Twanoh State Park, situated on the shoreline of Hood Canal, features one of the warmest saltwater beaches in Washington state. This is because Hood Canal is one of the warmest saltwater bodies in Puget Sound. The 182-acre marine, camping park has 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline. The name of the park derives from the Native American Twana tribes, better known as the Skokomish, who made their home in the area.
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Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
The park is open year round for camping, with limited water supply in the winter.
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
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
The campground has 25 tent spaces, 22 full hookup spaces, two restrooms and one shower. Maximum site length is 35 feet (may have limited availability). Gathering firewood is not allowed, but packaged firewood is available for purchase from the campground host or local stores. All campsites are first come, first served.
The park offers a group camp that accommodates up to 50 people. Facilities include a picnic shelter, water tap and vault toilet. The dirt road up to the group camp is steep and windy, so vehicle access is restricted to non-RV-type vehicles. Rental fees vary with size of the group. To make a reservation, visit online
or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
2013 camping fees:
Please note that the following general fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all fees will apply to all parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations).
May 15 – Sept. 15 (peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $23 non-premium site, $26 premium site
Partial-utility campsite*: $30 non-premium site, $35 premium site
Full-utility campsite*: $32 non-premium site, $37 premium site
*Please note: Camping fees during the 2013 peak season are $28 for partial-utility sites and $29 for full-utility sites at Beacon Rock, Lewis & Clark and Schafer state parks. These parks are first come, first served.
Jan. 1 – May 14 and Sept. 16 – Dec. 31 (off-peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $22 for non-premium and premium sites
Partial-utility campsite: $28 for non-premium and premium sites
Full-utility campsite: $29 for non-premium and premium sites
Maximum eight people per campsite.
Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.
Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.
More about park hours
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park from April 1 through Sept. 30; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Located on the south shore of Hood Canal, eight miles west of Belfair, Wash. in Mason County.
12190 E. State Route 106
Union, WA 98592
Take Hwy. 3 southwest to Belfair, and go west on Hwy. 106 eight miles to the park.
From Hwy. 101:
Drive east on Hwy. 106 for 12 miles to the park.
From downtown Seattle:
Take a beautiful, one-hour ferry ride to Bremerton, then a half hour drive on Hwy. 3 southwest to Belfair. From Belfair, go west eight miles on Hwy. 106 to park entrance.
Twanoh downloadable pdf map #1
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Twanoh is popular for shellfish harvesting. Oyster beds are seeded annually, providing for ample harvests. Clam season usually is open from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 each year, while the park is open to oyster harvesting year round. There is a winter smelt run along the park beaches. In late fall, there is a chum salmon run in Twanoh Creek, but the creek is closed to fishing. Visitors also enjoy other recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, swimming, water skiing and wildlife viewing.
The park derives its name from the word tewa´ duxq. Twana, Twanoh or tewa´ duxq refers to the territory that encompasses the entire Hood Canal watershed. It is comprised of nine Villages of which the Skokomish is the largest and where most of the descendants of these villages reside today. The Skokomish people still practice their hereditary and treaty rights throughout this territory.
Before becoming a state park, the land was logged in the 1890’s and a meandering trail through the forest reveals springboard notches carved in cedar trees from early logging practices. Further exploration of the campground and day use area highlights historic park buildings which were constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
A plaque stands along the road in nearby Union. It commemorates Captain George Vancouver, the first European to sail into Hood Canal in search of the Northwest Passage.
|Available in the park ||Available in the area|
• Pay phone
• Fire wood
|• Auto repair|
• Boat rental
• Marine supplies
• Overnight Accommodations
• Pay phone
• Postal service
• Recreational equipment
• White gas
Fast food and camping accessories are available at local stores along SR 106 and in the nearby towns of Belfair and Shelton.
|• 2.5 mi. Hiking Trails||• Boating (saltwater)|
• 1 boat ramp (saltwater)
• 100 feet of dock (saltwater)
• 200 feet of moorage (saltwater)
• Fishing (saltwater)
• Personal Watercraft (saltwater)
• Swimming (saltwater)
• Water Skiing (saltwater)
|• 1 Badminton area|
• Beach Exploration
• Bird Watching
• 20 Fire Circles
• 1 Horseshoe pit
• 1 Volleyball Field
• Wildlife Viewing
Campers and day-users must bring their own hand equipment, racquets, etc.
There is a winter smelt run along the park beaches. Oyster beds are seeded annually, providing for ample harvests. In late fall, there is a chum salmon run in Twanoh Creek, but the creek is closed to fishing.
Clam season is open from Aug. 1 - Sept. 30, closed the rest of the year. Oyster season is open year-round. Oysters must be shelled on the beach. A shellfish license is required to shuck oysters or to crab. This license is sold anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Please check Department of Fish & Wildlife fishing publications for daily limits and information. Regulations are available wherever fishing licenses are sold. Anyone over 14 years of age needs a shellfish license to harvest oysters. The daily limit is 18 oysters.
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.
Gathering firewood is prohibited, but firewood is sold at the park.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on ten designated free days in 2013.
The 2013 State Parks free days are as follows:
Jan. 21 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 30 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 100th birthday on March 19
April 27 and 28 – National Parks Week
June 1 – National Trails Day
June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day and Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing weekend
Aug. 4 – Peak season free day
Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
Nov. 9 through 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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The park offers one watercraft launch ramp and 100 feet of dock.
A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 may be purchased at the park.
Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online
, and at parks when staff is available.
The park also provides 200 feet of moorage.Moorage fees
are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844.
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
The park offers two kitchen shelters with electricity, plus 125 unsheltered picnic tables. One kitchen shelter can accommodate up to 150 people. To make a reservation, visit online
or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. The other kitchen shelter accommodates up to 40 people and is available first come, first served.
|Mammals||Birds||Fish & Sea Life|
• Deer or Elk
|• Crows or Ravens|
• Sea Birds
|Physical Features|| ||Plant Life|| |
|The soil in the park is "glacial till," an unlayered sediment which was deposited by glaciers over most of western Washington. Twanoh Park is on Hood Canal, which is actually a "canal" in name only. Hood Canal is (in reality) a "fjord," a long narrow body of water open to the ocean and bordered at one end by steep cliffs or hills.|| ||• Cedar|
• Douglas Fir
• Moss or Lichens
Park photo gallery