Fort Flagler State Park is at the far end of Marrowstone Island - just drive all the way to the end. Once you're in the park you can turn left, go straight, or turn right. If you turn left, you'll get to this beach and spit, which are nice for kite flying, beachcombing, clam digging, or just walking around. You'll find the Beachcomber Cafe & espresso stand, restrooms, a boat launch, and camping spots. Across the water you can see Port Townsend and the Olympic Mountains.
Throughout the park you'll see bunkers built into the ground which were used for ammunition storage when the fort was in use, starting in the 1890's. This and two other forts used to guard the entrance to Puget Sound during WWII. The fort was closed and turned into a park in the 1950's.
Now there's a Scout Camp in the park, and a few miles of easy trails. There's a $5 parking/ day use fee.
If you go straight after entering the park, you'll drive through some old fort housing which can now be reserved for visitors. Some are like dorms/hostels, others are more like houses. You can often see deer grazing in the yards and grass around here. At the far end you can park and walk down to the lighthouse on the point, and walk down the beach to an old broken pier.
Highly recommended by our host and we were not disappointed. The menus are inside old LP covers and there are numerous hats that the diners are expected to wear during dinner... and they do. The service was excellent and the food was so good that we returned a couple of days later for more. Do not miss if you are in this part of the world.
Favorite Dish: Halibut without a doubt
The salmon was good but so fresh that it was kinda bland for salmon
Desserts are excellent
The Ajax Cafe is great and is right off the island (there are no sit-down restaurants on the island itself). Their menu is more extensive than I'd normally expect in a very rural area. The food is wonderful - salads, soups, all kinds of fresh fish and shellfish, steaks, ribs, lamb, desserts - and they have a nice selection of wines, plus live music on weekends. They're open for dinner every night from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Check out their traveller's photos in the back hallway by the restrooms. And just for fun, they have dozens of eccentric hats back there that you can choose from to wear while you're having dinner.
You have to drive over Indian Island to get to Marrowstone Island. Most of it is military land off-limits to the public and frankly, I don't think it's very picturesque, but it has the perfect spot for clam diggers - Jefferson County Day Use Park. My husband, who grew up in Washington, often went clam digging as a child with his family and he introduced me to it. Even the concept of buying a tide table to see when the tide would be low was brand new to me.
It was fun, like digging for gold and finding it all over the place! We each found our limit, 40 clams each - that's a lot! Then we went home, cleaned the clams, and steamed them with wine and chicken broth. There's something very satisfying about providing your own meal this way! Certainly not something every tourist wants to do, but if you're looking for a real local experience, this would be it.
Just put on some old, grubby clothes and shoes at low tide and get yourself to Jefferson County Day Use Park on Indian Island. The signed turnoff is on the right. Don't forget to buy a shellfish license first.
Favorite thing: If you need anything at all on Marrowstone Island, you'd better hope they have it at the Nordland General Store, because that's your only option besides going back to Port Hadlock on the mainland. "Nordland" is just a bend in the road - blink and you'll miss it. The store has food, drinks, and many other miscellaneous items.