Joseph Whidbey State Park is a 112-acre day-use park with 3,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan De Fuca in northern Puget Sound. The scenery is beautiful, views are magnificent, wildlife is everywhere and the beach is one of the grandest on Whidbey Island.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: Closed Oct. 1, reopens April 1.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
Don't move firewood: Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination (within 50 miles). Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit online at www.dontmovefirewood.org or the Washington Invasive Species Council website.
The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website
This is a day-use park, but one water trail campsite is available only to campers who arrive at the park by human-powered watercraft. The campsite is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and a primitive camping fee
applies. There is one restroom (ADA).
Located three miles west of Oak Harbor, Wash. in Island County.
395 North Fort Ebey Road
Coupeville, WA 98239
From the north:
Drive north on Hwy. 20 through Oak Harbor. Just past town, turn right on Swantown Rd. and follow it about three miles.
From the south:
Drive north on Hwy. 20. Just before Oak Harbor, turn left on Swantown Rd. and follow it about three miles.
Joseph Whidbey downloadable pdf map #1
List of all downloadable Washington State Park maps
This forested park on Puget Sound provides magnificent views, natural beauty, and beach opportunities.
The park and other island features were named during the Vancouver Expedition of 1792. Master Joseph Whidbey circumnavigated the island, and Vancouver named it in his honor.
There are currently no interpretive opportunities at this park.
| ||Available in the area|
| ||• Auto repair|
• Marine supplies
• Overnight Accommodations
• Pay phone
• Postal service
• Recreational equipment
• White gas
Oak Harbor is about three miles away from the park with most services available.
|• 0.5 mi. ADA Hiking Trails||• Personal Watercraft (saltwater)|
|• Beach Exploration|
• Bird Watching
• 2 Fire Circles
There are two large grass fields in the park. Nets can be put up, or games can be played on the grass.
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 & Wildlife website.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on designated free days.
2014 State Parks free days:
Jan. 19 and 20 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 19 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 101st birthday
April 19 – A spring Saturday free day
April 22 – Earth Day
May 11 – A spring Saturday free day
June 7 and 8 – In honor of National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend
June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
Aug. 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday
Sept. 27 –National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
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Most non-motorized activities are available.
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
The park offers one kitchen shelter, reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688 (ask for the kitchen shelter on Fort Ebey's inventory). Four sheltered and nine unsheltered picnic tables are available first come, first served.
|Mammals||Birds||Fish & Sea Life|
• Deer or Elk
|• Crows or Ravens|
• Doves or Pigeons
• Sea Birds
|Physical Features|| ||Plant Life|| |
| ||• Cedar|
• Douglas Fir
• Moss or Lichens
Park photo gallery