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strong>What: Jarrell Cove State Park is a 43-acre marine camping area with 3,500 feet of shoreline on the northwest end of Harstine Island in South Puget Sound. Most visitors arrive by boat, but the area can be accessed by car.

When: Open 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. in the summer and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the winter.

Where: Harstine Island

History: The park is named for Philura Jarrell, the first pioneer woman to settle on the island.

Activities: The park offers hiking, biking, as well as easy access for swimming, diving, water skiing, fishing and clamming. The park has badminton, horseshoe and volleyball facilities.

Getting there: From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take U.S 101 west to Highway 3. Take Highway 3 north for eight miles then turn right on Pickering Road and four miles to Harstine Island. Turn left at the first stop sign on the island and drive four miles to the park.

Cost: No fee. Moorage is $10 per day. Boats longer than 20 feet must pay an additional 50 cents per foot.

Of note: There are 14 moorage buoys and 650 feet of moorage space. Call 360-902-8844 for more moorage information.

Source: parks.wa.gov