Fort Ebey State Park

Fort Ebey State Park, a 645-acre camping park on Whidbey Island, was originally built as a coastal defense fort in World War II. Concrete platforms mark the gun locations. Panoramic views of the Puget Sound shoreline, the Olympic Mountains and sunsets. The park features paragliding, surfing and gun batteries to explore. Eagles may be viewed at Lake Pondilla. The park has three miles of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a freshwater lake for fishing, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Please note:
 U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island may fly over the campground at any time for several hours. Navy personnel conduct training missions which are not announced ahead of time. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. State Parks cannot be responsible for this significant intrusion into your camping experience.


  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps

Picnic & Day-use Facilities
The park has 25 unsheltered picnic tables. Picnic sites are located at the Gun Battery, the beach area, and the Point Partridge area. All unsheltered picnic tables are first come, first served. There are two reservable log picnic shelters. The shelter areas have two covered picnic tables, two uncovered picnic tables, and two large BBQ grills. One shelter is located near the beach area and has a medium size grass area. The second shelter is located at the Gun Battery picnic area and has a grass area. The Beach picnic shelter will accommodate up to 50 people. The Gun Battery picnic shelter will accommodate up to 150 people.

An additional Special Activity Permit is required for group activities and events such as wedding ceremonies, races, other sports events etc. For additional information and a permit contact the park at 360-678-4636.

Activities
Trails
  • 25 miles of biking trails
  • 28 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
  • Freshwater fishing
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
Interpretive Opportunities
Visitors may explore concrete bunkers built for the original military fort in 1942.

Additional Information

  • There are two large fields that will accommodate sports activities, but there are no nets or field-markings.
  • There is a popular surfing area on the park's saltwater shoreline.
  • Seaweed harvesting is allowed at this park from April 16 - May 15 with a seaweed and shellfish license.
  • Lake Pondilla has limited fishing for smallmouth bass. The short walk to the lake is not vehicle-accessible.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.