Close your eyes and imagine Fort Casey as it must have been 100 years ago, filled with eager young soldiers, officers, mechanics and staff. Stand at the Admiralty Head lighthouse or in a cliff-side bunker and scan the horizon, as the enlisted men must have done during World War I and II.
Fort Casey, Fort Worden and Fort Flagler together were known as the “Triangle of Fire,” a trio of strategically placed fortifications defending the entrance to the Puget Sound at the turn of the 20th Century.
Constructed in the late 1800s, Fort Casey was equipped for defense and used as a training facility up to the mid-1940s. The fort houses a pair of rare 10-inch disappearing guns. While the guns were the height of technology in the early 1900s, improvements in warships and the advent of airplanes soon rendered them obsolete. Two additional mounted guns are also on display in their original emplacements. You can explore these batteries to your heart’s content.
So round up your family, friends and history buffs, and step back in time to Fort Casey Historical State Park. From the romantic 1903-vintage lighthouse, with its own interpretive center and gift shop, to the catacomb-like bunkers and batteries, this historic military fort is sure to ignite curiosity.
Fort Casey Historical State Park is a 998-acre marine camping park with 10,810 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet); it includes Keystone Spit, a 2-mile stretch of land separating Admiralty Inlet and Crocket Lake.
Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island may fly over the campground at any time for several hours. Navy personnel conduct training missions at various times during the day and night. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. Although State Parks cannot be responsible for the jet noise, we do share visitor concerns with representatives of Naval Air Station Whidbey.
The park offers 68 unsheltered picnic tables. Picnic sites are first come, first served.
1.8 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
Two boat ramps
Other Activities & Features
Two fire circles
Admiralty Head Lighthouse and Gift Shop Hours
January/February - Closed
March - Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April - Friday, Saturday. Sunday, Monday 11 am. to 5 p.m.
May - Thurs, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June- August - Daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September - Friday through Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October - Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov./Dec - Open most weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park and Lighthouse Tours
To request a park or lighthouse tour for your school or group, complete the tour request form or call (360) 678-4519. For details about the different tours, please see the tour descriptions below:
Exhibits at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse tell the history of the area around Fort Casey Historical State Park. Topics include local Native American tribes, the building of the Red Bluff Lighthouse and the construction of Fort Casey.
From May 23 through Sept. 1, volunteers with the Fort Casey Volunteer Battalion lead guided tours of the gun batteries at Fort Casey State Park. The 45-minute tours are scheduled as follows:
Friday at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and National holidays at 1 and 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the kiosk between Battery Worth and the parking lot.
The park contains a designated remote-control glider area and a parade field popular for kite-flying.
The lighthouse is open seasonally. Tours can be arranged by calling 360-678-1186.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Located in Island County on Puget Sound, Fort Casey has two saltwater watercraft launches.
There is a daily watercraft launch fee of $7. A pay station is available next to the watercraft launch area. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
Boat Launch Latitude: 48º 10' 14.88" N (48.1708) Longitude: 122º 41' 5.99" W (-122.685)
The park offers 22 standard tent sites, 13 utility sites with water and electricity, one restroom, and one shower. Utility sites are located in the inner circle campground (sites 26 - 35) and include four beachfront pull-through campsites (17 - 20). Maximum site length is 40-feet (limited availability). Campsites are located next to the Keystone Ferry terminal.
Reservations & Fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). Reservations can be made May 15th through Sept. 15. The remainder seasons are first come/first serve. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
In 1858, the U.S. government purchased 10-acres of land costing $400 for the construction of Admiralty Head Lighthouse. In 1890, the army took over the premises. It named its garrison Fort Casey in honor of Brigadier General Thomas Lincoln Casey, the last U.S. Army chief of engineers. At that time, Fort Casey, in union with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler, was said to comprise a triangle of fire guarding the entrance to Puget Sound.
When the fort was constructed, the old lighthouse had to be moved. A new lighthouse was built on the present site in 1903. Today the Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey serves as a historic landmark and interpretive center. The park was incorporated into Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve in 1980.
In August 2012, a newly constructed and historically accurate lantern house was installed at Admiralty Head Lighthouse. A result of years of community partnerships and student volunteer work from three Whidbey Island high schools, the lantern house was dedicated in September 2012.