Recreation in Gig Harbor

Recreation in Gig Harbor? There is so much to do, and so begins a great exploration of everything natural on our pristine peninsulas. Impossible to see in a single day, or even a week, what follows is a quick guide to some great places to start. Recreation is abundant in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula region. Whether you’re looking to swim, hike, boat, fish or play ball, there are numerous outdoor activities awaiting you.

Day Use Parks

Gig Harbor City Park

Vernhardsen St. (253)851-8136

Finholm View Climb North Harbor View St. (253)851-8136

Skansie Brothers Park and Jerisich Public Dock (253)851-8136

Gig Harbor Skateboard Park – Sunrise Beach

Parks With Campgrounds

Gig Harbor RV Park (800)526-8311

Joemma Beach State Park (888) CAMP-OUT

Penrose Point State Park (800)233-0321 x5

For more information on Parks and Recreation:

Pierce County Parks

Washington State Parks

Washington State Parks Reservations

Peninsula Recreation Program Guide

 

On the Water

With miles of shoreline and deepwater bays to drop anchor, paddle your canoe or kayak, windsurf or scuba, Gig Harbor is famous for water sports. Boat Launches: Fox Island Boat Launch On nearby Fox Island is strictly for boat launching – no dock. Out on the Key Peninsula, there are several places to launch smaller boats. Randall Boat Launch In east Gig Harbor is open to the public and serves small vessels. Out on the Key Peninsula, there are several places to launch smaller boats. Penrose Point and Joemma State Parks both offer launches, as do the Purdy Spit and Herron Point.

Boat Launches:

Fox Island Boat Launch On nearby Fox Island is strictly for boat launching – no dock. Out on the Key Peninsula, there are several places to launch smaller boats. Randall Boat Launch In east Gig Harbor is open to the public and serves small vessels. Out on the Key Peninsula, there are several places to launch smaller boats. Penrose Point and Joemma State Parks both offer launches, as do the Purdy Spit and Herron Point.

Water Pleasures & Supplies:

Arabella’s Landing Marina (253) 851-1793 • www.arabellaslanding.com

Gig Harbor Rent-A-Boat (253) 858-7341 • www.gigharborrentaboat.com

Gig Harbor Sailing Club (253) 858-3626 • www.gigharborsailing.com

Destiny Harbor Tours (253) 225-6306

Pleasurecraft Marina (253) 858-2350

Ship To Shore Marina Supply (253) 858-6090

 On the Green

Our community hosts several championship level golf courses that are renowned as some of the best known and most respected in the Northwest.

Canterwood Golf & Country Club (253) 851-1845 • www.canterwoodgcc.com

Gig Harbor Golf & Country Club (253) 851-2378 • www.gigharborgolfclub.com

Madrona Links Golf Course (253) 851-5193 • www.madronalinks.com

McCormick Woods Golf Course (253) 895-0130 • www.mccormickwoodsgolf.com

 Playgrounds Abound In Gig Harbor

If your idea of taking a trip is crossing monkey bars or reaching the end of a slippery slide, you’re in luck. Playground equipment is all over the Gig Harbor Peninsula area – especially at area schools.

Peninsula Recreation Center Located on Rosedale Street NW behind Gig Harbor High School and Discovery Elementary School, the 22 -acre property is home to baseball, soccer and football fields, as well as a rubber-surfaced track. Four tennis courts are also available.

Crescent Creek Park Located on Vernhardson Street on the east side of Crescent Creek, it’s a 5.8 acre park with a tennis court, baseball court and a youth baseball field. Playground equipment and picnic tables can also be found. (253) 851-8136

Gig Harbor Skateboard Park Boarders and rollerbladers are welcome from dawn to dusk at the park located next to the Civic Center. Restrooms available. (253) 851-8136

Discovery Elementary Two playgrounds, a small gym, two ball fields, a soccer field and four half basketball courts are located at the school on Rosedale Street NW. (253) 530-1200

Purdy Elementary Four youth ball fields, a small gym, two playgrounds, two soccer fields and two half basketball courts are near Peninsula High School on 62nd Avenue NW. (253) 530-4600

