Scenic Beach State Park

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Don't forget to pack a picnic for your date at Scenic Beach. This Hood Canal state park was recently named "Best Romantic Spot" by area residents.

Is your dog the love of your life these days, or does Fido tend to get lost in the chaos of family life? Either way, your pooch will be thrilled to walk with you on the shore. Scenic Beach is dog friendly, just don't forget the leash.

A short drive from Bremerton, Scenic Beach State Park is the quintessential out-in-the-country neighborhood park. Its beaches and shaded picnic areas are a mecca for locals, while the park is also a popular wedding site and camping park for out-of-towners.

This picturesque little park, with its views of the Brothers Peak hovering over the toothy Olympic mountain range, welcomes everyone. Groomed trails provide access to the historic Emel House, a pretty gazebo and a country garden, all of which add to the charm of Scenic Beach.

Park features

Scenic Beach State Park is a 121-acre camping park with 1,500 feet of saltwater beachfront on Hood Canal. The restored 1912 Emel House, plus a gazebo and stellar views have made it a popular wedding venue. The park is known for its wild, native rhododendrons in spring.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ada amenities/facilities

  • Picnic area
  • Restroom

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities 

Picnic & day-use facilities
The vintage Emel House, built in 1911, is a charming day-use facility ideal for weddings, reunions and company events. A gazebo near the house is the ideal spot to take in the beautiful sunsets off the Hood Canal. For more information on the Emel house click on Rent a Place The park offers one kitchen shelter with electricity, plus six sheltered and 60 unsheltered picnic tables. The kitchen shelter provides one large BBQ brazier and two electrical outlets. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.


Water activities

  • Boating
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Fishing (saltwater)
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Swimming

Other activities & features

  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles (1)
  • BBQ Braziers 
  • Horseshoe pits (2)
  • Volleyball fields (1)
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Playground (3)

Additional information

  • The sport clam and oyster fishing season at Scenic Beach State Park will be closed until further notice. Surveys done by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission indicate that shellfish populations have declined.
  • Activities must not damage park resources, leave rubbish, decorations or items that may be hazardous to wildlife   (examples: confetti, rice, sidewalk chalk, silly string etc.)
  • Metal detecting requires registration and is allowed in designated park areas. Metal detecting information click here Metal Detecting Information
  • All professional filming and photography require a permit. Permits take up to 60 days to process. Click here for more information Film and Photography Permit Information
  • 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 website.
  • Printable park brochure (PDF).