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Fort Casey State Park

1280 Engle Rd., Coupeville, Washington 98239 USA

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“history & scenery!”

Washington State Parks operates two campgrounds in the Reserve. You can find information and reservations at http://www.parks.wa.gov/. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially during the summer months.

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18 people have reviewed this location

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4.7 Access
4.9 Location
4.9 Cleanliness
4.4 Site Quality
4.0 Noise

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Reviewed by
Alex

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  • 58 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
June 04, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great place for Parkour, Hide-and-seek game and camping. We visited this place with a group of teenagers and had awesome time there. If you bring some food wit you, you can spend the whole day there with your friends playing games on the field and exploring old buildings. A few trails available there as well.

HISTORY
Designed as part of the massive modernization program of U.S. seacoast fortifications initiated by the Endicott Board, construction on Fort Casey began in 1897. In 1901, the big guns on disappearing carriages, which could be raised out of their protective emplacements so that the guns were exposed only long enough to fire, became active. However, the fort's batteries became obsolete almost as soon as their construction was completed. The invention of the airplane in 1903, and the subsequent development of military aircraft made the fort vulnerable to air attack. In addition, the development of battleships designed with increasingly accurate weaponry transformed the static strategies of the nineteenth century into the more mobile attack systems of the twentieth century. Most of Fort Casey's guns and mortars were removed during World War I, when they were mounted on railcars to serve as mobile heavy artillery. Some of these weapons were returned to the fort after the war, and were scrapped during World War II as 16-inch guns and other weapons at other forts superseded them.

The two 10-inch guns on disappearing carriages currently mounted at Fort Casey were transferred from the Philippines in the 1960s, along with two three-inch guns. The 10-inch guns are M1895MI (No. 26 and No. 28 Watervliet) on disappearing carriages M1901 (No. 13 and No. 15 Watertown) at Battery Worth, Fort Casey (originally at Battery Warwick, Fort Wint, Grande Island, Philippines). The three-inch guns are M1903 (No. 11 and No. 12) on barbette carriages M1903 (No. 6 and No. 7) at Battery Trevor, Fort Casey (originally at Battery Flake, Fort Wint).

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Reviewed by
Campendium

February 23, 2017
Rated

We stayed here last June. Dry camping sites and sites with water and electricity. Long beautiful beach to walk on and campsites are spacious! Website said our 42ft wouldn't fit, so when I booked the site I just clicked on the largest RV they offered on that drop down menu. There was plenty of space and others that were just as big as ours. The campground host was very friendly and helpful and kept the place neat and tidy. We would definitely go back and have recommended this Campground to others already.

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Days Stayed: 2

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4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Campendium

October 11, 2018
Rated

Great spot, very popular. Open year-round. Very convenient to walk on the ferry to Port Townsend to explore. Plenty to do and see right from camp, checking out the old military fort.

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 28

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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August 12, 2019
Rated

Fort Casey offers camping within walking distance of the Coupeville/Pt. Townsend ferry. Sites are also just a short walk from the beach, the remains of historic Ft. Casey, and Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The beach and Ft. Casey are both leashed-dog friendly. We enjoyed our stay and would love to come again, although it takes some advance planning. All spaces are reservable and reservations are a must during the summer; the campground is popular and was completely full during our entire stay.

Sites are split between no hook-ups or water/electric. No dump site is available at the campground. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Water spigots are situated around the campground including a threaded one specifically for RV use. There are both pull-through and back-in sites. Price varies from $32 - $45/night based on popularity and hook-ups. Sites are spacious, but there is no vegetation or privacy between sites. The views from the waterfront sites are spectacular. The bathhouse has coin-operated showers, so bring your quarters. Bathrooms are no-frills, but clean.

This isn’t the quietest campground we’ve stayed at. Ferry traffic (foghorns!) can be a bit loud – although the schedule is reasonable with ferry runs starting most days around 7am and ending around 9:30pm. The F-18 Hornets flying out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station were extremely loud, luckily only a few training flights were scheduled during our stay.

We had 3 bars of Verizon 4G.

