Saltwater State Park

Saltwater State Park is a camping park featuring 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound, halfway between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. The two cities jointly and literally buried a hatchet at the park during the 1926 park dedication as a symbol of the end of their mutual competition. The park is a recreational destination nestled in the core of urban living, with forested trails and beach access.
Visitors may explore marine life in tide pools at the park and the seasonal spawning of salmon in McSorley Creek. Saltwater State Park is the only state park that features an underwater artificial reef, providing divers an opportunity to discover the diversity of sea life and marine environments of Puget Sound. The reef is a protected marine sanctuary and harvesting is not allowed. The park is on the flight path of Sea-Tac International Airport.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
The park provides two reservable kitchen shelters without electricity, plus 147 unsheltered picnic tables. Most picnic sites are near the beach or along McSorley Creek. Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).

Activities
Water Activities
  • Diving
  • Fishing (saltwater)
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles (2)
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Interpretive activities
  • Sailboarding
  • Volleyball fields (2)
  • Wildlife viewing
Additional Information
  • The park has an underwater artificial reef on Puget Sound. The reef is a popular area for scuba diving. Fishing and harvesting are prohibited in the artificial reef area.
  • There are no overnight mooring buoys available at the park. 
  • The park offers three trails for hiking and biking.
  • 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 website.