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King County Parks offers primitive camping at beautiful Maury Island Marine Park

Summary

Featuring beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier, six primitive campsites located near the beach at King County’s Maury Island Marine Park are now available for rent through a pilot partnership between King County Parks and Vashon Watersports.

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Just in time for a summer getaway that is2016_maury_campsite_rainier_rsz close to home, King County Parks and Vashon Watersports have established a collection of six primitive, no fire campsites at Maury Island Marine Park that are primarily accessible from Puget Sound.

“There are few places in central Puget Sound where someone can kayak into a campsite and enjoy the region’s natural beauty,” said Jessica Emerson, King County Parks’ Business Development and Partnerships Manager. “Our goal is to provide people with access to Maury Island Marine Park, while protecting this location’s unique beauty and important ecological functions.”

Located in a grove of Pacific madrone at the edge of the beach, the groomed campsites include a communal picnic shelter, kayak-paddleboard storage rack and portable toilet.

“Maury Island Marine Park is a local gem offering stunning views of Mount Rainier with beaches and miles of trails to explore,” said Erin Kieper, owner of Vashon Watersports. “The new campsites offer an additional way to experience the park for islanders and visitors alike. Vashon Watersports is thrilled to partner with King County Parks to bring this offering to the public.”

Kayakers and paddleboarders accessing the campsite from Puget Sound will notice a large sign identifying the campsite’s location. Hike-in campers are also welcome at the campsite, with access available via a 3/4-mile-long trail that originates at 5405 SW 244th St., Vashon.

Each campsite is available for rent at $30 per night. Campsite reservations are available in advance at www.vashonwatersports.com or by calling Vashon Watersports at 206-463-9257.

No open fires are allowed in Maury Island Marine Park, and campers must bring their own potable water.
 
The campsite is being operated as a pilot project this summer, after which King County Parks will assess the feasibility of entering into a long-term agreement with Vashon Watersports to offer primitive camping at Maury Island Natural Area.

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King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.