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Kitsap County | Region 6 Information

Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton Area)

Illahee State Park

Aerial Beach Photo (Dept. of Ecology)



Clams open April 1st through July 31st
Oysters open April 1st through July 31st


This beach has been enhanced with  oysters.

The area of the beach at Illahee State Park that was most productive for Manila and native littleneck clams was wiped out by a major slope failure sometime around 1994. Material that came off the hillside blanketed the most productive ground out to deep water. Some native littleneck clams are can still be found in the mid to high tidal zone. Horse clams, Manila clams, butter clams and cockles are available, but are not abundant. There are also a number of wild geoduck on this beach although digging for them can be very difficult in the boulder and cobble substrate.

This is a very good oyster beach.

Oyster information

To reach the site from either the north or south on Highway 3, take the East Bremerton exit (Highway 303/Waaga Way) at the north end of Silverdale. Follow Highway 303 east for about seven miles to Sylvan Way. There is a sign for the park at this intersection. Take a left and continue for about one and a half miles to the park entrance.

Map to this point  

Illahee State Park offers many amenities including, restrooms, picnic areas, kitchen shelters, year-round camping, a dock and boat ramp, a fire circle, horseshoe pits, a softball field, volleyball fields, and a children's play area.

Illahee State Park was acquired in seven parcels between 1934 and 1954. The word "illahee" is from Chinook Jargon and has many meanings: "land, earth, ground", "place; and/or location where one lives", "home place", "heavenly place" or "place of rest". To learn more about Chinook Jargon, click here.

Beach information last updated: August 31, 2015 @ 11:14am


For individual beach information, including harvesting seasons, click on the yellow squiggles below.

Seattle Alki Park Alki Point Blake Island State Park Brownsville Discovery Park East Indianola Fay Bainbridge Park Fort Ward Park Illahee State Park Lincoln Park Lions Park (Bremerton) Lower Roto Vista Park Manchester State Park Mee-Kwa-Mooks Park Point White Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Seabold Beach South Agate Pass South Carkeek Park South Point Monroe Suquamish (Old Man House) Un-Named (260512) Un-Named (260578) West Point Jefferson

Yellow map areas (links) identify approximate public property boundaries and should not be considered legal property boundaries.
Many of these public beaches have no upland entrance and must be accessed by boat. Please respect adjacent private property.

This map is provided for informational purposes only. The accuracy of this map is not guaranteed.