Joemma Beach State Park

Airplane pilots and boaters compare Puget Sound to a maze. Land fingers, islands and waterways comprise the stunning topography, and South Sound inlets dead-end at mudflats and beaches. Amidst all this intrigue, Joemma Beach State Park is remarkably accessible. 

Set on Key Peninsula in the middle of South Puget Sound, Joemma Beach is a quick boat ride or a beautiful drive from Olympia, Tacoma and the shoreline communities in between. 

A boat comes in handy here, as the park is known for its bounty of fish and crab. Joemma Beach has the only boat launch with car parking on Key Peninsula, in addition to a pier, dock and mooring buoys. Kakayers, canoeists and paddlers will find salty bliss on the bobbing waters, and land-lubbers can look for giant red sea stars at low tide. 

Camping is an uncrowded affair at this park; only 19 primitive tent sites, three hiker-biker sites and two Cascadia Marine Trail sites exist. So, pitch your tent for a delightfully rustic experience. When you head home on the inland waterways or winding roads, you will feel you’ve discovered something special, right in the center of the sound.

Park features


Joemma Beach State Park is a 106-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on Sound Puget Sound’s Key Peninsula.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom

Picnic & day-use facilities


The park provides four sheltered and seven unsheltered picnic tables. The picnic shelter has a maximum capacity of 50 people. The unsheltered picnic sites are all available on a first-come, first-served basis. The covered picnic shelter is reservable by calling the park office at (253) 884-1944.

Activities


Trails


  • 0.8 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features


  • Boating
  • Boat ramp
  • Crabbing
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Water skiing

Other activities & features


  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing

Additional information


  • 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.