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Kitsap Memorial State Park
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Kitsap Memorial State Park Reservable Shelter © Julie A Rotter
Kitsap Memorial State Park Shelter © Julie A Rotter
Kitsap Memorial State Park Hood Canal View From Park © Julie A Rotter
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202 Northeast Park Street
Poulsbo, Washington   98370
(lat:47.8179 lon:-122.651) map location

Phone: 360-779-3205
Reservations: 888-226-7688
Kitsap Memorial State Park is a 58-acre camping park with 1,797 feet of saltwater shoreline and facilities for group and individual recreation, weddings and overnight stays. The park offers beautiful natural surroundings and sweeping views of Hood Canal. Grassy playfields and children's play equipment, a saltwater beach with tide pools and shellfish harvesting opportunities are highlights of this park. Wedding day-use facilities and a vacation house are available for overnight rental.
Nature of the Area

History of the Area
Kitsap County requested the inclusion of "memorial" in the park's name at the time of original land donation from the county. The name reflects the wishes and efforts of the original members of the Vinland Community Club, who sought to establish a "North Kitsap Memorial Park" in honor of Henry Brown. Mr. Brown was the person who first proposed dedicating the land for community use. He also established the first permanent buildings on the site.
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 four cabins at Kitsap Memorial have the added convenience of kitchenettes with mini refrigerators, and microwaves. Each cabin is 13-by-13-feet in size, and is furnished with a bunk bed that sleeps three and a futon that sleeps two. All cabins have electric heat, lights, locking doors, and are ADA accessible. Bathrooms and showers are nearby. Outside is a picnic table, fire pit, and water standpipe. Visitors should take along blankets and warm clothing as evenings can be cool.
The park has 20 standard campsites, three partial-hookup sites, 8 full-hookup sites, three hiker/biker sites, four cabins, one restroom with showers and one ADA accessible restroom. Water and electric hookups are at sites 1 - 18. Reservations are available year round.

The parks group campsite can be reserved 1 Apr-15 Sept. Group campers must bring confirmation letter and check in at Ranger office. Reservations can be made by calling 888 226-7688.

1. Kitsap Memorial State Park offers a variety of swimming options for visitors.
2. The park features 1, 797 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal.
3. Visitors can enjoy open water swimming in the canal's clear waters.
4. There are no lifeguards present so swimmers should exercise caution and swim at their own risk.
5. Swimming is best during high tide due to rocky terrain exposed during low tides.
6. The beach area provides easy access to the water for all ages and skill levels.

The closest boat launch is at Salisbury County Park, four miles north on SR 3. The park has two moorage buoys.

The park has four covered and 20 uncovered picnic tables. Picnic tables are first come, first served.
1. Rhododendron Trail: This is a short, easy trail that takes you through the park's beautiful rhododendron groves.

2. Beach Loop Trail: A moderate 0.5-mile loop offering stunning views of Hood Canal and access to the beach area for picnicking or tide pooling.

3. Forest Exploration Trail: An approximately one mile long path winding its way through lush forested areas with interpretive signs about local flora and fauna along the route.

4. Wedding Walk Pathway: Named after popular wedding venues in Kitsap Memorial State Park, this paved pathway offers scenic vistas of surrounding landscapes making it perfect for leisurely strolls or photography sessions.

5. Tide Pooling Trails: These trails lead down to rocky beaches where visitors can explore marine life during low tides; they are not marked but easily accessible from main paths within park boundaries.

6. Log Cabin Loop: Starting at historic log cabin site,this half-a-mile trail loops around picnic grounds providing glimpses into history as well as nature's beauty all year round.

7. Campground Paths: Numerous small pathways crisscross throughout camping sites allowing campers direct routes towards restrooms, playgrounds etc while also serving hikers looking for shorter walks amidst towering trees.

8. Viewpoint Spur: Short offshoot from other major trails leading up to viewpoints overlooking Puget Sound ; ideal spots for birdwatching especially bald eagles soaring above waters.

9. Wildlife Observation Track: Unmarked yet frequented by wildlife enthusiasts hoping catch sight deer grazing early mornings/evenings . It meanders deeper woods away human activity zones.

10. Picnic Area Access Routes: Paved /gravelled walkways connecting various open:air barbecue pits & covered shelters scattered across state parks ensuring convenient accessibility even those carrying heavy coolers/ grills.
Area Attractions

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 28 Great Wedding Venue.
park review stars; one to five As a wedding photographer, I like to scout out locations before I shoot at them, this is a wonderful mix of beach, wooded, rustic and classic. Photos turned out great, and it was a beautiful wedding! Photos can be seen here:
December 22 Heaven in a Bottle by Erica Hasty
park review stars; one to five This is my favorite place. Yesteday, I went to the beach. Tomorrow, I will try the volleyball court
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Eagle Tree RV Park
16280 State Highway 305
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Located four miles south of the Hood Canal Bridge on the canal's east side.

From Tacoma: Take Hwy. 16 exit off I-5, and drive north across Narrows Bridge to Gorst. Drive around Dye's inlet toward Bremerton. Travel North on Hwy. 3 towards the Hood Canal Bridge. Pass Silverdale and Poulsbo exits, and continue north five miles to top of hill. Follow "Kitsap Memorial Park" signs about 3/4 mile turn left onto Park St. (at milepost 57). Drive 200 yards and turn right into the park.

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