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.
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.
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.
0.8 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
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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 Pierce County on Puget Sound, Joemma Beach has one boat ramp and 500-feet of dock space. The docks are available from mid-May through mid-October, offering 30-feet of moorage at low tide. Boaters have the right of way to the docks.
Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following: • An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit; or • An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or • A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit.
A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
Latitude: 47º 13' 27.84" N (47.2244) Longitude: 122º 48' 38.16" W (-122.8106)
Latitude: 47º 13' 28.99" N (47.2247) Longitude: 122º 48' 27.72" W (-122.8077)
The park has 19 primitive tent spaces and five vault toilets (all ADA). In addition, there are two Cascadia Marine Trailsites, available only to campers arriving by human-powered watercraft, and two primitive hiker / biker sites (no motorized vehicles permitted). Maximum site length is 40-feet (limited availability). All campsites are first come, first served.