Artondale Elementary Located on 40th Street NW, the school has a small gym, two playgrounds, a soccer field and four youth ball fields. (253) 530-1100 Harbor Heights Elementary Located on 38th Avenue NW, adjacent to Goodman Middle School, Harbor Heights has a small gym, two playgrounds, a youth ball field, two soccer fields and four half basketball courts. (253) 530-1800

Goodman Middle School Located at 38th Avenue NW, adjacent to Harbor Heights Elementary School, Goodman has two gyms, a youth ball field, two soccer fields and a track. (253) 530-1600

Harbor Ridge Middle School Located on Prentice Avenue overlooking the north end of the harbor, the school has two basketball courts, a grass soccer/football field surrounded by a track and two ball fields.1900

Gig Harbor High School About 24 acres of the site on Rosedale Street NW have been improved with gyms, an outdoor swimming pool and four tennis courts. In addition, full-size basketball, soccer and football fields exist, as well as a rubberized track. (253) 530-1400

Peninsula High School A gym, an indoor swimming pool, four tennis courts, a baseball field and a football/soccer field with a surrounding track highlight the recreation opportunities on 62nd Avenue NW. (253) 857-3530

Recreation Is Everywhere On The Peninsulas

Kopachuck State Park Located on Carr Inlet on Henderson Bay. The 156-acre saltwater shoreline site includes 41 campsites, 15- and 35-person group camps, early 80 picnic sites, as well as water skiing, fishing, SCUBA diving, bird watching, swimming and boating. (253) 265-3606

Cutts Island State Park Located on the Carr Inlet just northwest of Kopachuck State Park. The park is a 5.5-acre saltwater shoreline site that can only be accessed by boat, including hand-launched craft from Kopachuck State Park. (253) 265-3606

Crescent Creek Park This 5.8-acre site at the top of the bay offers basketball and tennis courts and a softball field, as well as a playground and restroom. A picnic ramada is available on a first-come, first-served use. The park boasts some of Gig Harbor’s largest cedar trees and the Crescent Creek estuary. (253) 851-8136

Jerisich Dock/Skansie Brother’s Park A pedestrian pier, picnic tables, restrooms and public dock are the primary features of this on-the-water park in the heart of Gig Harbor’s waterfront. The acclaimed Fishermen’s Memorial is on display here. (253) 851-8136

Donkey Creek Park This 1-acre park at the intersection of Harborview and North Harborview Drive features a salmon-bearing waterway cuddled by the largest trees remaining on the waterfront. Restrooms available. (253) 851-8136

Grandview Forest Park This all natural, 8.5-acre chunk of forested land next to the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3105 Grandview St., is a verdant retreat shielded from neighboring roads and houses by a collection of sizable cedars and firs. The park is a great place to see birds. Dogs on leashes are welcome at the park and are even provided a drinking spigot. Restrooms available. (253) 851-8136

Cushman Trail This beautiful paved trail is a haven for walkers, roller bladers, and bicyclists. Stretching from the middle of Gig Harbor to nearly the Tacoma Narrows bridge, the trail parallels state Route 16 and runs under the power lines. (253) 851-8136

Adam Tallman Nature Trail A small nature oasis in the middle of town, the Adam Tallman Trail is a short and easy walk on a comfortable trail through a wetlands area. Viewing of multiple birds, flora and wildlife is available on this hidden and scenic walk. (253) 851-8136

Wilkinson Farm Park This 17-acre plot at Rosedale Street and state Route 16 features an authentic, turn-of-the-century dairy barn and holly orchard, walking tours and lots of wildlife. (253) 851-8136

Sehmel Homestead Park seventy-eighth Avenue NW and Sehmel Drive NW. The Sehmel Homestead Park site is situated on a 98-acre parcel in the Swede Hill area, only minutes north of downtown Gig Harbor. (253) 858-3400

