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Joemma Beach State Park
Joemma Beach State Park © BrennodAloisi / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Trail picture taken in the woods at Joemma Beach State Park, WA, USA. The trail pictured here leads from the road loop at the northern side of the park to a trailhead marked by a wooden post with a white sign on 30th St SW in Lakebay, Washington.
Joemma Beach State Park © BrennodAloisi / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Forest picture taken at Joemma Beach State Park, on Washington states Key Peninsula. Photo is looking roughly west, on the northwesternmost loop of Bay Road Kp S running through the park.
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20001 Bay Road Kp South
Longbranch, Washington   98351
(lat:47.2261 lon:-122.8057) map location

Phone: 253-884-1944
Joemma Beach State Park is a 122-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on southeast Key Peninsula. Aside from the natural beauty of park and surroundings, the area is an excellent place for fishing, boating and crabbing. This forested park set on Puget Sound provides a boat launch and water trail campsites. Fishing and crabbing attract visitors.
History of the Area
This property was granted to Washington at statehood in 1889 for the support of common schools. The original recreation site was developed beginning in 1961 and was named Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Area on opening day in 1968. The property was transferred to State Parks in 1995 and was renamed "Joemma Beach State Park" after Joe and Emma Smith who lived on the premises from 1917 to 1932.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
The park has 19 tent spaces and five vault toilets all ADA. In addition, there are two water trail sites available only to campers arriving by human-powered watercraft and two primitive hiker/biker sites no motorized vehicles permitted.
1. Joemma Beach State Park offers a 3, 000-foot shoreline for swimming.
2. The park's waters are typically calm and suitable for swimmers of all levels.
3. Lifeguards aren't available at the beach; swim with caution.
4. Swimming is best during summer when water temperatures rise slightly.
5. There are no designated swimming areas or lanes in this natural setting.
6. Tide fluctuations can affect the amount of accessible beach area for swimming.

Located in Pierce County on Puget Sound, Joemma Beach has one boat ramp and 500-feet of dock space.
You can enjoy saltwater fishing from the 3,000-foot shoreline or a boat. Species include salmon and shellfish such as clams.

The park provides four sheltered and seven unsheltered picnic tables. The picnic shelter has a maximum capacity of 50 people. The unsheltered picnic sites are all available on a first-come, first-served basis. The covered picnic shelter is reservable by calling the park office at 253 884-1944.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species including bald eagles, ospreys and various waterfowl. The park's forested areas are home to songbirds like the Pacific-slope flycatcher and Swainson's thrush. Other common sightings include red-breasted sapsuckers, brown creepers, golden-crowned kinglets and spotted towhees.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 25 LOVED IT! by Heather
park review stars; one to five It was a beautiful weekend to start with. I took my three kiddos for the weekend while their dad had to work. Such a goodtime there memories were made with sand castle building tons of crabs to catch ay only knee deep water. If your outdorsy you will love it. The park rangers were so nice and helpful. However expensive community so get your groceries before you go out there.
June 30 no docks very lame
park review stars; one to five traveled 45 miles by boat to stay and there are no docks but has spot for them , what a tease
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Located 28 miles southwest of Tacoma, Wash. in Pierce County.

From Tacoma:Take Hwy. 16 to Purdy exit. At the light turn left onto Hwy 302, which changes into Key Peninsula Hwy. Travel approximately 15 miles and turn right on Whiteman Rd. Go approximately four miles, turn right and travel on Bay Rd. approximately one mile. Stay on asphalt into park.

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