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Description - Saltwater State Park covers 88 acres with 1,400 feet of saltwater shoreline with two moorage buoys and 150 feet of unguarded beach. An underwater park for scuba divers has a sunken barge, a tire reef and a scuba rinse station.

There are two miles of trail in the park. The upper trails have beautiful views of Maury and Vashon Islands, the Olympic Mountains and spectacular sunsets.

Park facilities include 52 tent campsites, a group camp, four comfort stations, 128 picnic tables, 30 pedestal stoves, four picnic shelters, one kitchen shelter, two vault toilets, parking for 290 cars and a trailer dump station.

Recreation - Park visitors enjoy picnicking, camping, scuba diving, hiking and clamming.

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 - Saltwater State Park is located two miles south of Des Moines on State Route 509 in King County.

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Filed By: Debi (Auburn, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My three children and I spent the afternoon at Saltwater State Park today and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The tide was out quite far, and we were able to observe numerous types of intertidal animals in the tidepools. My kids especially enjoyed the snack bar and digging in the sand right by the picnic areas. Very crowded on weekends and holidays, but less so during the week, especially before school's out.

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Contact Information:
Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place South , Des Moines, WA, 98198, Phone: 253-661-4956, Fax: 206-870-4294

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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