Blake Island Washington

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Blake Island is located in Seattle's Pudget Sound is a small, 475-acre park accessible only by boat.  Blake Island sports many recreational activities including camping, hiking and wildlife viewing.  Additionally, Blake Island offers some unique photographic opportunities including a unique view of the Seattle skyline in addition to a closer view of the Olympic Peninsula.  With only access via boat there is a ferry that visits the Island once per day in the summer.  Otherwise you need to find a boat to reach the Island. 

Now a state park, Blake Island has an interesting history.  Over the centuries the Island was inhabited by Suquamish Tribe.  The Island was eventually logged for its timber then purchased by William Pitt Trimble, a Seattle millionaire and named it Trimble Island.  After his wife Cassandra died, the Island was abandoned.  The Trimble mansion eventually burned down.  The Island was sold to an investment company and served many other purposes including a militrary garrison and a place for bootleggers to camp during prohibition.  In 1959, the Island was declared a state park.

 

Beware the Racoons

Blake Island is abundant with Wildlife including many birds, racoons, deer, and sometimes bear.  The racoons however have become aclimated to humans and look for food.  They will not hesitate to steal the food from your picnic table, even while you are nearby.  All food must be stored in containers that are provided.  

Beware the Racoons
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Blake Island Camp Site

Camping at Blake Island is located on a nice grassy meadow.  Beware though, there is not much privacy, but you do wake up to some amazing views of West Seattle.  If you choose to camp, the Northwest most camping spot is located next to a light that blinks all night to let ships know about the island.  It can keep you a awak at night.  Otherwise, most of the spots are clearly marked and you as you can see in the picture, those are not trash cans, but rather containers to store your food.  All food must be in these containers.  Furthermore, if you leave food in your tent, racoons will gladly shred your tent to get at any tasty morsel of food you left behind.  

Blake Island Camp Site
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West Seattle from Blake Island

In the morning, there is the most amazing view of West Seattle.  On the horizon, you can see the Space Needle and most of Seattle.  I just happen to wake up early to take this photo.  

West Seattle from Blake Island
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The Olympics from Blake Island

On the West side of Blake Island, a clear view of Olympics is viewable.  This photo was taken as the sun was setting over the docks at Blake Island.  This is a popular spot for sailboats and yachts to dock.  

The Olympics from Blake Island
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