Key Peninsula State & County Parks
Purdy Sand Spit
The Purdy Sand Spit is an unimproved waterfront public area that runs right along SR 302. It's 7.5 acre area includes a boat launch. A great place to see water fowl such as sea gulls and blue heron. An occasional seal can be spotted too.
"The Spit" as it is called by locals, divides Burley Lagoon from Henderson Bay. It's a popular spot due to its easy beach access, just steps away from the parking spots along SR 302.
During warmer weather The Spit area can get quite busy with activity from beach-comber families, pets and their owners, swimmers, boat launchers and the occasional sail boarders.
To reach the spit, drive Highway 16 north and take the Purdy exit. This drops you on Purdy Drive Northwest. Turn left onto Highway 302 and drive over the bridge and along the spit.
Penrose State Park
Penrose Point State Park is a 152-acre marine and camping park on the shores of Puget Sound. The park has over two miles of saltwater frontage on Mayo Cove and Carr Inlet. Wildlife, birds and forested terrain make this a destination worth the drive.
Impressive stands of fir and cedar trees share space with ferns, rhododendrons, wildlife and birds. Low tides make for fun discovery for beach-combers and is a popular site for harvesting a variety of local shellfish. During the summer months, the park is a popular local swimming spot where one can spot many boats.
Joemma Beach State Park
Joemma Beach State Park is a 122-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on southeast Key Peninsula. Aside from the natural beauty of park and surroundings, the area is an excellent place for fishing, boating and crabbing.
This forested park set on Puget Sound provides a boat launch and water trail campsites and an ample pier. Fishing and crabbing attract visitors
The park's unique name combines the names of Joe and Emma Smith who lived on the property from 1917 to 1932. This property was granted to Washington at statehood in 1889 for the support of common schools. The original recreation site was developed beginning in 1961 and was named Robert F. Kennedy Recreation Area on opening day in 1968. The property was transferred to State Parks in 1995 and was renamed "Joemma Beach State Park" after Joe and Emma Smith.