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Manchester State Park Overview

Manchester State Park is a 111-acre camping park with 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline on Washington State's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula. It presents visitors with a stark contrast between a military past and its current serene setting.

Location and Access

Manchester State Park 7767 E. Hilldale Road Port Orchard, WA 98366

Located on the Kitsap Peninsula, the park is accessible by vehicle from the greater Seattle area via ferry or around Puget Sound via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Activities and Amenities

Outdoor Activities:

  • Beach exploration
  • Fishing (with a valid Washington state fishing license)
  • Hiking on the various trails
  • Wildlife viewing, especially birds
  • Water activities such as kayaking

Facilities:

  • 35 standard campsites
  • Two restrooms (one ADA accessible) and two showers
  • One dump station
  • Picnic sites
  • Group camp for tents
  • Group accommodations, including a kitchen shelter with a fireplace

Camping Information

Campsites:

  • There are a total of 35 standard campsites that accommodate tents and some smaller RVs, but there are no utility hookups.
  • Campsites are known to fill up quickly during peak season, so making a reservation well in advance is crucial.

Reservations and Fees:

  • Campsite reservation can be made online at the Washington State Parks reservation system or by calling the reservation line.
  • Fees for camping vary depending on the site and season. All fees are posted on the Washington State Parks website.

Check-In and Check-Out:

  • Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
  • Campers must register at the park office upon arrival.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fires: Campfires are allowed in designated fire pits, but this can vary depending on local burn bans.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is permitted only in the campsites.
  • Quiet Hours: Typically from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.

Safety Tips

  • Wildlife: Store food properly to avoid attracting animals.
  • Water Safety: Be cautious around water and be aware of tides when exploring the beach areas.
  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially if hiking or engaging in water sports.

Park Contact Information

For the most current information or to ask specific questions:

Washington State Parks Information Center Phone: (360) 902-8844 Reservations: 888-CAMPOUT or (888-226-7688)

Keep in mind that some details like fees and rules may change, so it’s always wise to check with the park directly or visit their website for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

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