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roadtripper467851 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $32.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: 7

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 04, 2019
Rated

I've been coming to Fort Casey for multiple decades, starting long before the campground was here. This campground was one of my folks favorite places when they retired. There's essentially no shade until an hour or so before sunset, depending on your site. In addition to the beach and the fort, ferry watching can be fun. One of the things I noted on this trip is that the ferry no longer blows its horn on departure (unless there's a kayak in the way) and that the ferry seems to be much quieter than they used to be.

This park is VERY popular and reservations are required to have any hope of getting a spot during the summer season.

The BUT... Washington has a policy of adding an out-of-state fee for any visitors (native Washingtonian or not) who have an out-of-state address. By the time you add the reservation fee and the out of state fee, the dry site cost $45. It was only because of the easy access to the ferry and the ability to avoid Seattle traffic at any cost that I was willing to pay their inflated fee.

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Nightly Rate: $45.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 6

4 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Stan Burnett

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November 27, 2019
Rated

Wide open campground, with not trees. Our campsite, #28 gets the first shade. Thanks to the Senior WA Winter Camping Pass, a site with electricity is only $10 per night. The campsite is only a 10 minute walk to the ferry terminal for visiting Port Townsend. The gun battery installations are fascinating and so well preserved. Lots of history here. We spent 3 days over in Port Townsend seeing the sites there. I was very happy with the campground and even though it is wide open, we didn't feel privacy was an issue as there aren't alot of campers this time of year. Joan, the camp host is the best!

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Nightly Rate: $12.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: 28

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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  • 7 Reviews
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December 01, 2019
Rated

We camped here during the Thanksgiving Holiday. We were surprised at how full it was for a cold Holiday weekend. Everyone was very respectful. The site we stayed at had no hookups. We enjoyed exploring the old fort and lighthouse. We enjoyed watching the ferries as well.

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roadtripper825294 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $20.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 10

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 26, 2020
Rated

Great location right in front of the sound. Found the sight of the ferry pulling in every so often fascinating and was a unique experience seeing it juxtaposed against RVs. The beach area is lovely with lots of driftwood and it was fun to be able to try salmon fishing from shore just 3 min walk from our RV and the fort has nice views and history. Middle sites are a bit cramped. The site host was very kind and checked up on us when we checked in late and in the dark missed our site few times. He even helped us back the trailer in (as we had some issues with the angle). Usage of Deception pass dump sight 20 min away was free. T-mobile reception wasn’t good. Looking forward to coming back again!

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 28

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

November 22, 2020
Rated

This is SUCH a beautiful park! However...we will never come back here. We had our Airstream on a water no hook up site, beautiful views of the water, mountains, several bald eagles, orcas, seals, it is a beautiful spot! The fort is a fun place to explore and the views are expansive. Watching the ferries come and go is always such a fun treat. We will NOT come back here, ever. The Navy ran flight drills right over head every.single.day. we were there. It was so loud it shook the Airstream every time they flew over, and they fly very low because they practice "touch and goes" (where they fly, land and then fly right back up to practice for landing on aircraft carries). Most drills were around 6 or 7 hours a day. There was a day or two in there where they started at 9 in the morning and at 9PM they were still doing drills. The sound was so incredibly loud and they fly so incredibly close. The first day, we really enjoyed the experience and thought it was really cool! However, by day 5 we ended our 7 day trip early because we couldn't handle the noise anymore. It ruined being outside enjoying nature, the sound is awful. My heart goes out to all the lovely people who live on Whidbey or retired there for the gorgeous natural sanctuary, that is disturbed by these drills. My husband is a veteran and my family members are veterans, we support our military but the location of these drills seem like a terrible idea.

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Days Stayed: 5

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Campendium

December 13, 2020
Rated

Spend a night on a blue bird December day. Great views of the Coupeville ferry terminal and mountain ranges. We had a clear day and were able to see Mt. Rainier from the campsite. Saw some bald eagles and seals playing in the water. Picked up dinner at Callen’s which is next to the ferry terminal and an easy 5-10 minute walk. Food was awesome.

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Nightly Rate: $20.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 1

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Fort Casey State Park

1280 Engle Rd.
Coupeville, Washington
98239 USA
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10
Max Length
40 ft
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Sites Count
13
Last Nightly Rate
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16
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9
Longest Vehicle Length Reported
42.0
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