Penrose Point State Park Boat Camping Pier: "Camping in the Park on Your Boat" Penrose Point State Park Hotel Tip by glabah

Penrose Point State Park Hotels: 4 reviews and 15 photos

  Penrose Point Park pier and pay station, boat camp
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  • Penrose Point Park pier and pay station, boat camp - Penrose Point State Park
      Penrose Point Park pier and pay station, boat camp
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  • picnic tables, barbecue stands at boat camp pier - Penrose Point State Park
      picnic tables, barbecue stands at boat camp pier
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  • picnic tables, barbecue stands at boat camp pier - Penrose Point State Park
      picnic tables, barbecue stands at boat camp pier
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  • self-service pay station for use of boat camping - Penrose Point State Park
      self-service pay station for use of boat camping
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  • map of Penrose Point park and anchoage bouys - Penrose Point State Park
      map of Penrose Point park and anchoage bouys
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Typically, when people think of camping in a recreational vehicle, they think of a trailer or motorized vehicle or some other machine with wheels. However, in Puget Sound, it is fairly popular to "camp" on a boat. To that end, a number of Puget Sound state parks have "camping" facilities for those wishing to spend the night on their boat.

The "boat camping" facilities here include a single 158 foot (48 meter) pier. There is a pit toilet near the entrance to the pier, but if you walk up the hill a short ways you can get to the campground toilets that have showers.

There are a number of picnic tables right at the entrance to the pier as well, including a number of them with barbecue stands. There is one picnic table that has a shelter over it, but it is located at the top of a small hill. You have to climb a steep paved trail to get to it.

Scattered along the coatline around the park there are also a number of moorage bouys, for those who do not need the facilities offered by the park, or who would like to spend time away from land, but nearby. See photo 5 for a look at a map of the location of the moorage bouys.

To pay the fees, you need to use the self-service pay station at the entrance to the dock. Fees for using the dock are $0.50 per foot per night, with a $10 minimum. Use of the moorage bouys are $10 per night. $10 per night additional is charged if you are keeping your vehicle in the park overnight, associated with the use of the moorage or dock. If you decide to use one of the on-shore camping sites, it is $21 per night. Annual moorage permits are $3.50 per foot, with a minimum of $50.

Unique Qualities: The park is fairly out of the way in terms of busy noisy nearby roads. There is a marina across Mayo Cove for providing additional boat services, if required.

Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Mayo Cove, at the southern end of the state park.
Price: less than US$20
Theme: Campground
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Penrose%20Point&subject=all

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2010
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