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Tolmie State Park
On Johnson Point, eight miles northeast of Olympia, Thurston County.


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Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park is a 105-acre marine day-use park with 1,800 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. This forested park is on Nisqually Beach, a few miles from Olympia, the state's capital city. The park offers a variety of beachside activities and an underwater park built by scuba divers.

Location:
Located on Johnson Point, eight miles northeast of Olympia, Thurston County.

Acreage:
106.15 acres with 1,800 feet of saltwater shoreline on Nisqually Reach.

Acquired:
The park was acquired in six parcels; the first in 1962 and the last in 1977, for a total cost of $100,550.

Historical Background:
Named for Dr. William Frazer Tolmie (1812­1866) who spent 16 years with the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Nisqually as a physician, surgeon, botanist, and fur trader.

Facilities:
42 picnic sites, kitchen/bathhouse/comfort station, kitchen/ comfort station, parking for 60 vehicles, 5 mooring buoys, underwater park, 3.4 miles of hiking trail, 1,800 feet of beach.

Of Special Interest:
The park features an underwater park for scuba divers, a saltwater marsh, a beach, a forest and abundant wildlife.
Displays on the beach and in the upper picnic areas describe the evolution/ecology of the shoreline and the history of the park.

Trails
3 mi. Hiking Trails

Water Activities
Boating (saltwater)
Diving
Fishing (saltwater)
Swimming (saltwater)
Clamming
Crabbing

Other
Beachcombing
Bird Watching
2 Fire Circles
Wildlife Viewing

Boating Features
The park provides five no-fee mooring buoys.

Featured Creatures
Mammals
Chipmunks
Coyotes
Deer or Elk
Rabbits
Raccoons
Skunks
Squirrels

Birds
Crows or Ravens
Ducks
Eagles
Geese
Gulls
Hawks
Herons
Hummingbirds
Jays
Ospreys
Owls
Woodpeckers
Wrens

Fish & Sea Life
Clams
Crabs
Mussels
Oysters
Sea Birds
Seals
Shellfish
Shrimp
Bullhead
Cod
Eel
Perch
Salmon
Shark
Steelhead
Trout

Environmental Features
Plant Life
Cedar
Douglas Fir
Hemlock
Yew
Alder
Maple
Foxglove
Rhododendron
Berries
Eel Grass
Ferns
Moss or Lichens
Seaweed

Driving Directions:
Located eight miles northeast of Olympia, Wash.

From I-5:
Take exit #111, and follow signs to park, approximately five miles.

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