Manchester State Park

Set on the shore of Rich Passage, Manchester State Park makes the perfect getaway for day-trippers or Puget Sound campers on a Kitsap Peninsula road trip.  

Military and maritime buffs will find intrigue at Manchester, known for the large brick structure that was once a torpedo warehouse. The term “torpedo” was used to describe underwater mines in the early 20th century, when the fort was built to protect the shipyards at Bremerton. Middle Point, as the fort was called, housed an underwater mine field and was a Navy fuel station during World War II.

These days, the photogenic building, with its stone fireplace, weathered beamed ceiling and windowless arches, has become a coveted wedding venue, reunion site and picnic spot, against a forested backdrop of maple and Douglas-fir. 

Located near Port Orchard, Manchester includes 2 miles of hiking trails, but the park’s main attraction is its 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline. Kayaking, swimming and diving (bring your own gear) allow visitors to take full advantage of this classic beach park with a view of Bainbridge Island and even Seattle on a  clear day. 

Park features


Manchester State Park is a 111-acre camping park with stunning views and an interesting military history. A volleyball court and a horseshoe pit are maintained for park visitors. 

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. History
  5. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground

Picnic & day-use facilities


The old brick torpedo warehouse is a large reservable picnic shelter and there are two small reservable picnic shelters available at the park. Thirty-six unsheltered picnic tables are available first come, first served. Most of the picnic sites have braziers.

Activities


Trails


  • 1.9 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features


  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Saltwater fishing

Other activities & features


  • Bird watching
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Mountain biking
  • Volleyball field
  • Wildlife viewing

 

Additional information


  • A volleyball net doubles as a badminton net.
  • Horseshoe players must supply their own horseshoes.
  • The beach is closed for shellfish harvesting.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Square Lake 

Approximately 13 miles from Manchester State Park is Square Lake. It is a day-use area maintained by staff at Manchester State Park. It consists of 237 acres with access to Square Lake. This lake is suitable for small car top boats or small trailered boats that are human powered of use electric trolling motor. No overnight camping. Additional information for Square Lake includes:    
  • There are a few picnic tables & BBQ grills
  • Hiking trail
  • Vault toilet
  • No water
  • No garbage pickup- pack it in, pack it out
  • Unimproved gravel boat launch
  • Discover Pass required