Camp on Blake Island
Washington › Argosy Seattle Waterfront
Added by Nic Morgan
Tap into your inner Robinson Crusoe and become a castaway on this secluded island in Seattle's backyard pool. Accessible only by boat; breathe in postcard sunsets, view wildlife up close at every step, relax to the crash of the waves, and explore the island through wooded canopy trails and sandy beaches.
There are 2 ways to get to Blake Island: private boat or via the Argosy Cruises tour boat (or if you're ambitious, I guess you can swim there!). If traveling by private boat, there is a marina with limited dock space as well as buoy moorings around the island for a moorage fee. Blake Island is a State Park and has many campsites around the island, but the main camping area is just a few steps away from the marina. There is a public bathroom available at the main campsite with token operated showers and electricity. If you get there early in the week, you're more likely to have your choice of campsite. I was lucky and snagged a campsite right on the beach with an amazing tree to hang my hammock from!
You'll want to set up camp when you first arrive and settle up payments for the campsite and / or moorage with the Ranger. You will be required to use a bear canister, available at the Ranger Station, to store your food and any items that have an enticing smell (trust me, you'll want it - the raccoons are not shy!). If you forget to pack something, the Ranger Station does have most of the basics available to purchase, including firewood.
Blake Island has 7.5 miles of bike trails, 8 miles of hiking trails, swimming, diving, crabbing, fishing, clamming, wildlife watching, bird watching, boat watching, and more! (Be sure to get your fishing, crabbing, and clamming license before you arrive) There are an abundance of adventures and exploration - you'll be surprised at how fast the time goes by! Make sure you know the current tide tables before hiking the beaches. There are a lot of areas with heavy driftwood that are not passable at high tide.
Blake Island is open year round. Tillicum Village is a Native American salmon dinner, live dancing demonstration and gift shop with bar that is open during tourist season, and available to campers also, for a fee. Check Argosy Tours' website for more information.
The campground has 44 standard sites, two primitive sites, three water trail sites, one marine dump station, four restrooms (one ADA), and one shower area. All campsites are first come, first served. There is a group site that is available to reserve for groups up to 100.
Remember to always practice Leave No Trace ethics.
- The 10 Essentials
- Campsite reservation
- Sleeping bag
- Warm clothing (it gets chilly and breezy at night)
- Hiking shoes (waterproof is ideal)
- Food and water
- Fishing equipment
- Cooking equipment
- Camera - you'll want to save these memories!!
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So close yet so far
We took a private boat to camp on Blake Island in September - one of the last warm weekends of 2015. We got lucky with a prime spot on the west side of the island, away from the day visitors. It was amazing. Two things: raccoons are crazy so lock up everything at night. Even the candle was eaten. Also, we couldn't have a camp fire so check on that or plan to cook without.
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