Marrowstone Island, Washington | tourism guide
Marrowstone Island, Washington is a hidden pastoral retreat where gulls wheel overhead and eagles and Osprey fish the waters of Kilisut Harbor. Linger amidst the island life where oysters are pulled fresh from the sea, beaches are rich for clam digging, rolling green hills are filled with wild strawberries and views of the distant jutting peaks of the rugged Olympic Mountains.
Discovered by George Vancouver in 1792 and settled in the 1800s by Norwegian immigrants, Marrowstone Island is still home to descendants of the original settlers. The town of Nordland has a general store, where you will find local goods, including products by a local goat cheese farm, cabins and a boat dock. Nordland has a winery with a beautiful vineyard and art gallery displaying the work of local artists.
At the North end of the island is Fort Flagler State Park, a military base built in 1907 to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Fort Flagler existed as a military base until the early 1950s when it was closed and turned into a state park. The Fort Flagler barracks and bunkers are perserved today and open to the public and there are hiking trails from which one can see Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands.
Marrowstone Island is connected to Indian Island, an active naval base, by a narrow land bridge. The narrow land bridge between the two islands is flanked on each side by wetland habitat where geese and ducks flock to feed, seagulls squawk over shellfish, eagles circle overhead and long-legged herons fish in the shallow waters. Located just 15 miles from Port Townsend, and 7 miles from Port Hadlock, Marrowstone Island is the perfect destination for a day trip, a weekend stay or a summer getaway.