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Washington State Parks

USA Parks
Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas Region
Manchester State Park
Manchester State Park © Jennifer VanCleave
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Gone fishin.
7767 E. Hilldale
Port Orchard, Washington   98366

Phone: 360-871-4065
Manchester State Park is a 111-acre camping park with 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline on Rich Passage in Puget Sound. The park is covered in woods of fir and maple. Nestled in woods of fir and maple, the park sets on the shore of Rich Passage on Puget Sound. Bainbridge Island and Seattle are visible from the beach. The park also features Calvinwood Lodge, a picturesque lodge perfect for weddings, reunions and group meetings. The lodge is 13 miles south of Manchester State Park and is set in a secluded forest with several small lakes and wetlands nearby.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life ? Bears? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Foxes? Otters? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Weasels? Chukars? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Pheasants? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Clams? Crabs? Mussels? Sea Birds? Seals? Shellfish? Starfish? Whales? Salmon

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life ? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Nobel Fir? Alder? Ash? Maple? Daisy? Foxglove? Lupines? Rhododendron? Rose? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Seaweed? Thistle? Poison Oak
History of the Area
The park was named for the nearby small town of Manchester. Originally called "Brooklyn," the citizens renamed the place "Manchester" in 1892 on account of their expectation that Manchester, Washington would become an active seaport comparable to Manchester, England.

The park itself was constructed at the turn of the century as a U.S. Coast Artillery harbor defense installation for the protection of Bremerton. During World War II, the property was converted to a navy fuel supply depot and a navy fire-fighting station.

A former torpedo warehouse, built in 1901, still stands in the park. It was later an officer's club, a barracks and a mess hall, and is now a picnic shelter in the day-use area. The small concrete building east of the torpedo warehouse was originally used as a mining casement, and later for coal storage. A gun battery also remains from the park's early days. All three of these structures are on the register of National Historical Monuments.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area? Camping ? Auto repair? Airport? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Marine supplies? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood? Swimming

Services are available in Port Orchard, about six miles east of the park.
The park has 35 tent spaces, 15 utility spaces and two restrooms/showers. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). One dump station is located near the entrance.

Reservations for campsites can be made by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. During the off-season (September 16 thorugh May 14), campsites are only available first-come, first-served.

There are three hiker/biker campsites available only to hikers and bikers and only on a first-come, first-served basis. Unlike other tent spaces, these sites do not provide a picnic table or brazier.

Group Accommodations: One group camp is available which will accommodate 20 to 130 people. It includes a large fire circle, 12 RV hookups, plus a covered shelter with eight picnic tables and electricity. Several unsheltered picnic tables and braziers are also in the camp. There are two unisex restrooms/showers (ADA accessible). Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688, or call the park for further details at (360) 871-4065.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Kayaks or small watercraft may be carried to the beach area for launching.

Manchester State Park is located near Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Edmonds

The old brick ?torpedo warehouse? is a large reservable picnic shelter and there is one small reservable picnic shelter available at the park.. To reserve either facility, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. There is one small picnic shelter available first come, first serve. Thirty-six unsheltered picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Most of the picnic sites have braziers.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 1.9 mi. Hiking Trails? Diving? Fishing (saltwater)? Bird Watching? 1 Horseshoe pit? Mountain Biking? 1 Volleyball Field? Wildlife Viewing

A volleyball net doubles as a badminton net. Horseshoe players must supply their own horseshoes. The beach is closed for shellfish harvesting.
Things To Do in the Area
Take command and be the Skipper Rent one of our Larson powerboats by the hour or the entire day. Take in the scenery or zip around the sound in a speedboat, deck boat, or cruiser. If you don't have the need for speed rent one of our Kayaks, Canoes or Pedal Boats. You can enjoy the scenery at your pace. Whatever your desire may be here at Gig Harbor you will make memories that will last a lifetime.
17.3 miles from park*

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 24 Atta girl for Kimberly Cox by John, for the JFCO group
Ms. Kimberly Cox was very helpful in making our recent family camp out at the Manchester group RV site a success - she went out of her way, took extra time, and promptly responded to some special requests and concerns that our group had regarding our stay. Thank you Kimberly You are a Cut above and the kind of person that our beautiful Washington State Parks should be represented by
April 9 Could communicate a LOT better by Sarah
While I was in the load only zone (and was loading my van) I ran into a friend and was chatting. The parking enforcer came by and rather than saying something about how we WERE loading up just started to write a ticket of some kind. Really? How hard is it to notice that people are in the process of loading up, commenting on that and giving a friendly reminder? A little communication goes a long way. It soured my otherwise nice experience at the park.
September 6 Friendliest people
We stayed in the state to visit Seattle on the 20/21st of August. We came in late and the Campround was full. But a very nice lady and a young guy helped us out and finally could stay 2 days. The whole staff was very friendly, the state is very lucky to have such employees. Thank you very much, nice experience Matthias Plischke and family
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Located six miles east of Port Orchard, Wash., on Puget Sound.

From I-5: Take the Bremerton exit (Hwy. 16) to the Sedgewick exit in Port Orchard. Follow signs to Manchester State Park.


Washington State Parks