized activities are available.
This is a day-use park, but one water trail campsite is available only to campers who arrive at the park by human-powered watercraft. The campsite is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and a primitive camping fee applies. There is one ADA accessible restroom.
For fee information, check out our camping rates page.