Kopachuck State Park
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.
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.
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
- Shellfish harvesting (in season)
- Fishing (saltwater)
- Paddle boarding
Other activities & features
- Beach exploration
- Bird watching
- Wildlife viewing
- 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).
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)