Kopachuck State Park

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Kopachuck is a Day-Use only park. It is located in the curve of the Carr Inlet, a half-hour drive from Tacoma. Kopachuck State Park is an easy jaunt from Gig Harbor and offers an easy escape into nature. 

This lovely park offers 2 miles of shaded hiking trails and a perfect beach ideal for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, saltwater fishing, and shellfish harvesting  during open season.  Boaters can cruise the shoreline or make the half-mile trip to Cutts Island, a small clay butte with a stand of trees. At low tide, the island offers a teardrop-shaped beach. Divers and snorkelers will enjoy the Kopachuck underwater park just off shore. 

This day-use park has more than 50 picnic tables and is  perfect for  a family day trip or to relax and watch the glorious sunsets. 

Park features

Kopachuck State Park is a 280-acre, day-use only park with 5,600 feet of saltwater shoreline on Henderson Bay. Buoy mooring passes can be purchased at the self-pay station in the parking area for Kopachuck buoys and for Cutts Island State park buoys. Cutts Island, is a half mile from the shore and reachable only by boat.

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.

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Picnic & day-use facilities

The park provides two picnic shelters with two or three picnic tables in them and 55 unsheltered picnic tables throughout the upper and lower day-use areas. All are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • 2 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Boating
  • Shellfish harvesting (in season)
  • Diving
  • Fishing (saltwater)
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Paddle boarding

Other activities & features

  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing

Additional information

  • Walking to the beach requires a short 1/8-mile walk down a hill. People with limited mobility may drive or be driven to the beach. Contact park staff to make such transportation arrangements.
  • This park is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail (PDF) It is first-come, first-served and is the only camping at this park. 
  • 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.
  • Printable park brochure (PDF).