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Description - Kopachuck State Park consists of 109 acres with 5,600 feet of saltwater shoreline with twelve moorage buoys, an underwater park for divers and 1,500 feet of unguarded beach. The park has numerous trails some with views of Henderson Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

Park facilities include 41 campsites with no hookups, two unorganized group camps, 79 picnic sites, three comfort stations, five kitchen shelters, and a trailer dump station.

Recreation - Hiking, clamming, boating, water skiing, camping, picnicking, beachcombing, scuba diving, bird watching and shore fishing are some of the activities enjoyed in the park.

Climate - The low rolling hills and sheltered inland salt water that make up the Puget Sound basin produce a mild, marine climate characterized by wintertime clouds, rain, and sometimes a light snow, but lots of summertime sunshine.

Maximum winter temperatures are in the mid- to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm with maximum and minimum temperatures in the mid 70s and low 50s, respectively. This area averages 51 inches of precipitation per year.

Location - Kopachuck State Park, including Dead Man's Island (also called Cutts Island), is located in Pierce County on Henderson Bay in Puget Sound. It is seven miles off of Highway 16.

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Filed By: Brenna Harrington (Gig Harbor, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: On such a beautiful day as this, I felt inspired to go to the beach and throw the stick for my choclate retriever, Bella. I had my 8 month old daughter on my back, and Scarlett and I weaved through the weepy cedars and tall pines down the winding trail to the beach. The trail was still a little muddy. None of the bathrooms were open yet. I did not see any campers. Spring is late this year and we don't even have rhodedendron blooms yet! There were about 5 cars in the parking lot, and I encountered a group of young adults at the beach who were playing volleyball and frisbee and drinking cold beverages in the sun on the rocky beach. There are also sandy spots, teeming with sand dollars every year. Another dog, safely on his leash, stood by and took it all in. I let Bella off her leash to swim in the water. She was in paradise. The sun was shining down on the beach. I waded in my Chacos into the frigid water. The sharp cold was a nice contrast to the sudden heat. The water was clear, the tide was in, and there were not many barnacles to report. The water was glass and it would have been a perfect day for engaging in waterdsports such as wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing. I spotted a few boats anchored in at Deadman's (Cutts) Island, plus a few fishermen. Overall it was pretty quiet. My own voice echoed into the abyss of water. The Olympic Mountains shone in the background. Lovely western exposure. In my 25 years of living in Gig Harbor, I am rarely met with many people at kopachuck state park. It is a hidden gem. I look forward to escaping from the business of life in a natural environment. I recommend Kopachuck state park as a destination to visit. It is a good 10-15 minutes from town, in a suburban neighborhood. The beach presents many opportunities for beach combing, picnicing, barbequeing and camping. There are also many other things to do nearby. From a night camping here, head to Penrose Point state park or even into the Olympic National Forest. Outdoor recreational activities abound in the south puget sound region.

Filed By: Tiffany (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We went camping here. The hikes were fun but playing down on the beach was the best. Beautiful scenery and lots of crabs to find. There are pros and cons to how very close to town this campground is: The good thing is that you can easily go to the store in Gig Harbor for anything you may forget. The bad thing is having a neighborhood so nearby. We were harassed all night long by local (stray?) dogs running in a pack of about 5. One of which was honestly foaming at the mouth and had bloodshot eyes. The elderly "park ranger" was of no help at all. The dog circled our tent, panting heavily, and terrified the kids. When the dog showed up the next morning after breakfast, we decided to go home a day early. I recommend this campground ONLY because of the beach. Hopefully, no dogs will be around when you go. :)

More Information

Contact Information:
Kopachuck State Park, 11101 56th St. N.W. , Gig Harbor, WA, 98335, Phone: 253-265-3606, Fax: 253-265-2453

Additional Information:
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.

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