Blake Island State Park is a 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. The park is only reachable by tour boat or private boat. Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing are offered at Tillicum Village, a seasonal concession on the island.
The camp ground has 44 standard sites, two primitive sites, three WWTA sites, one marine dump station, four restrooms (one ADA) and one shower area.
Three Cascadia Marine Trail sites are located on the west end of the island. These sites are for use by canoers and kayakers only. The primitive sites are available on the south side. All campsites are first come, first served.
sk rating: SK II+
The crossing from Alki is long and conditions can change rapidly. Current is not much of a factor but wind is and so are large commercial shipping traffic. Monitor your VHF-FM radio on Channel 14 for Commercial Traffic Transiting the area. The big container vessels travel at 18-20kts as they pass, they are much faster than they look. They also have a blind spot than can extend a couple thousand feet from the bow, always wait for them to pass and pass behind them.
The crossing from Manchester is fairly well sheltered but does have light to moderate currents during max flows, try and plan your crossing at or near slack water.
Distance: 8 NM
- Harper, Yukon Harbor (Tides)
- Blake Island, SW of (Currents)