Blake Island, Washington

Blake Island activities are many ranging from snorkeling to sunbathing, bicycling to beachcombing. This 5-mile circular island is within view of the Seattle skyline, with its own private piece of beach and forest. Experience Tillicum Village by taking a sightseeing cruise to learn about the cultural Native American experience.

  • 15.5 miles of hiking and biking paths stitch the island, including a 5-mile trail that skirts the circumference of the island and gives eye-popping views of Mount Rainer, Vashon Island, Bainbridge Island and Seattle. Trails range from easy to moderately easy, with some slight inclines.

  • The island's five miles of shoreline beach provide plenty of opportunities for beachcombing and swimming. Clamming and crabbing are popular activities on Blake Island.

  • An underwater marine park provides a great place for snorkeling and learning about Puget Sound's marine life.

  • Wild life viewing includes bird watching (eagles, osprey, doves, ducks, wrens and woodpeckers, to name a few) and studying the habits of the island's resident black tailed deer. Orca sighting have also been reported from Blake Island.

  • Lodging is limited to camping, but facilities include three campgrounds (one semi-primitive at the south tip of the island), volleyball fields and horseshoe pits.

  • Blake Island has a rich history, some of which is preserved in the remaining ruins of the Trimble family estate and can be viewed on foot.

  • Tillicum Village's summertime tours and Native dance festivities acknowledge a significant cultural history dating back thousands of years. A four-hour cruise, traditional barbecue and Native dance are put on daily at the longhouse on Blake Island.

Tillicum Village Tour

Argosy Cruises. 1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55 Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-623-1445; Toll-free: 1-888-623-1445. E-mail

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