Weekend Getaway: Jarrell Cove State Park

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 reached by car. The park is open all year for camping is a good place for winter car camping.

When: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Harstine Island

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

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: By care, take Interstate 5, then take U.S. 101 west to Highway 3. Take Highway 3 north for eight miles then turn right on Pickering Road and go 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 for day use. Moorage is $10 per day. Campgrounds are $12 to $25 per night.

Of note: This is a day-use park. No camping allowed. There are 14 moorage buoys and 650 feet of moorage space. Call 360-902-8844 for more moorage information.

Information: parks.wa.gov

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