What: Hope Island State Park is a small and quiet getaway in South Puget Sound that can only be reached by boat. The island is 106 acres and offers hiking trails and camping. The north end of the island is often a good place for sailing. It is a popular stop for kayakers exploring Puget Sound.
Where: In South Puget Sound in Mason County, between Squaxin and Steamboat islands.
When: The park is open 8 a.m. to dusk in the fall and winter and 6 a.m. to dusk in the spring and summer.
History: The island was named in 1841 by Charles Wilkes while he was charting Puget Sound.
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Activities: Fishing, beach combing, hiking and camping.
Getting there: Hope Island is accessible by boat from Tacoma, Olympia or Shelton. The closest put-in point to reach the island is Carylon Beach Park in Olympia, but this is a private marina. The closest public put-in is Boston Harbor Marina, about 3.3 miles southeast of the island.
Cost: Campsites are $12-$26 per night.
Of note: There are two miles of trails on the island and 1.5 miles of beach. There are five mooring buoys on the west side of the island. Pets are not allowed on the island.
Information: parks.wa.gov. For mooring information, call 360-902-8844.