Fort Flagler State Park

Marrowstone Island

Hood Canal + Eastern Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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Fort Flagler State Park

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  • Boat dock and fishing pier at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Boat ramp at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fish cleaning station at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • View southwest of Indian Island and the Olympic Mountains.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Horseshoe pits and cafe at Fort Flagler State Park Lower Campground.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Summer concession stand at Fort Flagler State Park Lower Campground.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Playground and restrooms at Fort Flagler State Park Lower Campground.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park north beach.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • View of Mount Baker (10,781') from Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park Lower Campground.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park Lower Campground.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Typical campsite at Fort Flagler State Park Upper Campground.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park Upper Campground.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Visitor Center/Park Office at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • The old hospital (left) and officers quarters (right) at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Vacation rentals at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • View of Marrowstone Point, Marrowstone Marine Station (Western Fisheries Research Center).- Fort Flagler State Park
  • View of Marrowstone Point, Marrowstone Marine Station (Western Fisheries Research Center).- Fort Flagler State Park
  • View of Mount Baker (10,781') from Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • View south of distant Mount Rainier (14,411') from Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Marrowstone Marine Station (Western Fisheries Research Center).- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Marrowstone Point beach.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Marrowstone Marine Station and Mount Baker (10,781')- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • View of Battery Wilhelm, Rawlins and Grattan at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Battery Rawlins at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Battery Rawlins at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Battery Rawlins at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Battery Rawlins at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Battery Rawlins at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Battery Revere at Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
  • Looking north over the Puget Sound from Fort Flagler State Park.- Fort Flagler State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Historic WWII fortress. Large campground. Vacation rentals. Beaches.
Cons: 
Few nearby amenities.
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Region:
Hood Canal + Eastern Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Situated on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island, Fort Flagler was the southern point in the Army's "Triangle of Fire" implemented to protect Admiralty Inlet from maritime attacks. Together with Fort Worden to the northwest on the Olympic Peninsula and Fort Casey to the northeast on Whidbey Island, Fort Flagler ensured that any boats entering the U.S. portion of Puget Sound from the Strait of Juan de Fuca would face one of the most heavily armed choke points on the West Coast. Largely completed and officially activated by 1899, Fort Flagler was actually the first of three forts to become operational. The fort was also the original headquarters for the Harbor Defense Command of Puget Sound, a role it relinquished when the larger Fort Worden was ready to take on the administration in 1904.

The fort saw its most active period after the U.S. entered World War I. As with Fort Worden, the Army shipped the fort's artillery guns to Europe, and the base became a training ground. In World War II the fort's guns were replaced with anti-aircraft guns, and the fort continued to be used for training and preparation. The fort was deactivated following the end of the Korean War in 1953, and by 1962 the state had purchased the fort to convert it into a state park.

Today Fort Flagler is a 784-acre public resource for visitors looking to enjoy the fort's museum and tours, hiking and biking trails, extensive beachfront, and campground. Many of the historic military accommodations have been carefully restored and are available for rent as vacation houses. Several day use amenities are present at the park, including sheltered picnic areas, two boat ramps, a boat dock, moorings, and swimming areas. And of course, the views are magnificent when the weather is clear: you'll be able to see the two other forts over Admiralty Inlet, the cliffs of Indian Island and the distant peaks of the Olympic Mountaints to the southwest, Mount Baker towering to the northeast, and Mount Rainier to the southeast. The park has 3.5 miles of coastline, and walking any part of it is a great way to get some perspective on this beautiful section of Puget Sound.

Fort Flagler's lower campground, day use amenities, vacation homes, and grounds are open year round from 6:30 a.m. to dusk in the summer and 8 a.m. to dusk in the winter. The upper campground is closed from the end of September to the beginning of May.

Washington State Boat Moorage

Due to the extensive Puget Sound, the Washington State Parks + Recreation Commission boasts the most extensive mooring system in the U.S. All buoys and dock moorage slips are based on a first-come, first-served management system with a three consecutive night limit. Permit and payment of moorage fees are required.

Puget Sound Lighthouses

In total, the Puget Sound is home to 19 U.S. lighthouses still standing, not all of which are currently in use. The others include (from north to south):

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