The Kitsap County Parks Department is committed to providing quality-of-life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park - Restorative Selective Forest Thinning:
11 trail sections will be CLOSED PERIODICALLY starting Monday, April 3, 2023, due to Restorative Selective Forest Thinning operations underway (click for map). The project is anticipated to last 4-6 weeks.
• Please exercise caution when entering the park through Bayview Trailhead on weekdays between the hours of 4am and 1pm.
• Large trucks will haul logs north on the G1000 and leaving the park using the Bayview gate/trailhead three to four times daily.
• By removing some trees in a densely packed forest, more sunlight can reach the forest understory to promote growth of diverse plant life and provide more habitat for wildlife.
Flooding at Point No Point County Park and Surrounding Area - February 6 Update:
Point No Point Park will remain closed to vehicular traffic for the foreseeable future due to storm and flooding impacts. The entrance road to the park, Point No Point Road, will remain closed to the public but is open for residents to access their properties. Point No Point Road and Park are now open to the US Coast Guard, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Lighthouse Society employees, Lighthouse Society vacation rentals, contractors, and service vehicles. Authorized vehicles will display a permit in the window. Pedestrian access to Point No Point Park is permitted from Thor's Road trailhead. Please obey all trail signs and respect private property.Park repairs and beach rehabilitation are currently under evaluation; park access and use may change to accommodate construction and repair work. New updates will be posted as needed.
Details at http://kcowa.us/kccoastal
Kitsap County Parks is pleased to present the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework. This framework is based on input from the public, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe, focus groups, the Parks Advisory Board, the project steering committee, the Port Gamble Stewards, Kitsap County staff, and County Commissioners.
View the project website for the background on this planning effort, maps, and other reference materials by clicking here.
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Framework Documents:
Executive SummaryFull ReportAppendices
Please join us at the Calvinwood Lodge at 6838 Calvinwood Road SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366 (Lodge Near Wetland Complex) on January 30, 2023 (6:00 – 8:00 pm).
This will be a night of discussion as we present information on developing a formal master plan for the properties that make up the Coulter Creek Heritage Park in South Kitsap.
Before the meeting, we invite you to attend a facility tour from 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm.
This meeting will be in-person only, with no online feed due to the internet availably. This meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the Parks Department's website.
This next phase in developing the master plan outlines access points to the park, trailheads, trails, and other active/passive recreational areas. This work will be conducted along with the County’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) update for all County’s planning under the Growth Management Act, with a targeted completion date in December of 2023. Once drafted, Staff will begin working on the plan through the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Board of County Commissioners for final approval and to begin implementation, grant funding, etc.
Landscape Designations, Definitions and Draft Map
Draft Resources Management Plan
Forest Stewardship Plan
Recording of meeting #1 can be accessed online by clicking here.
Recording of meeting #2 can be accessed online by clicking here.
For questions or more information, please email Parks@kitsap.gov.
The fishing pier located at
Island Lake Park is currently closed due to damage received in the summer of 2021. The parks department will be assessing the damage for future repair. Please refer to the
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife for a list of alternate fishing locations and regulations.
Click here for more information on the Bayshore, Washington & Byron Improvement Project.
The beach access trail is closed until required permitting and construction of an additional section of the boardwalk is completed. Please respect trail barriers and signs.
Conservation Futures Grant Update
Early this year, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners announced that the County would consider applications for land and/or conservation futures acquisition during the year through a competitive process and will distribute up to $300,000 of conservation futures tax revenue to eligible projects and organizations. Those entities include Cities, Metropolitan Park Districts, Metropolitan Municipal Corporations, Nonprofit Historic Preservation Corporations, and Nonprofit Nature Conservancy Corporations or Associations. Click here to view more information on the Conservation Futures Grant.
Director: Alex Wisniewski
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(closed 12 - 1 p.m. and Weekends/Holidays)
Office Location: 1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd,
Bremerton, WA 98311
Mailing Address: 614 Division St MS-1,Port Orchard, WA 98366
The Parks Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Eagles Nest of the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and online via Zoom. Find more information on the Parks Advisory Board website.
Kitsap County Parks Foundation provides an opportunity for those interested in donating money towards the betterment of the County parks. Donations, either general or project specific, will help improve the quality of your parks and enhance visitor experiences.
Thank you for considering a donation to the Kitsap County Parks Foundation. If you wish to support the parks in other ways please visit the volunteer link to see what opportunities may be available.