Point State Park
Penrose Point State Park is a 152-acre marine and camping
park on the shores of Puget Sound. The park has over two miles of saltwater
frontage on Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet. Wildlife, birds and forested terrain
make this a beautiful park.
16 miles southwest of Purdy, Wash., on the state's western side.
152.10 acres with 11,751 feet of saltwater frontage.
Penrose Point was acquired in 17 parcels, between 1953 and November
1981, for a total cost of $1,481,172.
An Indian rock carving, know as a petroglyph, is buried beneath sand
and gravel on the spit in the inner cove. Visible to visitors prior
to the storms that buried it, the carving was known for its simplicity
of design, which features three seemingly unrelated characters.
Large stumps with springboard notches can be seen in the park, evidence
of early logging activity.
The community played an important role in the development of Penrose
Point. The park was initially created out of a swamp (now the day-use
The name honors Dr. Stephen Penrose of Tacoma, who served as president
of Whitman College in Walla Walla from 1884 to 1934. For more than 30
years, Dr. Penrose and his family spent their summers vacationing on
what is now park property. A prominent church and educational leader
in the Northwest, Dr. Penrose was a firm believer in outdoor recreation
The park has 83 campsites, 90 picnic sites, 4 comfort stations, 2 picnic
shelters, 1,700 feet of unguarded beach, one 138-foot float made up
of four 32-foot sections and one 10-foot section, 8 mooring buoys, 2.5
miles of hiking trails, a group camp with shelter, and a trailer dump
Of Special Interest:
A self-guided interpretive trail called "A Touch of Nature" was
built by Eagle Souts in 1982 and renovated by a second group of Eagle
Scouts in 1991. The trail is located in the day-use area, and
extends for 1/5 mile.
2.5 mi. Hiking Trails
2.5 mi. Bike Trails
158 feet of dock (saltwater)
270 feet of moorage (saltwater)
Personal Watercraft (saltwater)
Water Skiing (saltwater)
3 Fire Circles
2 Horseshoe pits
The park has no lifeguard and no designated swim area.
Volleyball can be played on the lawn in the day-use area,
but visitors must bring their own free-standing volleyball sets. Bikes
are allowed on all trails except the interpretive trail.
Bay Lake, a popular trout fishing lake, is located a mile
from the park. A boat launch is available there, but parking requires
a Department of Fish and Wildlife sticker.
The park provides 158 feet of dock. A picnic area with tables, braziers
and a fire ring with benches are located near the dock. A short trail
leads uphill to a small picnic shelter, a visitor parking lot, the campground
and public restrooms. The nearest public boat launch is located in the
town of Home, three miles from the park.
The park also provides 270 feet of moorage. Boats can
be moored overnight at the moorage pier, which has a pump-out facility,
or at one of the park's eight buoys.
Permits available at parks offering moorage and at other
locations. For information, call (360)902-8500.
Telephone Device for the Deaf, (360) 664-3133.
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From SR 16 at Purdy:
Follow SR 302 (Key Penninsula Hwy.) south through the towns of Key Center
and Home. Turn left at Cornwall Rd. KPS (second road after crossing
the Home Bridge). Continue about 1 1/4 miles, and turn left onto 158th
Ave. KPS. Follow this street into the park.
Alternative route (from SR 302 eastbound):
From the intersection of SR 302 and Key Penninsula Hwy., travel south
through the towns of Key Center and Home. Turn left at Cornwall Rd.
KPS (second road after crossing the Home Bridge). Continue about 1 1/4
miles, and turn left onto 158th Ave. KPS. Follow this street into the
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