McCormick Forest Sehmel Drive and Bujacich Road NW. This is a great hiking area, near the Burnham Drive exit off state Route 16. A large network of foot trails, bicycle or horse trails winds around McCormick Creek. The park is a 122-acre natural area containing old-growth trees, abundant wildlife, and over three miles of trails. Trails wander through the old-growth forest while others offer views down into the McCormick Creek canyon. (253) 858-3400

Sunrise Beach 10015 Sunrise Beach Drive NW, Gig Harbor. Undeveloped 82-acre scenic site in the Peninsula area with over 2,400 feet of waterfront on Colvos Passage with walking trails and a popular diving destination. There are forest paths and steep trails with views of Mount Rainier and the water. (253) 798-4176

Narrow’s Park 1600 Lucille Parkway, Gig Harbor. This “off the beaten path” location is undeveloped open space with 1,000 feet of waterfront on a 3-acre site. The site is right on the water with a view of the bridge and the sound. (253) 798-4176

Penrose Point State Park A 152-acre marine and camping park on the Key Peninsula. Wildlife, birds and forested terrain are among the features.

Joemma Beach State Park The site is a 122-acre marine camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on southeast Key Peninsula. The area is an excellent place for fishing, boating and crabbing. Purdy Sand Spit Located adjacent to state Route 302, the 7.5-acre park includes tidelands, a boat launch, as well as picnic and walking areas on both sides of the Gig Harbor-Longbranch Road approach to the Purdy bridge between Henderson Bay and Burley Lagoon. Summer favorites include windsurfing, fishing, boating and beachcombing. (253) 798-4476

Home Park Located at the corner of Key Peninsula Highway and 8th Avenue. Directions: from Key Center, south on KPN Highway five miles to Home. Corner of 8th Avenue & KPN Highway. Home Park is a success story of what determined individuals can do. The property for Home Park was classified as one of Pierce County’s illegal dump sites and was cleaned up in a pilot program called, “Pierce County Responds.” The items on the property were removed by Pierce County Public Works and the Key Peninsula Parks and Recreation District. This partnership has enabled the park district to provide an open space that was once an eyesore. (253) 884-9240

Rocky Creek Conservation Area Located at state Route 302 and 150th Avenue KPN. Directions: From Purdy, go south on state Route 302 for five miles. Right on Elgin-Clifton road, then right on 150th Avenue KPN and then left on first gravel road. Follow on gravel road approximately 1 mile to trailhead. Two-hundred-twenty four acres of county tax-title property was leased to Key Peninsula Parks & Recreation District in 1997 for conservation and passive recreation purposes. The area consists of woodlands, wetlands, a salmon stream, various plants and wildlife. There are several walking trails of various distances leading from the trailhead. Rocky Creek contains sensitive salmon spawning grounds, and recent efforts have concentrated on keeping damaging off-road vehicles away from gravel bed. (253) 884-9240

Key Peninsula Sports Complex And Fairgrounds Located at 5514 Key Peninsula Highway, North Lakebay, WA. 98349. Directions: From Purdy, go south on state Route 302 for five miles at which point highway becomes Key Peninsula Highway. (KPH). Follow KPH through Key Center, park is located on your right approximately three miles south of Key Center. This 20-acre park, which was once Pierce County tax title property, was dedicated in 1997. It has been known as “the park” by many locals. The facility includes three ball fields including one full-size lit baseball diamond, soccer, tennis courts, six lit horseshoe pits, walking trails, covered picnic shelter, restrooms, limited camping sites, concession stand, playground equipment, meeting room, office space and maintenance shop. (253) 884-9240

Crescent Lake Park At the south end of Crescent Lake, a 2-acre waterfront park sits at the end of a cul-de-sac in a residential area. (253) 798-4176

Crescent Lake Boat Launch A small boat launch is available at the northwest end of Crescent Lake and includes parking and portable restrooms.

Randall Street Boat Launch The two-land paved boat launch is on the northeast side of the harbor at the end of Randall Street. Car and boat trailer parking is allowed along the curb on Randall Street and 89th Street Northwest in the residential area.

Marinas Numerous commercial and private marinas have been developed along the north and west shores of the harbor.

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