Jarrell Cove State Park
Jarrell Cove State Park
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Jenna Nand
Edmonds, WA4 contributions
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I have gone camping ever since I was a little girl, with the Girl Scouts, my family, in college, etc. and this is by far the best camping experience of my life. Jarrell Cove and Harstine Island are gorgeous. We had kayaks delivered by Hood Canal Rentals and spent our days kayaking and hiking around the natural beauty.

Our camp hosts, who are volunteer rangers, were lovely people. Glenn and his wife brought us blackberry leaves from the bushes and checked on us every evening. They ensured that the camp grounds clean, well run, and safe for families. I felt safe camping there as a woman.

The facilities are great. The bathroom is clean with flush toilets and a hot shower. The campsites are well spaced, and the entire scenery is beautiful. My favorite memory is a feeding a Mama Deer and her little fawn apples from the apple trees that grow on the campground.

This place is like heaven on earth and I am going to try to go back every year, if possible.
Written October 8, 2021
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GourmetBites
Shelton, WA19 contributions
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Jarrell Cove is a wonderful marine camping park on Harstine Island. It is literally just down the road from our home so it is a great place to do a shake down on the trailer for the year. They have 2 sites with electricity/water and the rest are dry camps. You can reserve one of the wet camp sites and a couple of the dry camp sites. Otherwise, it is first come, first serve. The camp is a lovely site. It is right on the water and there are 2 dedicated docks for marine traffic. The bathrooms are lovely, clean, and well maintained. There is a shower that will provide 3 minutes of lovely hot water for 50 cents. Nice bathroom stalls and sinks with an actual mirror for tooth brushing and primping. You can buy wood on site for a campfire or bring your own. Their are ample water pumps throughout the park. Each site has a huge table with benches and a campfire ring with a grill top. Some of the sites are better than others for tents. Most sites have a really good place for a tent. It is hard to find a site that will accommodate more than one tent easily though. A real gem is site #23 on the water. This site has a dedicated tent site that is very cushy. The view is fabulous. You will have to park your car at the top and hike down the trail with all of your stuff. There is a dedicated parking lot for sites that cannot accommodate vehicles. Most mornings, the deer come down to the center of the camping areas and eat apples off the trees. There is a camp host that lives on site and employees who seem very competent. If you are looking for just a kayak camping site, this is it. There is one site that is reserved for folks that arrive by water. This park is part of the marine camping trail experience. This is really one of my favorite parks. It is quiet and lovely. Costs for a camping site run 24 dollars. With electric and water, the site runs 35 dollars. This would be a fabulous spot to have a large family reunion of campers or a special celebration of some kind. They have 2 day picnic shelters with camping grills, ample tables, horseshoes, etc. Can you tell that I just love Jarrell Cove. I hope that you do to.
Written August 21, 2014
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PNWnative2014
Vancouver, WA68 contributions
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On our way back from the Olympic Peninsula to Southwest Washington, we stopped by this state park for a pit stop. It was so lovely with daisy studded green lawns and shady tables, we stayed for an impromptu picnic lunch. The marina is quiet and cheery with well-kept boats and docks. The campsites were beautiful, with fire pits and lovely, untrampled lawns, though we only stayed for a picnic lunch. Did you know you can now have alcohol in State parks in Washington? You just have to keep it at your campsite or table. And no kegs. Anyway, a worthwhile stop for a lovely interlude on your drive. Worth the 8 miles off the beaten path.
Written April 6, 2016
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Scott D
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I rate it a 3 because the park ranger and the host were very friendly and the group camp site was really big. The other two stars are because of this one dude who works right under the park ranger. We had the group camp area and it was actually very nice and roomy. We thought we had the place all to ourselves. It wasn't until about 11 pm which I get that people shouldn't be making noises, playing music, or laughing. Whatever... Anyway, he approached our spot with his little flashlight pointing at our faces. That was kind of rude! Also, the park ranger came the next morning to tell my family that the her employee felt like his life was threatened. They described me to my family saying a skinny guy w/ hair approached my employee and he felt threatened. That was not true. I don't mess with other people during COVID coming near me or me going near them. If offering food or drinks and wishing some health and safety is a threat then WTF! I'll never do that again but please don't act like I was this huge ass grizzly bear approaching you when you know we were more than 15 feet apart. Anyway, to sum this up, this campground is definitely a child type campground. There were so many kids running all over the place w/o masks and so many people were complained about including my group for being loud. Wake up people!!! It's the freaking outdoors. Sorry if the trees echoes our voices and you have a delicate ass ear. We didn't camp in a HOA for Pete's sake. For my fellow youngins, party goers, and people who generally just want to have fun with your friends and family this IS not the PLACE! Someone even called 911 on a camper for making noise. So many complaints against people and we weren't bothering anybody and I hope you find this to be useful if you plan on playing music, Ukelele/guitar or laughing w/ your family or friends. The KARENS and KENS are very prevalent there. We stayed one last night but felt disgusted to be there. Also the water is polluted and stinky. The bathrooms are clean and you have to pay to shower. Final warning: Go somewhere else if you plan on enjoying yourself better. The campground has some weird open spots to put your tent w/ little to no privacy. Parking sucks and your dog will get fleas and ticks. Otherwise, be prepared to face the Karens and Kens. They are lurking and ready to report. The park ranger and the host again are super sweet and friendly. Party camping scale: * = Seek elsewhere or camp in your backyard lol. I describe it as the HOA of camping. Safe but you can't change the drapes w/o getting approval from the board if you catch my drift.
Written August 10, 2020
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Jackie A
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Out on Harstine Island, this campground is charming and enough of a secret that sites are easy to come by even in summer. Most of the sites are not available by reservation, and are tucked down the hillside near the water. There is also a large and private group campsite back in the forest. The campground is tidy and, and the clean bathrooms have flush toilets and pay showers. There are docks for boats, and a little beach that makes a great place to watch the sunset from.
Written October 2, 2018
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David R
Meridian, ID1 contribution
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Quite a wonderful little state park off the beaten path. The camp hosts could not have been nicer to our group. The facilities where very modern for a state park. Wonderful stay!
Written August 23, 2017
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MitchPhyllis65
Morristown, NJ6,170 contributions
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Jarrell Cove State Park is rather secluded and is located at the northern end of Harstine Island. It took us awhile to drive here, but once we found the park it was worth the drive. This is a nice clean well cared for State Park. They have trials down to several dock areas. We’re from out of state, but if I lived close by and had a boat I would deffinately want to dock here over night.
Written July 5, 2017
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949randyt
Gresham, OR141 contributions
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We arrived by sailboat in October and and a pleasant visit. The little cove is protected and very quiet. There are two park docks. The dock with the pump-out has enough depth for a deep-keel sailboat. The second dock further in is better for boats with a shallow draft. The second dock is brand new and it looks like it will have power. The are quite a few mooring bouts as well with varying depths.

