Blake Island (Washington)

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Blake Island - Also known as High Island and Smugglers' Island. Named by Wilkes in 1841 for George Smith Blake, who was in charge of the U.S. Coast Survey from 1837 to 1848. Changed to Trimble Island in August 1918. [ Source]

The Installation of Power is completed!
Charges are $6.00 per Boat/night -- big or small -- with or without Frig, TV, AC etc......

 From: "davidjkutz"  Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 12:58 PM Subject: [rbaw-elert] Blake Island 

Message Relay from Recreational Boating Association of Washington.

State Parks is planning to add power and water to the docks at Blake Island as an optional benefit for boaters. Below is a hearing notice from Kitsap County for the development permit and shoreline use permit to complete the project. The hearing is on August 10th and comments must be received prior that date. If you support this idea, it would be helpful to comment either in person or via e-mail to Patty Charnas of the Kitsap County Dept. of Community Development:

We understand that hooking up to power on the docks will be optional and incur an extra charge, although the cost is yet to be determined by Parks. Clearly if you don't want power, you won't have to plug in, but this could make the docks at Blake nicer, quieter, and safer, especially in the winter months. During the winter, many people run both portable and built in generators (for heating & charging) on their boats docked at Blake. Some of these generators are noisy, smelly, and dangerous. A few years ago, we know of a couple that had to be med-evacuated off the Island because of Carbon Monoxide poisoning resulting from their gas generator. It was a near death experience and long recuperation for one of the victims. Note: The above is my personal observation and own opinion and not particularly that of RBAW's. Hearing info is below - feel free to submit your own opinions.
David Kutz
RBAW President

Notice is hereby given that the following case(s) are scheduled for public hearing before Stephen K. Causseaux, JR., Kitsap County Hearing Examiner, on AUGUST 10, 2006 at the Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366, and beginning at the following time or as soon thereafter as possible. Staff reports will be available for public inspection seven days prior to the meeting, at the Department of Community Development.

9:30 A.M. BLAKE ISLAND UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS - SHORELINE SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT & SHORELINE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, 2840 Riverwalk Drive SE, Auburn, 98002 has submitted an application for a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit and a Shoreline Conditional Use Permit to allow installation of 680 linear feet of electrical and water utility lines in a shoreline trench, which will be excavated and then back-filled. The purpose of the proposed project is to supply water and electrical shore power to marina moorage floats at Blake Island State Park. The project is located on Blake Island, South Kitsap County, Commissioner District #2. The property is zoned Rural Residential (RR) with a shoreline designation of natural. Owner of Record: Washington State Parks & Recreation Commissioner, 7150 Clearwater Drive SW, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, 98504-2650.
DCD Staff Planner: Patty Charnas at (360) 337-4967.

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  • Blake Island (Wikipedia)

  • [Detailed historical account of Blake Island and the Trimble family, with numerous historical sources]

  • Blake Island History [Tillicum Village Site]

  • TripAdvisor: Blake Island State Park (Comments by visitors)


  • APEC Economic Leaders Declaration - Blake Island, United States 20 November, 1993 [Canada]

  • Blake Island Cruises Tillicum Village, a concession on the island, sponsors salmon dinners and Northwest Indian dancing. For reservations/information, call 206-933-8600 or visit

  • Blake Island Charters [Charters from Port Orchard to Blake Island (& elsewhere) by Sailboat with Captain Sherry Barnhart [CALL: 360-731-7776, ask for quote] ".. Come sail with me! Enjoy the Sinclair Harbor tour of the naval ships, submarines, pontoon fence with a barking seal on each pontoon, sea birds and sea life.
    .. Enjoy the architecture in Port Orchard, Bremerton, Manchester and Bainbridge Island. Visit the Salmon Pens and Buoys where Bubbles, Nipper and there baby Honker live.
    .. A three-hour tour one way to dinner at Blake Island is being served by native royalty. You will enjoy fresh clam in buttery nectar outside Tillicum Village, then a delicious salmon baked on cedar planks in open fire pits."
    Licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officer
    License Number: 276986
    Rank: Captain

  • Footloose Sailing Association Many boating groups and clubs have scheduled cruises to Blake Island throughout the year. One of them is the Footloose Sailng Association.

    "Launched in 1991, Footloose Sailing Association is the Northwest's premiere sailing program for people of all disabilities. We are dedicated to bringing independence on the water and competence in the sport of sailing to our disabled members."

    "The ever-popular weekend cruise to Blake Island on Puget Sound is held the weekend after the 4th of July. We sail from Elliot Bay Marina to Blake Island on Saturday and return the next day. Dinner and show at Tillicum Village (optional) is usually well attended. A beach-side marshmallow roast ends the day. 28 to 52 members attend the event." (quotes from the Web site)

  • Footloose on Blake Island*

  • Paul Ruppert, Blake Island's Park Ranger (Photo) | and here

  • Cruise to Blake Island, Sunday, June 24, 2007 [sailingnorthwest]

  • Marinas: Blake Island (with photo, weather etc.)

  • Blake Island Pump-Out Station

  • Contact Information
    Blake Island State Park
    Blake Island
    Manchester, WA 98353
    mailing address: 
    P.O. Box 277
    Manchester, WA 98353
    phone: (360) 731-8330 
    fax: (786) 551-2961
    email: blake.island(at)
    website: Blake Island State Park
    Contact name: Paul Ruppert
    Contact phone: (360) 731-8330 
    Channel: 16
  • Blake Island, the State Park:

    The Pallada and the Cuauhtemoc passing Blake Island on their Return from Tacoma (Early July 2005)

    Did you know that the docks at Blake Island State Park are now the nightly play- and feeding grounds for racoons? These "lovely" nocturnal creatures are not just roaming the docks, but are actually boarding boats in search of an easy meal, including opening unlocked ice chests, carrying whole bags with dog food off the boat.... i.e. even from boats with dogs. By August 2014, they visited us on the boat several times during the day and were hard to chase back to their hide-away under the dock!

    Photos: gk, 2003, 2004, 2007

    The Morning-after Evidence on your Boat Cushions


    • Take a peaceful autumn hike on Blake Island if you can find it Seattle Times, Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    • "Blake Island" & "Volunteers of Blake Island", in Nor'westing, vol.42 (8), Aug 8 - Sept 12, 2007, pages 56-58 and 59-61. [Jim Wood]

    • Kitsap Sun, 28 July 2006: Bainbridge Island Policy Blotter for 22 July "Medical emergency: At about 9 p.m., Bainbridge police boat officers took a medical crew to a CPR in progress on Blake Island. The victim was then taken to Manchester dock to rendezvous with medics."

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