Kopachuck State Park
Kopachuck's sun-warmed beaches and creaky forest will take you right out of everyday life and into a fairytale.
Snug in the curve of Carr Inlet a half-hour from Tacoma, Kopachuck State Park is an easy jaunt from South Puget Sound and the Kitsap Peninsula, and a lovely stop on an outing to Gig Harbor.
Though the park offers 2 miles of shaded hiking trails, most of the action takes place on the beach, which is popular with families for wading. Boaters and paddlers 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.
This day-use park has more than 50 picnic tables, and its glorious sunsets go well with the shellfish harvesting and saltwater fishing available at the park.
Whether your carriage is the family car or a kayak, you will leave Kopachuck with glowing memories of your Puget Sound state park experience.
Kopachuck State Park is a 280-acre, day-use marine park with 5,600 feet of saltwater shoreline on Henderson Bay. One portion of the park, Cutts Island, is a half mile from 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.
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
- Fishing (saltwater)
- Oyster harvesting
- Personal watercraft use
Other activities & features
- Beach exploration
- Bird watching
- Fire circles (2)
- Wildlife viewing
- Most of the activities at Kopachuck center around the beach. During low tide, the sun warms the sand, which in turn warms the water brought in by the tide. The sandy beach is ideal for wading, sand-castle building and exploring the marine habitat.
- The most popular day-use area is the beach. Getting there 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.
- 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).
Located in Pierce County on Puget Sound, Kopachuck has two moorage buoys offshore of the park.
The moorage buoy fee is $15 per night payable at the pay station across from the picnic shelter along the lower beach access road.
Latitude: 47º 18' 51.84" N (47.3144) Longitude: 122º 41' 0.99" W (-122.6836)
The park is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail (PDF)
The main campground at Kopachuck has been closed since August of 2011 due to tree health issues. It is closed permanently. There are no hiker/bicycle sites available at the park. There is one Cascadia Marine Trail campsite available to campers arriving to the park in wind- and human-powered beachable watercrafts. Coordinates: 47.3102 degrees N, 122.6865 degrees W
There is a shelter with two picnic tables and a BBQ grill. There is a grassy area, 17 feet by 17 feet, is suitable for a couple of tents. Water is available at the main day-use restroom. A portable toilet is available from April to September south of the campsite. The campsite is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
Fees For fee information, check out our camping rates page.