The park is very well maintained. There is a shower that is kept very clean. It does require quarters. There are some short walking paths to enjoy as well. The park staff could not be possibly nicer. Everyone we talked to were friendly and helpful.

This is a must stop if you are boating in the area!
Written October 4, 2016
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Peter O
Milwaukee, WI182 contributions
Friends
What a great little adventure we had! During our stay on Harstine Island, we decided to check out Jarrrell Cove State Park and were very happy we did! The hiking trails are very nice, but we just wish the park was larger so we could enjoy more of it. We had plenty of fun, however, and covered the entire park in just a few hours. It was only $6 for the car, so we thought it was well worth the price. I scrambled up a few little bluffs and wooded areas and tried not to step on the hundreds of thousands of little crabs covering the beaches. It may be small, but if you're in the area, it's worth checking out!
Written August 18, 2016
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gdeakins
Des Moines, WA325 contributions
Couples
Although small (under 20 campsites) the park is well maintained and the short forest trails groomed. Campsites are nicely situated and offer pretty good privacy. If you are planning on canoeing or kayaking, be prepared to carry your water craft some distance down a moderate slope to the cove. An option is to put in at the Harstine Island bridge a short drive from the park. A good choice if you want an option to larger parks/campgrounds which are often congested, cramped and loud. We will return.
Written July 2, 2019
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