Manchester State Park

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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. The park is known for the large brick structure that was once a torpedo warehouse and an adjacent concrete casemate that once housed firing triggers and cables to the underwater torpedoes. 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, stocked an underwater mine field during World War II.

These days, the former torpedo warehouse, 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 on a clear day.

Park features

Manchester State Park is a 128-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
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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Campsite

Use our interactive ADA recreation map (PDF) to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities. 

Picnic & day-use facilities
The old brick Torpedo Warehouse, built in 1901, is a large historic day-use facility ideal for weddings, reunions and company events. Additionally, there are two small picnic shelters available for reservations at the park. The Torpedo Warehouse and picnic shelter's can be reserved from 1 Apr - 31 Oct and are available for first come, first served outside of the reservation season.Thirty day-use picnic tables are available first come, first served. Most of the picnic sites have braziers. For the Torpedo Warehouse and picnic shelters click here: Day-Use Reservations 

Activities

Trails 

  • 1.9 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Fishing (saltwater)
  • Kayaking 

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 may use their own shoes or check out equipment at the Welcome Center.
  • The beach is closed for shellfish harvesting.
  • Beach access; rock shoreline, no dock
  • Metal detecting requires registration and is allowed in designated park areas. Beach metal detecting is not allowed at this park. Metal detecting form click here Metal Detecting Information
  • All professional filming and photography requires a permit. Permits take up to 60 days to process. Click here for more information Film and Photography Permit Information 
  • 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.
  • Printable park brochure (PDF).