McMicken Island is so small, you could easily miss it. But boaters who love Puget Sound would not want to miss it. Though this small state park in the fold of Harstine Island is only reachable by boat, low tide allows you to walk across a sand bar to and from Harstine Island for a few hours each day.
Set anchor in the island’s cove, check out the sand bar and take the 1-mile hiking trail through the woods. Drop your crab pots, bust out your rod and reel, or get a shellfish license and pluck delicious clams and oysters in season. You may have to share that bounty with a resident eagle, but, hey, a visitor could do worse for a fishing companion (or competitor).
Overnighters, tie your boats to one of five mooring buoys; wake up early, brew your morning beverage and watch a spectacular sunrise. You’ll be glad you didn’t pass this little gem by.
McMicken Island Marine State Park is an 11.5-acre marine state park with 1,661 feet of saltwater shoreline set in the beautiful South Puget Sound. There is no camping on the island.
The park does not have potable water or garbage service. Visitors need to pack out what they pack in. There are two vault toilets available.
One-mile hiking trail
Water activities & features
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.
Located in Mason County on South Puget Sound, McMicken Island has five moorage buoys for overnight stays. Moorage fees are charged year-round for mooring at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Latitude: 47º 14' 55.67" N (47.2488) Longitude: 122º 51' 51.85" W (-122.8644)