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Saltwater State Park
Saltwater State Park delivers a sandy beach getaway on the edge of Washington's largest urban area, and the park is only 2 miles from Interstate 5.
Set on a stretch of shoreline between Tacoma and Seattle, Saltwater is one of the most popular Washington state parks. While you won't often have the beach to yourself on a warm summer day, the atmosphere can't be beat.
Wade in the shallows, make sand castles or play on the driftwood-strewn shore. Explore Saltwater's tide pools or its seasonal salmon spawning in McSorley Creek. If you prefer to view sea life from under the water, Saltwater is the only state park with an underwater artificial reef for diving. The reef is a protected marine sanctuary, and harvesting is not allowed.
Hike on the cool green forested trails or cook up a picnic on one of the park's many barbecue grills.
Saltwater State Park is on the flight path of Sea-Tac International Airport and can be noisy at times, but it's all part of the urban beach experience.
Saltwater State Park is a 137-acre camping park featuring 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound, halfway between Tacoma and Seattle. The two cities jointly and literally buried a hatchet at the park during the 1926 park dedication as a symbol of the end of their mutual competition.
Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
Alcohol is allowed only in the campground by registered campers of legal age and in their campsite only. It is not allowed in any other area of the park.
- Hiking trail
- Picnic area
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Picnic & day-use facilities
The park provides two reservable picnic shelters without electricity, plus 147 unsheltered picnic tables. Most picnic sites are near the beach or along McSorley Creek. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
- 0.5-mile ADA hiking trail
- Fishing (saltwater)
Other activities & features
- Beach exploration
- Bird watching
- Fire circles (2)
- Horseshoe pit
- Interpretive activities
- Volleyball fields (2)
- Wildlife viewing
- The Park Store at Saltwater is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to labor day to meet your snacking needs! They are also open weekends in April, May and September. Currently hours are 12-6 M-Th and 11 am-7pm Fri- Sun. They serve up fresh made foods and beverages daily. In addition to food, they have single and double kayaks available for rent. Visit them on Facebook.
- The park has an underwater artificial reef on Puget Sound. The reef is a popular area for scuba diving. Fishing and harvesting are prohibited in the artificial reef area.
- There are no overnight mooring buoys available at the park.
- The park offers three trails for hiking.
- 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 website.
- Printable park brochure (PDF).
The park has 35 standard campsites, one year-round dump station, four restrooms, and two showers. Maximum site length is 50 feet (may have limited availability). There are no primitive sites at this park.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
Please note that wood fires are not allowed in the campground at any time.
Reservations & fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.