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While the vast majority of Indian Island is devoted to the storage of explosives, the entire southern tip of the island is devoted to 142 acre Indian Island Park. This is a remarkable beach park that seems to have very little traffic on it, even when surrounding areas are filled with people.
It does not state in the information available about this park if that 142 acres is with the tide out or if the tide is in.
There are a number of fascinating tide pools, driftwood pieces, and various other typical beach features.
The area between the beach and the highway is short, but covered in dense forest so that it is difficult to realize there is even a highway there. There are also several trails in the park, some of which go through this dense forest.
There are two small parking areas which feature concrete pit type toilets.
Highway 116 Mileposts are used to indicate the location of the several entrances to the park:
Milepost 2.87 (almost immediately after crossing the Portage Canal Bridge) is at Portage Beach. This area has a trailhead for the North Portage Trail, a picnic shelter, and beach access.
Milepost 3.45 is at Lagoon Beach North (tight gravel entry road through dense forest). This area includes a toilet, some gravel parking places, and entries to the South Portage Trail and the North Lagoon Trail.
Milepost 4.10 is Lagoon Beach South. This area has beach access and access to the North Isthmus Trail.
Milepost 4.50 is Isthmus Beach. Here you will find parking, beach access, and access to the South Isthmus Trail.
To get to the park information using the web site below, select "Parks & Facilities" from the menu at the upper left corner, then select "Indian Island Park" from the list of parks that appears.
Written Sep 15, 2009
Address: SR-116 milepost 2.87 or 4.5, Port Hadlock WA 98339